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Making Climate Leadership Meaningful: Energy Research as a Key to Global Decarbonisation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1291-5254
Macquarie Univ, Polit & Int Relat, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0078-9614
2015 (English)In: Global Policy, ISSN 1758-5880, E-ISSN 1758-5899, Vol. 6, no 2, 107-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article revisits a number of familiar debates about climate change mitigation yet draws some unorthodox conclusions.First, that progress towards a renewable small-scale energy future in environmentally conscious countries such asGermany and Sweden may take the world as a whole further away from climate stability by reducing the political pressureto finance breakthrough innovation. Second, that without such game-changing innovations, developing countrieswill continue to deploy whatever technologies are domestically available, scalable and affordable, including thermalcoal power in most instances. Third and finally, that as any realistic hope of achieving climate stability hinges on theinnovation of breakthrough technologies, the urgency of climate change calls not so much for the domestic deploymentof existing energy technologies but rather a concentrated effort to develop technologies that will be adoptedglobally. These arguments imply that national innovation policy, and an international treaty establishing a ‘Low-EmissionsTechnology Commitment’ should be the central focus of climate policy.

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2015. Vol. 6, no 2, 107-117 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101239DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12192ISI: 000353972200003OAI: diva2:798098
Available from: 2015-03-25 Created: 2015-03-25 Last updated: 2015-07-10Bibliographically approved

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