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Energy research within the UNFCCC: a proposal to guard against ongoing climate-deadlock
Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2491-1517
School of Politics & International Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8267-6714
Ethics & Philosophy of Technology, TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1291-5254
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2016 (English)In: Climate Policy, ISSN 1469-3062, E-ISSN 1752-7457, Vol. 16, no 6, 803-813 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We propose that an international ‘Low-Emissions Technology Commitment’ should be incorporated into the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiation process in order to promote innovation that will enable deepdecarbonization. The goal is to accelerate research, development, and demonstration of safe, scalable, and affordable lowemissions energy technologies. Such a commitment should be based on three elements. First, it should operate within existing UNFCCC negotiations so as to encourage developed states to offer directed funding for energy research as part of their national contributions. Second, pledges should be binding, verifiable, and coordinated within an international energy-research plan.Third, expert scientific networks and participating governments should collaborate to design a coordinated global research and technology-demonstration strategy and oversee national research efforts. To this end an Intergovernmental Panel on Low-Emissions Technology Research might be established. This proposal offers some insurance against the risk that the political impasse in international negotiations cannot be overcome. The higher costs associated with low-emissions alternatives to fossil fuels currently creates significant economic and political resistance to their widespread adoption. To breach this impasse, amechanism supporting accelerated energy research is needed that seeks to reduce future abatement costs, share experienceand ‘learning-by-doing’ in first-of-a-kind demonstrations, and thus facilitate future widespread deployments. These actions will also assist in addressing inequalities in energy access.

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2016. Vol. 16, no 6, 803-813 p.
Keyword [en]
induced technological change, innovation policy, multilateral climate policy frameworks, research policy
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Social Sciences Climate Research
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102982DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2015.1037820ISI: 000381519200010OAI: diva2:811744
Available from: 2015-05-13 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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