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Developmental equity in an international climate regime: Analysis, practical paths and engagement

Staff: Kartha, S. ; Kemp-Benedict, E.
Date: 2011-ongoing
Client/Funder: Sida

Research Area(s): Climate Equity

Description: This project is built on the notion that an equitable framework is a precondition for an effective climate regime. Without developmental justice, it will not be possible to win the earnest engagement of the developing world, which is necessary for a successful global response to the climate problem. This project will continue and extend the work of the ongoing Greenhouse Development Rights project. It aims to instill a perspective of developmental equity into the climate discourse and negotiations, by providing an appropriate framing and the necessary technical, analytical and political substantiation.
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Greenhouse Developments Rights (GDRs)

Staff: Kartha, S. ; Kemp-Benedict, E. ; Athanasiou, T. (EcoEquity); Baer, P. (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Date: 2006-ongoing
Client/Funder: IPS (Sida) , Mistra Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, International Center for Human Rights Policy

Research Area(s): Climate Equity

Description: The Greenhouse Development Rights (GDRs) Framework, developed by SEI and Ecoequity, presents a burden-sharing framework based on a straightforward accounting of national responsibility and capacity that requires those who consume and emit more to carry a larger share of the global cost of an emergency climate program. Relatively wealthy people who have produced higher levels of emissions can thereby protect the right to development of the world's poor. The GDRs framework could potentially be used to design a solution to the burden-sharing problem at the heart of the climate negotiating impasse. It could provide the basis for ambitious mitigation globally to avert a climate disaster, while safeguarding the right to development in the global South.
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Related Publication(s): The Right to Development in a Climate Constrained World: The GDRs Framework Second Edition
The GDRs Framework: Drawing Attention to Inequality within Nations in the Global Climate Policy Debate
Capacity According to the GDRs Framework
Towards An Equitable Framework For Global Climate Policy: 'Greenhouse Development Rights'
Calculations for the Greenhouse Development Rights Calculator
Tiempo: Greenhouse Development Rights
The Greenhouse Development Rights Framework
The right to development in a climate constrained world: The Greenhouse Development Rights framework

Climate Policy Research Program of Mistra (CLIPORE)

Staff: Kartha, S.

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; Kjellen, B. ; Roman, M. ; Klein, R.
Date: 2006-2007
Client/Funder: The Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA)

Research Area(s): Climate Equity ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: SEI is a member of CLIPORE, an international interdisciplinary research program in support of future climate policy development. As a part of the program, SEI and The Energy Research Institute, New Delhi, lead a three-year effort to develop a work package on "Developing Country Issues" that identified mechanisms and approaches by which the climate regime can better integrate the concerns of developing countries. CLIPORE focuses on developing frameworks for reconciling the climate and development crises; market-based instruments for engaging developing countries; priorities, funding and institutions for adaptation; and bioresources and livelihoods.
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Europe's Share of the Climate Challenge: An Assessment of Domestic Actions and International Obligations to Protect the Planet.

Staff: Heaps, C. ; Erickson, P. ; Kartha, S. ; Kemp-Benedict, E.
Date: 2009
Client/Funder: Friends of the Earth (FoE)

Research Area(s): Energy Modeling ; Climate Equity ; Sustainable Futures

Description: This project, conducted in partnership with Friends of the Earth (FoE), examined the possibility of achieving 40% cuts in GHG emissions by 2020 and 90% cuts by 2050 across all 27 EU nations. FOE has asked SEI to examine a case where these reductions would be achieved through a massive deployment of energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy sources whilst also considering lifestyle changes across different sectors such as transport and food consumption and production. FOE has also asked SEI to constrain its analysis to include the phase out of nuclear power, no use of coal with carbon capture and storage, and to avoid the large-scale use of biofuels. The study is also quantifying the EU's historical responsibility using the Greenhouse Development Rights (GDR) framework and defining the financial support that needs to be given to developing countries for adaption and mitigation to climate change.
Related Publication(s): Europe's Share of the Climate Challenge

GDRs Country Studies

Staff: Kartha, S. ; Kemp-Benedict, E.
Date: 2008-2009

Research Area(s): Climate Equity ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: The Greenhouse Development Rights (GDRs) Framework has been used to calculate the burden sharing approach for different developed countries.GDRs presents a burden-sharing framework based on a straightforward accounting of national responsibility and capacity that requires those who consume and emit more than a specified "development threshold" to carry the global cost of an emergency climate program.
Related Publication(s): A Call for Leadership: A GDRs Analysis of the EU's Proposed 2020 Targets
Europe's Share of the Climate Challenge
Sweden's Leadership in a Climate Constrained World: An Analysis for Sweden of the GDRs framework
A GDRs Analysis of Denmark's Role In A Climate Constrained World
Finland's Role In A Climate Constrained World
A GDRs analysis of the Netherland's role in a climate constrained world
A Greenhouse Development Rights Analysis for Norway
Canada's Fair Share in a Climate Constrained World

Climate for Development

Staff: Kartha, S. ; Kemp-Benedict, E. ; Hammerschlag, R.
Date: 2007-2009
Client/Funder: Swedish Development Agency (SIDA)

Research Area(s): Climate Equity ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: The Sida Climate for Development initiative has provided support for further development of the Greenhouse Development Rights work. Several publications this year were supported, including a paper submitted to the Harvard University Project on International Climate Agreements Research Paper Competition, a chapter in a book edited by Jonathan Harris and Neva Goodwin, a chapter of a book edited by Martin Vos, and paper for the inaugural issue of Climate and Development.

Updates to the GDRs Framework

Staff: Kemp-Benedict, E. ; Kartha, S.
Date: 2008

Research Area(s): Climate Equity

Description: The analysis underlying the Greenhouse Development Rights framework has been significantly updated in 2008. The main change has been the shift from a static (one?year) analysis of national responsibility and capacity to a dynamic analysis based on the World Energy Outlook 2007 global scenario. The other major change has been the development of a much more accessible and user friendly online calculator, which we are intending to release in time for the Poznan COP
Related Publication(s): Calculations for the Greenhouse Development Rights Calculator