GLOBE International has released a study that details the status of climate change legislation in 16 of the world's largest economies, including the U.S., Canada, China and South Africa.
A key finding of the study, which was completed in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics, was that legislation is being advanced, to varying degrees, in all of the study countries. Also, most of the legislative activity has taken place over the last year and a half – contrasting sharply with the difficulties experienced by the international negotiations over the same time frame, according to the study.
‘The study illustrates that the shape of the debate on climate change is shifting from being about sharing a global burden – with governments naturally trying to minimize their share – to a realization that acting on climate change is in the national interest,’ says John Gummer, president of GLOBE.
Although current legislation does not yet, cumulatively, add up to what is necessary to avoid dangerous climate change, it is putting in place the legal and policy frameworks to measure, report, verify and manage carbon, the organization adds.
The study concludes that an international climate change agreement will only be possible when countries are already committed to taking the necessary action rooted in self-interest.
GLOBE now plans to initiate a dialogue between legislators and governments in the run-up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Durban, South Africa, in December and the GLOBE Cape Town Legislators Forum, also to be held in South Africa. This dialogue will explore how domestic legislation can be formally recognized under the UNFCCC.