Report - Oxfam International

Global Sectoral Industry Approaches to Climate Change

| May 2009


Proponents of global sectoral industry approaches, such as the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, argue that sectoral approaches could help level the international playing field, provide incentives for developing countries to contribute to the global climate deal, and be more manageable than economy-wide efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

In this paper Jonas Meckling assesses the two types of sectoral approach advocated by the World Business Council on Sustainable Development: voluntary sectoral target setting and sectoral industry technology cooperation — against the criteria of environmental effectiveness and global equity.

The paper finds that, on balance, voluntary sectoral target setting has significant flaws and does not represent a fair and safe approach to engaging industries in developed and developing countries.

On the other hand, if issues relating to intellectual property rights, fair governance, adequate provision for measuring, reporting, and verifying emissions reductions and corresponding financial flows, and reform of the Clean Development mechanism are resolved, then sectoral industry technology cooperation presents a potential option for engaging the private sector in delivering a fair and safe deal.

For more information on this publication: Please contact Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
For Academic Citation: Meckling, Jonas. “Global Sectoral Industry Approaches to Climate Change.” Oxfam International, May 2009.

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