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APEC Promises a Roar and Delivers a Whimper: The Sydney Declaration on Climate and Energy


Lawrence, PM, APEC Promises a Roar and Delivers a Whimper: The Sydney Declaration on Climate and Energy, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 11, (1 & 2) pp. 29-50. ISSN 1385-2140 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Deep cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will require a rapid uptake of low GIIG emission technologies itt both indusrialised and developing countries. This is only likely to occur with a massive increase in research and development (R&D), combined with regulation in the form of a carbon tax, emissions trading schemes and other measures to unlock private foreign direct investment. Both the APEC Sydncy Declaration on Climate and Energy and the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) have technology development and transfer as central elements. Yet, both initiatives rely on a voluntary ncn-legally binding approach with limited funding. The upshot is that neither initiative is likely to have a significant impact on climate change mitigation efforts. The UN negotiations will remain the key forum for negotiations. At the same time, with a crowded UN negotiating agenda, APEe and the APP could play a useful role in providing a supplementary forum for bringing together a number of the key players. The article makes some policy proposals, including the need for a mechanism to evaluate the effectiveness of APP projects, and a massive increase in public funding of R&D for low GHG emission technologies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Sydney Declaration On Climate and Energy, Asia-Pacific Partnership, APP, Climate change, Technology transfer
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lawrence, PM (Dr Peter Lawrence)
ID Code:52796
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2008-09-15
Last Modified:2015-02-10

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