CONNECT: Understanding the International Context for Norway's Transition to a Low Emissions Economy - NFR: 268056

Project Department: Uni Research Rokkan Centre (group: Society, Environment and Culture) period: 15.08.17 - 31.07.21

About the project

How will shifts in international climate policy change the conditions for Norway's transition to a low emissions economy?

Norway's climate governance is strongly conditioned by the international climate policy context. The global climate regime, particularly the Kyoto Protocol, has given a global cost-efficiency approach to Norway's climate transition. Reliance on economy-wide policy instruments (like emissions trading) has been a central policy strategy.

In contrast, the Paris Agreement emphasizes climate governance focused on domestic emissions reductions, abandoning some of the key principles of global cost-efficiency that guided the Kyoto Protocol, including the principles' epistemological underpinnings.

The new international climate policy regime marks a shift to a more nationally oriented, sector-specific approach. This shift will likely be consequential for Norwegian climate governance going forward. Norway's likely future inclusion in the EU 2030 effort sharing agreement contributes further to this shift. We are likely looking at a radical shift in the international climate context for Norwegian climate policy development.

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Contracting Party: CICERO

The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, the climate research program.


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