What factors influence mitigative capacity?

 

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dc.contributor.author Winkler, Harald
dc.contributor.author Blanchard, Odile
dc.contributor.author Robinson, John
dc.contributor.author Baumert, Kevin
dc.contributor.author Burch, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-05T11:15:11Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-05T11:15:11Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Winkler, H; Baumert, K; Blanchard, O; Burch, S & Robinson, J. (2007) What factors influence mitigative capacity? Energy Policy 35:692–703. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0301-4215 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16812
dc.description.abstract This article builds on Yohe’s seminal piece on mitigative capacity, which elaborates ‘determinants’ of mitigative capacity, also reflected in the IPCC’s third assessment report. We propose a revised definition, where mitigative capacity is a country’s ability to reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions or enhance natural sinks. By ‘‘ability’’ we mean skills, competencies, fitness, and proficiencies that a country has attained which can contribute to GHG emissions mitigation. A conceptual framework is proposed, linking mitigative capacity to a country’s sustainable development path, and grouping the factors influencing mitigative capacity into three main sets: economic factors, institutional ones, and technology. Both quantitative and qualitative analysis of factors is presented, showing how these factors vary across countries. We suggest that it is the interplay between the three economic factors—income, abatement cost and opportunity cost—that shape mitigative capacity. We find that income is an important economic factor influencing mitigative capacity, while abatement cost is important in turning mitigative capacity into actual mitigation. Technology is a critical mitigative capacity, including the ability to absorb existing climate-friendly technologies or to develop innovative ones. Institutional factors that promote mitigative capacity include the effectiveness of government regulation, clear market rules, a skilled work force and public awareness. We briefly investigate such as high abatement cost or lack of political willingness that prevent mitigative capacity from being translated into mitigation. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.source Energy Policy en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.journals.elsevier.com/energy-policy/
dc.subject.other Sustainable development
dc.subject.other Climatic changes
dc.subject.other Greenhouse gas mitigation
dc.title What factors influence mitigative capacity? en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-02-03T08:48:40Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords Mitigative capacity en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords Climate change en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords Mitigation en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords Sustainable development en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.department Energy Research Centre en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Winkler, H., Blanchard, O., Robinson, J., Baumert, K., & Burch, S. (2007). What factors influence mitigative capacity?. <i>Energy Policy</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16812 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Winkler, Harald, Odile Blanchard, John Robinson, Kevin Baumert, and Sarah Burch "What factors influence mitigative capacity?." <i>Energy Policy</i> (2007) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16812 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Winkler H, Blanchard O, Robinson J, Baumert K, Burch S. What factors influence mitigative capacity?. Energy Policy. 2007; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16812. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Winkler, Harald AU - Blanchard, Odile AU - Robinson, John AU - Baumert, Kevin AU - Burch, Sarah AB - This article builds on Yohe’s seminal piece on mitigative capacity, which elaborates ‘determinants’ of mitigative capacity, also reflected in the IPCC’s third assessment report. We propose a revised definition, where mitigative capacity is a country’s ability to reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions or enhance natural sinks. By ‘‘ability’’ we mean skills, competencies, fitness, and proficiencies that a country has attained which can contribute to GHG emissions mitigation. A conceptual framework is proposed, linking mitigative capacity to a country’s sustainable development path, and grouping the factors influencing mitigative capacity into three main sets: economic factors, institutional ones, and technology. Both quantitative and qualitative analysis of factors is presented, showing how these factors vary across countries. We suggest that it is the interplay between the three economic factors—income, abatement cost and opportunity cost—that shape mitigative capacity. We find that income is an important economic factor influencing mitigative capacity, while abatement cost is important in turning mitigative capacity into actual mitigation. Technology is a critical mitigative capacity, including the ability to absorb existing climate-friendly technologies or to develop innovative ones. Institutional factors that promote mitigative capacity include the effectiveness of government regulation, clear market rules, a skilled work force and public awareness. We briefly investigate such as high abatement cost or lack of political willingness that prevent mitigative capacity from being translated into mitigation. DA - 2007 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Energy Policy LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2007 SM - 0301-4215 T1 - What factors influence mitigative capacity? TI - What factors influence mitigative capacity? UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16812 ER - en_ZA


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