The Hartwell paper

A new direction for climate policy

The Hartwell paper

Rapid advance in addressing climate change is now possible for the first time in 15 years because global climate policy crashed in 2009, according to 'The Hartwell Paper', a new international report co-ordinated at LSE.

Climate policy, as it has been understood and practised by many governments of the world under the Kyoto Protocol approach, has failed to produce any discernable real world reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases in 15 years.

The underlying reason for this is that the UNFCCC/Kyoto model was structurally flawed and doomed to fail because it systematically misunderstood the nature of climate change as a policy issue between 1985 and 2009.

The result of three months' intensive work by a group of 14 authors from Asia, Europe and North America, 'The Hartwell Paper' argues that a radical change of approach is required, given that the 1992 United Nations international climate policy framework has failed to produce any discernable real world reductions in greenhouse gases. The crash of 2009 is a crisis that must not be wasted.

(Principal Funding was provided by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation, Tokyo, Japan and Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc., Tokyo, Japan , the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York and the Fondation Hoffmann, Geneva).


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