Equity implications of net zero visions

Dominic Lenzi*, Michael Jakob, Matthias Honegger, Suzanne Dröge, Jennifer C. Heyward, Tim Kruger

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Abstract

With national governments almost universally pledging to achieve net zero emissions, a key uncertainty is how net zero policies will affect global equity. It is unclear which policy measures are available for achieving net zero equitably, what the social and environmental implications of these measures will be under global pathways, or how they might be implemented in ways that advance rather than undermine equity. By means of three stylized future pathways, we show that there are potentially serious international and domestic equity effects from global net zero policies, as well as opportunities to achieve an equitable net zero future for all through appropriate policy design.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Number of pages15
JournalClimatic change
Volume169
Issue number3-4
Early online date3 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Border carbon adjustments
  • Carbon dioxide removal
  • Equity
  • International transfers
  • Justice
  • Net zero
  • UT-Hybrid-D

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