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PUBLICATIONID : 45881
PUBLICATIONTYPE : 1
TYPE : Article
TITLE : Mamizu climate policy: an evaluation of Japanese carbon emissions reduction targets
ORIG_TITLE : Mamizu climate policy: an evaluation of Japanese carbon emissions reduction targets
AUTHOR : Pielke, RA
FIRST_AUTHOR : Pielke, RA
AUTHOR_COUNT : 1
ADDRESS : Univ Colorado, Ctr Sci & Technol Policy Res, Boulder, CO 80309 USA
PUBLISHER : IOP PUBLISHING LTD
FIRSTAUTHOREMPLOYER : 1
ABBREV_JOURNAL : Environ. Res. Lett.
ART_NO : 44001
VOLUME : 4
ISSUE : 4
PUBLISH_DATE : OCT-DEC
YEAR : 2009
URL : http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/admin/publication_files/resource-2736-2009.23.pdf
REFEREED : 1
RESOURCE : WOS:000272900500003
CITATION : 5
DEPT : CSTPR
LAST_UPDATED : 2017-05-24 12:54:16
ISSN : 1748-9326
IDS : 534ME
DOI : 10.1088/1748-9326/4/4/044001
ABSTRACT : This letter evaluates Japan's so-called 'Mamizu' climate policies proposed in mid-2009 in terms of the implied rates of decarbonization of the Japanese economy for short-term and long-term targets. The letter uses the Kaya identity to structure the evaluation, employing both a bottom up approach (based on projections of future Japanese population, economic growth, and technology) and a top down approach (deriving implied rates of decarbonization consistent with the targets and various rates of economic growth). Both approaches indicate that the Japanese economy would have to achieve rates of decarbonization of 2.6% to meet a 2020 target of reducing emissions by 15% below 2005 levels, and 5.0% to meet a 2050 target of an 80% reduction below 2005 levels. A target of 25% below 1990 emissions proposed by the opposition party (which subsequently formed a government following elections in August 2009) implies a rate of decarbonization of 4.6% annually to 2020. The letter argues that international criticism of Japanese Mamizu climate policy proposals as being too weak was unfounded, and if anything, the proposals may have been too ambitious. In either case, climate policy would be strengthened through the support of a diversity of approaches to decarbonization.
KEYWORDS : climate policy; decarbonization; Japan; policy evaluation
AREA : Environmental Sciences & Ecology; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
FIRST_AUTHOR_EMAIL : pielke@colorado.edu
PUBLICATION : ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS
PLACE : BRISTOL
LANGUAGE : English
SERIAL : 45881
ONLINE_PUBLICATION : no
VERSION : 1
FIRST_AUTHOR_ADDRESS : Pielke, RA (reprint author), Univ Colorado, Ctr Sci & Technol Policy Res, 1333 Grandview Ave,UCB 488, Boulder, CO 80309 USA.
AUTHOR_OTHER_FORM : Pielke, Roger A., Jr.
REFERENCES_NUM : 13
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PUBLISHER_ADDRESS : DIRAC HOUSE, TEMPLE BACK, BRISTOL BS1 6BE, ENGLAND
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