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Title: Implications of sustainable development considerations for comparability across nationally determined contributions

Abstract

An important component of analyses of the Paris Agreement has been the assessment of comparability of countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs). These assessments have typically focused on a set of emissions or cost-based indicators1-8. At the same time, an increasing body of literature is articulating many possible linkages between mitigation and other national priorities, with a major focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)9-13. The importance of the SDGs raises a question about how their linkages to mitigation activities might influence comparability assessments. We explore this question using a global integrated assessment model14 and provide illustrations of the geographical distributions of the influence of the NDCs on broader sustainability goals. We demonstrate that the extent to which these distributions differ from the distribution of mitigation effort obtained using standard comparability metrics depends on the degree to which domestic mitigation actions affect broader sustainability goals domestically and/or internationally and whether these effects are synergistic or antagonistic. Our analysis provides a foundation for considering how comparability across the NDCs could be better understood in the larger context of sustainability.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1421328
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-121202
Journal ID: ISSN 1758-678X
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nature Climate Change; Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 2
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Iyer, Gokul, Calvin, Katherine, Clarke, Leon, Edmonds, James, Hultman, Nathan, Hartin, Corinne, McJeon, Haewon, Aldy, Joseph, and Pizer, William. Implications of sustainable development considerations for comparability across nationally determined contributions. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1038/s41558-017-0039-z.
Iyer, Gokul, Calvin, Katherine, Clarke, Leon, Edmonds, James, Hultman, Nathan, Hartin, Corinne, McJeon, Haewon, Aldy, Joseph, & Pizer, William. Implications of sustainable development considerations for comparability across nationally determined contributions. United States. doi:10.1038/s41558-017-0039-z.
Iyer, Gokul, Calvin, Katherine, Clarke, Leon, Edmonds, James, Hultman, Nathan, Hartin, Corinne, McJeon, Haewon, Aldy, Joseph, and Pizer, William. Mon . "Implications of sustainable development considerations for comparability across nationally determined contributions". United States. doi:10.1038/s41558-017-0039-z.
@article{osti_1421328,
title = {Implications of sustainable development considerations for comparability across nationally determined contributions},
author = {Iyer, Gokul and Calvin, Katherine and Clarke, Leon and Edmonds, James and Hultman, Nathan and Hartin, Corinne and McJeon, Haewon and Aldy, Joseph and Pizer, William},
abstractNote = {An important component of analyses of the Paris Agreement has been the assessment of comparability of countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs). These assessments have typically focused on a set of emissions or cost-based indicators1-8. At the same time, an increasing body of literature is articulating many possible linkages between mitigation and other national priorities, with a major focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)9-13. The importance of the SDGs raises a question about how their linkages to mitigation activities might influence comparability assessments. We explore this question using a global integrated assessment model14 and provide illustrations of the geographical distributions of the influence of the NDCs on broader sustainability goals. We demonstrate that the extent to which these distributions differ from the distribution of mitigation effort obtained using standard comparability metrics depends on the degree to which domestic mitigation actions affect broader sustainability goals domestically and/or internationally and whether these effects are synergistic or antagonistic. Our analysis provides a foundation for considering how comparability across the NDCs could be better understood in the larger context of sustainability.},
doi = {10.1038/s41558-017-0039-z},
journal = {Nature Climate Change},
number = 2,
volume = 8,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 29 00:00:00 EST 2018},
month = {Mon Jan 29 00:00:00 EST 2018}
}