Prospects for Coordinated Global Action on Climate Change: A View from the United States


Event details


Date & time

Thursday 22 April 2010


Weston Lecture Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, #132 Lennox Crossing, ANU


Franz Litz


Hannah McInnes
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Now that the dust has settled on the Accord reached by international climate change negotiators in Copenhagen, what are the prospects for concerted global action to fend off the worse effects of climate change? The non-binding Copenhagen Accord relies on a country-by-country approach to emissions reductions, coupled with a framework for measuring, monitoring and verifying those reductions. This bottom-up approach was made necessary in part by the domestic political context within the United States’the largest contributor to climate change pollution and perhaps the slowest major economy to take concerted national action to reduce emissions. But can a bottom-up approach be successful? Franz Litz, Senior Fellow with the Washington, DC-based environmental think tank, the World Resources Institute, will speak on the prospects for effective global climate change action and the likelihood that the United States will step up to the challenge of climate change.

Franz Litz is a senior fellow with the World Resources Institute (WRI). He has played an active role in advising the major regional climate change initiatives in the United States and Canada, and was a driving force behind the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an effort by 10 Northeast states to implement the first flexible, market-based cap-and- trade program for carbon dioxide in the United States. RGGI is the only mandatory greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program operational in North America.

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