Globalizing carbon lock-in. Unruh, G. C. & Carrillo-Hermosilla, J. Energy Policy, 34(10):1185–1197, July, 2006.
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This paper extends the arguments surrounding carbon lock-in elaborated in Unruh (Energy Policy 28 (2000) 817; 30 (2002) 317) to countries currently undergoing industrialization. It argues that, for numerous reasons, industrializing countries are unlikely to leapfrog carbon intensive energy development. On the contrary, carbon lock-in may be globalizing and could further constrain climate change mitigation options. It is then argued that many policy recommendations ignore carbon lock-in, possibly limiting their potential for successful implementation. The paper then discusses four policy approaches that appear to have advantages given lock-in conditions. It is recognized, however, that relative ease of implementation does not necessarily equate with superiority. Instead, it is merely a path dependent outcome of past development decisions. Pursuing policies on the basis of relative implementation ease may help address the issue of climate change, but could also result in sub-optimal outcomes along other dimensions of sustainable development.
@article{unruh_globalizing_2006,
	title = {Globalizing carbon lock-in},
	volume = {34},
	issn = {0301-4215},
	url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6V2W-4DWVXG7-2/2/b70e516ccf56f5229a37585fe44eb2ce},
	doi = {doi: DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2004.10.013},
	abstract = {This paper extends the arguments surrounding carbon lock-in elaborated in Unruh (Energy Policy 28 (2000) 817; 30 (2002) 317) to countries currently undergoing industrialization. It argues that, for numerous reasons, industrializing countries are unlikely to leapfrog carbon intensive energy development. On the contrary, carbon lock-in may be globalizing and could further constrain climate change mitigation options. It is then argued that many policy recommendations ignore carbon lock-in, possibly limiting their potential for successful implementation. The paper then discusses four policy approaches that appear to have advantages given lock-in conditions. It is recognized, however, that relative ease of implementation does not necessarily equate with superiority. Instead, it is merely a path dependent outcome of past development decisions. Pursuing policies on the basis of relative implementation ease may help address the issue of climate change, but could also result in sub-optimal outcomes along other dimensions of sustainable development.},
	number = {10},
	journal = {Energy Policy},
	author = {Unruh, Gregory C. and Carrillo-Hermosilla, Javier},
	month = jul,
	year = {2006},
	keywords = {collapse, lock-in},
	pages = {1185--1197},
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