Tired of climate targets? Shift focus of IPCC scenarios from emission and growth targets to policies

Abstract

Unidad de excelencia María de Maeztu CEX2019-000940-MAcord transformatiu CRUE-CSICUTP en procés de revisióClimate change has revived the debate on growth-versus-environment. In line with this, recently it has been proposed to shift the target focus of IPCC scenarios from emissions to post-growth. We argue here that this confounds ends and means, since while reduction of growth may be an outcome of good climate policies, it should not be a goal in itself. In fact, a post- or degrowth goal would mean an ineffective and costly way to reduce emissions. Instead, we suggest that the debate about pursuing economic growth versus achieving climate goals will become more transparent and policy-relevant through refocusing scenarios from targets to policy

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