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What determines a Climate Pledge?: The case of China and the EU
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis compares two pledges to reduce or delimit greenhouse gas emissions by two keynegotiation parties in conjunction with the United Nations Conference of Parties held atCopenhagen in December 2009. The two parties covered here are the EU and China. Thetwo key questions that I have dealt with are: what do the conditions and targets in thepledge actually mean? and what were the driving forces behind each pledge?. I have relied,mostly on qualitative research methods, including interviews.The key points to note are that the EU and China, both, leave some prominent areas ofconcern open to interpretation. This seems to be to allow for future political manoeuvring.Furthermore, the EU (when comparing the pledges) comes out to be much more ambitiousthan China in terms of cutting carbon emissions (based on various assumptions). As for thedriving forces, various similarities and differences are noted. Yet, what one issue means toone party might mean something completely different for the other.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 68
Keyword [en]
sustainable development
National Category
Climate Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182360OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182360DiVA: diva2:559576
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-10-09 Created: 2012-10-09 Last updated: 2012-10-09Bibliographically approved

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