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Operationalizing 'joint implementation' : organizational and institutional aspects of a new instrument in international climate policy

  • "Joint Implementation" (JI) is considered by many participants in the international negotiations on aclimate protocol to be an important economic instrument for the implementation of greenhouse gas obligations. Apart from a wide range of problems that still have to be resolved on the project level, the institutional and procedural design of such a mechanism is of vital importance. Because JI has a "perverse incentive" to overstate results achieved by individual projects, careful reporting, monitoring and verification procedures are essential. Furthermore, the institutional structure must reconcile the sometimes conflicting demands of overall effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. This paper explores the possible design of a future"Joint Implementation" (JI) is considered by many participants in the international negotiations on aclimate protocol to be an important economic instrument for the implementation of greenhouse gas obligations. Apart from a wide range of problems that still have to be resolved on the project level, the institutional and procedural design of such a mechanism is of vital importance. Because JI has a "perverse incentive" to overstate results achieved by individual projects, careful reporting, monitoring and verification procedures are essential. Furthermore, the institutional structure must reconcile the sometimes conflicting demands of overall effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. This paper explores the possible design of a future international mechanism for JI and makes recommendations with regard to the institutional and procedural requirements.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Hermann E. Ott
Year of Publication:1998
Language:English
Source Title (English):Global Environmental Change
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0959-3780(97)00021-6
Volume:8
Issue:1
First Page:11
Last Page:47
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Politik
Abteilung:Abteilung Klimapolitik