Publications

2010
Peace, Janet, and Robert N Stavins. “Meaningful and Cost Effective Climate Policy: The Case for Cap and Trade.” Arlington, VA: Pew Center on Global Climate Change, 2010. Publisher's Version case-for-cap-and-trade-paper.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Options for the Institutional Venue for International Climate Negotiations.” Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, 2010. Publisher's VersionAbstract

It is exceptionally challenging to conclude a comprehensive and effective multilateral agreement to address global climate change among nations with divergent interests. This is true for many international issues. However, largely because any domestic policy or set of policies to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (whether intended to implement an international agreement or not) extend so deeply into the economic fabric of a nation, climate change negotiations have proven to be exceptionally difficult. The Fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reinforced doubts about whether the UNFCCC should continue to be the primary institutional venue for global climate change negotiations. This issue brief assesses some other institutions that might serve to supplement or partially replace the UNFCCC.

stavins-issue-brief-3.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “The Path Forward for Climate Talks.” The Environmental Forum 27 (2010): 18. column_35.pdf

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Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Implementing Architectures for Agreement
Aldy, Joseph E, and Robert N Stavins, ed. Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Implementing Architectures for Agreement. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

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Stavins, Robert N. “State Eyes on the Climate Policy Prize.” The Environmental Forum 27 (2010): 16. column_37.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Storing Carbon in Wood: A Cheaper Way to Slow Climate Change?The Milken Institute Review 12 (2010): 18–25. Publisher's Version milken_institute_review_on_carbon_sequestration.pdf

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Olmstead, Sheila M, and Robert N Stavins. “Three Key Elements of Post-2012 International Climate Policy Architecture.” Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, 2010. Publisher's VersionAbstract

We describe three essential elements of an effective post-2012 international global climate policy architecture: a means to ensure that key industrialized and developing nations are involved in differentiated but meaningful ways; an emphasis on an extended time path of targets; and inclusion of flexible market-based policy instruments to keep costs down and facilitate international equity. This architecture is consistent with fundamental aspects of the science, economics, and politics of global climate change; addresses specific shortcomings of the Kyoto Protocol; and builds upon the foundation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

stavins_olmsteadmontrealfinal-2.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Two Countries Key to Progress in 2010.” The Environmental Forum 27 (2010): 16. column_36.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N, and Robert C Stowe. “What Hath Copenhagen Wrought? A Preliminary Assessment.” Environment 52 (2010): 8–14. Publisher's Version stavins_stowe_environment.pdf

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2009
Olmstead, Sheila M, and Robert N Stavins. “The Essential Pillars of a New Climate Pact.” Boston.com (2009). Publisher's Version
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Stavins, Robert. “Can Countries Cut Carbon Emissions Without Hurting Economic Growth? Yes, the Transition Can be Gradual – and Affordable.” The Wall Street Journal (2009). Publisher's Version
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Olmstead, Sheila M, and Robert N Stavins. “Comparing Price and Nonprice Approaches to Urban Water Conservation.” Water Resources Research 45 (2009): 10. Publisher's Version olmstead_stavins_water_resources_research.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Guest Commentary. A Portfolio of Domestic Commitments: Implementing Common but Differentiated Responsibilties.” Carbon Market North America 4 (2009): 6. stavins_point-carbon.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Institutions and Individuals. (universities' Environmental Responsibilities).” The Environmental Forum 26 (2009): 18. column_29.pdf

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Jaffe, Judson, Matthew Ranson, and Robert N Stavins. “Linking Tradable Permit Systems: A Key Element of Emerging International Climate Policy Architecture.” Ecology Law Quarterly 36 (2009): 789–808. Publisher's Version jaffe-ranson-stavins-elq.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “No Free Lunch at the Auto Cafe.(corporate Average Fuel Economy).” The Environmental Forum 26 (2009): 16. column_31.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “Opportunity for a Defining Moment.” The Environmental Forum 26 (2009): 16. column_28.pdf

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Stavins, Robert N. “A Portfolio of Domestic Commitments: Implementing Common but Differentiated Responsibilities.” Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, 2009. Publisher's VersionAbstract

International negotiations are focused on developing a climate policy framework for the post-2012 period, when the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period will have ended. In addition to negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), other intergovernmental outlets, including the G20 and the Major Economies Forum, are trying to reach common ground among the world's major emitters of greenhouse gases. To date, these efforts have not produced a politically, economically, and environmentally viable structure for a future climate agreement. An effective, but more flexible and politically palatable approach could be an international agreement on a "portfolio of domestic commitments." Under such an agreement, nations would agree to honor commitments to greenhouse gas emission reductions laid out in their own domestic laws and regulations. A portfolio of commitments may emerge from a global meeting such as the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, or a smaller number of major economies could negotiate an agreement among themselves, and then invite other countries to join. Despite the obvious differences between such a system and the conventional "targets and timetables" in the Kyoto Protocol, negotiators should not dismiss this new approach out of hand. There are several ways to construct a portfolio of domestic commitments, and negotiators have numerous levers available to tailor an agreement to meet their political, economic, and environmental goals. This Viewpoint outlines some basic features of a portfolio approach, highlights a few major issues and concerns, and discusses the potential feasibility of this approach.

domesticcommitments_final.pdf

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Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Summary for Policymakers
Aldy, Joseph E, and Robert N Stavins, ed. Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Summary for Policymakers. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

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Stavins, Robert N. “The Stimulus and Green Jobs.” The Environmental Forum 26 (2009): 16. column_30.pdf

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