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Role of Rising Powers in climate change and climate policy, the political economy of policies, low carbon growth, carbon emissions, the green economy, and energy provision and security.

About rising powers and climate change

The Rising Powers are now major emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs). While economic growth in India and China slowed in 2012, the Rising Powers remain the fastest growing countries in the global economy. Energy security is a major concern, particularly given the large energy requirements of these fast-growing economies. Whilst there are concerns regarding the position taken by some emerging countries at international fora discussing climate policy, there are contradictions where Rising Powers are also manufacturing and adopting green technologies. Public and private actors seeking to strengthen energy security, national competitiveness, economic growth, or job creation often have a major influence on the speed and way in which climate policy develops. The literature in this section examines the role and relationship of Rising Powers with climate change and climate policy, the political economy of the latter, low carbon growth, carbon emissions, the green economy, and energy.

Recommended reading

Climate change mitigation strategies in fast-growing countries: the benefits of early action
V. Bosetti; C. Carraro; M. Tavoni / CESifo 2009
Focusing on the climate problem, it is now clear that developing countries, especially fast-growing regions such as those in the so-called BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China), will have a major impact on future emission dynamics an...

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Who drives climate-relevant policies in the Rising Powers?
H. Schmitz / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
The future of human life on our planet is influenced increasingly by what goes on in the rising powers. This report presents a political economy analysis of their policies, comparing China, India, Brazil and South Africa. The i...
Rising powers, lowering emissions?
P. Newell; M. Power; H. Bulkeley / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
The importance of ensuring that African countries can meet their rising energyneeds in a low-carbon way that also benefits the poor, is widely accepted. The so-called ‘rising powers’, such as China, Brazil and India ...
Rising powers, lowering emissions?
P. Newell; M. Morgan; H. Bulkeley / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
The importance of ensuring that African countries can meet their rising energy needs in a low-carbon way that also benefits the poor, is widely accepted. The so-called ‘rising powers’, such as China, Brazil and India are alr...
Raising the bar on sustainable development: Renewable energy and environmental standards in FOCAC VI
Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch 2016
The 6th Forum on China - Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is taking place at a time when Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are high on most international development agendas. Two important aspects of this age...
Social innovation as a tool for enhancing women's resilience to climate change: a look at the BRICS
P. Cruz; I. Todaro; E. Bizzi / BRICS Policy Center / Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas BRICS 2016
The BRICS countries face both the challenges of developing nations in facing climate change and bear the responsibility of the developed ones. These countries have been leaders for the developing world in climate negotiations ...
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