Thursday, 28 April 2011

GLOBE has published a study of climate change legislation

The Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has published a study into the status of climate change legislation in 16 of the world’s largest economies. 

GLOBE International was founded in 1989 by legislators from the US Congress, European Parliament, Japanese Diet and the Russian State Duma with the aim of coordinating national environmental policy through legislation.

The full study is available to download here, but the findings include:

  • Most of the national legislative activity has taken place over the last year and a half – during which time international negotiations have stalled. The study concludes that this is due to the realisation that acting on climate change is in the national interest

  • Large developing countries - Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa – are implementing comprehensive laws to tackle climate change.

  • While current legislation does not yet add up to what is necessary to avoid dangerous climate change, the legislation is putting in place the legal frameworks to measure, report, verify and manage carbon

  • An international climate change agreement will only be possible when countries are already committed to taking the necessary action.


The study does show that, despite scepticism and lack of international agreement, the world is adopting climate legislation, albeit too slowly. It’s not the sudden shift anticipated a few years ago, but it is happening.

It does mean growing opportunities for green ICT to help support the low carbon moves of these economies, particularly the compliance requirements of legislation. The report gives some detail of what the various legislations entail, but note that it’s just for the 16; Brazil, Canada, China, European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, UK, USA.

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