What is a country's fair share of carbon mitigation efforts if we are to keep global warming below 2C?
Climate Equity Scorecards
US-based EcoEquity, working with researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute, has spent years establishing the Greenhouse Development Rights framework as a uniquely promising approach to fair-shares global burden sharing.
After Copenhagen, Cancun and Durban, the need for such a "reference framework” - one by which national pledges and actions can be compared and judged - has greatly increased. Thus, a new version of Greenhouse Development Rights is under development.
Minor Foundation is funding a project that will communicate these fair shares through Climate Equity Scorecards. These are designed to help campaigners around the world show their countries what their "fair share” of the global climate effort actually is.
This is the announcement of the publication:
We’re pleased to (finally) announce the official debut of the
<http://www.gdrights.org/calculator/> Climate Equity Reference Calculator
and the <http://www.gdrights.org/scorecard/> Climate Equity Pledge
The Equity Reference Calculator is a web application that implements a very
general equity reference framework. It allows users to specify a level of
global ambition (they can choose a "Strong 2°C pathway,” a "Weak 2°C”
pathway, or a "G8 pathway – see
ew/> here for details) and then to specify their own preferred
interpretation of national responsibility and capacity for climate action.
These specifications are then used to define a "responsibility and capacity
index,” which in turn is used to determine each country’s fair share of the
This Equity Reference Calculator, is thus intended to model
the user’s preferred approach to global effort sharing.
The user’s options are quite flexible (see the "Equity Settings” panel on
the left) and we intend to make them more flexible in the future. Our plan
is to support a very wide range of plausible approaches to the Convention’s
core equity principles.
The Pledge Scorecard, for its part, is a web application specifically to
quickly assess a country’s pledge. It is integrated with the Calculator,
but it can also be used on its own, for example by users who want to be
confronted with fewer options and less detail. The Scorecard’s user
interface allows all the core "Equity Settings” to be changed, but for the
full range of settings (e.g., if you want to switch from production-based to
consumption-based emissions accounting) you need to go to the Calculator.
There’s still more that will be done to make these tools yet more general,
more usable, and more useful to civil society and to Parties. We look
forward to feedback that will help us to do so. But we believe that these
tools are able in their present state to support a more robust discussion of
climate equity, one that focuses and clarifies the discussion of fair-shares
effort sharing and the assessment of national pledges.
So take a look.
The <http://gdrights.org/Calculator-about/> About the
Calculator and Scorecard page is probably the best place to start. Both
tools contain good help systems, and contains links to a decent quick guide,
which provides a basic tour and points out many of the key issues. There’s
also a great deal of detailed technical documentation for those who want it.
The Greenhouse Development Rights team