30.04.11

Luxembourg’s Fair Share in a Climate Constrained World

An analysis of Luxembourg’s climate obligations, in the context of a global emergency mobilization to stabilize the climate system, as informed by the Greenhouse Development Rights approach. The present analysis of Luxembourg’s climate obligations by ASTM, Caritas Luxembourg, EcoEquity and the Stockholm Environment Institute, as informed by the GDRs approach in this report, concludes that Luxembourg’s historical obligation and economic capacity would impose a particularly significant climate-related responsibility on the country, which represents nothing more than Luxembourg’s fair share of a true global climate mobilization in a climate constrained world.

This report calculates Luxembourg’s obligations in a straightforward manner, applying the Greenhouse Development Rights framework to evaluate both the adequacy and the appropriateness of official Luxembourgish climate policy, making reference as appropriate to larger global and European policy initiatives. The question, in a nutshell, is what implications the GDRs approach has for Luxembourg. This report argues that an emergency mobilization is necessary to prevent a  climate catastrophe. The Greenhouse Development Rights Framework provides a transparent, principle-based method of calculating appropriate national obligations for every country in the world, developed or not. Although developing  countries cannot yet be expected to take on legal obligations beyond those contained in the UNFCCC, the GDRs gives an indication of the kind of agreement that will be needed, once the global community is honestly committed to avoiding a climate catastrophe.

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