Achieving Global Sustainability

Policy Recommendations

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This book looks at how to achieve a more secure level of global sustainability and gathers recommendations. It analyzes the relationship between globalization and sustainability, evaluating arguments on the necessity of fundamental changes in economic growth and discusses the radical evolutions in socioeconomic development in terms of social common capital, social discipline and economic valuation of the environment. The publication also examines strategies for achieving a sustainable society and presents an overview on adaptation for environmental change. Finally, it introduces policy recommendations for global sustainability, including those advocating a low-carbon society by 2050, a Green New Deal as a means of integrating policies, climate security, and international discipline.



Policy recommendations towards global sustainability

The interest in climate change tended to wane in the aftermath of the Kyoto conference. During that period, Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions actually continued to rise and did not drop at all. In 2007, on the eve of the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period, Japan’s emissions had increased 9 per cent over its level in 1990, which serves as the benchmark for reductions. However, from 2007 on, interest in climate change suddenly grew. This chapter considers various aspects of this shift and their background. It also examines the potential for achieving the goals of the “Abe Initiative”, which proposed “cutting global emissions by half from the current level by 2050”, and offers the author’s personal views on the steps needed to achieve that goal, such as innovative technological development, creation of an international funding mechanism and restructuring of the socio-economic system.


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