Business and Climate Policy

The Potentials and Pitfalls of Private Voluntary Programs

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Climate change has become one of the most important and challenging global policy fields. Attention has primarily focused on the successes and failures of states and intergovernmental organizations but many more actors are involved and contribute solutions. The contributions to this book assess the different potentials of existing schemes. They scrutinize how very different programs at national and international levels seek to marry complex public and private goals in and across industries addressing wide groups of firms. Lessons from these programs can help design and improve programs but they also show different types of pitfalls. Lessons learned are relevant not only for climate policy, but for the many other policy fields where private voluntary programs are active.




Climate policy has experienced a fast and fascinating development over recent decades, but the policy is still vastly underdeveloped and immature when measured against the overwhelming tasks with which it is expected to cope. Concerns about climate change are today making headlines across the world, and conflicts arise on how to interpret related data correctly, to design timely and effective strategies for coping with climate change, and to make institutions work. Thus, all kinds of decision-makers and policy advisers are – notwithstanding their strong commitments and efforts – relatively inexperienced in the field of global climate policy and new and complex forms of policy coordination are needed.


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