Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
International Cooperation in East Asia
Climate change is a global commons problem, and therefore international cooperation is required to adequately address it. This project advances understanding of how the nations in one part of the world—including China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases—might successfully pursue such cooperation. The lessons learned may advance cooperation more broadly around the world.
The initiative will build on previous research conducted by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, a University-wide endeavor based in the Harvard Kennedy School. The Harvard Project’s research has included explorations of China-US collaboration on climate change policy and of China’s national greenhouse gas emissions trading system, scheduled to launch in late 2017.
This project studies the potential for broader cooperation to address climate change among East Asian countries. It focuses to a considerable extent—though not exclusively—on approaches to “linkage” between emissions-trading systems in the region, which have the potential to lower costs of emissions reduction and thereby support more ambitious reductions. The initiative will also explore linkage among heterogeneous policy systems, as might be envisioned under the Paris Agreement’s Article 6 market mechanisms. The principal activity is a research workshop at the Harvard Center Shanghai in fall 2017. Participants include researchers and practitioners from China, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States.