by Carolyn Fischer and Richard Morgenstern
- Despite the uncertainties about the nature and stringency of national emission reduction commitments, some things are clear: the international negotiations not only will include national targets and timetables, but also will have to take account of diverse policies and measures undertaken by individual nations, including those inside the current Kyoto group, as well as among developing countries. The evaluation of these diverse policies poses a number of challenges. For example, how can one assess the fairness of the relative contributions of different nations? And even if fairness is agreed upon, how is it possible to determine the credibility of the commitments?
Fisher, C. and R. Morgenstern (2008). "Metrics for Evaluating Policy Commitments in a Fragmented World: The Challenges of Equity and Integrity." Discussion Paper 08-17, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Nov 2008.