The Impact of Clean Development Mechanism on the Climate Policy in South Africa

By Xiaochen Zhang.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The dilemma of economic growth and environmental constraint is addressed by the current international cooperation mechanism framed under Tokyo Protocol. The reaction from the big developing economies has great significance for the designed purpose. All economies are under technological and institutional lock-in of the current technologies and institutions. The essential point to evaluate the effectiveness of the mechanism is to assess whether and how the mechanism locks out the carbon intensive technologies and institutions. South Africa, as the biggest economy and the most developed economy in Africa, is chosen as a case to show how the national policy is evolved with the international mechanism.
This study has both theoretic and practical implications. It contributes to our knowledge of innovation, the evolution of technologies, institutions and policies. It can also help the policy maker both national and international to understand, to design and to implement the cooperative mechanism.

Keywords: Climate Policy, CDM, Lock-in, South Africa

Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.35-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 682.958KB).

Xiaochen Zhang

Master Candidate of Global Studies, Centre of Advanced Studies, Leipzig, Germany

I am currently an Erasmus Mundus Master Candidate of Global Studies in Leipzig University (Germany) and Wroclaw University (Poland). My major research interests are the interdisciplinary approach for climate change research, the application of evolutionary approach in different disciplines and the global cooperation research. During my study, I have been heavily involved in the international debate on the climate change issues and the evolutionary economics. Among many other events, I took part in OECD-UNEP Conference on Resource Efficiency in Paris, Global Carbon Expo Conference in Cologne, European Union Conference on European Development Days in Lisbon, United Nation the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing the Government in Vienna, the Ph.D training school on Evolutionary Economics at Max-Plank-Institute of Economics of Jena,Graz Schumpeter Summer School on Evolutionary Economics in University of Graz, Kiel Summer School of World Economics, etc.

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