Climate change, islands and net zero

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Abstract

Climate change is one of the gravest threats to society but Small Island Developing States (or SIDS), and islands more generally, are amongst the least responsible for its current state. However, rather than focusing on island vulnerability to climate change, or adaptation and resilience, this chapter focuses on islands and climate change mitigation, exploring both the rationale for policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the possible content of island specific net zero policy pathways. The chapter focuses its attention on SIDS, but also on semi-autonomous island territories, often referred to as subnational island jurisdictions or SNIJs. Scotland and its islands are also used to provide more context to the analysis. The chapter concludes that net zero related good practices stemming from islands will not automatically apply to mainland settings, but that in some circumstances (especially transport and energy) the closed nature of islands lends them to be perceived as hubs of innovation capable of distilling learning from which also mainland counterparts can benefit.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIslands Economic Cooperation Forum
Subtitle of host publicationAnnual Report on Global Islands 2021
EditorsJim Randall
Place of PublicationCharlottetown PEI
Chapter4
Pages107-134
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • climate change
  • New Zero
  • island life
  • Small Island Developing States

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