Climate Policy Journal


The leading international, peer-reviewed journal on responses to climate change

Editors-in-Chief: Professor Frank Jotzo and Professor Harald Winkler
Managing Editor: Dr Joanna Depledge
Assistant Editor: Jill Fisher

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In conjunction with publishers Taylor & Francis, Climate Strategies supports the editorial development of the Climate Policy journal – a leading publication with research, analysis, review and discussion of responses to climate change.

The journal aims to make complex, policy-related analysis of climate change issues accessible to a wide audience and to facilitate debate between diverse constituencies.

Every month we will feature the top scoring articles from highrollers Microgaming the Climate Policy Journal (CPJ) each month, based on their altmetrics score.

The top articles for 2016 were:

  1. Stakeholder perceptions of event attribution in the loss and damage debate‘ (£)
  2. A review of Chinese CO2 emission projections to 2030: the role of economic structure and policy‘ (£)

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Past Initiatives

National Experiences in Mitigation and New Proposals for the Negotiations

In preparation for the landmark COP 21 in Paris, countries are starting to submit their “INDCs” (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions), setting out what they are prepared to commit to in the Paris agreement. There will be intense interest in these INDCs as they are presented, in particular to assess their level of ambition, and whether they are consistent with the global goal of limiting temperature rise of two degrees.

Climate Policy also regularly publishes articles of particular relevance to the climate negotiations, with authors putting forward specific proposals on how to achieve stronger international cooperation on climate change. A sample list of such articles, published since 2013, is given below. Many more articles are currently under review, and will be added to the list as they are accepted for publication.

Scroll down also for free access to Editor-in-Chief Michael Grubb’s Editorials since 2010, presenting his reflections on the state of the climate change negotiations


Marginal abatement cost curves and the quality of emission reductions: a case study on Brazil (2015), by Adrien Vogt-Schilb, Stéphane Hallegatte & Christophe de Gouvello.

Costs of reducing GHG emissions in Brazil (2014), by Angelo Costa Gurgel & Sergey Paltsev.

Brazil beyond 2020: From deforestation to the Energy Challenge (2013), by Emilio Lèbre La Rovere, Carolina Burle Dubeux, Amaro Olimpio Pereira Jr & William Wills


Cap setting and allowance allocation in China’s emissions trading pilot programmes: special issues and innovative solutions (2015), by Tao Pang & Maosheng Duan.

Aligning emissions trading and feed-in tariffs in China (2015), by Wenbin Lin, Alun Gu, Xin Wang & Bin Liu.

Controlling GHG emissions from the transportation sector through an ETS: The case of Shenzhen (2015), by Jingjing Jiang, Bin Ye, Xiaoming Ma and Lixin Miao.

Challenges to the development of carbon markets in China (2015), by Alex Y Lo.

CDM and national policy: Synergy or conflict? Evidence from the wind power sector in China (2015), by Yang Liu.

China’s role in attaining the global 2 degree C target (2013), by Kejun Jiang, Xing Zhuang, Ren Miao & Chenmin He


Decarbonization and regulation of Germany’s electricity system after Fukushima (2013), by Stefan Lechtenböhmer & Hans-Jochen Luhmann.


Promoting green industrial development through local content requirements: India’s national solar mission (2015), by Oliver Johnson.

Integrating national forestry initiatives in India with international climate change policy (2013), by Kaysara Khatun.


Greenhouse gas emission mitigation plan for the State of Israel: strategies, incentives and reporting (2015), Ofira Ayalon, Miriam Lev-On & Perry P. Lev-On.


Comparative assessment of Japan’s long-term carbon budget under different effort-sharing principles (2015), by Takeshi Kuramochi, Jusen Asuka, Hanna Fekete, Kentaro Tamura & Niklas Höhne


Climate change mitigation scenarios and policies and measures: the case of Kazakhstan (2015), Aiymgul Kerimray, Kanat Baigarin, Rocco De Miglio & Giancarlo Tosato.


The economics of climate change in Mexico: implications for national/regional policy (2013), by Francisco Estrada, Elissaios Papyrakis, Richard S. J. Tol and Carlos Gay-Garcia..

Russian Federation

Russia’s 2020 GHG emissions target: Emission trends and implementation (2015) by Anna Korppo and Alexey Korkorin.

Lessons from JI and GIS for post-2012 carbon finance mechanisms in Russia and Ukraine (2014), by Anna Korppoo and Olga Gassan-Zade.

Saudi Arabia

Dynamics of energy sector and GHG emissions in Saudi Arabia (2015), by N. Khondaker, Syed Masiur Rahman, Karim Malik, Nahid Hossain, Shaikh Abdur Razzak & Rouf Ahmad Khan.

South Africa

Combining price and quantity instruments: insights from South Africa (2015), by Emily Tyler and Brent Cloete.

Current approaches to MRV in South Africa: a scoping study (2014), Anya Boyd, Britta Rennkamp, Anthony James Dane and Harald Winkler.


A practitioner’s guide to a low-carbon economy: lessons from the UK (2013), by Samuel Fankhauser.


Change and transition: the climate of Ukraine’s agri-food sector (2015), by Natalie Kopytko.

Cross-country studies:

Climate policy strength compared: China, the US, the EU, India, Russia, and Japan (2015), by Hugh Compston and Ian Bailey.

Bookkeeping rather than climate policy making: national mitigation strategies in Western Europe (2015), by Juan Casado-Asensio & Reinhard Steurer.

EU 20-20-20 energy policy as a model for global climate mitigation (2014), by Katherine Calvin, Jae Edmonds, Bjorn Bakken, Marshall Wise, Sonny Kim, Patrick Luckow, Pralit Patel & Ingeborg Graabak.

Developments in national climate change mitigation legislation and strategy (2013), by Navroz K. Dubash, Markus Hagemann, Niklas Höhne & Prabhat Upadhyaya.

New Proposals for the Negotiations

Bypassing the ‘ratification straitjacket’: reviewing US legal participation in a climate agreement (2015), by Luke Kemp,.

Facilitating linkage of climate policies through the Paris outcome (2015), by Daniel M. Bodansky, Seth A. Hoedl, Gilbert E. Metcalf & Robert N. Stavins.

Improving technology transfer through national systems of innovation: Climate Relevant Innovation-system Builders (CRIBs) (2015), by David Ockwell and Rob Byrne.

Proposal for a poverty-adaptation-mitigation window within the Green Climate Fund (2015), by Sandrine Mathy and Odile Blanchard.

Energy research within the UNFCCC: A proposal to guard against ongoing climate-deadlock (forthcoming, 2015), by Jonathan Symons, Barry Brook, Kingsley Edney, Rafaela Hillerbrand and Rasmus Karlsson.

Developing a sectoral new market mechanism: Insights from Theoretical Analysis and Country Showcases (2015), by Wolfgang Obergassel, Hans Bolscher, Jeroen van der Laan, Jelmer Hoogzaad & Jos Sijm.

Tax and trade? A hybrid policy instrument to control carbon prices and emissions (2015), by Brian F. Snyder.

A new look at climate equity in the UNFCCC (2014), by Jennifer Morgan and David Waskow.

An operational framework for equity in the 2015 Agreement (2014), by Xolisa Ngwadla.

From burden-sharing to opportunity-sharing: unlocking the climate negotiations (2014), by YongSheng Zhang and He-Ling Shi.

Breaking the impasse: Towards a new regime for international climate governance (2013), by Marshall Geck, Xiaoxue Weng, Caitlin Bent, Chukwumerije Okereke, Taylor Murray and Kirsty Wilson.

Michael Grubb: Editorials 2015-2010

From Lima to Paris Part II: Injecting Ambition

From Lima to Paris Part I: The Lima Hangover

Climate Policy: A new era

Doha’s Dawn

Durban: The darkest hour

Cancun: The art of the possible

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