About this Research Topic
With the world’s rapid pace of industrialization and urbanization, excessive energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions have been leading to many serious global issues, such as energy shortage, global warming, and environmental degradation. According to the fourth Synthesis Report (AR4) of IPCC in 2014, if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at the same rate throughout the 21st century, the average surface temperature is projected to rise up to 11 degrees Celsius. This will lead to an increased risk of climatic disasters, dramatic rising of sea levels, and rapid decline of ecological diversity (about 1/6 species will be facing extinction according to the latest research). In this context, various climate policies should be urgently taken by the international community to prevent those terrible climate disasters from happening.
In recent decades, more and more attention has been paid to the efforts of energy saving and CO2 emissions reduction. For instance, improving energy efficiency has recently become a priority policy agenda as it offers an opportunity for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at a relatively low cost. Moreover, the promotion of regional industrial transformation, the extensive investment in renewable and sustainable energy, the launch of low-carbon city pilot, and the encouragement of green innovations by enterprises in the context of climate policy, are all taken as important measures to hedge against the risk of global climate change. In this circumstance, we initiate this Research Topic and try to explore policy innovation and pathways to cope with global warming, including at both macro and micro levels, country and regional scales, policy discussions, which are expected to benefit the climate governance of both government and enterprises, are also very important to fulfill the scope of this Research Topic.
Subtopics to address but not limited to:
• Nexus between economic growth, carbon mitigation and climate policy
• Industrial low-carbon transformation and climate governance
• Policy, technology and economic pathways of carbon neutrality
• Low-carbon city and the corresponding economic impacts
• Green innovations in the context of climate neutrality
• Policy options for carbon mitigation of specific sectors, e.g., agriculture
• Economic inequality and energy poverty
• The political economics of climate governance
• Innovative mechanisms, e.g., tariffs, climate financing and technology transfer
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