Environmental Law Service

Climate Law Database

Library: Other resources

GLOBE - Climate Legislation Study

Townshend T, Fankauser S, Matthews A, Feger C, Liu J, Narcisco T. – 2011

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

United Nations – 1992
Download: application/pdf iconunfccc.pdf

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

United Nations – 1997

Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change

Nicholas Stern – 2006

Review carried out on the economics of climate change by Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economic Service and former World Bank Chief Economist. It focuses on the impacts and risks arising from uncontrolled climate change, and on the costs and opportunities associated with action to tackle it. The Review calculates that the dangers of unabated climate change would be equivalent to at least 5% of GDP each year. If a wider range of risks and impacts is taken into account, the estimates of damage could rise to 20% of GDP each year or more. On the contrary, the costs of taken action can be limited to around 1% of global GDP each year.


Europe’s Share of the Climate Challenge, Domestic Actions and International Obligations to Protect the Planet

Charles Heaps, Peter Erickson, Sivan Kartha, Eric Kemp-Benedict: Stockholm Environment InstituteStockholm Environment Institute – 2009

"This report examines what Europe will need to do to show such leadership: firstly, it will need to undertake domestic actions to rapidly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and secondly, it will need to fulfil its international obligations to help other countries address the twin crises of climate change and development."

The Lisbon Treaty's impact on climate change and energy policy

ClientEarth – 2010

In this legal briefing ClientEarth considers influence of the Lisbon Treaty on climate change and energy policy.


The emissions trading scheme auctioning regulation - Legal policy briefing

ClientEarth – 2010

"Legal policy briefing - Draft ETS auctioning regulation and Commission proposal to move beyond 20% GHG reductions. The briefing argues that the European Commission should act in a way that preserves opportunities for future ambitious EU action towards a 30% target and beyond, and in a way that enables proactive Member State and civil society participation in the carbon market."


A new growth path for Europe: generating growth and jobs in the low-carbon economy

Carlo C. Jaeger, Leonidas Paroussos, Diana Mangalagiu, Roland Kupers, Antoine Mandel, Joan David Tàbara – 2011

The study was conducted by a consortium of experts from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Oxford University, University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), European Climate Forum and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. It says that increasing the EU’s 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target from 20 per cent to 30 per cent could help European investments, that would lead to a GDP increase of up to €620bn and the creation of up to six million jobs.

Joint Business Declaration : Increasing Europe's climate ambition will be goof for the EU economy and jobs

Organised through the cooperation of The Climate Group, The Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership’s leaders groups, WWF/WWF Climate Savers – 2011

72 leading companies call for the EU to prepare to increase its greenhouse gas reduction target to 30% to drive low carbon investment.

The Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN)

IPPC – 2011

"Assess existing literature on the future potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change. It covers the six most important renewable energy technologies, as well as their integration into present and future energy systems. It also takes into consideration the environmental and social consequences associated with these technologies, the cost and strategies to overcome technical as well as non-technical obstacles to their application and diffusion." http://srren.ipcc-wg3.de/

Austrian strategy for adaptation to climate change

Lebensministerium, Austria – 2012

Die österreichische Strategie zur Anpassung an den Klima-wandel. German language.