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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

cover of special reportEarthpace President Ken Markowitz is the co-editor of a new Special Report: Compliance Strategies to Deliver Climate Benefits, produced by the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE).

This Special Report is a collection of articles that demonstrate the importance of compliance and enforcement to the success of global efforts to mitigate climate change. They offer practical strategies for designing robust laws and standards, implementing effective climate regimes, monitoring emissions, detecting and reporting violations, and sanctioning non-compliance and fraud, among other actions to assure compliance with climate laws. The major themes that emerge include the European experience producing compliance in carbon markets as emissions trading expands worldwide, the importance of enforcing existing laws that have climate benefits, and the advantages of interagency cooperation and networking to effectively enforce climate laws and maximize limited resources.

The Special Report comprises a mix of articles, diverse in topical, sectoral and geographical representation. A number of cross-cutting themes emerge, many of which reflect the global trends considered above. Many of the articles adhere to the central theme of compliance and impart useful advice on tools for implementing regulation and monitoring, reporting and verification, as well as appropriate penalties for both negligent and intentional non-compliance with regulatory requirements.

The articles in the Special Report reflect some of the trends in global climate change governance, compliance, and enforcement, including the experiences of competent authorities to produce compliance under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, enforcement of climate change related laws, and interagency cooperation to combat climate change comprehensively and maximize resources. On markets, the European experience provides valuable lessons on enforcement and ensuring the integrity delivery of climate benefits for other countries like Australia and South Korea that have plans to launch emissions trading systems. With respect to climate related laws, national air pollution, clean energy, and other laws providing climate change benefits will only work if there is effective implementation and enforcement to maximize compliance. Enforcement of conventional environmental laws, including using networks, can also serve as examples for the climate change enforcement community.

Visit the Special Report online toolkit to access the articles or download the report as a PDF.