Age of experiments

How states and regions are developing the next generation of climate and energy policies
Reading time: 10 minutes
23 September 2014

Current national policies to address climate change are falling short. But state and regional governments are developing a new generation of policies to meet the challenge.

Over the past two decades, the world has looked to national governments to confront the risks posed by a changing climate. But to date, those collective efforts have been insufficient. An international treaty mandating ambitious greenhouse gas reductions from all major nations has proved unworkable. And according to the International Energy Agency, current national policies have global average temperatures on track to rise as high as 5.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century – far beyond the 2-degree increase identified by scientists as the threshold for avoiding dangerous climate change.

But while many national governments remain stuck in entrenched debates, state and regional governments around the world are moving forward to develop a new generation of innovative policy ‘experiments’ that will shape the future climate policy landscape.

This report examines the nature of these sub-national policy experiments – as well as what it will take for them to contribute to the large-scale impacts that are needed.

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