What is it about?
Regulators in Canada and the United States use a damages-based valuation to price carbon emissions (the social cost of carbon) for regulatory rule-making. We argue the social cost of carbon could assist in calculating the costs of climate harms (loss and damage) around the world and support access to remedies. We also argue that both the social cost of carbon and climate loss and damage should inform impact assessment processes and decision-making. This could help prevent climate harms in the first place, build coherence across climate change law and policy, and provide a basis for calculating loss and damage fund contributions.
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Why is it important?
As the impacts of climate change are increasingly being felt around the world, it is vital to both prevent future climate harms and to remedy the harms that are arising today. By linking the social cost of carbon with loss and damage and impact assessment, we believe our paper can help set regulators on a better path of appraising, assessing, and redressing harms from climate change and supporting climate justice.
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This page is a summary of: Exploring the Application of the Social Cost of Carbon in Loss-and-Damage and Impact Assessment, Climate Law, July 2023, Brill,
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