“From the Paris Agreement to a Low-Carbon Bretton Woods”

“Towards a Low-Carbon Bretton Woods”

It has just been launched a book that might shake up the climate change negotiations and provide a feasible policy roadmap to establish low-carbon societies worldwide. “From the Paris Agreement to a Low-Carbon Bretton Woods”, written by Michele Stua member of the Global Hub for the Common Good, investigates the existing and possible links between the concept of a Carbon Club and the Paris Agreement.


The author defines those criteria that may lead to an effective establishment of a Carbon Club under the framework of the Paris Agreement and incuding the creation of a new global currency linked to carbon emissions. The book also identifies some of the main questions that the proposal may help to tackle:

  • Which low-carbon pathways are compatible with the new temperature targets set by the Paris Agreement?
  • Can new entities like the Carbon Club have a decisive role in guaranteeing the alignment of the aggregate mitigating actions with the global objectives identified within the Paris Agreement?
  • What role will be played by market and non-market approaches within the proposed framework?
  • How can economic, social, and environmental sustainability be ensured during the implementation of the Agreement?
  • How can justice and equity be encouraged between the Parties and all the involved actors as required by the Agreement?
  • Which instruments can be designed and adopted to provide the expected degree of transparency for the new system?

“From the Paris Agreement to a Low-Carbon Bretton Woods” adopts a holistic approach to respond to these questions. The book discusses the opportunity to develop a Carbon Club within the Article 6 framework, and provides a feasible roadmap for its means of implementation, rules and governance structure. The final result is a feasible policy proposal that takes into account all the key issues introduced by the questions, and draws a roadmap towards a ‘low-carbon Bretton Woods’.


How to get the book: You can get the book in Springer

About the author: Michele Stua

michelestuaBorn in Udine, Italy, on 20 April 1973, Michele Stua is an independent researcher and analyst focusing on Climate Policy. In the past he has worked for Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies in Pisa, where he obtained his PhD in 2011, developing an innovative research on the application of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in China, and SPRU-Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. His major efforts concerned the study of carbon mechanisms aimed at facilitating the trade of mitigation-related assets worldwide. His findings led to the definition of policy proposals introduced in different international contexts.
He directly collaborated with Brazilian authorities to the design of the proposals contained in the Brazil submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) of November 2014, which eventually led to the inclusion of the Article 6 in the new International Agreement on Climate Change signed in Paris on December 2015. He is an active member of the Global Hub for the Common Good leading the climate change strategy.

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