Co-benefits of low-carbon policies in the built environment: An Australian investigation into local government co-benefits policies
Climate change is undeniably the most urgent issue facing humanity. While the Paris Climate Agreement made progress in bringing about international collaboration, for Australia, outcomes at the national level remain uncertain. Nevertheless, the growing involvement of local governments in climate action is encouraging. Not only are the impacts most keenly experienced at this level, there is greater opportunity for control. This is particularly so as a range of non-climate-related co-benefits of climate change mitigation are available at this level. These co-benefits motivate governments to frame climate change mitigation in a positive light to operationalise broader economic, social, health and environmental benefits of low-carbon policies within the concept of sustainable development. Despite substantial evidence for co-benefits, their policy impact remains limited and under-developed. This thesis investigates local governments’ understandings of the ‘co-benefits approach’ in planning for climate change. It provides a systematic understanding of local policy context to plan, generate and purposively integrate co-benefits into the policy-decision-making processes.
SOURCE: Sardar Masud Karim. “Co-benefits of low-carbon policies in the built environment: An Australian investigation into local government co-benefits policies.” The University of New South Wales, March 2019.
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