Measuring the co-benefits of climate change mitigation

TitleMeasuring the co-benefits of climate change mitigation
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsÜrge-Vorsatz, D., S. T. Herrero, N. K. Dubash, and F. Lecocq
Journal titleAnnual Review of Environment and Resources
Pages549 - 582

Co-benefits rarely enter quantitative decision-support frameworks, often because themethodologies for their integration are lacking or not known. This review fills in this gap by providing comprehensive methodological guidance on the quantification of co-impacts and their integration into climate-related decision making based on the literature. The article first clarifies the confusion in the literature about related terms and makes a proposal for a more consistent terminological framework, then emphasizes the importance of working in a multiple-objective-multiple-impact framework. It creates a taxonomy of co-impacts and uses this to propose a methodological framework for the identification of the key co-impacts to be assessed for a given climate policy and to avoid double counting. It reviews the different methods available to quantify and monetize different co-impacts and introduces three methodological frameworks that can be used to integrate these results into decision making. On the basis of an initial assessment of selected studies, it also demonstrates that the incorporation of co-impacts can significantly change the outcome of economic assessments. Finally, the review calls for major new research and innovation toward simplified evaluation methods and streamlined tools for more widely applicable appraisals of co-impacts for decision making.


Export Date: 14 February 2015

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Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP)
Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy
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