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270.72 sec. 001 - Pathways to Carbon Neutrality (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Fan Dai  
Instructor: Daniel Farber  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Robert Donald Infelise  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 244
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023
Class Number: 32575

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

To avoid severe harm from climate change, society will need to drastically reduce emissions in the next few decades, and to limit global warming to well below two degrees, countries need to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. Subnational governments - states/provinces and cities -- are setting up their policies and targets towards this target. Examples include California's 2045 Carbon Neutrality Pathway and Shanghai’s 2025 carbon emission peaking plan. These pioneering efforts will ultimately need to be replicated at a much larger scale.

This interdisciplinary class will explore the policy and legal challenges facing these plans. The instructors and outside speakers will address the economic and technological unknowns that confront these plans, strategies and innovation for overcoming them. In both China and the U.S., subnational governments must work within the frame of constitutional structures and national legislation, raising federalism issues. Apart from these federalism issues, speakers will also address the problems of designing the legal and regulatory mechanisms to achieve carbon reduction goals. Finally, the class will also consider emerging national efforts in China and the U.S., as well as other major economies to achieve dramatic emissions limitations.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Environmental and Energy Law

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