Accelerating the transformation towards Sustainable Development Goals: Economic Impact and Social Cost of Climate Change and Carbon Reduction

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Galerie 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Xiangzheng Deng
Chairs: Pei Wang


Climate change characterized by global warming brings severe challenges to natural ecosystem and sustainable development of human society (Liu and Deng, 2011; Deng and Bai, 2014). Carbon emission induced by human activities is the main reason for global warming. The influence mechanisms of carbon emission on regional/global climate change and social-economic development have attracted widespread attention from academics and politics (Steinberger et al., 2012; Chen and Chen, 2012; Jackson et al., 2015). Facing the challenges of climate change, more than 150 world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. The SDGs build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and set a transformative agenda that emphasizes integration and balance among economic, social and environmental aspirations. The SDGs framework is intended to manage trade-offs and maximize synergies across the 17 SDGs and associated 169 targets (Griggs et al 2013). In addition, the Paris Agreement, which was negotiated at the 21st Conference of the Parties of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in 2015, has entered into force since November 2016. It aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with an aspirational 1.5°C limit, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty (UNFCCC, 2015). To contribute to the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, it is of great significance to develop new models and approaches to evaluate economic and social cost of carbon emission and carbon reductions, analyze trade-offs and synergies among economic, social and environmental development, and explore scientific climate change adaptation strategies.

In recent decades, economic theories and approaches have been widely adopted to the analysis of climate change impacts on social-economic system (Springmann, 2014; Sterner, 2015; Burke et al., 2015). However, the long-term mechanisms and complexities of climate change’s impact on social-economic system greatly challenge traditional economic methodologies (Kunreuther et al., 2013; Estrada et al., 2015; Funk et al., 2015). New theories and methodologies for the economics of climate change are urgently needed to tackle with complex issues, such as to recognize the connections between climate factors and socio-economic system, to simulate the economic impact of carbon emission and carbon reduction on different industries and regions, to evaluate social costs of carbon emission and carbon reduction in world’s main countries and typical regions, which will provide scientific basis and methods support for climate change mitigation and adaptation and sustainable development.

Climate change is not just an environmental issue, but also a development issue (Deng et al., 2015; Singh et al., 2016). Clarifying impact mechanisms of carbon emission on social-economic system is beneficial to developing climate change adaptation strategies. It also needs badly the breakthrough to study on the impact of climate change and carbon reduction on the social-economic integrating climate model and scenario analysis with SDGs, to assess the impacts, costs and risks of carbon reduction on high energy-consuming industries, to analyze the impacts and costs of carbon management measures on household consumption and enterprise production, to explore the influencing mechanism and assessment methods of strategies and measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to clarify the trade-offs and synergies among social, economic and environmental development dimensions.

Our knowledge on how climate change effects social-economic system is still limited. We welcome the submission of high-quality conceptual and empirical papers for ideas and inspirations to the topics, but not be limited, to the following:

1) Interactions among atmospheric carbon dioxide, surface temperature, and social-economic development
2) Economic impact and social cost of climate change and carbon emission
3) Effects of climate change mitigation, adaptation and carbon reduction
4) Scenarios and potential future on coupling climate change with SDGs


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