Workshop: Climate Ethics and Emissions Accounting, 6-7 Dec 2022

October 2022

In order to answer questions about how to distribute the remaining carbon budget and the costs of climate change mitigation and adaptation, we typically need to know who has emitted how much. In this regard, we need a method to attribute greenhouse gas emissions to various actors. The debates on this subject matter centers around mainly two views: production-based emissions accounting (according to which emissions are counted at their geographical source or, alternatively, attributed to the producing actor), and consumption-based emissions accounting (according to which emissions are counted at the point of final consumption). However, the debate over the emissions accounting methods raises several questions: What is the relevance of emissions accountings in the overall framework of climate ethics? What role do they play? Are there alternatives to the abovementioned emissions accounting methods? What are the standards by which we could evaluate and compare emissions accounting methods, and which method should we prefer? What are their practical implications? Which emissions are mine? How should the emissions of a state be divided between its citizens? Should we count emissions over a lifetime or some other discrete unit of time? The present workshop brings together current research on these (and related) issues, with the aim of contributing to the further progress in the research field of emissions accountings within climate ethics.

The workshop takes place on December 6-7, at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as online. We invite talks on issues related to emissions accounting from a normative or theoretical perspective. If you would like to give a talk, please contact Olle Torpman () and Göran Duus-Otterström () with an abstract (maximally 300 words) no later than June 20th 2022. Speakers will get travel and accommodation reimbursed.

The workshop is organized by the research program Climate Ethics and Future Generations, which is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences). The program is led by Gustaf Arrhenius (PI), Krister Bykvist (co-PI) and Göran Duus-Otterström (co-PI) and will run 2018-2023.