The Hartwell Paper

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The Hartwell Paper calls for a reorientation of climate policy after the perceived failure in 2009 of the UNFCCC climate conference in Copenhagen. The paper was published in May 2010 by the London School of Economics in cooperation with the University of Oxford. The authors are 14 natural and social scientists from Asia, Europe and North America, including Mike Hulme, Roger A. Pielke (Jr), Nico Stehr and Steve Rayner, who met under the Chatham House Rule.

Hartwell House, where the meetings took place

The paper argues that "decarbonisation will only be achieved successfully as a benefit contingent upon other goals which are politically attractive and relentlessly pragmatic."

It emphasizes human dignity as a necessary guiding principle for climate policy: "To reframe the climate issue around matters of human dignity is not just noble or necessary. It is also likely to be more effective than the approach of framing around human sinfulness – which has failed and will continue to fail."[1]

It has three main objectives:

  • 1. Energy access for all

The paper advocates taking investments in the innovations of renewable energy to decrease energy costs and to make them more affordable to society. Only this diversification of energy could extend the access to energy, especially in undeveloped countries.[2]

The ultimate goal is "to develop non-carbon energy supplies at unsubsidised costs less than those using fossil fuels."[2][3][4]

The Hartwell Paper recommends achieving this goal by introducing low carbon taxes. Moreover this money should be used to develop a CO2 free energy supply.[2]

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