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Inter-generational and spatial equity issues of carbon accounts

Arnulf Grübler and Yasumasa Fujii

Energy, 1991, vol. 16, issue 11, 1397-1416

Abstract: We analyze the different regional and generational contributions to increases of CO2 concentrations resulting from fossil-fuel use since the onset of the industrial revolution. Equitable future per capita emission allowances under a range of concentration stabilization scenarios (additional 140, 280, and 420 ppm over pre-industrial levels) by the year 2100 are outlined. The intra- and inter-generational equity criterion adopted considers that each human being is allowed an equal emission right per year, independent of time or place lived. A distinguishing characteristic of the analysis is the integration of emissions and population over time. Quantifications of historical contributions to concentration increases and future emission scenarios on a per capita basis are broken down into nine world regions.

Date: 1991
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