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Environmental Standards in the BRICS: An Analysis of Vehicular Pollution

Krishnendra Meena

International Studies, 2021, vol. 58, issue 3, 397-408

Abstract: Since its inception, the BRICS has received attention as a geopolitical challenger to the already established institutions of the Global North. BRICS members have also been vocal on issues concerning global environment. Brazil, India, China and South Africa have raised important issues at international conferences on Climate Change. The article looks at the specific issue of vehicular pollution in the BRICS countries. Vehicular pollution standards already in existence through the United Nations Environment Programme and the most cited and practised standards of the European Union remain the yardstick to be followed around the world. The article looks at the standards set up by the individual BRICS countries. Subsequently efforts of the BRICS as a group are explored through their joint statements. The article argues that despite important players in global vehicle market, the BRICS as a grouping has not been able to formulate any viable alternative standards for vehicular emissions.

Keywords: BRICS; environment; vehicular pollution; standards (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1177/00208817211028053

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