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COP26 and the dynamics of anti-fossil fuel norms

van Asselt, H; Green, F; (2022) COP26 and the dynamics of anti-fossil fuel norms. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change , Article e816. 10.1002/wcc.816. Green open access

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Abstract

Notwithstanding the clear contribution of fossil fuel production and consumption to global greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuels have remained largely outside the focus of the international regime established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 2021 Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26) marked an important change, however, with fossil fuels featuring prominently in the intergovernmental negotiations as well as on the side-lines of the conference. Here we discuss these developments as a site for contestations around “anti-fossil fuel norms.” We argue that anti-fossil fuel norms are increasingly being adopted and institutionalized. However, ongoing contestation among proponents and opponents of measures to tackle fossil fuels raises important questions over the specific content of emerging norms, the role of the fossil fuel industry in climate governance, the extent to which these norms “fit” with their broader normative context, and the conditions of North–South cooperation in which such norms are to be implemented. This article is categorized under: Policy and Governance > International Policy Framework Policy and Governance > Private Governance of Climate Change.

Type: Article
Title: COP26 and the dynamics of anti-fossil fuel norms
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/wcc.816
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.816
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. © 2022 The Authors. WIREs Climate Change published by Wiley Periodicals LLC.
Keywords: Climate policy, COP26, fossil fuels, UNFCCC
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10161013
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