Climate Neutrality – Towards An Ethical Conception of Climate Neutrality

Ethics, Policy and Environment 19 (3):256-272 (2016)

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Over the last decade, climate neutrality has emerged as an empowering, new concept—and it has given rise to concerns that it may be conducive to greenwashing and a disregard for justice and sustainability. Are these concerns justified? This paper argues that there is a qualified case for climate neutrality as part of an integrated approach to climate ethics. There are ethical and economic arguments for climate neutrality. An ethical conception of climate neutrality puts critical emphasis on reduction as well as transparent measurement, substitution and stakeholder involvement so as to counter a prevailing focus on compensation.
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