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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Consumption-Based Emissions Accounting and Historical Emissions

Torpman, Olle

Abstract

This paper argues that, unlike the production-based emissions accounting (on which emissions are attributed to producers of goods and services), the consumption-based emissions accounting (on which emissions are attributed to consumers of these goods and services) can solve the problem of historical emissions. This problem concerns the question of how to assign remedial responsibility for emissions that were made by people who are now dead. Since historical emissions are embedded in the goods consumed by present consumers, and since present consumers can (unlike past producers) do something about their emissions, a consumption-based accounting can contribute to solving the climate crisis.

Keywords

Historical emissions; consumption-based accounting; climate ethics; remedial responsibility

Published in

Ethics, Policy and Environment
2022, Volume: 25, number: 3, pages: 354-366
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR AND FRANCIS LTD

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Ethics

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21550085.2022.2058296

    Permanent link to this page (URI)

    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/123353