AbstractsGeography &GIS

Monitoring climate policy. A full carbon accounting approach based on material flow analysis.

by Klaus Kubeczko

Institution: Vienna University of Economics and Business
Year: 2003
Keywords: Material Flow Analysis / Climate Policy / Uncertainties / Greenhouse-gas-reduction / Kyoto Protocol / Monitoring / Indicator System
Record ID: 1031796
Full text PDF: http://epub.wu.ac.at/1910/1/document.pdf


The main goal of the thesis is to develop a monitoring instrument for climate policy that is based on the Kyoto Protocol and the IPCC guidelines. The instrument developed is based on a "Full Carbon Accounting" approach which takes into account the carbon flows of the biosphere as well as those related to society's metabolism. Conceptually the analysis is based on the epistemological concept of society nature interaction comprising society's metabolism and colonisation of nature as main starting points. This leads to the empirical concept of material flow analysis. The thesis quantifies the carbon flows and the related uncertainties of the Austrian economy for 1990 for selected areas in a consistent way. The thesis also tries to build up a framework for system of indicators that would allow evaluating climate policy. (author´s abstract)