27-28 September 2018 | Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA | Research Workshop Conducted by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
Given the incentive structure associated with SG, its potentially substantial impacts, and the uncertainty (of various kinds) surrounding it, the governance of SG deployment will be challenging. Among the questions associated with governance design – to be addressed in this workshop – are:
(1) Who ought to and/or will specify criteria for SG deployment, and who ought to and/or is likely to decide when the criteria are satisfied?
(2) What will or should these criteria be? They may include:
a. Regulatory criteria developed by policy makers;
b. Criteria specified by “agents”/actors who might engage in SG deployment; c. Physical, engineering, social, economic, ethical, and other dimensions.
(3) How should/will decisions about deployment be made; what decision-making process should/will be uti- lized?
(4) What institutions, either existing or new, are appropriate as decision-making venues? What will or should be the legal framework of such institutions?
(5) How might SG complement and/or undermine national, regional, and multilateral institutions and policy to mitigate or adapt to climate change – and, more broadly, to manage climate risks?
(6) SG is both a hedge against uncertain but potentially catastrophic risks of (or, alternatively, damages from) climate change – and has its own associated risks, known and unknown. How can we better understand these uncertainties and incorporate them into useful decision-making processes?
(7) How might we best define a research agenda for the governance of SG deployment?