Ethics, Responsibility and the Carbon Budget

In order to avoid dangerous climate change the world must drastically limit its emissions of greenhouse gases. The aim of this project will be to provide a rigorous ethical framework for dividing the world’s remaining ‘carbon budget’ (CB).

This project will develop a new analysis of how our assumptions concerning risk and harm shape our conception of the CB. It will also provide a new understanding of how future emission rights should be allocated given that countries have emitted vastly different quantities of greenhouse gases in the past. 

Crucially, the project will analyse how the CB will impact the climate transition plans of countries and bring significant new research in philosophy to bear on a practical issue.

Funding Agency

Australian Research Council / Discovery Project (DP180100355)


The University of Adelaide; The Australian National University; University of Oxford, UK


•    Professor Jeremy Moss 

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