The term Copenhagen Compromise was coined by in September 2008 the main climate change adviser to the Australian government, Professor Ross Garnaut.
In a report to the government, Garnaut outlined the results of three scenarios his team had modeled, one of which was what he dubbed the 'Copenhagen Compromise' in which "binding commitments to quantitative reductions in emissions only by developed and transitional economies, plus perhaps some other high-income countries" are agreed to. While stating this was a "likely minimum outcome" from the process "over the next few years", Garnaut argued that it would at least "place developed countries on the track toward decarbonisation. By demonstrating that decarbonisation is indeed compatible with prosperity and continued growth, it would keep alive the possibility of later, comprehensive, if delayed, global action."
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- Ross Garnaut, "Targets and trajectories: Supplementary Draft Report", Garnaut Climate Change Review, September 2008, pages 14-15.
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