Energy and Climate Change
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Over recent years, the European Union has progressed at increasing speed towards an integrated energy and climate change strategy. A first major step has been the 2007-2009 climate and energy package where member-states have accepted EU-wide the 2020 targets and regulation such the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) that affect their autonomy reading the fuel mix. Momentum has been provided by the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, which elevates energy as an area of shared competence between the Union and the member states. As to climate change, following the outcome of the Copenhagen negotiations, Eu climate change policy has increasingly been driven by domestic, that is EU decarbonisation policies. The Europe 2020 economic growth strategy provides the overall heading for this approach.
Reflecting these priorities, the energy and climate change research unit focuses on mitigation policies, i.e. measures to reduce GHG emissions and create a low carbon economy. Domestically, this includes work on energy efficiency, de-carbonisation of transport, new finance instruments and the SET-plan and infrastructures. Internationally the focus will be on international cooperation to incerase the level of ambition and the potential for co-benefits, for example reading energy security, sustainability, economic growth and job creation. Work on carbon markets (e.g. ETS, CDM reforms, new mechanisms, forestry, technology etc.) will bridge the two. Work on clean energy cooperation will continue with countries/regions as diverse as China, the GCC, India, Japan and the US. A principal activity will the unit's participation in NEUJOBS project (Employment 2025: How the multiple transitions affect the European labour market).
The CEPS programme is based on the proven format of combining in-depth research with stakeholder discussions and review. The programme is developed in consultation with the EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament), member states, other research institutes, CEPS members, notably business and industry and relevant stakeholders such as NGOs and trade unions.
Principal activities include:
CEPS Associate Fellows:
Thomas Brewer, Associate Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.;
Carlo Carraro, Professor of Economics, University of Venice and Research Director, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Italy;
Frank Convery, Professor for Economics and Head of Environment Department, University College Dublin; Ireland;
Louise van Schaik, Fellow, The Netherlands Institute for International Relations Clingendael.