Projects for Energy and Climate Change

  • January 2010 - December 2010

    European Dialogue

    A new initiative by the “Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations” (IDDRI), the Centre for European and Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) will take up the challenge to discuss with key policymakers and selected stakeholders the costs and benefits of pursuing the EU ‘climate leadership’ with a particular view to designing both politically and economically viable mid- and long-term strategies. The “European Dialogue” will focus particularly on removing barriers and overcoming obstacles towards more stringent targets and thereby allow the EU to continue leadership. Key obstacles that the Dialogue will address are other policies to complement the carbon price and to address non-ETS sectors, intra-EU equity concerns especially in relationship to the new EU member states (EU-12), international finance and technology. The top level in governments, parliaments, industries, financial institutions or academic will be able to closely interact and bring together their valuable knowledge and experience for the concretisation of the EU climate and energy policy.

     

  • January 2010 - December 2010

    European Dialogue

    A new initiative by the “Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations” (IDDRI), the Centre for European and Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) will take up the challenge to discuss with key policymakers and selected stakeholders the costs and benefits of pursuing the EU ‘climate leadership’ with a particular view to designing both politically and economically viable mid- and long-term strategies. The “European Dialogue” will focus particularly on removing barriers and overcoming obstacles towards more stringent targets and thereby allow the EU to continue leadership. Key obstacles that the Dialogue will address are other policies to complement the carbon price and to address non-ETS sectors, intra-EU equity concerns especially in relationship to the new EU member states (EU-12), international finance and technology. The top level in governments, parliaments, industries, financial institutions or academic will be able to closely interact and bring together their valuable knowledge and experience for the concretisation of the EU climate and energy policy.

     

  • January 2010 - December 2013

    Forest Fires under Climate, Social and Economic Changes in Europe, the Mediterranean and other Fire-affected Areas of the World (FUME)

    CEPS participates in a consortium under this large-scale integrated projected funded by the EU under the 7th Framework Programme for a period of 48 months. 33 partners, from 17 different countries, from 4 continents will study the interactions between land-use and land-cover changes, socioeconomic changes and climate change. The objectives will be, first, to understand how these factors interacted in the past to produce forest fires and, second, to model future changes in all these components to produce the best available projections on how forest fires might change in the coming decades. Special attention will be given to the projected increases in climate and weather extremes (drought, heat waves) since under such conditions fires become more devastating. FUME will produce, among other things, the most complete cartography of forest fires in Europe, and will identify the factors that were behind fires, particularly, large forest fires. Maps with future risk will also be produced as well as an evaluation of the vulnerability of the vegetation to the new conditions. Threats for regenerating ecosystems under climate extremes, particularly drought, will also be investigated.

  • December 2009 - May 2010

    EU Energy Markets in Gas and Electricity - State of Play of Implementation and Transposition

    The study assessed the status quo of the opening and completion of the internal energy market in gas and electricity for the use of the European Parliament ITRE Committee. The current status of implementation and transposition of the 2nd energy package was assessed and furthermore the 3rd energy package was discussed at length. Topical questions such as market concentration, price regulation, interconnectedness, investment in network infrastructure and powers of the regulators were discussed. The study gives an assessment of the road ahead and recommends needed policy steps.

     

  • December 2009 - November 2012

    Creation and Operation of an EU-GCC Clean Energy Network

     The specific objective of this project is to create and facilitate the operation of an EU–GCC clean energy network. The network is to be set up to act as a catalyst and element of coordination for development of cooperation on clean energy, including the related policy and technology aspects among various stakeholders in the EU and GCC countries. The activities of the network in the area of clean energy will include, 'inter alia', the exchange of experience and know-how, the coordination and promotion of joint actions between the EU and GCC stakeholders, facilitating joint research, demonstration and development, including through joint projects, of clean energy technologies in the GCC countries and providing policy support to promote and accompany these actions. The stakeholders participating in the network will include, 'inter alia', energy-related research entities, universities, administrations, utilities and industry.

  • Potential and Promotion of a New Generation of Renewable Technologies

    As part of a framework contract to provide external expertise on energy and climate change policy, this study provided background information and advice for the European Parliament ITRE Committee on measures and actions to be undertaken in the field of new renewable technologies. It assessed the ripeness of new renewable technologies and their deployment potentials, moreover markets and industry structures as well as barriers were analysed. The policy assessment and recommendations focus on the coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of the current European financing frameworks and the energy regulatory policy. Furthermore, the SET-Plan’s strengths and weaknesses were examined. The study addressed Renewable energy sources and technologies on a broad range: Off-shore wind; photovoltaics, concentrated solar power and bio-energy for production of heating, electricity and next-generation of biofuels, Ocean current, wave and tidal energy and geothermal energy were also included.

     

  • Potential and Promotion of a New Generation of Renewable Technologies

    As part of a framework contract to provide external expertise on energy and climate change policy, this study provided background information and advice for the European Parliament ITRE Committee on measures and actions to be undertaken in the field of new renewable technologies. It assessed the ripeness of new renewable technologies and their deployment potentials, moreover markets and industry structures as well as barriers were analysed. The policy assessment and recommendations focus on the coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of the current European financing frameworks and the energy regulatory policy. Furthermore, the SET-Plan’s strengths and weaknesses were examined. The study addressed Renewable energy sources and technologies on a broad range: Off-shore wind; photovoltaics, concentrated solar power and bio-energy for production of heating, electricity and next-generation of biofuels, Ocean current, wave and tidal energy and geothermal energy were also included.

     

  • November 2009 - July 2010

    A Study on Indian Climate Policy and Associated Outreach Activities

    The objective of the project is to inform EU stakeholders on the state of climate policies in India, so that the debates can be based on facts rather than perceptions, and in the spirit of bolstering EU support for an ambitious deal at and after the COP15 in Copenhagen in December 2009. CEPS prepared a policy brief on India’s climate policies and proposals in cooperation with Indian researchers, and conducted EU-level outreach activities. The outreach activities centres on the CEPS paper as well as the paper published by the Prayas Energy Group in India.

     

  • October 2008 - March 2009

    Study on a Method that can Optimally Allocate the 'cap' of GHGs emission - by Countries, Industries and Establishment Basis

    This project focused on the possible contribution of sectoral approaches to optimally set a cap on GHG emissions and allocate allowances under the cap. CEPS studied steps involved in cap setting and allocation, and their application to policies. This project was built upon research outcomes of the 2007-2008 project and closed the two-year project cycle financed by ESRI.

     

  • September 2008 - April 2010

    The Fiscal Implications of Climate Change Adaptaton

    As the contractor for this study CEPS analysed, together with ZEW, the relationships between public expenditures/revenues and the costs of adaptation, reflecting on the distributional aspects of adaptation and building a conceptual framework aiding policy makers in their public finances strategy.

     

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