Projects for Energy and Climate Change

  • 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.


  • May 2008 - September 2011

    Global Sectoral Approaches - Sectoral Approaches as Part of a Post-2012 Framework

    CEPS was a member of a consortium led by the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) with partner organizations including Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftforschung (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany, Institut du développement durable et des relations internationals (IDDRI) in Paris, Climate Change Capital (CCC) in London. This sectoral study was a proof of concept project that analyses the potential of sectoral approaches to address climate change. The study’s objective were to help move beyond voluntary actions and facilitate participation by developing countries in international climate change actions as well as to explore actions necessary for sectoral approaches to become a tool in the mitigation of GHG emissions and necessary links to the global carbon market. The study focused on cement, iron and steel, and electricity in three crucial developing countries: China, Mexico, and Brazil. It also contains a transnational dimension looking at industry sectors in global context. The sectoral study is designed to give negotiators accurate data to utilize in negotiations in Poznan, Poland, and ultimately Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.


  • January 2008 - December 2010

    Security of Energy considering its uncertainty, risk and economic implications (SECURE)

    The objective of this project is to develop a new tool aimed at evaluating EU’s vulnerability to the different risks which might affect energy supplies, in order to help optimising the Union’s energy risk mitigation strategies. The project will therefore consist of developing energy security indicators for all the energy sources in order to identify the risk factors and quantify EU’s exposure to volume and price risks in the short and long terms, including the value consumers give to supply security. Costs and benefits of energy security will be evaluated for different energy demand scenarios to help policy makers building the most appropriate institutional, political and industrial parades.

  • April 2007 - June 2007

    Analysis of Possible Ways of Setting the Cap, Allocate and Distribute Allowances in the EU ETS from 2013 onwards

    Based on the experiences of the first two National Allocation Plans (NAPs), this study analysed possible ways of setting the cap, allocating and distributing allowances in the EU ETS from 2013 and onwards. The study lists and briefly discuss principal advantages and disadvantages of different options for setting caps, allocating and distributing allowances before presenting a possible blueprint for a revised EU ETS.

  • January 2007 - February 2007

    EU ETS survey

    The study contributes to better understanding of European corporations’ responses to second National Allocation Plans (NAP II allocation), especially focusing on energy consuming industry. The study covers following points: requests from corporations to national governments with regard to NAP II allocation; guidance provided by national governments to corporations; evaluation by European corporations of NAP II allocation; European corporations’ strategies in response to tight allocation; evaluation of the EU ETS; and evaluation of carbon prices under the EU ETS.

  • April 2006 - October 2008

    Cost Assessment for Sustainable Energy Systems (CASES)

    Leading Institute: Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei, Italy; Participating institute: CEPS The project’s objective is to derive a comprehensive picture of the full cost of energy, and to make this crucial knowledge available to all stakeholders. Such assessment is of paramount importance for energy and environmental policy making, both for the supply and the demand side of energy provision. The aim is to assess external costs for energy that are affected by policy at the EU level.

  • March 2006 - March 2009

    Adaptation and Mitigation strategies for Europe (ADAM)

    The ADAM project is a FP6 funded integrated research project consisting of more than 20 research institutes in 15 countries. The project is co-ordinated by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK. The project will lead to a better understanding of the trade-offs that exist between adaptation and mitigation policies and looks among other at future scenarios, appraisal methods for climate policies, policy options and instruments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, impacts, vulnerabilities and ways to cope with these. CEPS will contribute to the project by organising 6 science-policy workshops and policy briefs. It participates furthermore in the team that analyses options for the future climate change regime.

  • European Climate Platform

    The European Climate Platform (ECP) is a joint initiative by Mistra’s Climate Policy Research Programme CLIPORE and CEPS established in 2005. It has set as its objective to facilitate policy/research interaction, mainly but not exclusively in Europe. Its working method consists bringing together a select number of policy-makers, negotiators and experts to discuss key topics in the area of international climate change policy. An important element is to actively disseminate results. The ECP actively searches the dialogue with policy makers and other stakeholders while being dedicated to academic excellence, unqualified independence and policy relevance. The ECP is governed by a steering group, drawn from government and academia.

    Steering group members (in alphabetical order):