Successful industrial climate policy depends on tailor-made cluster approaches

To learn more about this topic, download the latest policy brief from the Climate Strategies website. The recently strengthened European greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the European Green Deal imply a transformation of the EU’s materials sector. A 55% reduction in the next decade (compared to 1990 emissions) and climate neutrality in only 30 […]

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Climate contribution: a smart policy solution for decarbonising material production and use in the EU

On 11th December 2020, the European Council agreed on the 55% GHG reduction target for 2030. This is an important milestone in a longer journey to build a climate-neutral European economy by mid-century. Achieving this goal will not be possible without an appropriate policy framework for decarbonising material production and use in Europe. Such framework […]

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Climate Migration and Health System Preparedness in the United States

The United States is very focused on crisis management—that is crises that are dramatic and short in duration. With some pointed exceptions, the government responds quickly and pointedly to these instances from terrorist attacks to hurricanes. However, that response and the rhetoric surrounding it sounds quite a bit different when the crisis is protracted—much like […]

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Carbon Pricing and COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted consumption, production and government policy-making. This post and the accompanying paper argue that, despite these challenges, if one were to adopt or strengthen carbon pricing—either carbon taxes or cap & trade—during the COVID-19 crisis would be the time to do it. While carbon pricing has been on the mouths of […]

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How to engage people with climate change in times of COVID-19, economic distress and rising populism

At this moment, countries worldwide face three main crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, a looming economic crisis, and a liberal democracy crisis, often exemplified by the rise of populism. What role can we expect the climate change crisis to play in the publics’ mind in times like these? This is an important question to ask for […]

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Modelling net-zero emissions energy systems requires a change in approach

Many countries and corporations are in the process of establishing net-zero GHG emission targets. One estimate suggests that such targets are in place or under discussion in countries representing over half of the world economy. This policy response to climate science, catalysed for many by the IPCC Special report in 2018 on Global Warming of […]

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It’s not what you say about climate change, it’s how you say it…

Increasing discontent from many – embodied in the gilets jaunes protests in France and around the world – shows that the ambitious policies necessary to tackle the climate emergency require public support and approval to succeed. Governments hold back from introducing ambitious climates measures out of fear of a potential public backlash. Citizens’ assemblies are […]

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Politics of carbon pricing

Carbon pricing is often hailed as the key policy response to address climate change. We question this view as it tends to neglect deep-rooted political conflicts and the necessity to fundamentally change carbon-intensive businesses and industries. Carbon pricing has many proponents who argue that it is the most efficient policy to address climate change. Supporters […]

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