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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Carbon Contracts for Differences: An essential instrument for European industrial decarbonisation

Carbon Contracts for Differences (CCFD) are one of the elements of the policy package developed by the Climate Friendly Materials Platform (CFMP) in order to help decarbonise European’s industry while preserving its competitiveness. CCfDs may also be an important component of Resilient Recovery Funds (and have been already included in the German national hydrogen strategy […]

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What are the challenges and opportunities for factoring climate action into the UAE’s and Oman’s economic diversification strategies?

Climate change brings both challenges and opportunities for economic growth in oil producing countries, which are highly reliant on oil-export revenues. On one hand, if not managed properly, climate change affects both non-oil and oil-based economic sectors. Non-oil economic sectors such as agriculture, food security, water, fisheries, tourism, and infrastructure are already negatively affected by […]

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Responding to climate mitigation policymaking as a complex policy problem: the role of approach

COVID-19 has thrown the interconnected and complex systemic nature of our global society into stark relief.  It has also sparked many questions within the international climate change community of practice around the lessons of the pandemic for the climate crisis. In a paper for Climate Policy with Dr Brett Cohen, ‘Approaching climate mitigation policymaking in […]

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Carbon Lock-in and development in Latin America and the Caribbean: risks and opportunities for recovery from Covid-19

Countries around the world are thinking about how to address the widespread repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic after the urgent and necessary short-term health response. Extraordinary resources are being made available by governments to relaunch economies and to support vulnerable segments of the society. These mid- and long-term stimulus packages hold both the potential of […]

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Even ‘climate progressive’ nations fall far short of adopting Paris-compliant pathways

With Covid-19 dominating the news, it’s easy to forget the greater threat posed by climate change. Whilst recent months have seen a fall in global emissions, we’re still dumping tens of billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, increasing the concentration of CO2 and hence the level of warming. The Covid-19 crisis offers […]

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Giving climate policy advice that makes a difference: targeting government agencies

The Climate Strategies and Climate Policy Blog is full to the brim with blog posts providing important scientific insights on how to fight climate change. Why does so little of this vast knowledge about what to do ultimately make it into real policy? In our recent outlook piece in Climate Policy, we argue that scientists […]

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