Climate policy integration in the Mexican energy sector

How can transformative policies be designed and implemented across sector boundaries? Scholars have compared the quest for policy coordination and coherence with the quest for the philosopher’s stone. This is especially true for national climate policy making, since integrating all sectors really is the key: no sector remains untouched by the impacts of climate change […]

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Should renewable energies be subsidised even when CO2 emissions are covered by an Emission Trading System?

In many jurisdictions worldwide, CO2 emissions from electricity generation are covered by an emission trading system (ETS), while renewable electricity generation receives public subsidies. This is the case in many European countries, in some US states, in South Korea and in some Chinese provinces and cities.  As long as CO2 emissions are determined by the […]

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Electricity access in Nigeria – shaping climate narratives compatible with national discourses

In the preamble to the Paris Agreement the parties emphasize “the intrinsic relationship that climate change actions, responses and impacts have with equitable access to sustainable development and eradication of poverty”. Coupling emission targets to development priorities is now part of mainstream climate policy debates as well as of international negotiations. But African NDCs (Nationally […]

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Political acceptability of climate policies: do we need a ‘just transition’ or simply less unequal societies?

This blog post is partly based on the policy paper published in the journal Climate Policy: ‘Job Losses and the Political Acceptability of Climate Policies: why the job killing argument is so persistent and how to overturn it.’ Concerns for a ‘just transition’ towards a low-carbon economy are now part of mainstream political debates as […]

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Uncertainty about conditional NDCs heightens risks to the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement’s success depends on Parties’ implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) towards the Agreement’s goals. No less than 136 of these climate action plans are conditional on receiving one or more types of support (climate finance, technology transfer, capacity building), which puts achieving the Paris Agreement’s goals at greater risk. On the […]

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Temperature ‘overshoot and peak shaving’ strategy as risky as sub-prime mortgages

Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, global CO2 emissions continue to rise.  The Paris goal of limiting global temperature rise below 2oC above pre-industrial, let alone 1.5oC, looks very far from likely.  A delay of mitigation actions is prompting some scientists to consider more seriously the speculative idea of temperature ‘overshoot […]

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