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 […]Read More Climate policy integration in the Mexican energy sector
US President Donald Trump has claimed that environmental and climate policy were to blame for the decline of U.S. coal – or in his words: “Regulations that shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants and block the construction of new ones — how stupid is that?”. After 1.5 years in office he analyzed, in summer […]Read More Trump will not stop the Death Spiral for U.S. coal
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 […]Read More Should renewable energies be subsidised even when CO2 emissions are covered by an Emission Trading System?
At the recent UN Climate Action Summit in New York, world leaders were reminded of the urgent task they face in decarbonising their economies—and the dire consequences of failing to do so. The especially urgent task of phasing out coal was a central theme of the conference. It was highlighted by the UN Secretary General […]Read More Strategies and policies for ‘just transitions’ away from fossil fuels
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 […]Read More Electricity access in Nigeria – shaping climate narratives compatible with national discourses
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 […]Read More Political acceptability of climate policies: do we need a ‘just transition’ or simply less unequal societies?
It may seem that after the Yellow Vests in France and the popular vote defeat of the carbon tax in the state of Washington, 2018 caused carbon pricing policies serious trouble. Yet, in our paper we find that with 66 carbon pricing policies (taxes and emissions trading systems) adopted by polities in all regions and […]Read More Carbon pricing moves in clusters – when is the right time to catch it?
The need for action on climate change is now hotter than ever before – the Greta Thunberg movement is demanding more from leaders, policy makers and stakeholders even as climate change action is recognized as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are a few countries, including Bhutan, which have pledged for carbon […]Read More Sustaining Bhutan’s carbon neutral pledge: underlying challenges
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 […]Read More Uncertainty about conditional NDCs heightens risks to the Paris Agreement
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 […]Read More Temperature ‘overshoot and peak shaving’ strategy as risky as sub-prime mortgages