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Climate Policy

The research line “Regional, National and International Climate Policy” focuses on the policy-side of climate research. Sound policy of course is based on the results of work done under the other research lines (low carbon, natural resources & ecosystem services and health), but also involves some further lines of investigation. This research line therefore will involve drawing out the policy implications of the research undertaken under the other lines as well as undertaking research on issues directly related to the formulation of policy. The methodologies/techniques employed are diverse and include – amongst others – CGE-modeling, cost-benefit analysis, game theory, and integrated assessment modeling.


Both adaptation and mitigation policies are subjects of the research in this research line and much of it is aligned with energy aspects (e.g., using economic instruments to influence energy use in a sustainable way, vulnerability of the electricity sector). With respect to international policy, thematic foci of the mid-term research strategy are international environmental agreements and international climate finance. These involve aspects such as ancillary benefits, fairness and development.

Concerning national policy, the mid-term strategy is concerned with market-based instruments (e.g. environmental tax reform), technology and innovation policy and adaptation to climate change. The role of regional governments in climate protection plays also an important role in the research line.

WalletThe program will aim to link research in the respective subareas (national vs. international, mitigation vs. adaptation, etc.) whenever this is a reasonable option, in order to derive coherent results and to develop generally acceptable policy strategies.

It is important to mention that one of the most relevant activities of this group is related to the participation of BC3 researchers as scientific experts in the most important international scientific organization that deals with climate change: the IPCC (International Panel of Climate Change) of the United Nations. We will be contributing to its 5th Assessment Report (AR5) that will be released in 2014. This is the main report that this organization produces every 6 years and has deep global policy implications. Finally, we will also help to define with the policy markers the strategic positioning of regional and national bodies in future negotiations (such as Conference of the Parties or COP or the EU) where they will be participating.



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