The Working Group Energy and Climate Change consists of representatives from different national and regional advisory bodies which have longstanding experience on matters such as energy and climate change.
Through communication and coordination, as well as the combined knowledge, expertise, and resources of its members, the working group is able to address a number of relevant issues with regard to energy policies in the European area and beyond.
The Working Group is currently Chaired by:
Ir. Folmer de Haan
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In various European countries and regions, climate laws have been drawn up and implemented. The details of these laws and the experiences gained in their implementation differ from country to country and region to region. This rich variety of best practices and experiences should be shared in order to enable all parties to learn from one another, and to strengthen our knowledge base.
Therefore, the EEAC Working Group on Energy and Climate Change orginized a workshop that focused on the latest insights with regard to the role, implementation and functioning of national and sub-national climate laws and committees, in the light of relevant policy developments related to the Paris Agreement and the Energy Union, as well as the latest developments at EU level.
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EU climate law and its impact on national climate legislation by Prof. Peeters
Climate legislation in Europe: work in progress by Dr. Boot
The climate law in Finland by Prof. Ollikainen
The climate law in Catalonia by Salvador Samitier Martí
The climate law in the United Kingdom by Dr. Gault
Although a global energy transition already started, there is an urgent need to scale-up low-carbon investment flows in order to keep global warming well below 2°C and try to stay below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels –as established in the Paris Agreement.
Developing and emerging economies will account for a major increase in global carbon emissions (to the tune of 20%) by 2035 under business as usual. To effectively curb emissions, an estimated US$90 trillion of Infrastructure investment is required globally by 2035. Public finance alone cannot bring about the transformation required.
It is critical to identify effective policies that can reduce investment risks and project financing costs –with the aim of accelerating the mobilisation of private investment and making it consistent with NDCs. The Barcelona Climate Future debate did just that. The session built on actionable solutions to the challenge of higher investment risks in developing countries. It took an inclusive governance approach and encompassed all levels of climate action.
The event took place in Barcelona and was was attended by over 50 high level participants
On Friday 17 February 2017, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs), CADS (Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia) and IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations) organised the conference ‘Climate Futures: Financing the Low-carbon Energy Transition.
The event enabled its attendance to analyse the investment challenges posed by the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Speakers included Nisrine Elkortbi (Director of Finance, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy), Dan Lewis (Chief, Urban Risk Reduction Unit, UN Habitat), Gireesh Shrimali (Director, Climate Policy Initiative India) and EEAC Chairman Arnau Queralt-Bassa.
EEAC has been a partner organization of the Climate Futures events since 2016.
The Paris agreement ignited new energy in climate policies. Climate laws can be seen as a crucial instrument to deliver to the Paris agreement. In form and detailing these climate laws, and the adjacent climate committees, differ in for example the way stake holders are addressed, in the time horizon and scope, the number of goals addressed, the juridical imbedding and enforcement.
The EEAC organized a workshop on ‘The role and functioning of national and sub-national climate laws and climate committees to deliver to the Paris agreement: case studies and best practices’. In this workshop mutual learning was facilitated by in-depth presentations and informed debate.
Leading international scientists – such as – Prof. MacRory and Dr. Boot shared their conception on the question what the potential role of climate laws is in climate policy with regards to the implementation of the Paris agreement and how it could best designed.
Furthermore, National experts and climate committees from –amongst other- France, Great Britain and Catalonia touched upon their experience with the climate laws in their respected countries and regions. A wide variety of national and European specialists engaged in the debate on the role, experiences and usefulness of climate laws.
The workshop enabled all participants to get informed and to share knowledge with a broad variety of international colleagues active in the field of science, strategic policy advice and stakeholder representation.
The presentations and mainline summary of the event are published on this website.
Reflection-and-mainline-summery of the Working Group Energy Event