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Policy briefs and notes 1 October 2018

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Changing prices in a changing climate: electoral competitiveness and fossil fuel taxation

Changing prices in a changing climate: electoral competitiveness and fossil fuel taxation

a working paper by Jared J. Finnegan  12 November, 2018

This paper examines the influence of electoral competitiveness on policy decisions over carbon taxes, focusing on fuel duty. read more »


Why the energy efficiency gap is smaller than we think: quantifying heterogeneity and persistence in the returns to energy efficiency measures

Why the energy efficiency gap is smaller than we think: quantifying heterogeneity and persistence in the returns to energy efficiency measures

a working paper by Daire McCoy, Raphaela Kotsch  6 November, 2018

This paper fills a gap in the literature by providing new evidence longer-term impact of energy efficiency measures in terms of savings, and how this varies by measure and household-type. read more »


Tales from the tails: sector-level carbon intensity distribution

Tales from the tails: sector-level carbon intensity distribution

a research article by Baran Doda  5 November, 2018

The level of GDP, its sector composition and the carbon intensity of individual sectors together determine a country’s emissions. To evaluate the contribution of changes in each determinant, I construct … read more »


Social interactions and the adoption of solar PV: evidence from cultural borders

Social interactions and the adoption of solar PV: evidence from cultural borders

a working paper by Stefano Carattini, Martin Péclat, Andrea Baranzini  5 November, 2018

This paper investigates the role of ‘social spillovers’ in the adoption of new technologies. The authors find that the French-German language border in Switzerland acts as a barrier to social interactions and, eventually, to the adoption of new technologies – in this case solar PV. read more »


Pre-2020 Ambition on Climate Change

Pre-2020 Ambition on Climate Change

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Dimitri Zenghelis  31 October, 2018

This policy brief aims to assist negotiators, policy experts, and civil society in navigating the discussions on pre-2020 ambition towards a constructive and effective deliberation. It is based on a … read more »


Aligning national and international climate targets

a briefing note by Michal Nachmany, Emily Mangan  29 October, 2018

The quantified climate change targets in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and those in national laws and policies are compared in this brief, a submission to the Talanoa Dialogue. read more »


Exposure to floods, climate change, and poverty in Vietnam

Exposure to floods, climate change, and poverty in Vietnam

a research article by Mook Bangalore  26 October, 2018

With 70% of its population living in coastal areas and low-lying deltas, Vietnam is highly exposed to riverine and coastal flooding. This paper conducts a “stress-test” and examines the exposure … read more »


If at first you don’t succeed: suing corporations for climate change

If at first you don’t succeed: suing corporations for climate change

a research article by Joana Setzer  22 October, 2018

This paper discusses the history and the future prospects of private climate litigation, which seeks to hold private entities legally accountable for climate change-related damage or threats of damage. It … read more »


Climate change governance in Tanzania: challenges and opportunities

a briefing note by Michal Nachmany  22 October, 2018

The policy brief outlines the key governance challenges Tanzania faces in implementing its climate policies, describes the drivers of and barriers to climate-relevant policy processes, and concludes with policy recommendations. read more »


Submission to the inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development on: UK aid for combating climate change

a briefing note by Patrick Curran  17 October, 2018

This written evidence responds to four questions set by the UK House of Commons Select Committee on International Development inquiry into ‘UK aid for combating climate change’. read more »