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Policy design and evaluation

Through both analytical and empirical methods, researchers from this group examine the design and implementation of policies to deliver effective action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

More and more countries and regions are adopting national policies to advance climate change mitigation, ensure climate resilience and protect the environment. In an ever growing landscape of new policy instruments and with increasing experience from past interventions, researchers from this group aim to provide timely insights on the design and performance of climate change policies, as well as their impacts on carbon emissions, innovation, trade, competitiveness and business performance.

Such knowledge can help inform important policy debates, such as the transition towards low-carbon energy sources in the European Union and in emerging and developing economies; the reform of the EU emissions trading system; the UK Industrial Strategy; and the implications for climate change policy of the UK leaving the EU.

Members of this group investigate a  wide range of policy areas, including market-based instruments , trade policies, energy policies and climate impacts and adaptation.

Research

Cumulative carbon emissions and economic policy: in search of general principles

Cumulative carbon emissions and economic policy: in search of general principles

The authors of this paper have built a model of economically-efficient carbon dioxide emissions, which provides solutions for economically optimal peak warming of the planet, optimal emissions along the transition to peak warming, and optimal carbon prices, including under a temperature constraint consistent with the Paris Agreement. read more »

Policy

Decarbonising the European Union credibly, effectively and acceptably

Decarbonising the European Union credibly, effectively and acceptably

This brief summarises the final findings and recommendations from the Statkraft research programme exploring key issues in the EU's transition to a low-carbon economy, focusing on the power sector and sectors that fall outside the EU emissions trading system. read more »

News

Nicholas Stern warns that current carbon pricing is too weak to achieve goals of the Paris Agreement

Nicholas Stern warns that current carbon pricing is too weak to achieve goals of the Paris Agreement

Current carbon prices around the world are too weak to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, and Europe needs to show leadership by driving up pricing levels, Nicholas Stern will warn in a speech at the One Planet Summit today (12 December) in Paris. read more »