Energy and Climate change
The COP21 climate summit in December 2016 finally brought the legal and political direction long-awaited which will determine worldwide efforts to ensure that global temperatures stay below 1,5°C. Lower carbon emissions and ultimately attaining a transition to decarbonisation is what we should be witnessing by 2050 already, this is in little more than thirty years time. The whole way think about our consumption needs, behavioural patterns as well as our production will no doubt change. There are some people that may fear of losing out from this transition and others who may seek to grow from it.
Those affected by it at least often come from the most vulnerable groups of society despite having least provoked it. One of the main challenges in the past has been getting an international agreement in place. Now this significant step has been taken, the business case for transitioning to sustainability is unquestionable.
Now, more than ever, the positive benefits, economic and otherwise, for becoming more sustainable are intensifying. The technology exists to help this change. A good example and a complementary sign that a transition is underway is in the renewable energy sector, where prices are falling steadily. Yet securing investment for such projects and ensuring a level-playing field is key, this is where the role of the EU and its relations with the regions, cities and national levels of government will come into play. FEPS will analyse the challenges in how to implement such a transition and ensure it is carried out in a ‘Just’ way with concrete social dialogue.
Current FEPS projects ongoing on this topic:
Progressives for Climate
Building on the Progressives for Climate initiative launched with the Fondation Jean-Jaurès for the two years ahead of the COP21 climate summit in Paris, the activities are continuing and workshops will be held in Marrakech at the COP22 in November 2016. The platform can be seen in more detail on the dedicated website www.progressivesforclimate.com
Transition to decarbonisation: A New Social Contract
With a transition beginning to get underway, this project aims to look at best practices from previous transitions in cities and regions and to offer guidelines for others to interpret, notably on how we make it a ‘Just Transition’. Focusing on the coal and steel sectors in particular, it looks at how to engage with citizens, different political levels whilst ensuring business support, jobs and prosperity in an area.
Carried out together with www.changepartnership.org. A debate and report launch will be held on September 28th 2016. See FEPS events section on the website for more details.
Strengthening Europe’s sustainable energy and climate technology diplomacy – harnessing networks for norm leadership |
The European Union has long played a leadership role in the global response to climate change and the related challenge of increasing access to sustainable energy for development. To maintain and extend this diplomatic asset, the EU faces challenges including the proliferation of multiple negotiating tracks and processes, the growing importance of non-EU sources of finance and technology, and the centrality of technology in global climate and sustainable energy governance. If the EU can respond to these developments with innovative diplomacy, it has an opportunity to augment its contribution to global progress on climate change and sustainable energy. To discuss and evaluate this changing diplomatic landscape, this project has an upcoming written study and series of workshops, the next one planned for London on 19th October. It is carried out together with Transnational Law Institute from King’s College London. www.kcl.ac.uk/law/tli/index.aspx.
The Energy Union research project was launched in February 2015. The study encompasses desk research and dialogue with stakeholders over a two-year period leading up to the launch of the European Commission’s Energy Union Plan.
- Regular columns in the Huffington Post France
- Regular articles on the Progressives for climate website
- 2015 summer, Article for Queries magazine by Nigel Purvis, Climate Advisers, “Raising Climate ambition through forests”.
- 2015 March, Book “Bringing it Home. Making a Global Climate Deal a Reality”. Edited by E. Wallis with the Fabian Society.
- 2015 spring, article for Queries magazine by Cristiana Figures, UNFCCC, “Paris, a Defining moment for a long-term sustainable future”
- 2015 February, Study “Energy Union, New Energy for the EU”, written by Greg Arrowsmith and Charlotte Billingham
- 2014 September, Series of articles for Queries magazine on the topic of energy poverty
- 2013 Briefing of the two-year energy research Running on empty
- 2013 FEPS publication, articles from the focus group, Solidarity: Towards 2030 ambitions in energy policy
- 2013 Queries article by Louis Lemkow The Greening of the European Industry
- 2012 Article by Louis Lemkov Intergenerational Solidarity, Sustainability and Climate change
- 2010 Article by Louis Lemkow on climate change and social justice
- 2010 - Article by S. Kappor, R. Hogarth, T. Narciso, L. Oksnes, A. Gibson, Tackling climate change tools to fund adaptation and mitigation initiatives
- 2010 - Article by Michael Müller, Environmental policy as social policy
Organisations who we have work with on this topic