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Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Keigo Akimoto, Jun Arima, Mustafa Babiker, Mark Caine, David Hobbs, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Adam Sieminski, Nico Stehr, Hiroyuki Tezuka, Masakazu Toyoda, Eric Williams

A viable, least-cost pathway to a low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future must lie within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement. The rulebook for the Agreement was in many ways rewritten at the 2018 United…

Keigo Akimoto Keigo Akimoto
Jun Arima Jun Arima
Mustafa Babiker Mustafa Babiker
Mark Caine Mark Caine
David Hobbs Hobbs, David
Eija-Riitta Korhola Eija-Riitta Korhola
Adam Sieminski Adam Sieminski
Nico Stehr Nico Stehr
Hiroyuki Tezuka Hiroyuki Tezuka
Masakazu Toyoda Masakazu Toyoda
Eric Williams Williams, Eric
August 29, 2019
The Political Feasibility of Enhancing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets in the European Union’s Mid-Century Strategy
Climate Change Policies and Governance

The Political Feasibility of Enhancing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets in the European Union’s Mid-Century Strategy

AlJawhara Al Quayid, Saleh Al Muhanna, Paul Mollet

Article 4.19 of the 2015 Paris Agreement calls on signatories to formulate and communicate “long-term low greenhouse gas development strategies,” widely known as the mid-century strategy (MCS). Any enhancement of the European Union’s (EU’s) targets in its MCS depends on…

AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
August 22, 2019
Policy Pathways to Meet Saudi Arabia’s Contribution to the Paris Agreement
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Policy Pathways to Meet Saudi Arabia’s Contribution to the Paris Agreement

David Wogan, Elizabeth Carey, Douglas Cooke

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change fundamentally altered the nature of global climate governance by introducing a new framework based on a bottom-up system of nationally determined contributions (NDCs). As a signatory Party to the Agreement, the Kingdom of…

David Wogan Wogan, David
Elizabeth Carey Carey, Elizabeth
Douglas Cooke Cooke, Douglas
February 27, 2019
Adaptive Strategies in the Low Carbon Energy Transition
Future of Global Oil Markets

Adaptive Strategies in the Low Carbon Energy Transition

As ‘energy transition’ enters the mainstream lexicon, a new narrative is emerging. The presumption that there is an urgent need to achieve full decarbonization via the elimination of fossil fuels is being tempered by calls to capitalize on the opportunities…

February 25, 2019
A Comparison of Alternative Programs for Climate Policies
Climate Change Policies and Governance

A Comparison of Alternative Programs for Climate Policies

Tarek Atalla, Simona Bigerna, Carlo Andrea Bollino

This research paper compares the relative welfare impact of different options for allocating the financing burden of climate change mitigation policies. Focusing on efficient ways to finance policies aimed at climate change mitigation, not only at direct carbon reduction, could…

Tarek Atalla Atalla, Tarek
Simona Bigerna Bigerna, Simona
Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
December 30, 2018
India’s Balancing Act to Address Climate Change Under the Paris Agreement
Climate Change Policies and Governance Models, Data and Tools

India’s Balancing Act to Address Climate Change Under the Paris Agreement

Yagyavalk Bhatt, AlJawhara Al Quayid, Nourah Al Hosain, Paul Mollet

As an emerging economy, a major part of India’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the Paris  Agreement is an emissions intensity target. With its current policies, India is on track to achieve its climate targets under the Agreement. However, the…

Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
Nourah Al Hosain Al Hosain, Nourah
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
December 12, 2018
The Politics of European Union Climate Governance
Climate Change Policies and Governance

The Politics of European Union Climate Governance

Paul Mollet, Saleh Al Muhanna, AlJawhara Al Quayid

The European Union (EU) is facing a critical period as the European Commission draws up a 2050 climate strategy roadmap that is likely to form the basis for the EU’s next nationally determined contribution to the COP21 Paris Agreement. Until recently, the UK was the…

Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
October 25, 2018
Policy Lessons From China’s CCS Experience
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Policy Lessons From China’s CCS Experience

Xiaoliang Yang, Wolfgang Heidug

China’s political leadership has taken an increasingly public and proactive stance on climate change since 2014. This includes a commitment that Chinese carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will peak before 2030 and enacting measures through the 13th Five-Year Plan to support…

Xiaoliang Yang Yang, Xiaoliang
Wolfgang Heidug Heidug, Wolfgang
July 2, 2018
Vehicle Retirement and Replacement Policy: Assessing Impact and Cost-Effectiveness
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

Vehicle Retirement and Replacement Policy: Assessing Impact and Cost-Effectiveness

Rubal Dua

Governments across the world, motivated by air quality improvement or by climate change mitigation goals, are trying to accelerate the turnover of older, higher-emitting vehicles and replace these with lower emission vehicles. One approach is to encourage consumers to scrap…

Rubal Dua Dua, Rubal
May 24, 2018
Decarbonizing Oil: The Role of CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2‐EOR)
Future of Global Oil Markets

Decarbonizing Oil: The Role of CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2‐EOR)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and KAPSARC co-hosted an expert workshop on the potential of advanced carbon dioxide (CO2 ) enhanced oil recovery (CO2 -EOR) to decarbonize oil production. The workshop focused on the potential for using CO2 -EOR for…

April 10, 2018
Policy Levers for Promoting Sustainable Mobility
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

Policy Levers for Promoting Sustainable Mobility

An effective transport policy framework would take into account the costs of rising local pollution, congestion, accidents and global greenhouse gas emissions. The various supply- and demand- side transformations happening in personal mobility provide policymakers with opportunities and challenges for…

February 28, 2018
A global degree days database for energy-related applications
Models, Data and Tools

A global degree days database for energy-related applications

Energy

Weather can have a profound effect on energy consumption particularly with respect to hot and cold temperatures, driving residential and commercial energy demand. The cooling and heating degree day methodology has been often been regarded as a reliable means to…

Tarek Atalla, Silvio Gualdi, Alessandro Lanza

2018
Coal in Asia: The Challenge for Policy and the Promise of Markets

Coal in Asia: The Challenge for Policy and the Promise of Markets

When balancing the objectives of affordability, reliability and environmental sustainability of energy supply, the answer in developing Asian economies has historically been unequivocal: Coal is king. This is because these nations placed greater emphasis on the first two objectives at…

November 30, 2017
Towards More Pragmatic Global Climate Goals and Policies
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Towards More Pragmatic Global Climate Goals and Policies

This paper presents an analysis of the climate and economic impacts of four different carbon emission scenarios. The scenarios include: a ‘business as usual’ reference scenario; a carbon emission mitigation scenario designed to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting…

October 22, 2017
Emissions leakage, environmental policy and trade frictions

Emissions leakage, environmental policy and trade frictions

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

We develop a two-good general equilibrium model of a small open economy to decompose the effect of a country’s unilateral strengthening of environmental policy on pollution emissions in the rest of the world, known as emissions leakage. We show analytically…

Shreekar Pradhan

2017
Curbing Carbon Emissions: Is a Carbon Tax the Most Efficient Levy?
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Curbing Carbon Emissions: Is a Carbon Tax the Most Efficient Levy?

Jorge Blazquez

The ambitious environmental objectives of the Paris Agreement imply that, in order to curb carbon emissions, all cost-effective policy options should be considered. These options include carbon taxes, probably the most popular fiscal tool for curbing emissions, and various other…

Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
June 15, 2017
Prices Versus Policy: An Analysis of the Drivers of the Fossil Fuel Energy Mix
Energy and Economic Vulnerability

Prices Versus Policy: An Analysis of the Drivers of the Fossil Fuel Energy Mix

Jorge Blazquez, Baltasar Manzano

Understanding how the composition of a country’s energy mix is formed in an environment where greater government involvement is anticipated due to climate change obligations is critical. This paper is part of a project analyzing drivers of the mix and…

Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
Baltasar Manzano Manzano, Baltasar
October 5, 2016
The Renewable Energy Policy Paradox
Electricity Sector Transitions

The Renewable Energy Policy Paradox

Jorge Blazquez, Carlo Andrea Bollino, Rolando Fuentes, Nora Nezamuddin

One major avenue for policymakers to meet climate targets is by decarbonizing the power sector, one component of which is raising the share of renewable energy sources (renewables) in electricity generation. However, promoting renewables in liberalized power markets creates a…

Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
Nora Nezamuddin Nezamuddin, Nora
September 8, 2016