CLIMENGO session at Interconnections Conference (May 12-13, 2017)

On the 12th and 13th of May the Interconnections Conference took place at the German Development Institute (http://interconnections2017.org/).  At the conference the interconnections between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda were stressed, and more specifically, the role of state, non-state and subnational actors herein. The three key questions the conference addressed were the following:

  • Which linkages at the international level between the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement can foster non-state and subnational synergies and accelerate the transition towards a sustainable and climate smart future?
  • How to increase and mobilize national and local capacity, including institutional, planning, financing and statistical capacities, for non-state and subnational action that delivers on both agendas?
  • How can the role of non-state and subnational actors in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement be strengthened at the national level?

With climate change and energy being key components in the sustainable development debate, the CLIMENGO project’s research aligned very well with the Conference’s content. Therefore, the project members were excited to present five papers in a session called Energy Transition (Saturday May 13, 15:00-16:30), which was chaired by CLIMENGO’s project leader Karin Bäckstrand. First, Philipp Pattberg discussed a conceptualization of the “nexus”, applied to the climate and energy domains. Thereafter, Fariborz Zelli presented a paper written with Thijs van de Graaf about actors, institutions and frames in global energy politics. Third, Jakob Skovgaard presented a paper about carbon pricing discussing the different initiatives, performing different roles in this field. In addition, Harro van Asselt discussed interactions between international cooperative initiatives in the field of fossil fuel subsidy reform. Finally, Lisa Sanderink discussed the wide array of governance institutions in the renewable energy governance domain.

After the presentations the presenters received a few interesting questions from the audience, which led to some fruitful discussions. For example, on how to improve collaboration and division of work within the fragmented structure of the climate-energy nexus, and on the tension between global energy challenges related to sustainability and energy access. The CLIMENGO project would like to thank all hosting institutions for the well-organized event and for the opportunity to speak about CLIMENGO related topics.IMG-20170513-WA0010

CLIMENGO Workshop (May 11, 2017)

Since all CLIMENGO members were in Bonn to attend the Climate Change Conference, the decision was easily made to have a CLIMENGO workshop as well on Thursday May 11. The meeting took place at the German Development Institute (https://www.die-gdi.de/en/), which was a great location close to the Climate Conference venue. The project members discussed the progress made in each work package and next steps for a successful continuation of the project. More specifically, they first discussed the updated mapping of the so-called climate-energy nexus (work package 1). Thereafter, they discussed the case-studies to be conducted for work package 2, zooming in on three micro-fields: fossil fuel subsidy reform, carbon markets and renewable energy. In addition, Naghmeh Nasiritousi discussed the first CLIMENGO working paper (see publications) for work package 3, in which she addresses the question how to assess legitimacy and effectiveness in a fragmented climate and energy governance landscape. Last but not least, the project members discussed deliverables, outreach and possible contributions to the upcoming COP in Bonn. All in all, it was a very productive workshop involving some interesting discussions and in which some important questions were addressed.