CLIMENGO presentation at the 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in Prague

Currently the 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations takes place in beautiful Prague, organized by the European International Studies Association (EISA) in collaboration with the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA). CLIMENGO member Lisa Sanderink will be presenting tomorrow in a panel titled “Politics, Power and Activism” in the section “Energy and the Global Commons”. Lisa will present her research on frames for global renewable energy governance in the context of current international energy politics and SDG 7 more specifically. An abstract of the paper she will be presenting and more details about when and where the panel will take place can be found below. Come and join the session if you want to hear more about how renewable energy institutions frame the global energy challenge and define the role of renewables in addressing this critical challenge.

When: Saturday, September 15

Time: 14:30 – 16:15

Location: room SB228, University of Economics, W. Churchill Sq. 1938/4, Prague 3


Abstract – Facing the frames for global renewable energy governance

Lisa Sanderink,  Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

A worldwide uptake of renewables is key to a sustainable energy future for all, and to achieve this goal effective global governance is paramount. However, global (renewable) energy governance is fragmented in multiple ways. First, the domain is governed by an array of institutions, including international organizations such as the IEA and IRENA and cooperative initiatives such as RE100 and REEEP. Second, these institutions focus on different energy sources and technologies, including solar, wind and hydropower. Third, there are three critical challenges at play, commonly known as energy security, energy access and environmental sustainability. In an attempt to create a common norm and increased consensus for global (renewable) energy governance, Agenda 2030 included SDG 7 to ensure sustainable and modern energy for all, integrating the three global energy challenges into one universal objective. While renewable sources of energy have enormous potential to contribute to achieving SDG 7 and the threefold challenge, it remained unclear if renewable energy institutions were reaching their full potential in this regard. By applying an innovative method for frame analysis, this paper uncovers how renewable energy institutions frame the global energy challenge and define the role of renewables, to eventually examine the extent to which this aligns with the potential of renewables to contribute to SDG 7 in an integrated manner. The results demonstrate that current discussions on renewable energy are dominated by climate talks, with a growing interest in the access issue while undermining concerns of security.


Technical report: Mapping the Institutional Architecture of Global Energy Governance

In a recently published report, CLIMENGO researchers Lisa Sanderink, Kristian Kristensen, Oscar Widerberg and Philipp Pattberg map the institutional complexity of global energy governance.

The technical report presents a comprehensive dataset and mapping of 128 global governance arrangements that address the threefold global energy challenge: energy security, energy access and environmental sustainability. The report is written in relation to the CONNECT project: Coping with Fragmentation – Assessing and Reforming the current Architecture of Global Environmental Governance. In addition, it contributes to the CLIMENGO project, which aims to map the institutional nexus of global climate and energy governance, to evaluate the effectiveness and legitimacy thereof, and to develop a knowledge-base for decision makers.

The full report is available on the Publications page.