Parallel session
Responding to climate change: the political economy of clean energy transitions

The 21st Conference of the Parties (CoP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) shifted the nature of the political economy challenge associated with achieving a global emissions trajectory that is consistent with a stable climate. The shifts generated by CoP21 place country decision-making and country policies at center stage.

Under moderately optimistic assumptions concerning the vigor with which CoP21 objectives are pursued, nearly every country in the world will set about, beginning in 2016, designing and implementing the most promising and locally relevant policies for achieving their agreed contributions to global mitigation. These policies are virtually certain to vary dramatically across countries.

The presentations in this session focus on the political economy of clean energy transition (drawing from a book volume that is in press) with an emphasis on lessons learned to date in both developed and developing countries.


Channing Arndt, UNU-WIDER


Douglas Arent, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Video
Shouro Dasgupta, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei   Presentation | Video
Cherelle Eid, Delft University of Technology   Presentation | Video

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