The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions project - an interview with Channing Arndt

Channing Arndt, Senior Research Fellow of UNU-WIDER, presents the thinking behind this project and the study of implementation of clean energy policies. With the forthcoming Paris Conference of the Parties (CoP 21, December 2015) attention is focused on achieving a climate deal, which will then need to be implemented by national governments, which will have to pledge emission reductions. 

The project will look at key areas such as power generation and transport in which savings of emissions are necessary.   The partner for the project is the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, located within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA), which works on issues of global energy policy and regulatory mechanisms. 

The project centres around a book project and a global call for papers on how to generate the necessary transition. It is clear that this will have to be policy-driven as the market on its own will not achieve this because of the dependence on fossil fuels.