Climat : papiers de recherche moissonnés (5 octobre 2016)

Can the EU spend more green? The CAP and the environment in future EU budgets / Renaud Thillaye. Policy network, 23 septembre 2016, 16 p. (policy brief)

This policy brief explores how the EU budget could be reformed in order to improve Europe’s environmental record. Although the transition towards more sustainable societies reflects a basic consensus and is line with EU international commitments and internal roadmaps, this ambition could be better reflected in the EU budget.

The Politics of Climate / Cary Funk and Brian Kennedy. Pew Research Center, October 2016, 114 p.

Polarized views about climate issues stretch from the causes and cures for climate change to trust in climate scientists and their research. But most Americans support a role for scientists in climate policy, and there is bipartisan support for expanding solar, wind energy…

A description of the IMACLIM-BR model: a modeling framework to assess climate and energy policy in Brazil / Julien Lefèvre. Chaire Modélisation prospective au service du développement durable, 31 August 2016, 55 p. (working paper ; 2016–05–23)

The Imaclim modeling approach has been developed at CIRED since the early 90s. At the core of the blueprint has been the objective to build hybrid modeling architectures to articulate energy system and economy-wide representations to explore energy-climate-economy futures. Imaclim-BR is a hybrid CGE modeling platform of the Brazilian economy specifically designed to build consistent projections of the energy-GHG emissions-economy system in Brazil over the medium to long term. It makes it especially possible to assess the macroeconomic implications of price or quantity-based carbon and energy policy. This working paper provides a full description of the IMACLIM-BR model. Section 2 characterizes the model in a compact format with its key equations in order to highlight its main specifics. Section 3 provides a comprehensive description and formulary of the central model version. Section 4 details the specifics of two expanded versions.

The Paris Agreement and Beyond: International Climate Change Policy Post-2020 / Robert N. Stavins, and Robert C. Stowe, eds.  Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, October 2016, 122 p.

The Paris Agreement is a breakthrough in multilateral efforts to address the threat of global climate change. For the first time, an international agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions includes contributions from all of the major-emitting countries—and, indeed, a large majority of the countries of the world. In addition, the Agreement includes a dynamic feature through which mitigation commitments can be strengthened over time.
While the Agreement sets forth an innovative and potentially effective policy architecture, a great deal remains to be done to elaborate the accord—to formulate the many rules and guidelines required and to specify more precise means of implementation. Governments, other stakeholders, and researchers also need to think about constraints on the effectiveness of the Paris Agreement—and identify organizations and processes that could complement the Agreement and the UNFCCC process more broadly…

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