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Centre for International Climate and Energy Policy

Centre for International Climate and Energy Policy (CICEP), led by Steffen Kallbekken, is one of three centres for social science based research on environment-friendly energy established by the Research Council of Norway in 2011.

The centre will help identify and design realistic international policy options and strategies that can effectively drive the transition towards a low-carbon energy future. We determine the consequences of plausible policy options and trajectories for global and European energy and energy technology markets, for major Norwegian industries, and for governments.

Our work is organized in five work packages:

  • WP 1 Domestic Policy Developement – Driving Forces and Long Term Trajectories, led by Guri Bang
  • WP 2 Exploring Effective and Feasible International Climate Change Regimes, led by Håkon Sælen
  • WP 3 Effects of International and Energy Policies, led by Solveig Glomsrød
  • WP 4 EU Climate, Energy and Technology Policies: Opportunities and Constraints for Norwegian Actors, led by Jon-Birger Skjærseth
  • WP 5 Synthesis and Outreach, led by Monica Bjermeland

Ahead of the 2012 COP, CICEP made this short video explaining the pre-Paris state of the negotiations. People were heard humming on the tune in the plenary room at the negotiations in Doha.

Over the course of CICEP’s existence, the interaction between the research partners and the user partners has evolved. CICEP’s research-based expertise is increasingly in demand as a basis for creating energy and climate scenarios, and as an input to strategy discussions. We have successfully engaged with our user partners to provide crucial input to their own ongoing work in these areas.

Another topic of growing interest is EU climate and energy policies. This has always been a key focus area for CICEP, but with the publication of the so-called winter package in late 2016, and Norway’s likely inclusion in the EUs effort sharing agreement, interest has soared. One of many highlights in this field was our keynote introduction on EU climate and energy policy at a seminar at the Norwegian parliament in 2017.

Orientation towards Europe

As part of the increasing European orientation it is also worth mentioning that CICEP partners CICERO and BC3 are partners in two new Horizon 2020 projects (CONSEED - CONSumer Energy Efficiency Decision making and ENABLE - Enabling the Energy Union through understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe). More, CICERO and NVE are partners in the H2020 project WinWind – that seeks to better understand the acceptance of wind energy.

Interest in the international climate negotiations was comparably lower in 2017, in large part because few important decisions were meant to be finalized at COP23 in Bonn. At COP24 in 2018, the entire “rule book” for the Paris Agreement is meant to be finalized. Add to this the publication of IPCC special report on the 1.5°C target in October 2018, with strong implications for international cooperation, and we expect CICEP’s work on international cooperation to receive much more attention again in the coming years. We are well prepared, with key contributions comparing the climate policies of key actors, as well as on different types of cooperation that can complement the Paris Agreement.