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  • IEECP newsletter March 2018

    Dear IEECP friends and colleagues,

    We are happy to present you our newsletter from the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) in the Netherlands. This newsletter includes the following articles:IEECP newsletter March 2018

    - EC Horizon 2020 PROSPECT (Peer powered Cities and Regions) - Launching of the learning program - Needs assessment of the local authorities
    - EC Horizon 2020 INTENSS_PA (Integrated Sustainable Energy Planning)
    - IEECP article on effects of RE share in the comparison of primary energy consumption of combined and separate heat and power production
    - EC Horizon 2020 EPATEE (Evaluation into practice to achieve targets for energy efficiency) first outcomes
    - EC Horizon 2020 EMBUILD project - Plan-Invest-Renovate
    - International Energy Policy and Programme Evaluation Conference 2018

    We would like to thank you for reading this issue and we are at your disposal for any comment and ideas.

    Kind regards on behalf of the IEECP team

    Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy
    Amsterdam Sloterdijk Teleport Towers, Kingsfordweg 151,
    1043GR, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    info@ieecp.org/ zsolt@ieecp.org
    +31 70 2500 642
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  • IEECP launches its first newsletter

    Dear IEECP friends and colleagues,

    We are happy to present you our newsletter from the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) in the Netherlands. This newsletter presents the projects we are involved in and coordinating, namely:IEECP newsletter September 2017

    - EC Horizon 2020 PROSPECT (Peer powered Cities and Regions)
    - EC Horizon 2020 EPATEE (Evaluation Into Practice to Achieve Targets for Energy Efficiency)
    - Handbook on energy governance in Europe
    - CATCH and REBOUND (Transition to low carbon households: catching rebound effects, market imperfections and policy interactions)
    - 4th European Workshop Meeting of the White Certificates Club

    We would like to thank you for reading this issue and we are at your disposal for any comment and ideas.

    Kind regards on behalf of the IEECP team

    Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy
    Groen van Prinstererlaan 290
    2555HZ, The Hague
    info@ieecp.org/ zsolt@ieecp.org
    +31 70 2500 642
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ieecp
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ieecp_org

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  • European Commission H2020 PROSPECT project (Peer Powered Cities and Regions)

    IEECP is the scientific coordinator of the new European Commission H2020 PROSPECT project (Peer Powered Cities and Regions)

    The overall aim of PROSPECT is to enable peer to peer learning in regional and local authorities in order to finance and implement sustainable energy plans. The learning will empower them to make use of best practices in developing financing for these plans. PROSPECT will address the needs of regional and local authorities through developing a complete peer to peer learning program addressing them. The learning process will be focused on how different sustainable energy projects and measures have been successfully financed. Peer to peer learning involves sharing information and experience from each other through mentoring activities, work shadowing, and study tours, among others. Primarily, the networks Eurocities, Energy Cities and FEDARENE will perform “needs assessment and gaps identifications” with public bodies for learning and match these needs with available best practices. Then PROSPECT will select public authorities and agencies and the roles of trainer and trainees will be assigned. The learning program will be divided into five modules that include development of financing for : i) public buildings, ii) private buildings, iii) public lighting, iv) transport (private and public), and v) cross sectional. The overall estimation is for PROSPECT to launch 5 modules per year (fifteen in total) with an average participation of 15 partners per module. This number can differ depending on the demand there is for each module, but as an average value this can be manageable in terms of teaching requirements. The added value of PROSPECT in comparison to other initiatives is that the learning program is not limited to a capacity building process. Instead, the learning curriculum will follow the project steps of energy efficiency finance from the first stages of its development to monitoring its sustainable operation. The learning program will ideally result to the launch of pilot business models and financing partnerships for implementing sustainable energy plans.

    Please join and follow the PROSPECT project

  • EPATEE

    European Commission H2020 EPATEE project (Evaluation Into Practice to Achieve Targets for Energy Efficiency)

    IEECP is participating to the newly launched European Commission H2020 EPATEE project (Evaluation Into Practice to Achieve Targets for Energy Efficiency)

    EPATEE (Evaluation Into Practice to Achieve Targets for Energy Efficiency) is an EU funded project which is aims to give EU Member States tools and knowledge for a better evaluation of their own energy efficiency policies. This project will last 30 months from May 2017 to October 2019, and is led by a consortium of 10 partners from 8 European countries.

    EPATEE will raise the capacity of policymakers and implementers for policy evaluation by providing them with tools and practical knowledge to make consistent impact evaluation an integral part of the policy cycle. It will support EU Member States in distinguishing effective from ineffective policies.
    This support will be based on analysis of existing evaluation experiences regarding a range of instruments, such as energy efficiency obligation schemes, regulations, financial incentives and voluntary agreements. Lessons learnt from these examples will provide the basis for the development of guidelines and good practice evaluation tools.

    Please join and follow the EPATEE project

  • New Year IEECP Article

    Happy warriors in the climate casino? New year thoughts inspired by California’s Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Professor William D. Nordhaus
    Feel free to spread the word. You can download it here.

    California’s Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered inspiring remarks – accessible fully on YouTube –  on December 14, 2016, at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in San Francisco; this was the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world in 2016. James Fallows of the Atlantic commented on this speech stating that “It’s a genuine fighting speech, with a tone that is resolute but positive, rather than resentful or doomed. It’s a rousing call-to-battle against the environmental backwardness and larger disdain for fact of the coming era, from a person who as he nears age 80 has struck a distinctive Happy Warrior tone of resistance. Happy, in its confidence. Warrior, in its resoluteness.”

    Almost at the same time of the Happy Warrior speech at AGU, a Concerned Scientist,  Professor William D. Nordhaus, one of the founding fathers of the economics of climate change published his latest article, “Projections and uncertainties about climate change in an era of minimal climate policies” , with some eye-opening and blunt conclusions such as:

     

    • ”… that it will be extremely difficult to achieve the 2°C target of international agreements even if ambitious policies are introduced in the near term.”
    • “a major upward revision in the social cost of carbon (SCC) and the optimal carbon tax in the current period”
    • “the international target for climate change with a limit of 2 °C appears to be infeasible with reasonably accessible technologies – and this is the case even with very stringent and unrealistically ambitious abatement strategies. This is so because of the inertia of the climate system, of rapid projected economic growth in the near term, and of revisions in several elements of the model [DICE]. A target of 2½ °C is technically feasible but would require extreme virtually universal global policy measures.”
    • “The approach of studying business as usual has fallen out of favor with analysts, who concentrate on temperature- or concentration-limiting scenarios. A careful study of limited-policy or no-policy scenarios may be depressing, but it is critical in the same way a CT scan is for a cancer patient.”
    • “Moreover, notwithstanding what may be called “The Rhetoric of Nations,” there has been little progress in taking strong policy measures. For example, of the six largest countries or regions, only the EU has implemented national climate policies, and the policies of the EU today are very modest. Moreover, from the perspective of political economy in different countries as of December 2016, the prospects of strong policy measures appear to be dimming rather than brightening.”
    • “This study makes one further important point about uncertainty. On one question there is no doubt: the scientific crystal ball is cloudy for the path of climate change and its impacts. The ranges of uncertainty for future emissions, concentrations, temperature, and damages are extremely large. This does not imply, however, that current policy is to wait and do nothing. To reiterate, when taking uncertainties into account, the strength of policy (as measured by the social cost of carbon or the optimal carbon tax) would increase, not decrease. “

     

    Within their own realms – politics/policy and science respectively – both argue for strong and quick climate action. William D. Nordhaus called the global situation a high-stakes “climate casino” in his famous 2013 book; according to him there is still some time to turn around and walk back out of the casino. Both him and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.  have the ideas and determination to move ahead on this low-emission, climate resilient route.  With a reference to Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and Trump’s choice for Energy Department/Secretary, Governor Brown stated:  “Rick, we’ve got more sun than you have oil, and we’re going to use it!”. I would add that this is a global truth: the low-emission, resilient (energy) transition is inevitable; but its gearstick (speed) is certainly in our hands. Former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, made a stunning plea on his Facebook page on 7 December 2016.

    As we enter the new year we should continue to listen to science, continue/start evidence-based policy making and ensure that (investment) decisions of 2017 on trillions of dollars going into infrastructure do not lock us in for a high emissions pathway.

    We have the will, we have the tools and we have the historic chance. Let’s make sure that we will be remembered as part of the unique first generation who realised the impacts of climate change and as part of perhaps the last generation who could take decisive and sufficient actions to mitigate climate change. Let’s face the sometimes unpleasant/inconvenient realities and take action toward a comforting future for all.

    Let’s become science-driven Happy Warriors in 2017.