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Mobilizing capital towards a low-carbon economy

Energy & Climate

Date: Apr 27 - Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy

Climate change data underline the urgent need to move toward a low-carbon economy: a goal echoed in ambitious emissions reduction targets. Achieving this will require a substantial transformation of infrastructures and business models. For this to succeed capital must be moved from the established high-carbon investments towards low-carbon opportunities. However, this process is fraught with uncertainties – not least political ones – and redirecting capital flows across the economy will be a massive challenge.

In this event Kirsty Hamilton, Nick Robins, Anthony Hobley and Michael Wilkins shared their experiences of these challenges and suggested possible ways to overcome them. This was followed by comments from discussants and an open discussion with the participants. The discussion was moderated by Georg Zachmann, research fellow at Bruegel.

Speakers

  • Kirsty Hamilton, associate fellow, Chatham House
  • Nick Robins, co-chair, UNEP Finance Initiative Climate Working Group
  • Anthony Hobley, CEO, Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • Michael Wilkins, managing director for infrastructure finance ratings, Standard and Poor’s
  • Chair: Georg Zachmann, research fellow, Bruegel

Event Materials

Background Materials

Practical Details

  • Venue: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels
  • Time: Monday, 27 April 2015, 12.30-14.00
  • Contact: Matilda Sevón, Events Manager – registrations@bruegel.org
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Renewing the 2050 Roadmap

The objective of this brainstorm session is to explore how we can improve the quality and the impact of the revisited 2050 Roadmap, set the agenda for revising it, increase ownership of it and analyze the methodological basis of the 2050 Roadmap.

Speakers: Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels
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Global decarbonisation: a wake-up call for the Middle East and North Africa

Many countries in the MENA region are heavily dependent on oil and gas for exports and taxes. But global decarbonisation could undermine revenues, even though MENA exports are globally competitive. This threatens the MENA region's social contract, so economic diversification needs to start now.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: April 11, 2017
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Working Paper

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The political economy of Middle East and North Africa oil exporters in times of global decarbonisation

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) oil exporting countries are still not adequately equipped to prosper in a decarbonising world. Decarbonisation should therefore represent an incentive for MENA oil exporters to pursue structural processes of transition from rentier to production states.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Date: April 11, 2017
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Policy Brief

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The carbon buyers’ club: international emissions trading beyond Paris

The effort to define rules for international emissions trading faces the strong desire of nation states to develop their own climate policies, which collides with the need for tradable units in one country to be equivalent to tradable units in another country. To overcome this dilemma Georg Zachmann proposes a club of carbon-buying countries that would regulate only imported mitigation outcomes.

By: Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: April 4, 2017
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Policy Contribution

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Going local: empowering cities to lead EU decarbonisation

Decarbonisation and digitalisation are reshaping the European energy system, which will become more decentralised and interconnected with other sectors. Cities have the opportunity to be the key drivers of decarbonisation, but this will require the implementation of a new bottom-up governance system. This paper outlines a four-step mechanism in order to achieve decarbonisation at city level.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: November 30, 2016
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How to put cities at the heart of EU clean energy plans

As the European Commission releases its new energy package, “Clean Energy for all Europeans”, our authors argue that cities are the key to success. They propose a new governance mechanism where cities develop and implement ambitious City Climate Plans – with direct monitoring and financial support from the EU.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: November 30, 2016
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Podcast

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Decarbonisation and climate change: looking ahead

Decarbonisation plays a crucial role in the fight against climate change. What progress has been made so far, and what are the challenges ahead?

By: Bruegel Topic: Energy & Climate Date: November 8, 2016
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Towards a zero-carbon and digital energy system: which policy challenges for Europe?

Decarbonisation and digitalisation: two mega trends that will change the European energy system.

Speakers: Alissa Decarbonnel, Michael Grubb, Jean Jacques Marchais, Mark van Stiphout and Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Energy & Climate Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: October 27, 2016
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Opinion

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Decarbonisation: a future fiscal headache for Europe?

Energy taxes contribute significantly to public budgets in the EU, but with the aim to reduce greenhouse emissions, the EU will have to fully decarbonise its energy system. However, taxing green energy poses a significant challenge, which could result in a tax revenue gap. Before this becomes a reality, European governments must start looking for alternative sources of public finance.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: October 25, 2016
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Policy Contribution

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An approach to identify the sources of low-carbon growth for Europe

In order to secure growth and jobs, Europe needs a new growth model built on developing emerging sectors with high value added. But in which sectors can Europe grow, and what economic policies would work?

By: Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: September 27, 2016
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Speech by Maroš Šefčovič at Bruegel's Annual Meetings 2016

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union at the European Commission, delivered the closing keynote speech at Bruegel's Annual Meetings on 7 September 2016.

By: Maroš Šefčovič Topic: Energy & Climate Date: September 7, 2016
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The European energy transition: a vision between decarbonisation and digitalisation

This closed-door brainstorming workshop will discuss how the energy system of the future will be shaped by the interaction between decarbonisation and digitalisation.

Topic: Energy & Climate Location: Brussels Date: June 16, 2016
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