Groundbreaking new report advocates sectoral approach to international climate governance

Within the framework of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project COP21 RIPPLES “COP21: Results and Implications for Pathways and Policies for Low Emissions European Societies”, the IES (Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür and Gauri Khandekar), along with project partners – Wuppertal Institute, University of East Anglia, and Climate Analytics – produced a report on “The Core Challenges and Governance Functions of International Climate Governance”. The COP21 RIPPLES project aims to analyse the transformations in the energy systems, and in the wider economy, that are required in order to implement the Paris Agreement, investigate what steps are needed to attain deeper, more ambitious decarbonisation targets, and explore the socio-economic consequences that this transition will trigger.

The report identifies key governance challenges that exist internationally towards the deep transformations required for low-carbon societies in light of the Paris Climate Agreement. It takes an in-depth look at the economic, political, institutional and technological barriers to decarbonisation and the functions international governance can perform in 14 key sectoral systems. The report finds that such systems generally feature a number of specific barriers, and that – in accordance with the varying specific conditions and circumstances – the demand for and potential contribution of international governance varies significantly across sectors. The report expounds that successfully mitigating climate change necessitates international governance arrangements that are appropriately adapted to different sectoral systems.

Click here to download the report. For any questions about it, please contact ​Sebastian Oberthür or Gauri Khandekar.

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