The International Governance of Climate Engineering

28 Jun 2013 12:00
28 Jun 2013 14:00

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ecologic Institute kindly invite you to a policy forum on “The International Governance of Climate Engineering” on 28 June 2013 with:

  • Ralph Bodle, Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute (Berlin)
  • Jacob Werksman, Principal Advisor, European Commission, DG Climate Action
  • Sebastian Oberthür, Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies

Climate engineering or ‘geoengineering’ refers to the deliberate intervention in the climate system to counter the effects of climate change (e.g. through blocking/reducing solar radiation in the upper atmosphere or enhancing the uptake of carbon dioxide through ocean ‘fertilization’). With global efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases still insufficient, options for climate engineering are receiving increasing attention. Possible drawbacks include uncertain environmental side-effects (e.g. changing rainfall patterns) and a considerable potential for international conflict since a unilateral deployment of climate engineering technologies may affect other countries.

This policy forum will present and discuss options for developing arrangements for the international governance of climate engineering based on a study for the German Federal Environment Agency led by Ecologic Institute. Which climate engineering techniques require priority attention? How and to what extent should geoengineering research be controlled? What elements of international governance do already exist? How may they be further developed and complemented in order to minimize the potential for international conflict and environmental side-effects?

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Registration & Venue

The policy forum starts at 12:00 with a lunch reception and will be followed by the discussion at 12:30. Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. Registrations are closed!

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Lisbon (Floor -1)
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür (Academic Coordinator)
Academic Director
Institute for European Studies

Kristof Rogge (Logistics)
Events Manager
Institute for European Studies