Is the current decline of the price of oil similar to past oil price drops, and, more important, is it likely to continue or to stop soon? Internationally distinguished scholars, renowned professionals from energy and financial institutions, as well as FEEM researchers, will present and discuss results from their own research at the 2015 FEEM International Workshop on “Recent Evolution of Oil and Commodity Prices”, which will be held at FEEM’s Milan headquarters on June 4-5 2015.
This year, the IEW will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at the Dusit Thani Hotel from the 3rd to 5th June 2015, the first IEW in the Middle East in its 34-year history. This year’s plenary sessions feature three key themes, namely i) Low Carbon Technologies and R&D, ii) Gulf Energy Landscape in the Context of Global Economy, and iii) International Climate Policy – Road to Paris. During the parallel sessions about 100 papers will be presented. The selected papers cover a range of topics including, but not limited to, climate change – mitigation and adaptation, economics of renewable energy sources, co-linkages of climate, air pollution and energy security, energy and economic growth in emerging economies, and energy poverty alleviation. The IEW Programme Committee includes, among others, the IEW’s co-directors and 2015 co-organizers, among whom FEEM, represented by Prof. Massimo Tavoni.
On May 21 and 22 2015, FEEM will participate in the conference for the presentation of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2015), organized by the World Water Assessment Programme (UN-WWAP) of UNESCO as part of EXPO “Aquae Venezia 2015”, the great world exposition dedicated to water, and the only official side event organized under the patronage of Expo Milano 2015.
In 2005 the European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS) came into being and has since become the largest carbon market in Europe. Over its first decade the EU ETS has given rise to many valuable lessons for governments across the world in considering carbon pricing as a cost-effective way to control greenhouse gas emissions. The international Conference “Looking Back at Ten Years of the EU ETS - Lessons Learnt and Future Perspectives” will take stock of the challenges, lessons and achievements of the EU ETS in Europe and in the rest of the world and discuss future perspectives. Prof. Carlo Carraro, Coordinator of the Research Programme on “Climate Change and Sustainable Development” at FEEM, will take part in the session “Looking Forward: What Next for the EU ETS?”, to be held on May21st.
Preventing dangerous climate change is one of the top priorities of the European Union. Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and to help fight climate change. Re3 is pleased to publish an animated short film released by the EU-funded research project on the Economic iNsTRuments to Achieve Climate Targets in Europe (ENTRACTE) to help raise awareness on this topic.
This seminar is based on a book edited by Raffaello Cervigni, Rikard Liden, Jim Neumann, and Kenneth Strzepek, published in the World Bank series “Africa Development Forum”. Despite the large uncertainty on whether drier or wetter conditions will prevail in the future in Africa, the book finds that by modifying existing investment plans to explicitly handle the risk of large climate swings, can cut in half or more the cost that would accrue by building infrastructure on the basis of the climate of the past.
The 2008 crisis exposed the vulnerability of all major economies to financial events beyond their control. The scope, speed and severity of the crisis drove world economies to cooperate on all items of the financial regulatory agenda. This new article by Umberto Marengo, researcher in EU Public Policy and International Relations at the University of Cambridge, analyses how the financial crisis affected EU financial regulation for commodities.
The progressive transformations related to global warming in the Arctic are posing new challenges which require appropriate reflection as well as innovative and efficient solutions. Presenting the results of over 40 years of research, Professor Peter Wadhams, Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group and one of the most renowned international experts in the field, will provide a unique perspective on the relationship between global warming in the Arctic and geopolitical dynamics, along with new solutions to address the issues at stake.
Climate change impacts agricultural production. While crops in some parts of the world benefit from the changing climate, anthropogenic climate change is posing an overall negative impact on agriculture and the food security that is dependent on it. With global food production expected to increase by 70 percent within 2050, the agro-food sector is facing unprecedented resource pressures, with more on the horizon. On May 11, 2015 FEEM, ICCG and CMCC, together with the French Embassy in Italy, will host the international conference "Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security" under the patronage of Commissariat Général de la France at Expo 2015 to address the role of agriculture and food in the post-2015 development agenda and to develop strategies for a sustainable development path for future food systems.
As stated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Responding to it effectively is essential for sustainable development”. Re3 is honored to publish the final declaration produced at the end of the historical event that gathered scientists, religious officials, business leaders and diplomats for the workshop on the moral dimensions of climate change and sustainable development, “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity”, hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Roman Catholic Church on April 28, 2015.
The development of unconventional gas extraction has led to significant declines in gas prices, recently followed by a large drop of oil prices. This is also the year which is supposed to deliver the long awaited post 2020 climate agreement. This article by Massimo Tavoni, Deputy Coordinator of FEEM’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research Programme, brings different pieces of research together, delving on both issues.
The "Charter of Milan" will be presented today, at the University of Milan. The Charter is a document of commitment addressed to citizens, firms and associations, which will represent the legacy of Expo 2015. In the afternoon, scholars and scientists will gather at the meeting "Research meets Expo Milano 2015: opinions, debates, ideas on the "Charter of Milan". The participants belong to the international network of experts that carried out the important research of Laboratorio Expo, Expo Milano 2015 Project and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli to study the topics related to the World Exposition, with the collaboration of leading researchers. Professor Carlo Carraro, Director of the "Climate Change and Sustainable Development" research program of FEEM and Ca' Foscari University of Venice, will deliver a lecture on "Less energy poverty, more economic development", introduced by Stefano Pareglio, responsible for the sustainable development area of Laboratorio Expo.