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14 October 2013

CLIPORE                                                                – Mistras climate policy research programme

One of the longest international research programs on climate policies ever conducted. Between 2004 and 2011 the research programme focused on future international policies in the area of climate change. The main aim of the program was directed toward the use of economic incentives and instruments in the implementation of climate policies, and towards the development of new frameworks.

For international efforts to combat climate change to succeed, the world’s countries must be able to agree on how to regulate global emissions of greenhouse gases and support climate adaptation and technology transfer in developing countries.

Cliporehas provided valuable scientific documentation for various purposes. These include negotiations in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and EU work to design the Emissions Trading Scheme and other policy instruments. Clipore assembled some 70 researchers to work on projects in the social sciences, and they published more than 200 academic articles during the programme period.

Clipore has provided better knowledge of decision-making processes at international climate negotiations, partly thanks to a database composed of several thousand interview transcripts and questionnaire surveys from the UN climate summits. The research shows, for example, which of the big stakeholders — the EU, USA and China — are seen by other countries as leading in various stages of the work. This can be used to make future climate negotiations more effective.

The programme also involved studying the drivers of developing countries’ climate efforts. It has brought a better understanding of how politicians in India and elsewhere are trying to balance emission reductions and economic development while the country concerned is suffering heavy impacts from climate change. Projects have also studied the drivers of climate work in the USA, more of which has proved to be taking place in various states and in environmental legislation than in national politics.

Other results concern how focused initiatives within the UN climate agreement on combating deforestation are handled. One lesson is that these initiatives can become more cost-effective if, besides reducing climate impacts, they also seek to exert a positive effect on biodiversity. Researchers in Clipore also developed, for decision-makers, a map tool that shows where climate adaptation is needed to deal with raised sea levels and other impacts; where such measures are being planned; and where they are still lacking.

The programme focused on a broad group of users: the Swedish Climate Delegation and international climate negotiators; decision-makers at national, European and global level; the business sector; environmental organisations; and other scientists in the field. With politicians, public agencies and businesses, numerous seminars to present current research and invite discussion have been held in Brussels, Washington, New Delhi and elsewhere.

Various users have shown a keen interest in the results of the programme, and explained that this is because the researchers worked closely with decision-makers and other stakeholders and succeeded in focusing on key knowledge requirements in climate policy. Another reason for this high profile is that Clipore has been perceived as an independent research programme. For example, research findings on distorting effects of companies receiving emission rights free of charge within the EU trading system aroused interest among both politicians and businesses ahead of the reform of the system.

Programme period:

Mistra 106 MSEK.

Main contractor:
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Programme director:
Peringe Grennfelt, IVL

Chair of Programme Board:
Inge Horkeby, Director of Environmental Affairs, Volvo

Some 70 researchers from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the University of Gothenburg, Linköping University, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm University and Uppsala University in Sweden, and also the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) in Norway, Resources For the Future (RFF) in the USA and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India.

For more information, please contact:

Helena Davidsson
Tel. 031-725 62 73

Maria Kardborn
Tel. 031-725 62 50

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