Pane at the side-event on December 1stl (L-R): Jean-Yves Caneill, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF); Andrei Marcu, CEPS; Lars Zetterberg, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute; Thomas Sterner, University of Gothenburg; and Christina Hood, IEA. Photo credits IISD

Research that influence and matters

As the climate negotiations are currently underway in Paris, researchers and board members from the Mistra Indigo program are all making their own mark on the issues at hand, both as participants, presenters, and even in the negotiations themselves. In addition several debate articles have been published in Swedish media, focusing on a market mechanism for carbon emissions trading and a common price on carbon emissions.

On December 1st Mistra Indigo and CEPS (Centre for European Studies) hosted a well-attended side-event within the COP Paris premises. The side-event focused on the market mechanisms in the 2015 agreement and what the outcome might mean. Lars Zetterberg from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, and a Mistra Indigo researcher, gave an overview of the history of the allowance market, the current situation, where we are heading and what role the United Nation can have in the future process. The event was covered by IISD and their summary can be found here External link, opens in new window..

Lars Zetterberg also had a debate article published in the Swedish newspaper GP regarding how a functioning market for carbon emission can bring about high ambitions without making a reduction of emission become too costly. You can read the article here External link, opens in new window. (Swedish only).

In addition to Lars’ presentation at the side-event, Mistra Indigo and Gothenburg university researcher Thomas Sterner, former lead author in the IPCC report, participated in the panel at the side-event. He also made his mark on the Swedish debate through two debate articles in Swedish media, regarding the slowness of the current climate process External link, opens in new window. as well as the how the best way for an international agreement and a better climate would be to agree on a common cost for carbon emissions. External link, opens in new window.

An even more hands on participation from the Mistra Indigo program is from the program’s board member Anna Lindstedt, Sweden’s Ambassador for Climate and chief negotiator in Paris. She is heading the Swedish negotiation team and on December 17th she will at a Mistra Indigo breakfast meeting External link, opens in new window. share her first-hand experience from Paris, and what the outcome from there will mean for us all. She has previously shared some of all the work that has preceded Paris in a Swedish blog External link, opens in new window. published at the Swedish Ministry of Environment and Energy.

Updated: 2016-01-14

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