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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014


CLIMATE-L Digest for Tuesday, October 28, 2014.
1. @IISDRS Summary & Analysis from #ADP2014
2. WRI Webinar on new CAIT Equity Explorer tool
3. LEONARDO ENERGY – IEA DSM WEBINAR – Customized, Systemic, Strategic – the way to succeed with energy efficiency and GHG reduction in industry
4. Call for papers -SIIBICON 2015
5. Call for papers: Climate Law special issue on renewable energy
6. REMINDER: Call for Papers: Bicentenary of the great Tambora eruption Conference (Switzerland)
7. Last reminder: Energy Transitions Conference at the University of Eastern Finland
8. Climate Change Daily Feed – 28 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
9. New Release – NAMA study for a sustainable charcoal value chain – Ghana

Bonn Climate Change Conference – October 2014

20-25 October 2014 | Bonn, Germany

 http://www.iisd.ca/climate/adp/adp2-6/

The sixth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-6) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Bonn, Germany, from 20-25 October 2014. The ADP focused on preparing key documents for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

 Under the ADP’s workstream 1 (the 2015 agreement), countries continued to elaborate the elements of a draft negotiating text, which will serve as the foundation for the final construction of the 2015 agreement, and considered a “non-paper” on parties’ views and proposals on the elements for a draft negotiating text (ADP.2014.6.NonPaper). The ADP also worked on a draft decision that captures the type of information countries will provide when they communicate their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and how these contributions will potentially be considered (ADP.2014.7.DraftText). During the meeting, the ADP Co-Chairs prepared a new iteration of this draft decision, which will be submitted for consideration in Lima.

 Under workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition), Technical Expert Meetings (TEMs) focused on: opportunities for action on non-carbon dioxide greenhouse gases (GHGs); carbon capture, use and storage; and follow up to TEMs on unlocking mitigation opportunities through energy efficiency, renewable energy, urban environment and land use improvements in the pre-2020 period. Countries also addressed a draft decision on pre-2020 ambition prepared by the Co-Chairs ahead of the meeting (ADP.2014.8.DraftText). During the meeting, a new iteration of this draft was issued and will be considered in Lima.

 Despite limited progress overall, as delegates left Bonn many appreciated that the meeting had provided much-needed space for more in-depth exchanges of views. Many felt the meeting helped clarify countries’ and groups’ understanding of the spectrum of views, possible areas of convergence and divergence, and what underlies their positions and how these concerns might be addressed in Lima in December.

The  Summary of this meeting is now available in PDF format

at  http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/enb12605e.pdf and in HTML format at

http://www.iisd.ca/vol12/enb12605e.html

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A BRIEF ANALYSIS OF ADP 2-6

Many rivers to cross

But I can’t seem to find my way over…

-Jimmy Cliff

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres opened the sixth part of the second session of the ADP emphasizing the need to seize the momentum built by the UN Climate Summit in September, and calling on delegates to “build bridges and find a path forward you can all tread together.” Yet as the meeting proceeded, some delegations quickly fell back into old habits, repeating oft-heard statements. This left many to wonder whether the “rivers” dividing parties might be too broad to cross before COP 20 in Lima. This brief analysis will assess progress made in Bonn, overall group dynamics, and whether the exchanges of views that took place over the six days will enable construction of the bridges necessary for progress in Lima.

A BRIDGE TO LIMA

As mandated by the Warsaw decision on the ADP, parties arrived in Bonn to make progress on three key “pillars” on which outcomes are expected in Lima: a decision on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); advancing on the elements of the 2015 agreement to ensure a draft negotiating text is available before May 2015; and a decision on accelerating the implementation of enhanced pre-2020 climate action. More specifically, parties were given the task to reach agreement, if possible, on draft decisions on both INDCs and pre-2020 ambition.

Delegates were also under pressure to capitalize on the momentum provided by the UN Climate Summit in September and the COP 20 Presidency’s informal meeting that took place early October―which many characterized as positive and constructive―to “build a bridge” to Lima. Despite a call made by incoming COP 20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal to make progress on the expected outcomes of Lima with “a sense of urgency and high level ambition,” it soon became evident that urgency and ambition would not characterize this round of talks.

While some made genuine attempts to engage with the texts and questions presented by the Co-Chairs and interact on the basis of the submissions and views by other countries and groups, the ADP contact group sessions more often than not resembled replays of the opening plenary, with delegates reading long statements containing their wish lists for the final agreements.

As parties reiterated and clarified their views on key aspects of INDCs, including differentiation, scope, types of information, and ex ante review or consideration, it became increasingly clear that positions remained far apart. This left many wondering if a decision on INDCs in Lima would be in jeopardy. Despite a generally cordial atmosphere, many were concerned that parties were clinging to long-held positions, or even walking back from understandings reached in Durban and Warsaw.

A disagreement persisted on the scope of the “Warsaw mandate” on INDCs, in particular on whether they include mitigation only, as insisted by many developed countries, or also adaptation and means of implementation, as suggested by a sizable number of developing countries. For developing countries, adaptation remains an overarching priority as they are the most affected by climate change and require means of implementation to address this challenge and contribute to mitigation ambition. Many developing countries resisted taking decisions on mitigation without simultaneous consideration of adaptation and means of implementation.

 

Some developing countries voiced concern over “locking in” the mitigation elements of the 2015 agreement, including weak MRV modalities, in Lima, while leaving other issues as afterthoughts in Paris. This concern left African countries calling for a single decision in Lima on INDCs and the elements of the 2015 agreement, rather than addressing these pillars in separate decisions. Some went as far as to suggest that the scope of INDCs be decided only in Paris, well after their submission deadline in the first quarter of 2015, to ensure all elements are addressed together. The developing countries’ continued hesitance to accept what they viewed as a “mitigation first” approach reinforced the probability that the Lima outcome will be another “package deal” with built-in indications on how all elements will move forward and provide assurance that no issues will be left behind in Paris.

BRIDGES TO NOWHERE?

As the week progressed, the continuing fragmentation of country groupings became a concern for those keeping track of the increasing number of aggregated interests to be catered to. Some long-term observers of the process pointed out that, as COP 21 in Paris approaches, traditional country groupings are finding it increasingly difficult to reach common positions. In Bonn, this trend was reflected in the large number of developing country groups intervening, as well as in some solitary interventions by individual parties, such as Palau, Timor-Leste and Tanzania, that usually rely on their coalition’s spokesperson to voice their positions.

While the EU continued to speak with a unified voice, the issue of group coherence was also played out, as many worried that divisions within the 28-member bloc would stymy agreement by the EU Council, meeting concurrently in Brussels, on a common position to reduce emissions. The EU’s decision, on Thursday night, to cut GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, therefore left many member states relieved. Some in the group felt the agreement on a core aspect of the EU’s INDC was crucial to “get the ball rolling” and encourage other parties to come forward with mitigation contributions of their own.

With the growing complexity of positions, the meeting in Bonn made it clear that achieving compromise in Lima would be challenging. “We were asked to build bridges at this conference,” opined one delegate “but, as it stands, we are constructing bridges from our own positions and it is hard to see how they will join up, and, if we are not careful we will just build bridges to nowhere.”

In addition, disagreements on methods and modes of work on each of the three deliverables―whether or not to directly negotiate based on draft texts prepared by the Co-Chairs, and whether to continue a more conceptual discussion or enter into text-based negotiations on the elements of the 2015 agreement―carried over from the June session. This left some parties talking past each other as some addressed the Co-Chairs’ non-paper and draft decisions, while others focused on conference room papers submitted by country groupings.

While most seemed to agree that text-based negotiations are crucial for moving the process forward, parties were unable to agree on which document should serve as the basis for negotiations and many left for home with a growing sense of unease over the work ahead in five weeks’ time. This feeling boiled over during the closing plenary, with many developing countries expressing frustration at the lack of text negotiations and reiterating that there was no standing for texts issued by the Co-Chairs in a “party-driven” process. They called for a swift change in the working modality in Lima, including establishment of spin-off groups on each key element of the draft agreement text.

At the same time, developed countries, along with some developing countries, called for negotiations based on the Co-Chairs’ non-paper and draft decisions, and for the Co-Chairs to update these texts to reflect the discussions that took place in Bonn. The Co-Chairs reminded parties that the process is party-driven and the decision on how to proceed in Lima is in the parties―not the Co-Chairs―hands. This fundamental disagreement over how to move forward is likely to be reflected in a procedural debate at the opening the ADP in Lima and potentially delay substantive discussions.

CONSTRUCTING THE PILLARS

Despite limited progress overall on the bridge to Lima, as delegates left Bonn many appreciated that the meeting had provided much-needed space for more in-depth exchanges of views. Many felt the meeting helped clarify countries’ and groups’ understanding of the spectrum of views, possible areas of convergence and divergence, and what underlies their positions and how these concerns might be addressed.

On adaptation and finance, informal consultations resulted in fruitful and interactive exchanges. The launch of these consultations, according to some, did represent a significant shift in the mode of work and signaled that parties may be more willing in Lima to leave the comfort of open-ended discussions in one single contact group, for more focused negotiations taking place in parallel. Perhaps the most enthusiasm was generated around adaptation, which seemed to emerge as a “safe” topic to discuss given the overwhelming consensus on its importance in the new agreement. Clarity on some key aspects of adaptation and finance could serve to provide assurances for developing countries that these crucial issues are being given sufficient attention and carried forward at the same pace as mitigation.

In addition, some proposals attempted to provide middle ground between parties’ either-or options. A number of Latin American countries, in particular, stood out as potential “bridge builders” by making concrete proposals on how to address differentiation and finance―perhaps the two most crucial aspects of a successful 2015 agreement. Much attention was attracted by Brazil’s concept of “concentric differentiation,” which seeks to create a dynamic agreement that “preserves the principles of the Convention” while “avoiding pure self-differentiation” in which countries decide for themselves their level of ambition. The proposals by the Independent Alliance of Latin America and the Caribbean on formulating short- and longer-term goals for finance, and by Norway, on adopting a step-wise readiness-based approach to finance, also drew interest across groups.

Some advances were also made in workstream 2, on pre-2020 ambition, where two technical expert meetings were held. While many wondered whether the TEMs, a key component of workstream 2, were generating any additional implementation of mitigation actions on the ground, a general consensus prevailed on their importance as a technical space alongside the political negotiations, and concrete proposals were made on how to institutionalize the TEMs under the Technology Mechanism. However, some noted that there were still significant differences on how to carry workstream 2 beyond 2015, including how to reflect elements of the Warsaw Decision on the ADP, such as existing commitments, in a Lima decision.

As the week drew to an end, the importance attached by different groups to each of three Lima pillars made it evident that a successful outcome at COP 20 would require skillful bridge building and balancing of issues, and possibly a much-disliked “package.” While Bonn did not succeed in fully building the necessary bridges, delegates did manage to lay the groundwork for the main pillars of the expected ADP outcome in Lima. With only a few weeks remaining, and a multitude of rivers to cross, delegates will need to do their utmost to explore creative ways to build these bridges together, or failing that, they may need to learn how to swim.

This analysis, taken from the summary issue of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin © enb@iisd.org, is written and edited by Alice Bisiaux, LL.M., Mari Luomi, Ph.D., Annalisa Savaresi, Ph.D., and Anna Schulz. The Digital Editor is Brad Vincelette. The Editor is Pamela Chasek, Ph.D. <pam@iisd.org>. The Director of IISD Reporting Services is Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI <kimo@iisd.org>. The Sustaining Donors of the Bulletin are the European Commission (DG-ENV and DG-CLIMATE) and the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)). General Support for the Bulletin during 2014 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies – IGES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Specific funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Aramco. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, the Wallonia, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD). The opinions expressed in the Bulletin are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IISD or other donors. Excerpts from the Bulletin may be used in non-commercial publications with appropriate academic citation. For information on the Bulletin, including requests to provide reporting services, contact the Director of IISD Reporting Services at <kimo@iisd.org>, +1-646-536-7556 or 300 East 56th St., 11D, New York, NY 10022 USA.

Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI
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International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – United Nations Office
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Where: NYC through 3 November, 5-8 Bangkok (Mercury), 9-12 Dammam/Abu Dhabi, 13-14 Nairobi, 16-18 Paris

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014
Subject: WRI Webinar on new CAIT Equity Explorer tool

Colleagues,

The World Resources Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the beta version of the CAIT Equity Explorer – an exciting and important new addition to WRI’s CAIT 2.0 climate data platform. This new tool allows users to visualize the many dimensions of climate equity and to make comparisons among countries in an integrated way.

Please join us to learn more about the tool during a webinar this Thursday, 30th October, at 9:30am EDT. The CAIT Equity Explorer team will explain how you can most effectively use the tool and describe its potential to inform upcoming climate negotiations and countries’ intended nationally determined contributions. To join us this Thursday, register here for the webinar.

One of the most important steps to reaching an equitable global climate agreement in 2015 is for countries to put forward equitable contributions. CAIT Equity Explorer puts in focus information that will help countries do that as they develop their contributions for upcoming climate negotiations.  The visual format enables users to view countries across an array of indicators at a glance, such as emissions, level of development, vulnerability to climate impacts, mitigation potential, and benefits of climate action.
Here is sample graphic using a few of the possible indicators:

Try out CAIT Equity Explorer for yourself here and remember to please register for the October 30th webinar.
Please encourage your colleagues and networks to participate in the webinar and learn how to use this insightful new tool.

Sincerely,

David Waskow

Director, International Climate Initiative

World Resources Institute

+1 202 361-4540

skype: davidwaskow 

Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:
Subject: LEONARDO ENERGY – IEA DSM WEBINAR – Customized, Systemic, Strategic – the way to succeed with energy efficiency and GHG reduction in industry

Dear Climate-L members,

 You may consider to register for the

LEONARDO ENERGY – IEA DSM Webinar

Title: Customized, Systemic, Strategic – the way to succeed with energy efficiency in industry. A triple-integrated business management approach to energy-efficiency investment on the demand side

Date: November, 6, 2014
Time: 5h00-16h00 Central European Time

Energy efficiency is the “1st fuel”, the easiest and cheapest solution to decrease energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). But profitable energy-efficiency investments often remain undecided, which results in a huge energy-efficiency gap and in growing GHG emissions.

The presentation will provide knowledge and practical examples of a business management approach enabling to overcome the barriers to energy efficiency and to more successfully sell energy performance projects to large energy consumers.

This unique triple approach is: 1. Customized: understanding energy users’ business models and value creation processes; 2. Systemic: developing energy management to make energy visible at all organizational levels; 3. Strategic: making energy-efficiency investment strategic to enable them to come out on top in the internal competition for human and financial resources;

 More information and registration:

http://www.leonardo-academy.org/course/details.php?id=271

 We hope you will attend this informative webinar and share this information with those in your networks who would be interested.

 Kind regards

 Catherine Cooremans

Dr. Catherine Cooremans
Université de Genève

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:08:12 +0530
Subject: Call for papers -SIIBICON 2015

Call for Papers 

International Conference on Emerging Challenges in Business for Global Sustainability

(SIIBICON 2015) 

20-21 February, 2015

Pune, India 

Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), a constituent of Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune, India invites full length papers to be presented at the International Conference on Emerging Challenges in Business for Global Sustainability (SIIBICON 2015) to be organized on 20-21 February, 2015 in Pune, India. This is a follow up to two successful Conferences organized by SIIB in 2012 and 2013.  

The International Conference on Emerging Challenges in Business for Global Sustainability will be an inter-disciplinary conference and seek to understand some of the major opportunities and challenges in global economies particularly the emerging challenges in business to sustain the competitiveness in the world business arena. The Conference will aim to deliberate and discuss on business related issues revolving around sustainability, geopolitical impacts around global trade mechanisms, agriculture, land use, climate change and its linkages to development. Focus themes would include emerging market mechanisms that provide transformative solutions including potential game changers in business and industry. Research on business performance with respect to issues like rising GHG emissions, climate risk assessments, adaptation strategies in emerging markets and analysis of current social,technological,environmental and management issues that govern societal change will also be discussed at the conference. 

Contributors can submit research papers and cases under the following conference tracks:

Track 1 – An investigation of the undercurrents in International Business and Management

Track 2 – The Dynamic Study of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Track 3 – Marketing then and now- Emerging trends in Marketing

Track 4 – Developing sustainable financial systems and economic growth

Track 5 – Developing and tapping Human Resource potential for organizational effectiveness and enhancing value for stakeholders

Track 6 – Promotion of Agriculture products and Agri-businesses: Policy and Perspectives

Track 7 – Evaluating natural capital, climate change and energy security – new and emerging approaches in governance

Track 8 – Doctoral papers

 This year  the conference would also include Doctoral papers from researchers presently doing PhD and also for those who would like to present their doctoral theses excerpts. We invite academicians, researchers, experts, policy makers, and others to submit original unpublished research papers, case studies and cases along with teaching notes for this conference. Submissions may be analytical,theoretical, and empirical or policy oriented in approach. Full length papers should be submitted by 10 November, 2014 specifying the topic under the respective tracks. Selected research papers submitted for the Conference will be published in a peer reviewed journal.

 To submit full length papers and for further details on the conference thematic areas, structure, guidelines for paper submission, registration fees and important dates, please visit www.siib.ac.in or write to  siibicon_2015@siib.ac.in.   

Prakash Rao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Head

Dept. of Energy and Environment,

Symbiosis Institute of International Business

Symbiosis International University
G No. 174/1, Hinjewadi, Pune – 411 057,INDIA
Tel : 91-20-22934314 /17/18/19, Ext. 133 Cell: 91-9420200824

Email: prakash.rao@siib.ac.in, Web: www.siib.ac.in

 

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Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:30:23 +0200
Subject: Call for papers: Climate Law special issue on renewable energy

Call for Papers: Climate law and renewable energy

 Climate Law is welcoming abstracts for a special issue focusing on renewable energy. The issue is scheduled for publication in early 2016 and it will be edited by Kati Kulovesi and Seita Romppanen. 

 Climate Law is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the many legal issues that arise internationally and at the state level as climate law continues to evolve. The recent special double issue of Climate Law, Volume 4 (2014), is currently available for free download at: <http://www.brill.com/products/journal/climate-law>. This is also the first issue of Climate Law published under Brill.

 Renewable energy plays an important role in scenarios to mitigate climate change and achieve the 2°C global goal adopted under the UNFCCC. Contributions to the special issue should focus on legal aspects of renewable energy, taking into account the link between renewable energy and climate policy objectives. The contributions may address various levels of government, including the international, regional (e.g. European Union), national and transnational levels.

 Possible topics include but are not limited to:

- experiences from renewable energy laws and regulations;

- regulatory barriers for renewable energy;

- relationship between renewable energy legislation and international/regional trade rules;

- legal disputes over renewable energy;

- possibilities to address renewable energy issues under the UNFCCC, including in the negotiations on closing the pre-2020 ambition gap and climate finance ;

- IRENA and its role in global renewable energy governance and regulation;

relationship between renewable energy regulation and climate policy instruments, such as emissions trading schemes; and

- land-use planning, environmental protection and public participation issues arising from renewable energy .

 Abstracts (approximately 200 words) should be sent to kati.kulovesi@uef.fi by 30 November 2014. Outcomes of the initial review of abstracts will be communicated to the authors by 20 December 2014. The deadline for final papers is 30 August 2015.

 NOTE! At the author’s request, the proposed paper can also be considered for the Energy Transitions Conference, organised by the Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law of the UEF Law School, at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, Finland from 26 to 27 February 2015. More information on the Energy Transitions conference is available at: http://www.uef.fi/documents/1996296/0/Conference_Call+for+papers_2015/4cc7a757-c9c8-4c8c-80af-f397dfc75880. However, also other than conference papers will be considered for publication in the special issue of Climate Law.

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:58:14 +0000
Subject: REMINDER: Call for Papers: Bicentenary of the great Tambora eruption Conference (Switzerland)

“Bicentenary of the great Tambora eruption”

International Conference on Volcanoes, Climate, and Society

7 – 11 April 2015, University of Bern, Switzerland

Abstract submission deadline: 31 October 2014

Two hundred years after the eruption of the Tambora volcano in April 1815, an event that changed global climate, the University of Bern and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR) organize the international conference ‘Volcanoes, Climate, and Society’.

SCOPE OF THE CONFERENCE

The April 1815 eruption of Tambora changed global climate, it caused a “Year Without a Summer” which affected societies, and it changed science. Two hundred years later, we want to look back at this event, and look forward. What is the state of knowledge on the 1815 eruption and its aftermath? What has science learned from the event, and what more can we learn from it?

In the conference, we will revisit the 1815 eruption from a volcanologists perspective, we will approach the eruption from the point of view of climate proxies, we will search its traces in historical climate reconstructions and we will re-enact the event in model simulations. The conference will also explore how our ancestors managed the crisis that followed the eruption.

CALL FOR PAPERS, FORMAT AND SESSIONS

We encourage papers on topics relating to all aspects listed below:

* Volcanic eruptions, atmospheric processes, and aerosols: models and observations

* Volcanic eruptions recorded in paleo-environmental archives

* Historical climatology and documentary data

* Impacts and societal responses

* Arts and culture

We plan to have about 20 invited lectures covering the key themes listed above. In addition, there will be ample time for contributed talks and poster sessions.

More details can be found at

<http://www.oeschger.unibe.ch/events/conferences/tambora/abstracts_en.html>

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 October 2014

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Hans Graf (U. Cambridge, UK), Alan Robock (Rutgers U. USA), Susan Solomon (MIT, USA), Markus Rex (AWI, Potsdam, DE), Phil Jones (CRU, U. East Anglia, UK), Jürg Luterbacher (U. Giessen, DE), Eduardo Zorita (HZG, Geesthacht, DE), Claudia Timmreck (MPI Hamburg, DE), Christian Pfister (U. Bern, CH), Gillen D‘Arcy Wood (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA), John Thornes (U. Birmingham, UK)

More details are available on the conference website at

<http://www.oeschger.unibe.ch/events/conferences/tambora/index_en.html>

We are looking forward to seeing you in Bern!

Stefan Brönnimann, Christian Rohr, Martin Grosjean, Fortunat Joos, Willy Tinner, Thomas Peter

on behalf of the Organizing Committee

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:32:38 +0000
Subject: Last reminder: Energy Transitions Conference at the University of Eastern Finland

As a last reminder please note the approaching deadline for expressions of interest for the upcoming “Energy Transitions” conference. NOTE that the conference dates have changed to 26 and 27 February 2015 (one week earlier than originally planned). In addition, a new session focusing on “Energy Justice: its emergence and key issues in the EU, the Arctic and Developing Countries” (the session is hosted by Dr Raphael Heffron (University of Leeds) and Darren McCauley (University of St. Andrews)) has been added to the conference program.  The (confirmed) keynote presentations will focus on topical issues in energy laws and policies of EU (Prof Leigh Hancher, University of Tilburg and Allen & Overy and Prof Angus Johnston, University of Oxford) and Russia (Prof Andrey Konoplyanik, Russian State Gubkin Oil & Gas University and Gazprom Export LLC).  Limited funding available for academic participants.  UEF Law School, in cooperation with the UEF Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law and ELRF, is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 2015 international and European energy law and policy conference ”ENERGY TRANSITIONS”. 

 The event will take place on 26 and 27 February 2015 in Joensuu, Finland. The planned sessions include:
- Developments in EU energy law and policy

- Shale gas: regulatory developments

- Upstream petroleum in Europe and internationally

- Low carbon energy:  Renewable energy and Nuclear energy

- International energy disputes

- Energy finance: recent issues and challenges

- Energy Justice: its emergence and the key issues in the EU, the Arctic and Developing Countries (session hosted by Dr. Raphael Heffron (University of Leeds) and Darren McCauley (University of St. Andrews) Paper submission:  An expression of interest should:
.       take the form of a title and an abstract (100 – 200 words) and
.       indicate the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 1 November 2014.
Papers should:
.       be in the range of 5000 to 8 000 words (20 pages max);
.       indicate the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author.The deadline for submission of papers is 1 February 2015.  Both expressions of interest and the papers should be sent to: 
sirja-leena.penttinen@uef.fi.  Social program: After the event, there is a possibility to spend the weekend (28 March) at a ski and spa resort at Koli. More information available at www.koli.fi/en/. Transportation provided by the organizer. Spouses welcome.  More information on the conference will be available at a later stage at www.uef.fi/cceel. Information can also be provided by Sirja-Leena Penttinen at sirja-leena.penttinen@uef.fi.  The organisers would also like to invite lawyers, members of the industry, academics, regulators, etc. to join us and follow the event in Joensuu. Thanks to the kind support of Academy of Finland (Impact of shale gas in EU energy law and policy; regulatory and institutional perspective, UEF Law School) the attendance is free of charge.

 Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014
Subject: Climate Change Daily Feed – 28 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice

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