First Annual Event (22 June 2017, Cambridge)

An Inclusive Energy Transition? Global low-carbon strategies and their discontents

The Platform on International Energy Governance held its inaugural event on 22 June 2017. Entitled ‘An Inclusive Energy Transition? Global low-carbon strategies and their discontents’, the event brought together over 40 leading and early career academics and practitioners to discuss how the costs and benefits of the energy transition can be best allocated and how participatory mechanisms can facilitate public engagement in the context of the energy transition.

The event was co-organised by Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli and Prof J.E. Viñuales. It was the result of a collaboration between the Cambridge Centre on Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, as part of its project on the ‘law of energy transitions’ funded by the Philomathia Foundation, and the Energy@Cambridge’s Grand Challenge called ‘In Search of “Good” Energy Policy’, whose aim is to identify optimal practices and principles for designing and implementing the best possible energy policies. Cambridge’s international law centre, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, also supported the event.

NOW AVAILABLE:  The full conference report can be downloaded here.


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Welcome and introduction (09.00-09.30)

Presentation of the Platform on International Energy Governance, Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli and J. E. Viñuales, C-EENRG

Welcome from Michal Pollitt, Director of the ‘In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy’ initiative

Presentation of the Platform’s database on bilateral energy agreements, Tibisay Morgandi, C-EENRG

Panel One – Allocation of the costs and benefits of the energy transition 1: Social implications of decarbonisation objectives (9.30-11.00)

Chair: Chris Hope, University of Cambridge

Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex (on energy decisions reframed as justice and ethical concerns)

Christoph Frei, World Energy Council (on achieving sustainable energy for all)

Jean-Francois Mercure, Radboud University/C-EENRG (moving away from fossil fuels: assessing re-distributional implications)

Panel Two – Allocation of the costs and benefits of the energy transition 2: Mainstreaming energy considerations in international legal regimes (11.30-13.00)

Chair: Massimiliano Montini, University of Siena / C-EENRG

Perumal Arumugam, UNFCCC Secretariat (on energy and sustainable development mechanisms)

Bettina Reinboth, Principles for Responsible Investment (on extractive industries and human rights)

Ilaria Espa, World Trade Institute Bern (on energy and international trade)

Panel Three – Participatory mechanisms in the context of the energy transition 1: Understanding public attitudes towards the energy transition (14.00-15.30)

Chair: Laura Diaz Anadon, University of Cambridge

Chiara Armeni, University of Sussex (on the conceptual nature of participation, with a focus on wind energy developments)

Helen Pallett, University of East Anglia (on mapping forms of public participation: the case of UK energy systems)

Caitriona Strain, ERNACT (on the energy transition in Ireland)

Pierre Bocquillon, University of East Anglia/C-EENRG (on the law on the energy transition in France)

Panel Four – Participatory mechanisms in the context of the energy transition 2: The international legal framework, opportunities and limitations (16.00-17.30)

Chair: Eyal Benvenisti, University of Cambridge

Karen Morrow, University of Swansea (on the general international legal framework on public participation)

Jeremy Wates, European Environmental Bureau (on the Aarhus Convention from a civil society perspective)

Stephen Stec, Central European University (on implementing Rio Principle 10)

Davida Wood, World Resources Institute (on the electricity governance initiative and the RISE indicators)

Conclusions (17.30-18.00)