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Cost Benchmark Methodology for Gas Transmission System Operators (TSOs)

As the process of liberalisation of the European energy markets progresses, there is a need for promoting efficient operation and regulation of the natural monopoly transmission networks. The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) has commissioned a study of the feasibility of comparative efficiency analysis and benchmarking as a tool for regulation of the European… Continue Reading

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Model Comparison Project

The data: Data for the project was provided by ECN. This can be accessed at their electricity market web page. Results: To access the results generated by each model, please follow the links: ECN output file Madrid output file Cambridge output file Comparing the results generated by the different models shows how the structural and market design assumptions… Continue Reading

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ISDCP Workshop – May 2008

On May 26th and 27th 2008 we hosted a kick-off workshop for the projected which we convened with Climate Strategies. We addressed the following themes and experiences in relation to domestic climate policy: Barriers for implementation and enforcement: Sector and country case studies. International resources to support domestic policy: Policy based development and the EU enlargement process.… Continue Reading

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Workshop on international public finance to support south-north cooperation on domestic climate policy

University of Cambridge, 26th and 27th May 2008. Summary The workshop explored other options to support mitigation policies in developing countries through North-South cooperation arrangements. Particular attention was given to discussions on bilateral/multilateral governance and financing structures, and their ability to support far-reaching domestic policies in the South. Representatives from India, Ghana, China and Brazil… Continue Reading

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Indicators

It has become clear that defining emission targets alone will not suffice to guide cooperation with developing countries. Cooperation on technology, capacity building, and direct provision of financial support is receiving increasing attention. This has raised the question of which indicators can be used to measure such activities. So far, CO2 emissions measurements are the… Continue Reading

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Bonn Workshop – International Support for Domestic Action

During the workshop initial results from the second phase of the Climate Strategies International Support for Domestic Action project were presented; including country studies on domestic policies, analysis of the role of policy indicators; and international support mechanisms. Workshop Agenda  Workshop Presentations, 5th June 2009, GTZ Bonn Heleen de Coninck  International Technology Support Mechanisms Karsten… Continue Reading

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ISDA – Country Study Workshops

To provide input for ISDA project, country study workshops addressing developing country priorities will be held during April and May 2009. The workshops aim to discuss domestic barriers, how can success of  domestic action can be managed and measured, and what type of international support mechanisms can enhance scale, scope and speed of implementation? The workshops… Continue Reading

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Brazil Country Study Workshop – May 2009

The Brazil workshop was held in Rio de Janeiro, on May 18th 2009, and summarized discussions on climate change impact, and international support for policy cooperation and technology transfer. During the workshop participants were asked to discuss within groups questions related to the kind or categories of measures or actions that should be used to… Continue Reading

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Ghana Country Study Workshop – April 2009

The Ghana workshop was held in Accra, Ghana, on April 8, 2009, and summarized discussions on climate change impact, and international support for renewable energy and energy efficiency technology transfer, at the workshop. Workshop Report by William Gboney: International Support to promote technology transfer and deployment, for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ghana. Oppong-Boadi… Continue Reading

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International technology and policy cooperation: Workshop February 2009

The workshop links a discussion of results from the 2008 project “International Support for Domestic Climate Policy”  (ISDCP) with presentations and comparisons of recent concepts for technology cooperation. The workshop will result in a report on technology linkages, and refine the research agenda for the 6 month project International Support for Domestic Action (ISDA) for… Continue Reading

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ISDCP – Project Outcome 2008

Following a kick-off workshop in May, this project develops six country case studies and five discussion papers on international support for domestic climate policy. The country studies focus on domestic climate policies in China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Hungary, and Ghana. While several institutional papers address international incentive schemes and compliance mechanisms, policy targets and… Continue Reading

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Leakage and Instruments to Address Leakage

The issue of leakage of carbon emissions from emission trading schemes to other regions resulting from competitiveness pressures is a crucial political issue underpinning the design of such schemes.  Our research focuses on analysing the scale of such leakage, the potential impacts of competitiveness concerns and the use of instruments such as Border Tax Adjustments… Continue Reading

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EU ETS Auctions Workshop

University of Cambridge, 12 January 2007 Summary The Electricity Policy Research Group (EPRG) hosted a one-day workshop designed to address the economic and technical issues relating to auctions for CO2 allowances in the European Emissions Trading Scheme. The workshop was underwritten by Climate Strategies and contributes to the research programme of the EPRG. The programme… Continue Reading

Auctions

The EU ETS is moving towards greater auctioning of allowances. Our research focuses on the design of such auctions and the impacts of auctioning.  Projects and Workshops  EU ETS Auctions Workshop Continue Reading

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Free Allowance Allocation

The allocation of allowances to firms operating within the European Emissions Trading Scheme is a fundamental political issue, influencing the effectiveness and impact of such schemes. Our research analyses the impact of National Allocation Plans and the use of free allowance allocation to alleviate competiveness concerns.  Projects and Workshops  Second Phase NAPs Comparison Tables Continue Reading

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Second Phase National Allocation Plans of the EU ETS – A Comparative Analysis

Download the Excel file with Tables Recent Updates of Tables PROJECT INFOCombining efforts of an international team of experts, the available Second Phase National Allocation Plans are evaluated against detailed criteria. Our objective is to facilitate easy evaluation and comparison of Second Phase NAPs. The information and data are extracted from official sources and documents, and… Continue Reading

Policy Overview for Emissions Trading and Carbon Pricing

This research focuses on the policy framework underpinning and overarching emission trading schemes. Carbon pricing and emissions trading schemes are now key tools in climate policy frameworks; analysis of the current structures and frameworks and the future development for such schemes is covered below. Our Projects and Workshops  Review of EU ETS (2007) Continue Reading

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Research on the Future of Network Regulation

Short Description: Research on the Future of Network Regulation We published three working papers based on reports funded by Ofgem that examine various aspects of the future of network regulation. 0714 looked at the case for ownership unbundling of transmission networks. 0811 examined new ideas for the future of regulation drawing on EPRG research, particularly… Continue Reading

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Public Communications and Understanding Sources of Opposition to CCS

Short Description: Public Communications and Understanding Sources of Opposition to CCS This project addresses the quality and availability of public communications materials on CCS and the possible sources of opposition to CCS. There are two main work packages: a compilation (into a searchable database) and assessment of public communications materials and a study of how… Continue Reading

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Cambridge-MIT Institute Energy Security Initiative

Short Description: Cambridge-MIT Institute Energy Security Initiative Supported with several hundred thousand pounds of internal Cambridge-MIT Institute resource the CMI-ESI boosted the University’s understanding of energy security issues. The Initiative worked in coordination with the EPRG and now EPRG possesses much in-house competence on energy security. The centres activities are archived at: http://www.energysecurityinitiative.org Amount Awarded:… Continue Reading

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CAPPCCO (Chinese Advanced Power Plant Carbon Capture Options)

Short Description: CAPPCCO (Chinese Advanced Power Plant Carbon Capture Options) The CAPPCCO project, led by Imperial College London with partners from both academia and industry in the UK and China had three broad goals, to: Develop and define options for integrating carbon dioxide capture plant with advanced Chinese pulverised coal power plants to allow a… Continue Reading

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NZEC (Near-Zero Emissions Coal plant)

Short Description: NZEC (Near-Zero Emissions Coal plant) The joint UK-China Near Zero Emissions Coal (NZEC) initiative addresses the challenge of increasing energy production from coal in China and the need to tackle growing CO2 emissions. The EU-China NZEC agreement was signed at the EU-China Summit under the UK’s presidency of the EU in September 2005… Continue Reading

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Near CO2 New Participation and communication strategies for neighbours of CO2 capture and storage operations

Short Description: Near CO2 New Participation and communication strategies for neighbours of CO2 capture and storage operations The purpose of this project is to develop effective strategies for: Objective communication to stakeholders and the public at large about risks and advantages of CO2 capture and storage. Involving stakeholders and the public in local decision-making on… Continue Reading

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FENCO-ERA Impact of Communication

Short Description: FENCO-ERA “Impact of Communication” The main assumption of the project is that communication on CCS should enable the public to develop their own well-considered opinions on the technologies, otherwise the strength with which the opinions on CCS are held will be very low and therefore these opinions will be very unstable. If public… Continue Reading

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Thorium Fuelled Accelerator Driven Subcritical Reactors for Power Generation

Short Description: Thorium Fuelled Accelerator Driven Subcritical Reactors for Power Generation This EPSRC responsive mode project concerned the economic and technical feasibility of a possible new type of nuclear power station fuelled with thorium and made functional by the addition of neutrons from a particle accelerator-based process. The work complemented to a wider set of… Continue Reading

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ISDCP

Short Description: ISDCP Domestic climate policies play an important part in shifting countries towards a low-carbon development trajectory. Six country case studies explore the domestic drivers and barriers for policies with climate (co-) benefits in developing countries. They were supported with analytic papers on intermediate indicators, lessons from the application of conditionality, the experience from… Continue Reading

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Financing Transmission for Switzerland

Short Description: Financing Transmission for Switzerland The aim of this report was to review the key economic issues, problems and potential solutions that the SFOE and any future Swiss regulator may face as Switzerland embarks on its reforms of the electricity sector and the EU takes further measures to create the Single Electricity Market. The… Continue Reading

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