CICEP has reached its mid-point, and is now a well-established centre that involves more than thirty senior and junior researchers, and which has a well-defined role in the research landscape.
2014 was a year of milestones for CICEP. On 1 July I took over from Arild Underdal as Director of CICEP. The period from July to December has been very much dominated by the ongoing mid-term evaluation during the autumn, but 2014 has also been our most productive year so far.
Arild Underdal was instrumental in developing the research proposal that became CICEP, and in shaping CICEP for the first three years of its existence. Under his leadership CICEP has established itself as a leading institution for the study of international climate and energy policy. We have developed strong relationships with our user and research partners, and helped recruit a new generation of researchers.
The mid-term evaluation will assess the scientific results of the centre, our plans for the potential final three-year period, and our usefulness to user partners. The evaluation conducted by an international expert panel will form the basis for a decision about whether to continue funding for the rest of the eight-year term, or to wind it up after five years. The evaluation will also provide advice on aspects of the centre’s work that should be improved.
2014 was the most productive year yet for CICEP. Our researchers published 41 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in 2014. 2014 was also an important year in terms of expansion of our activities. One important function of CICEP is to serve as a platform for launching new research projects on international climate and energy policy. Our partner institutions were successful in securing several new projects. I would like to highlight five new projects for the Research Council of Norway which will strengthen the work of CICEP in core areas:
1) Klimaforsk: "The role of short-lived climate forcers in the global climate regime" will complement WP2 work on non-UNFCCC initiatives;
2) Klimaforsk: “Designing effective emissions trading: The contribution of international diffusion” has particular relevance for WP1 and WP4, and builds on research co-funded by CICEP;
3) Energix: “Europeanization of energy-technological innovation systems –drivers, consequences and strategic challenges for Norway” complements work in WP4;
4) Energix: “Revising the National Renewables Policy Mix: The role of state aid and other key EU policies (REMIX)” complements work in WP1 and WP4 on EU energy policy;
5) Friklim: “Ageing population and social reforms in China: Consequences for economic growth and climate” supports work in WP3.
2015 will be an exciting year for CICEP, a year that will leave lasting impacts on our future work. In June 2015 the Research Council will decide the outcome of the mid-term evaluation process. We are confident that the evaluation will recommend continued funding, but it might also point us in some new directions. In December COP21 will take place in Paris. The aim is to produce a new global climate agreement applicable to all countries. The outcome of the negotiations in Paris is likely to set the direction for much of our future work.
Av Steffen Kallbekken, Director of CICEP, 27 March 2015