CICEP's Achievements and Challenges in 2017

 Steffen Kallbekken expects CICEP’s work on international cooperation to receive much more attention again in 2018. Photo by Monica Bjermeland / CICERO

Steffen Kallbekken expects CICEP’s work on international cooperation to receive much more attention again in 2018. Photo by Monica Bjermeland / CICERO

CICEP’s research-based expertise is increasingly in demand as a basis for creating energy and climate scenarios, and as an input to strategy discussions, writes Director Steffen Kallbekken in the CICEP Annual Report 2017.

Over the course of CICEP’s six years existence, the interaction between the research partners and the user partners has evolved. CICEP’s research-based expertise is increasingly in demand as a basis for creating energy and climate scenarios, and as an input to strategy discussions. We have successfully engaged with our user partners to provide crucial input to their own ongoing work in these areas throughout 2017.  

Another topic of growing interest is EU climate and energy policies. This has always been a key focus area for CICEP, but with the publication of the so-called winter package in late 2016, and Norway’s likely inclusion in the EUs effort sharing agreement, interest soared in 2017.

One of many highlights was our keynote introduction on EU climate and energy policy at a seminar at the Norwegian parliament. 

As part of the increasing European orientation it is also worth mentioning that CICEP partners CICERO and BC3 are partners in two new Horizon 2020 projects (CONSEED - CONSumer Energy Efficiency Decision making and ENABLE - Enabling the Energy Union through understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe). CICERO and NVE are partners in the H2020 project WinWind – that seeks to better understand the acceptance of wind energy.  

Interest in the international climate negotiations was comparably lower in 2017, in large part because few important decisions were meant to be finalized at COP23 in Bonn. At COP24 in 2018, the entire “rule book” for the Paris Agreement is meant to be finalized. Add to this the publication of IPCC special report on the 1.5°C target in October 2018, with strong implications for international cooperation, and we expect CICEP’s work on international cooperation to receive much more attention again in 2018.

We are well prepared, with key contributions comparing the climate policies of key actors, as well as on different types of cooperation that can complement the Paris Agreement.  We published 29 book chapters or papers in peer-reviewed journals in 2017. We continued our work of synthesizing our insights with the publication of Climate Policy Outlook in early 2017. The publication includes outlooks for 7 key actors, a global outlook and has a user partner contribution.   

Maria Victoria Román de Lara successfully defended her PhD thesis on “the economics of climate finance”, making it the second CICEP-funded PhD to be completed. Solveig Aamodt submitted her PhD on “Understanding the BASICs: Policy actors, coalitions, and cooperation in the BASIC countries’ climate policy processes”, so the third completed PhD is soon forthcoming, and will be one of the highlights of the final full year of CICEP