European climate action: Political economy challenges

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European climate action: Political economy challenges

Thursday, 21 January 2021 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Zoom webinar
Adrienne Cheasty, Academic Visitor, European Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College, Oxford
European Studies Seminar

COP26, the next global climate summit, will take place in Glasgow in November 2021, and Europe will be a key player. This online conference looks at the political economy challenges (as opposed to the scientific advances) that must be overcome to meet global climate goals, with a focus on Europe’s agenda.

  • A first session will look at the stakes at COP26 and the contribution of the European Green Deal to strengthening climate action commitments.
  • A second session will examine the challenges for governments in paying for climate action—since government budgets will be even more constrained post-covid, and carbon taxes are yet to prove politically feasible.
  • A third session will take stock of the adequacy of public and private sector financing arrangements for climate investment. Is the balance between public and private investment appropriate? How best can financial sector guidelines be leveraged into complementing public sector efforts and delivering effective ESG investment? Inter alia, is there a role for central banks?
  • A final session will ask how best to harness public activism, for instance in NGOs and among political groups.

Confirmed Participants:

Alex Clark (Oxford), Emmanuel Guérin (European Climate Foundation), Heidi Hautala (Vice President, European Parliament), Dora Iakova (IMF), Philip Lymbery (Global CEO, Compassion in World Farming), Nick Mabey (CEO, E3G), Isabelle Mateos y Lago (Blackrock), Linus Mattauch (Oxford), Mauro Petriccione (Director General for Climate, European Commission), Jean Pisani-Ferry (EUI and Bruegel), Olaf Sleijpen (Executive Director, Dutch National Bank), Josué Tanaka (LSE)

Chairs: Thomas Hale, David Madden, Kalypso Nicolaidis and Tim Vlandas (all Oxford).

Further information about session timings can be found in the attached programme (see below).

This event is taking place online using Zoom. Registration in advance is essential to receive the Zoom event invitation. To REGISTER, please click through to the Zoom registration page HERE.

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This conference is convened by the European Political Economy Project at the ESC: EUPEP is a new initiative which aims to support the development of European economic institutions, by shedding light on the way these institutions, including macroeconomic policy frameworks, interact with markets and respond to domestic and global socio-political pressures. By promoting a better understanding of market and political constraints on institutions, it seeks to contribute to improving policy formulation and execution.

This conference is hosted in collaboration with the Europaeum network of leading European universities.