The European Political Economy Project (EuPEP)


European climate action: political economy challenges

Thursday, 21 January 2021 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm

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

Please register here