Energy and Climate Governance


Course Objective

After concluding this course, students should:

Be able to define and explain key concepts of relevance to the climate
change governance and energy issue;

Understand the causes, impacts and effects of climate change and the key
scientific controversies in the regime;

Be able to identify, explain and analyze the various policy options for
mitigation and adaptation at different levels of governance with a
specific focus on energy related options;

Be able to understand the key political challenges in the climate change
regime, the common problems facing all countries, and the various and
changing coalitions in the regime;

Be able to explain the long-term objective, the principles, the
commitments of countries and other key elements of the Climate Change
Convention, the quantified commitments of developed countries, and the
lexibility mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol;

Be able to explain the role of energy in the climate change regime, and
the various aspects of policy with respect to renewable energy

Be able to analyze global energy policy taking into account questions of
energy security, energy access and affordability as well as

Be able to make a judgment about which principles, policy instruments
and approaches are likely to be most efficient, equitable and/or
effective in addressing the climate change problem, including energy

Course Content

Global governance of human-induced climate change, including both
mitigation and adaptation, is a hotly debated subject. Current
(international and transnational) climate policy is the result of a
complex and long-lasting negotiation process at multiple levels of
governance. In this process, the science of the complex earth and
climate system is closely linked to questions on the socio-economic
effects of climate change, the options for global environmental
governance as determined by the structure of international
organizations, international economic and political relations and
environmental law. Reaching the 2 degree temperature target of the 2015
Paris Agreement will require a fundamental transition of global energy
systems. Therefore the course will investigate the relation between
climate change and global energy policy.

The course includes:
an overview of the science of climate change, its impacts (IPCC Fifth
Assessment Report) uncertainties, mitigation, adaptation;

discussion of climate change policy options at multiple levels of
governance, including the international climate change regime, national
and European policies, and transnational approaches;

analysis of the political challenges in climate change and the positions
of different countries and actors;

assessment of the economics of climate change including analyzing the
flexible mechanisms (Emission trading, Clean Development Mechanisms) and
options for Post Kyoto measures;

analysis of the challenges for a transition to renewable energy at
various scales;

the relation between global energy policy (including its geo-political
aspects) and the climate change regime.

Teaching Methods

Seminar/‘Werkcollege’ (s)

Method of Assessment

Written examination (E), Report (R), Simulation (Sim)

Weight of each component: 40/40/20

Compensation: is it possible to compensate one component with another?

Mode of re-examination for the different components: re-sit for both
written exam and final and paper


See Course manual on Canvas

Target Audience

master students

Recommended background knowledge

basic knowledge of environmental policy and governance

General Information

Course Code AM_1155
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. P.H. Pattberg
Examiner prof. dr. P.H. Pattberg
Teaching Staff prof. dr. P.H. Pattberg
O.E. Widerberg

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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