ARENA Tuesday Seminar: Michèle Knodt

Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt from the Darmstadt University of Technology presented the paper 'Perceptions of the EU’s Global Energy Governance in the light of the Paris agreement on Climate Change' at the ARENA Tuesday Seminar on 2 May 2017.


Paris has written history. The initiation of an internationally binding climate agreement serves as a wake-up call for a rapid transformation of the world's energy system (UNFCCC 2015). The implementation exposes Europa and especially Emerging Powers to a challenge, which requires a globally coordinated solution. Yet, climate and energy policy had been treated separately, Paris irretrievable interlinked these topics. New forms of political cooperation at the climate & energy nexus between the EU and Emerging Powers such as Brazil, India, China or South Africa (BICS) are required. Yet, reality tells a different story: the EU’s energy and climate policy until now were carried out separately, the EU's geographical focus in energy policy remains on adjacent countries in the European neighbourhood and on issues related to energy security. Despite being Strategic Partners and engaging in climate and energy dialogues, it seems that the EU is lacking strategic vision and is not perceived as a major actor in energy cooperation with the BICS. Thus, political momentum for energy cooperation and joint governance of scarce resources is vanishing.

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Published Dec. 13, 2016 11:24 AM - Last modified May 3, 2017 7:38 AM