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  • Working Paper: EU Climate Benchmarking

    April 9, 2014

    Working Paper: EU Climate Benchmarking

    EU Climate Benchmarking: Qualifications, Compromises and Compliance in the UK and Germany By: Caroline Kuzemko – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter EPG Working Paper: 1404 Abstract: Taking a constructivist IPE approach this paper peers beneath, at least rhetorically committed, discourses on climate change and mitigation in international organisations through an examination of EU climate benchmarking practices. It poses questions about motivations for climate benchmarking, methods used to construct benchmarks and about compliance at the national level in Germany and the UK. An examination of the motivations behind climate benchmarks points, predictably, to the commitment to keeping

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  • New Thinking Blog: Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security

    April 7, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security

    Demand Side Response and Energy Supply (In)Security Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 7th April, 2014 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineKuzemko Since the start of the latest Ukraine-Russia crisis the rhetoric of energy security has re-emerged as strongly as ever.  What seems most evident this time around is the degree to which energy companies are deploying the energy supply security card in order to appeal for more state and political support for new capacity.  The nuclear industry, never shy about letting a good energy crisis go to waste, has been active across Europe in using fear of Russia and

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  • Working Paper: The political dynamics of green transformations

    April 1, 2014

    Working Paper: The political dynamics of green transformations

    The political dynamics of green transformations: The roles of policy feedback and institutional context By: Matthew Lockwood – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter EPG Working Paper: 1403 Abstract: Green transformations, including in energy policy, are likely to take several decades and so need to be sustained politically over long periods of time. A key factor in whether this happens or not is the political impact of policies, i.e. ‘policy feedback’, which is likely to depend partly on the design of policies. Policy design itself will be heavily influenced by prevailing policy paradigms, and the articulation between

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  • New Thinking Blog: Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change

    March 31, 2014

    New Thinking Blog: Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change

    Bricolage – the way to speed up energy system change Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 31st March, 2014 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell The second Working Group (WG2) report of the International Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Review (IPCC AR5) has been published and says we, as a world, have to do more to combat climate change if we are to maintain the comfort and fabric of our lives, and it will cost us less than if we do nothing. WG1 of the IPCC AR5 was published last year on the science of climate change and in a

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