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									                                  CLIMA Newsletter
                                          ISSUE 11/2008

CLIMA News and Events


The final CLIMA Conference was held in Venice on October 9-10, involving all CLIMA teams, international
stakeholders and numerous other participants interested in climate change.
The conference was the occasion to present and promote the project outcomes
to a larger public as to raise awareness and participation of civil society
towards climate change control, especially through practices that can be
performed by various stakeholders. More than 50 participants attended the

In the spirit of the entire project, the conference addressed different issues of
climate change, e.g. governance, social problems, scientific evidences,
involving as speakers high level international experts.

The four papers, awarded as the best papers developed by the trainees within CLIMA project, were
presented during the first day of the conference by the trainees themselves, in particular:

         - Trade-Related Spillover: An Implication for Climate Technology Diffusion under UNFCCC by
         Haiqin Wang (Tsinghua University?);

         - How Does Climate Policy Affect Technical Change? An Analysis of the Direction and Pace of
         Technical Progress in a Climate-Economy Model, by Emanuele Massetti and Lea Nicita (ca’
         Foscari University of Venice)

         - Effects of Investment Growth in Energy sectors of Western Areas on local Economy and
         Emissions based on CGE model: a Case for Shaanxi Province, by Lu Chuanyi (Tsinghua??);

         - What are the different effects of SO2 and CO2 taxation in China? A computable general
         equilibrium analysis, by Pang Jun, Zou Ji, Fu Sha (Renmin University of China?).

All other papers developed within the project were presented at the poster session, as further occasion to
                                  discuss on different issues of climate change.

                                 A session of the conference was devoted to the presentation of the
                                 Master on-line developed within the CLIMA Project. In particular, one
                                 pilot module was widely introduced and explained in details. This
                                 presentation was the basis for the discussion during the Stakeholders’
                                 Round Table. Representatives of key institutions involved in Climate
                                 Change management in the different countries participating to the
                                 project expressed their high appreciation on the work done and the
willingness to support and promote the network created also in the future.

The final CLIMA meeting held in Padua on October 11, involved as members of the Steering Committee,
the Scientific Coordinator and the Project Manager from Ca’ Foscari
University of Venice, the 6 Senior Scientists and Local Managers from
the partner universities Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
(EHESS, France), Renmin University (Beijing, China), Vrije
Universiteit (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Tsinghua University
(Beijing, China), University of Karachi (Karachi, Pakistan), University
of Padova (Padua, Italy), two representatives from the CLIMA
associated institutions, namely the NDRC (the National Development
and Reform Commission of China) and IMELS (The Italian Ministry for
the Environment, land and Sea), two international experts, will take
part in the meeting.

The meeting aimed at presenting the achievements of the project, management and financial issues,
evaluation of the scientific results of the training and supervision of the trainees, lessons learnt and the
way ahead after the project life cycle to maintain the network.

In particular, the meeting was the occasion to discuss in details the development of the Master on line,
both in terms of the contents so far produced within the project (already evaluated by the Steering
Committee) and in terms of organisation and institutional structure of the master on-line especially in
view of the conclusion of this first phase of CLIMA project. Many efforts were concentrated on building a
strategy to create the future steps of the project, as to guarantee sustainability to the project developed
so far and, above all, to find the best solutions on how to jointly use the material developed so far.

The Steering Committee decided to appoint external experts for the final revision and editing of the
material produced by the trainees, in order to guarantee the quality of the material. The final purpose is
to publish the contents on the web by the end of the project, in order to share the knowledge gathered
with a wider community.

Moreover, the Steering Committee appointed the members of a new Committee, charged to evaluate and
promote the realisation of the master on-line after the end of the CLIMA project. The first meeting of this
new Committee will be planned soon.


                           Ms. Uzma Shakeel, assistant professor at the Area study Centre for Europe,
                           University of Karachi and one of the CLIMA Trainees from Karachi University,
                           introduced a course on climate change management in her Centre M.PHIL
                           programme. This is the first course on this topic introduced at the Area study
                           centre for Europe of Karachi University.


Mr. Kim van der Leeuw, one of the CLIMA trainees from Vrije University, moved to
Barcelona to start his new job as energy and climate strategist for the carbon asset
team of the consultancy firm Ecofys.

Climate Change and Sustainable Development News

Joelle Chassard, who manages the World Bank's carbon finance business, acknowledged the present
process is cumbersome, and said the international institution is exploring a scaled-up approach meant to
cut through red tape.

The new approach would not measure cuts in climate-warming carbon dioxide on every project, but
instead would offer carbon offsets to developing countries that, for example, beat targets for energy
efficiency or carbon intensity -- the measure of emissions reduced as related to economic growth.

Source:, October 10, 2008


Scientists from the School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences of the University of Alsaka
Fairbanks carried out and published a research revealing how the Arctic thundra could turn from a carbon
sink into a carbon source, if temperature will continue to rise.

sources?b_start:int=15, October 13, 2008


The research conducted by economist David Roland-Holst, from the Center for Energy, Resources and
Economic Sustainability of the University of California, Berkeley reveals that the environmental policy the
state of California has been carrying on in the last 30 years has been producing positive effects on
employment and significantly boosting the State economy.

Source:, October 24, 2008


While climate change-related investments are not immune to the worldwide economic slowdown, Pictet
bank believes climate-change funds are more resilient thanks to a lower correlation to the broader

The new fund, expected to be launched in the first quarter of next year, will be Pictet's fourth to focus on
the climate change theme.

Source:, November 6, 2008


A new report titled "The Sting of Climate Change," said recent data suggested that since the 1970s
climate change had contributed to 150,000 more deaths every year from disease, with over half of the
deaths in Asia.

According to the World Health Organization, rising temperatures and higher rainfall caused by climate
change will see the number of mosquitoes increasing in cooler areas where there is little resistance or
knowledge of the diseases they carry.

Source:, November 21


A European regulation progressively phasing out incandescent bulbs from 2009 through 2012, was
endorsed by the EU Member States experts of the Eco-Design Regulatory Committee on December 8,
2008, in the frame of the Energy Efficiency Package Europe recently agreed on.

bulbs?b_start:int=0, December 10, 2008


From December 2 to December 12 the fourteenth Conference of the Parties on Climate Change – COP14
was held in Poznan. According to UNFCCC Secretariat, the Poznań-based summit meeting was attended
by more than 12 thousand participants.

The United Nations Climate Change finished with a clear commitment by governments to shift into full
negotiating mode next year in order to shape an ambitious and effective international response to climate
change, to be agreed in Copenhagen at the end of 2009. Parties agreed that the first draft of a concrete
negotiating text would be available at a UNFCCC gathering in Bonn in June 2009.

Source:, December 13, 2009

Upcoming Events
First Changes Winter School on System Analysis and Integrated Modelling in Climate Change
Research, 3-6 February 2009, Venice, Italy
The Doctorate School in Global Change Science and Policy (ChangeS) is a consortium of three Italian
universities (Ca' Foscari, Salento and Sassari), established in 2008 in collaboration with the Euro-
Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC), with the aim of promoting and coordinating advanced
studies on climate change impacts and policy. The School supports and organises advanced training and
research activities with emphasis on the development of innovative management strategies for both
physical and socio-economic climate related phenomena. This First Winter School will be held in Venice at
Ca’ Foscari University from 3th to 6th February 2009 and the theme is "System Analysis and Integrated
Modelling in Climate Change Research", a set of very important topics, methods commonly used for the
analysis and modelling of several phenomena related to global change, such as land use and land cover

The Winter School is targeted to doctoral and post-doctoral students.
All PhD Students may apply however the priority will be given to the Changes PhD Students. The number
of participants is limited to 20.
There is no participation fee.

Contact: Winter School Secretariat
          c/o PhD on Science and Management of Climate Change Secretariat
          Ca’ Foscari University, Department of Economics
          Fondamenta San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873
          30121 Venice
          Tel + – 9126
          Fax +

Beyond KYOTO: Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change, March 5-7 2009, Aarhus, Danmark

The conference focuses on the challenges and needs for innovative, sustainable solutions associated with
climate changes. It is a matter of dialogue between the business community, researchers, NGOs and
political decision-makers.

Additional information available at:

2009 International Conference on Climate Change, March 8-10, 2009, New York, US

The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change will serve as a platform for scientists and policy
analysts from around the world who question the theory of man-made climate change.

Additional information available at:

EcoProcura 2009 conference: Climate Neutral through Procurement, March 25-27 2009, Reykjavik,

The aim of this conference is to exchange ideas, experiences, concepts and opinions on how sustainable
procurement can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change.

This unique meeting place provides a platform to promote exchange amongst purchasers from all levels
of governments, policy-makers, product designers, suppliers, manufacturers and multipliers.

Additional information available at:

IEA, World Energy Outlook 2008

This year's edition of the World Energy Outlook, the world's most authoritative source of global energy
trends was published by the International Energy Agency on November 12, with the contribution of some
600 authors from 40 countries, over 620 experts and a large number of government reviewers.

The 2008 edition provides a full update of energy projections up to 2030. With detailed projections and
in-depth analysis, it provides invaluable insights into the prospects for the global energy market and what
they mean for climate change.

WEO-2008 includes also in-depth analysis of three hot topics:

    −   Post-2012 climate change policy scenarios
    −   Oil and gas supply prospects
    −   Energy poverty in resource-rich Sub-Saharan African countries

For further information:

EUROPEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY COUNCIL, Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap 20% by

The ambitious target set by the European Union of 20% of the total final energy consumption to be given
by renewable energies by 2020 is not only achievable but can most probably be reached with some
margin. This is what the European Renewable Energy Council stated in the document “Renewable Energy
Technology Roadmap 20% by 2020”, published last November and based on the growth scenarios of the
various energy sources. According to this research, the contribution of RES in Europe by 2020 could
reach a share from 20.9% to 22.8%. The most promising technologies are wind and solar energy,
geothermal and energy from biomasses. The growing renewables sector will potentially employ up to 2
million people. However, to reach this target further legislative measures will be needed to give strength
to the industrial sector, like the new directive on renewable energy which is still under discussion.

According to renewable energy producers it is no longer possible to use the financial crisis as an excuse.
Moving towards sustainable energy supplies can in fact be a big opportunity and create wealth for Italy
and for Europe with new and innovative technologies in opposition to the protectionist policy of traditional

For further information:

Professional/academic vacancies & Call for proposals


Bruegel ( is a non-partisan European think tank devoted to policy-oriented economic
research. It is supported by 18 EU Member States and 22 major European and international companies.
Is aim is to contribute to the quality of economic policymaking in Europe through research, analysis and
facts based discussion.

Bruegel currently has a vacancy for a research fellow in the area of climate change and energy. S/he will
be conducting research projects in the field in connection with policy issues of relevance in Europe and
globally and collaborate with other Bruegel fellows working in related fields.

Candidates for this vacancy need to have a strong background in economic research, ideally in industrial
organisation and regulation; command of state-of-the-art empirical techniques; experience with energy
and climate change issues, from a policy making institution and/or from research. Exposure to policy
discussions would be desirable. The position is for a full-time resident.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Flemming Larsen, senior adviser to the Director, at
For further information:

ADDITIONAL CATEGORY: Millennium Development Goals
Type of Contract: 200 Series
Post Number: 00035973
Post Level: L-5 (ICS-12)
Languages Required: English
Duration of Initial Contract: 1 year

Further information:

POSITION: Senior Climate Change Analyst
POSITION OPEN TO: Qualified Chinese Nationals and British Nationals with a valid “W” or “Z” visa
DUTIES: Reporting on domestic policy developments related to climate change and energy efficiency at
          both national and provincial levels. To make and maintain senior contacts with key Chinese
          government departments, academics, journalists and NGOs to make sure they are up to date
          with latest developments. To produce timely analysis and reporting for a UK government
          audience. Examples of the sorts of areas to be covered by the officer include: timing and
          influencing of the next 5 Year Plan; mitigation in the Power Sector, China’s overall emissions
          trajectory, mitigation in key industrial sectors; overview of effectiveness of China’s mitigation
          policy; impact of the economic downturn on climate change activity. Policy advocacy on the
          British Government’s climate change agenda with Chinese Government and institutions.
          Lobbying of key contacts, presenting policy, giving speeches, participating in seminars,
          workshops and other relevant events.
          Identification of new areas of cooperation and development of projects that will support China’s
          domestic transition to a low carbon economy, including support to China’s energy efficiency
          measures in industrial, buildings, transport and power sectors. Management of multi-year
          projects to ensure they are delivered on time and on budget.
          Management of one or two members of the ‘Domestic Mitigation’ team.
KEY REQUIREMENTS: Experience of climate change, energy, environmental science issues and/or
                        experience of policy advocacy work. Proactive and flexible; ability to work within
                        teams and to manage other staff. Project management experience would be an
                        advantage. Strong analytical ability and proven record to deliver in a work
                        environment. Excellent written and spoken communication in both English and
                        Chinese; a willingness to articulate your own point of view. Ability to obtain
                        satisfactory security clearance. Beijing ‘Hukou’ is desirable.
HOW TO APPLY: send your CV together with a one-page of A4 letter explaining why you think you are
suitable for this position (please clearly mark the position applied for and the position code under the
“subject” title of your email or fax), to:
                             The HR Office
                             The British Embassy
                             11 Guanghua Lu
                             Beijing 100600
                             Fax: 6532 7989
                             E-mail: (preferred)
DEADLINE: 5.00pm, Wednesday 21 January 2009 (Beijing Time)

Further information:


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