Climate Change and International Policies

Anno accademico 2016/2017 Programmi anni precedenti
Titolo corso in inglese Climate Change and International Policies
Codice insegnamento PHD029 (AF:242018 AR:133458)
Crediti formativi universitari 5
Livello laurea Corso di Dottorato (D.M.45)
Settore scientifico disciplinare SECS-P/01
Periodo II Semestre
Anno corso 1
Obiettivi Formativi
This course is designed to provide students from different disciplinary backgrounds with an overview of the policy debates surrounding current climate and climate change issues at international level(including the EU policies).
Basics of climate sciences
Part I – MITIGATION (Anastasios Xepapadeas)
Lesson 1: Environmental Policy and Pollution Dynamics
Lesson 2: Climate Policy: Natural Science Elements and Economic Modelling
Lesson 3: International Environmental Agreements

Part II – ADAPTATION (Shouro Dasgupta)

Adaptation is the process of adjustment to actual or expected climate change and its effects. The goal of this module is to learn to conduct empirical analysis of vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and change with a view to provide a strong grounding for those developing a climate change vulnerability/adaptation/adaptive capacity theme in their thesis. The emphasis will be on economics of adaptation, institutional aspects, and human health.
Lesson 4: Economics of adaptation
Lesson 5: Empirical analysis of adaptation and adaption capacity
Lesson 6: Sectoral analysis and adaptation policies

Part III – GOVERNANCE (Eric Ponthieu)

Mitigation of climate change means that CO2 emissions must be drastically reduced in the long term (i.e. 2050). This implies a substantial reforming of the entire production and consumption pattern in order to decouple economic growth and carbon emissions. This transition to a low carbon economy will be a costly process requiring not only technological efforts but also profound organisational and cultural changes. The predominating model to achieve such a transformation, often referred as green growth, risks falling short because of its insufficient focus on the demand-side of the economy. Conversely, the model of sustainable consumption seems to be more suited for meeting 2050 climate objectives (i.e. -80-95% GHG emissions below 1990 level). In Lesson 9, the two models will be briefly compared and a special emphasis will be placed on outlining the model of sustainable consumption. In Lessons 7 and 8, a panorama of current, mid- and long-term EU energy and climate policies will be presented.
Lesson 7: EU energy and climate policies up to now (2020)
Lesson 8: EU energy and climate policies for 2030 and 2050
Lesson 9: Green growth and sustainable consumption models
Testi di riferimento
Hassler, J., Krusell, P. and J. Nycander, 2016, Climate Policy, Economic Policy CEPR, CESifo, pp. 503-558.
De Zeeuw, A., 2015, International Environmental Agreements, Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 7, pp. 151–168

IPCC AR5 – Economics of Adaptation
Economics of adaptation to climate change - Synthesis report
World Bank Report on Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change

EU climate and energy policy for 2020
EU climate and energy policy for 2030
EU Energy Roadmap 2050;ELX_SESSIONID=pXNYJKSFbLwdq5JBWQ9CvYWyJxD9RF4mnS3ctywT2xXmFYhlnlW1!-868768807?uri=CELEX:52011DC0885
Towards Green Growth – OECD
Prosperity without growth By Tim Jackson, University of Surrey, UK
Modalità di esame
Participation 1/3
Students are expected to play an active role in the class and prepare the required readings in advance and the assignments in due time
(e.g. reading and analyzing additional publications) .
Attending less than 1/3 of the lectures will give score 0.

Exam 2/3
Students are expected to submit an assignment for each module, according to contents and requirements defined by lecturers at the beginning of the course.
The score for each single module will be 0-10 and contributes to the sum of the final score.
Lingua di insegnamento
The course may be enriched by the participation of some external lecturers (to be confirmed).
Attendance is required. Daily preparation is also required. The assignments are set out in the course syllabus. Academic honesty is an important part of university training. While students may discuss assignments with their classmates and others, they are expected to make sure any written material they submit is their own work. Students are expected to know how to cite the work of others and present a bibliography of the research texts that were used.