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Seminar Series: International & California Climate Policy & Energy Transformation

CEPP Event: Not All Carbon Credits are Created Equal: offsets in California’s cap-and-trade program

Barbara Haya, PhD and Research Fellow, CEPP

2:00pm l November 6, 2018 l 105 GSPP

California’s carbon offset program could supply most of the emissions reductions expected to result from the state’s cap-and-trade program through 2030. However, a large portion of these credits is unlikely to represent real emissions reductions. California’s Forest offset protocol is generating vastly more credits than reductions actually achieved. Analysis of the development of California’s Mine Methane Capture and Rice Cultivation offset protocols lays out the inherent uncertainties in estimating emissions reduced by an offset program. This talk will start with a discussion of California’s proposed regulatory amendments to extend the cap-and-trade program to 2030, and how the cap-and-trade and offsets programs fit into California’s overall climate change efforts.


CEPP Event: Climate Policy in the European Union

Jurgen Salay, Policy Officer at the European Commission and 2017-2018 EU Fellow at the University of Washington

11:30am | March 21, 2018 | 105 GSPP

A talk by Jürgen Salay, policy officer at the European Commission and 2017-2018 EU Fellow at the University of Washington.

The European Union is probably the region of the world where most practical policy experimentation has taken place in the field of environment and climate change.  In the past twenty years the EU has developed a comprehensive set of domestic climate policies and has emerged as a global leader in international climate negotiations.

In his talk, Dr. Salay will give a background on EU climate policy, explain the main objectives and targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions in the EU, and update on the latest developments.  He will also relate EU climate policy to international relations and discuss challenges for the future.


CEPP Event: California and the Climate Fight

The State's New Relationship with Washington and the World

10:30am | April 22, 2017 | 160 Kroeber Hall

With the US’s commitment to the Paris Agreement in question and the future of federal climate change policy unclear, what steps should California take to remain at the forefront of climate action policy? Join Professor Meredith Fowlie (Class of 1935 Endowed Chair in Energy Associate Professor), Professor Sol Hsiang (co-lead author of the American Climate Prospectus and one of Forbes’s 30 under 30) and Professor Carol Zabin (Research Director, Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment) in a discussion moderated by Center for Environmental Public Policy Executive Director Ned Helme about California’s policy options given potential conflicts with the new US administration on issues of climate change and the environment. 


CEPP Event: Fulfilling the Promise of Paris: European, Latin American, and Californian Leadership on Climate Change

3:30pm | April 12, 2017 | 250 GSPP


On April 12th, BERC and the Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP) at the Goldman School hosted climate negotiators Artur Runge-Metzger and Alexa Kleysteuber along with faculty, students and members of the Berkeley community to discuss how the promises of the Paris Climate Agreement are being carried out today by Europe and Latin America.

Artur Runge Metzger is the Director of Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions, and European Commission Climate Directorate. He was also a lead European Union Climate Negotiator at Paris, and now has lead responsibility for guiding the EU’s 29 member counties in the development of the EU’s plan to comply with their 40% reduction in the GHGs below 1970 levels by 2030. Alexa Kleysteuber is the Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations for the California EPA. She was also a key climate negotiator for Latin America (AILAC) at Paris.

A total of 188 countries committed to ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals and strong financial support in the Paris Climate Agreement, creating an unprecedented opportunity to address our most pressing environmental threat.

Key nations and subnational governments like California are seizing that opportunity and showing the way.  

Artur laid out the EU strategy so far, i.e. relying heavily on emission trading, renewable energy, energy efficient, and motor vehicles meeting standards similar to California's. Alexa outlined how progressive Latin American nations have set aggressive plans for expanded renewable energy, reduced deforestation and sustainable development strategies that reduce GHG emissions while leveraging expanded investment in clean industry, energy efficiency and reduced waste generation. She also praised Governor Brown’s leadership amongst states, cities and civil society to meet the Paris goals. Both speakers emphasized the broad international support for achieving the Paris Agreement regardless of efforts by the US administration to reduce the US strategy.

Watch a recording of this event HERE.


BERC Event: Energy Summit 2017

Federal Energy Policy Under the Trump Administration

What’s next for scaling up renewable energy?

Panel: 10:15-11:15am | February 24th, 2017 | Field Club

On February 24th, CEPP Executive Director Ned Helme moderated a panel for the BERC Energy Summit.

The panel looked at how the federal government affects the renewable energy industry in many ways, from directly conducting research to providing tax incentives for renewable development. Summit attendees learned how our experts expect the federal government to affect renewable energy issues under President Trump. Topics discussed included, how clean energy can continue to scale up under the new administration and the best moves forward for clean energy.

CEPP In the News: Policy Notes, Fall 2016

An interview with CEPP's new director

You founded the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and served as its president for 30+ years. What need did you see that led you to found this organization?  Are there milestones you are particularly proud of from your tenure there?

I founded CCAP with a bipartisan group of 7 state Governors led by Wisconsin Governor Tony Earl, early in President Reagan’s second term. This was a time when environmental policy was under attack and air pollution and acid rain were major challenges, largely ignored by the Administration. I sensed that Washington needed new bipartisan approaches with sound economic and market principles as our best hope for breaking the national deadlock on environmental and energy policy. 


CEPP Event: Mobilizing Finance for the Paris Climate Agreement

4:00pm | October 18, 2016 | C210 Cheit Hall

The Paris Climate Agreement covers 98 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Its adoption in 2015 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and recent ratification create an unprecedented opportunity to address our most pressing environmental threat. Seizing that opportunity demands mobilizing trillions of dollars in public and private finance to implement the transformational climate policies required to achieve the Paris goals and sustain our communities and economies.

On October 18th BERC and the Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP) at the Goldman School hosted an engaging, provocative panel exploring the financial details of this immense undertaking. Over 50 students, faculty, and members of the Berkeley community attended this BERCShop on “Mobilizing Finance for the Paris Climate Agreement.” —-Read more here—-