Announcements in 2012

Celebrating staff achievements and news of research work at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP).


10 December: CCCEP expert workshop on ‘Jobs, Skills and the Low Carbon Economy’ (PDF)

Bringing together experts from central government, local authorities, industry, trade associations, skills and training bodies, accreditation bodies, NGOs and the research community, this one-day workshop at the Royal Society, on 4 December, explored the ways in which the UK could maximise employment creation in the low-carbon economy through more effective approaches to skills provision. The discussions will lead to a Policy Briefing note on jobs, skills and the low carbon economy, which will be produced by the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and launched in early 2013.

4 December: Simon Dietz delivers lecture on the future of negotiating climate change

Dr. Simon Dietz, Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science delivered a lecture on the future of negotiating climate change on Wednesday 28 November. His presentation (PDF, 988KB) for CIES' third Geneva Dialogues event can be viewed online.  

23 November: Professor Nicholas Stern makes the case for Britain increasing the speed of its response to climate change

An interview with Nicholas Stern, discussing Britain's response to climate change, has been included in 'Britain in 2013 - the nation in focus', which showcases the diversity of ESRC-funded research on the state of the nation. The magazine is a mixture of academic opinion pieces alongside informed journalistic writing, offering a concise analysis of research and topical issues concerning Britain today, and possible solutions.

13 November: Professor launches video and interactive web campaign about the global food crisis

Climate change, dwindling water supplies, and high energy prices are set to make food harder, and more expensive to produce. To help shed light on this debate and stimulate constructive discussions about solutions, Evan Fraser, CCCEP member, has released a website, 'Feeding Nine Billion' which includes an animated video of four possible “solutions” to the global food crisis. 

7 November: Successful event during ESRC's Festival of Social Science

As part of this festival, Dr David Gee gave a highly topical and engaging lecture on how to shorten the time between the first plausible scientific evidence of harm and the first effective initiatives on reducing hazards and risks. To do so, he used recent events like Superstorm Sandy and the sentencing of six scientists over the deadly L’Aquila earthquake. Pauline Neale, member of Leeds Oxfam City Group, said the talk "was fascinating and a great source of ammunition to persuade sceptics on a wide range of subjects". Slides (PDF, 1.80MB) are available to download, plus a recording of the lecture.

7 November: CCCEP member lectures in China on international climate change negotiations

The LSE China Lecture Series recently took place in Beijing, as part of LSE's mission to seek closer ties with Chinese academic institutions and the Chinese people. As part of that programme, Professor Luc Bovens delivered a lecture on 29 October, titled 'International Climate Change Negotiations: morality tale or bargaining for mutual advantage?'. Lecture slides (PDF) and a recording (MP3) of this event are now available.

23 July: CCCEP director declared a 'Northern Champion' for 2012

Andy Gouldson has been chosen by think tank the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) as one of its 12 champions for his groundbreaking studies on climate change and carbon emissions. 'Northern Champions' are the most promising figures in the north of England, drawn from the worlds of sport, politics, arts, business and education. 

20 July: Lord Stern elected British Academy President

The British Academy has announced that Professor Lord Stern of Brentford, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, has been elected as its next President from July 2013.

27 June: Director of CCCEP highlights low-carbon living as part of Rio+20

Director of CCCEP, Andy Gouldson, explains how large-scale investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy for households, buildings, industry and transport can give economic benefits, as well as rapid cuts in the carbon emissions of cities. Video and transcript are available. 

26 June:  Professor Lord Nicholas Stern awarded Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle

Lord Stern was awarded the Order by President Calderon at a ceremony on 16 June, ahead of the start of the G20 summit. It is the highest decoration that is awarded by Mexico to foreigners. The announcement and citation (in Spanish) is available.  

13 June: Rio+20 Side Event on Sustainable Development

This discussion will explore the cost and carbon effectiveness of a wide range of options for domestic, industry, commerce and transport, and potential financial and policy options to stimulate major scale investments. Jointly hosted by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures, Stockholm Environment Institute York and University of Leeds. 

12 June: Professor Judith Rees elected as the first woman President of Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Professor Rees was elected unopposed to the position for its three year term. She takes over as the Society’s figurehead and chair of its elected trustees from Michael Palin CBE. Judith is Director of LSE's Grantham Research Institute, as well as the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP), hosted jointly with the University of Leeds.

24 May: Climate Compatible Development and experience from sub-Saharan Africa Post-Workshop Synthesis

A three-day workshop on Climate Compatible Development was hosted by the School of Earth & Environment & the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) at the University of Leeds between 15 and 17 May 2012. The workshop brought together international development and donor agencies, policy makers, and international researchers addressing institutional, social and environmental components of climate compatible development debates..."

21 May: Department of International Relations and Chatham House debate: 'The 'Rio+20' UN Summit: Global Crisis, or Global Rescue?'

The ‘Rio+20’ UN conference will take place in June, two decades after the ‘Earth Summit’ in Rio de Janeiro. What will it take to make environmental sustainability a global reality? This event marks the publication of a special issue of International Affairs on ‘Rio+20 and the global environment: reflections on theory and practice’. The event is taking place on Thursday 31 May 2012, from 6.30 to 8pm, at LSE.

11 May: Reception and book launch of Professor Arthur Petersen's 'Simulating Nature'

The Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS) at LSE will be hosting a reception and book launch, on 23 May, of Arthur Petersen's book, 'Simulating Nature: a philosophical study of computer-simulation uncertainties and their role in climate science and policy advice' (second Edition). Please email Lyn Grove at CATS for more information or to attend. 

3 May: Workshop on 'Financing Low Carbon Cities' co-hosted by CCCEP

The Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF) and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) jointly held a workshop yesterday, hosted at Chatham House. Presentations were given by Professor Andy Gouldson of the University of Leeds, Andy Deacon from the Energy Savings Trust, Christoph Harwood of Marksman Consulting and Emily Smith from the European Investment Bank.

24 February: Lord Nicholas Stern delivers three lectures on climate change and the New Industrial Revolution

As part of the Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures 2012, Nicholas Stern gave three lectures over three successive days (Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February). Presentations of these lectures can now be downloaded.

9 January: New investment in low carbon could reduce the Leeds City Region's energy bill, cut emissions and produce social benefits

This is according to a new study from the Centre for Low Carbon Futures. It shows that UK cities could cut their energy bills by billions, by exploiting commercially attractive opportunities in energy and carbon management. Lead author Professor Andy Gouldson, Director of CCCEP, said: "The business case for major scale investments in energy and carbon management is very strong." 

Photograph of breakout meeting credit Nigel Stead