Accountability mechanisms in climate change framework laws

Policy publication by Catherine Higham, Alina Averchenkova, Joana Setzer, Arnaud Koehl on 5 Nov 2021

Climate change framework laws are needed for the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement. This policy insight examines the elements that can be ‘built in’ to framework laws to specify accountability for the implementation of the core obligations contained within, based on a review of 43 such laws from the Climate Change Laws of the World database.

Do carbon offsets offset carbon?

Working paper by Raphael Calel, Jonathan Colmer, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Matthieu Glachant on 3 Nov 2021

In this paper the authors develop and implement a new method for identifying ‘wasted’ subsidies, and use it to provide systematic evidence on the misallocation of carbon offsets in the Clean Development Mechanism, the world’s largest carbon offset programme.

Financing the just transition beyond coal

Policy publication by Sabrina Muller, Nick Robins on 27 Oct 2021

emissions-intensive coal industry. This policy brief looks at actions the energy sector and finance are starting take to ensure there is a just transition for affected workers and communities, and how those actions can be scaled up.

Organisational preparedness for the physical risks of climate change in the UK: headline findings from a UK-wide survey (April–May 2021)

Policy publication by Denyse S. Dookie, Declan Conway, Suraje Dessai on 12 Oct 2021

This report presents the headline findings from a national survey of UK-based organisations’ perceptions about adapting to a changing climate, providing insights into a wide range of factors affecting organisational and sectoral perspectives on preparedness, risk and adaptation.

Assessing the quality of state-of-the-art regional climate information: the case of the UK Climate Projections 2018

Research article by Marina Baldissera Pacchetti, Suraje Dessai, David Stainforth on 6 Sep 2021

In this paper, we assess the quality of state-of-the-art regional climate information intended to support climate adaptation decision-making. We use the UK Climate Projections 2018 as an example of such information. Their probabilistic, global, and regional land projections exemplify some of the key methodologies that are at the forefront of constructing regional climate information for […]

Counting carbon or counting coal? Anchoring climate governance in fossil fuel-based accountability frameworks

Working paper by Fergus Green, Declan Kuch on 31 Aug 2021

This analysis explores schemes for the monitoring, reporting and verification of fossil fuels, and points to a hybrid fossil fuel-based accountability framework that accounts for infrastructure and production volumes. Such transparency would provide opportunities for democratic oversight of climate governance efforts and channels to hold states accountable for their climate performance.