Past activities

13 May 2019
Update and perspectives of climate and energy policies in China
On May 13, 2019, together with the Spanish Green Growth Group and with the collaboration of Funcas, we organized a conference and debate on the current situation and perspectives of China's energy and climate policies.

The country is today reaching an economic crossroad, and it is convenient to know to what extent lower growth rates will benefit or harm its actions against climate change. Actions, by the way, with an imortant global relevance: remember that China has been the largest GHG emitter in the world for many years. What role will flexible policy instruments such as the national GHG market have in the future? Will we witness its reinforcement or instead the implementation of draconian solutions such as those implemented in recent years to fight local pollution in many Chinese cities? What will be the role of China, on the other hand, in reducing costs of low carbon technologies? Once the big reductions in the costs of solar technologies have been achieved with important Chinese contributions, is it perhaps the time for the same thing to happen with electric vehicles? Can, on the other hand, growing distrust in many countries to China's global economic performance and objectives affect the preceding matters?

To address all these issues we had the presence of one of the most renowned Chinese academic experts in this field, Zhang Xiliang (Tsinghua University), who has also played a relevant role in the definition and implementation of renewable promotion policies and of the national GHG trading system. Professor Zhang was accompanied by two other experts in these matters: Ma Jun, International R&D Director of Tsinghua, and Hu Min (iGDP).
26 February 2019
Seminar: Internal Carbon Pricing. Global Outlook and Applications
The use of price approaches to tackle carbon emissions has been widely defended by experts on several grounds such as cost-effectiveness or the positive effects on innovation. Companies might introduce internal carbon prices to fill a regulatory vacuum; to prepare for future regulatory actions in this area; to abate emissions efficiently; to define sustainable investment strategies; and to obtain resources to foster internal mitigation or to offset environmental damages. This seminar described practical applications of internal carbon pricing across a wide range of countries and business sectors, with a previous discussion of the foundations, ideal design and global trends in the use of these mechanisms. This seminar, by Nicolette Bartlett (Climate Change Director, CDP) and co-organized with the Spanish Green Growth Group, was held at Funcasheadquarters (Caballero de Gracia 28, Madrid) with an audience mostly coming from the business sector and academia.
25 February 2019
Academic Workshop: 2019 Developments in Energy Economics
Economics for Energy, in collaboration with the Spanish Association for Energy Economics (AEEE),  organized a new academic workshop devoted to the analysis and discussion of advanced research topics in energy and environmental economics. The workshop was held at the headquarters of Funcas (Caballero de Gracia 28, 4th floor, Madrid) and included presentations by four leading energy economists: Natalia Fabra (UC3M), Joan-Ramon Borrell (UB), Juan P. Montero (PUC Chile) and María Loureiro (USC).