UNFCCC SB40 side event: EU climate and energy policies – tradeoffs and synergies was held on 14 June 2014 in Bonn.
Mitigating climate change and securing energy supply – large scale renewables projects vs. decentralised local approaches.
This side event was a co-sponsored event by the MILESECURE 2050 (http://www.milesecure2050.eu/) and CECILIA 2050 (http://cecilia2050.eu/) research projects funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. The side event, therefore featured the research output representing two consortia and the work of 21 leading academic and other research institutions. The format was 3-4 short speakers with 10-15 minute slides and power, a moderator introduction and facilitation, and audience questions and answers for 20 minutes.
IPA2014 conference, Wageningen (NL), 3 July 2014
Poster presentation by: Guivarch C., Monjon, S., Vogt-Schilb, A (SMASH)., titled “Would climate policy improve the European energy security?”, Poster session, Istanbul, 28 June – 2 July 2014
Energy security improvement is often presented as a possible co-benefit of climate policies. This paper evaluates this claim. It presents a methodology to investigate whether climate policy would improve energy security, while accounting for the difficulties entailed by the many-faceted nature of the energy security concept and the large uncertainties on the determinants of future changes in energy systems. To do so, it uses a set of indicators in a four-dimension analysis grid of the energy security concept, and a database of scenarios exploring the uncertainty space. The results, focusing on Europe, reveal there is no unequivocal effect of climate policy on all the dimensions of energy security and that some trade-offs are involved. The many-faceted nature of energy security matters: energy security has several dimensions, some of which can be heightened by climate policy. Time matters: the effect of climate policy on energy security depends on the time horizon considered. Last, these results are robust to key uncertainties on the future potential and costs of technologies, on future improvements in energy efficiency, on fossil fuel resources and markets and on drivers of economic growth. However, some of these uncertainties determine the magnitude of the effect of climate policy on energy security indicators.