It’s vital for local urban sustainability initiatives to build connections with local municipalities and with each other concluded the Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability (ARTS) project’s Budapest team, which was led by CEU’s Department of Environmental Sciences. The EU Commission-funded project started in 2014, and its regional Budapest phase ended with a meeting on October 28 at CEU.
CEU’s Diana Urge-Vorsatz, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, was member of a 5-member delegation of UNEP’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that met Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on October 23. As its vice chair, Urge-Vorsatz represented Working Group III of IPCC on the meeting.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum has emerged as a major international conference where policies and ideas are shared between governments, business, civil society and academia.
Reducing energy imports and mitigating climate change are often portrayed as complementary, but new CEU-led research shows that ambitious policies to reduce energy imports would have little impact on climate change and energy imports would not bring significant climate benefits.
Professor Aleh Cherp of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at CEU dispels a popular misconception that it was Fukushima’s nuclear disaster that forced Japan to develop renewable energy in a recent letter entitled Energy policy: Renewables targeted before Fukushima, published in scientific journal Nature.
Savannah Carr-Wilson and Sandeep, MESPOM master’s students in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, are currently writing a book, entitled the Fossil Fuel Curse. They plan to conduct research in India and Canada this summer and turn their findings into a unique non-fiction book that will bring global attention to the impact fossil fuel extraction has on communities in India and Canada, and what will happen to these communities when the world makes a transition to renewable energy.