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EUCERS/KAS Energy Talks 2017

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The impact of the Paris Agreement on the energy sector

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4th November 2016. Its successful negotiation concluded in Paris in December 2015 and subsequent ratification process taking place in 2016 shows there is a strong international commitment to fighting climate change. The Agreement aims to hold ‘the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels’ (Parties to the Agreement 2015, Article 2). In order to reach this goal, major economies will have to transform their energy systems. Governments will have to work with the energy industry, environmental and consumer groups in turning the implementation of the agreement into a success story. It is beyond doubt that the Paris Agreement will have an important impact on the global energy system.

The scale and nature of this impact will be explored through a series of talks that the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), King’s College London and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in London (KAS) will run in 2017. The talks will examine the impact the Agreement might have on global and regional geopolitics, on the structure of the global and regional energy mix, on the institutional, regulatory and financial mechanisms that can help energy industry to adapt to the era of climate change. The talks series will provide a platform for leaders in government, business and academia/think-tanks as well as the media to voice their analysis, opinions and predictions on the changes that Paris will bring to the energy sector and energy industry. The series will focus on four distinct topics, discussed in detail following. The date and title may still be subject to change.

Energy Talk #1: ‘Energy and Climate Policy between Trump Presidency and Paris Agreement’, the 7th of March 2017, 14-16.30, River Room, King’s College London, Strand Campus. Download background information for this event here. For a summary of the event, please visit our Blog.

Energy Talk #2: ‘The role of natural gas in the EU energy mix in the context of the Paris Agreement’, the 6th of April 2017, War Studies Meeting Room, King’s College London, Strand Campus. Download background information for this event here.

Energy Talk #3: ‘Industrial Carbon Performance’, the 14th of June 2017, King's College London.

Energy Talk #4: ‘Changes in energy financing triggered by climate considerations’, tbc September 2017, King's College London.

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