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The Governance of Clean Development

The Governance of Clean Development (GCD) project analyses which of the actors, institutions and policy-making processes involved in clean development are resulting in effective climate action and development benefits, which are not, and why.

This innovative research programme has generated insights into the governance aspects of clean development, principally in the area of energy. By employing a combination of research, dissemination and training activities the project seeks to push forward current research and practice on the politics of clean development.

In early 2012 the GCD project concluded its primary research. Check our publications page for the latest.

The GCD project was funded through the ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellowship scheme. The project was led by Professor Peter Newell working with Jon Phillips, and Lucy Baker. All three continue to explore similar themes of clean development, energy politics, equity and justice through their current work.

Final Project Briefing:

Governing Clean Development: What Have We Learnt?
Policy Briefing 3, November 2011

Intro

The Governance of Clean Development Project is undertaking an extensive programme of policy engagement and dissemination activities.

These activities include training for professionals and a conference for postgraduate students; workshops in the UK and events in each of the case study countries (Argentina, India and South Africa); the production of academic publications and policy-relevant materials such as policy briefings; and participation in national and international conferences.

Workshops and Events

Carbon Markets for the Poor: A Contradiction in Terms?
A Public Debate at UEA London Study Centre, 15th November 2011

In November 2011 the GCD project hosted a UK dissemination event at UEA London: Carbon Markets for the Poor: A Contradiction in Terms? The panel discussion and public debate centred on the role of carbon markets as a response to the challenges of climate change mitigation, and was attended by an audience of around 70 practitioners, policy-makers, students and researchers interested in clean development.
 

Briefing: What Have We Learnt?   Summary of Discussion   Peter Newell's Presentation
              
 
       

The Governance of Low Carbon Development
COP17 Climate Change Negotiations, Durban, South Africa

The GCD South Africa dissemination event was held as part of a University of Sussex/ ECN side event at the COP17 climate change summit in Durban in December 2011. GCD contributions focused on technology transfer under the CDM and its implications for the governance of the new UNFCCC Technology Mechanism. 

 

Presentation: Governing Technology for Clean Development     Event Summary: Innovation and technology transfer for sustainable energy
   

 


Case Study Country Workshops

Dissemination events are taking place in each of the case study countries to present research findings about the governance of clean development in that country. The focus in each event is on sharing results and facilitating discussion around areas for potential reform that have been identified. In addition to the South Africa event in Durban, a workshop was held at FLACSO in Buenos Aires in May 2011 and was attended by over 30 participants from government, business and civil society. GCD findings in India were discussed at a seminar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in September 2010.
 


PhD Student Workshop

In September 2010, the Governance of Clean Development Project co-ran a one day workshop, 'Theorising Climate Governance', aimed at UK-based PhD students. The workshop, sponsored by the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust, brought together doctoral students working on different aspects of climate governance from a range of social science disciplines to encourage debate and reflection on the value and limitations of different theoretical approaches to the question of climate governance.

Training

In September 2010 and 2011, Peter Newell ran training sessions on the CDM with participants on the ‘Climate Change and Development: Short Course' at UEA. Participants came from the UNDP, IFC, ADB, JICA, DfID and several developing country  governments. Peter has also delivered a training session on the CDM at the International Parliamentary Conference on Climate Change in London, which brought together over 100 parliamentarians from across the world. The event was organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.We have offered training for government officials from developing countries drawing on lessons learned from our in country research focussed on ‘Enabling Clean Development' alongside workshops in each of the case study countries to feed back key findings and a final dissemination meeting in London with government, business and civil society groups active in the area of clean development.

Publications

Work in progress is submitted as working papers to key climate change research centres in the UK and overseas. Since launching The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series with our first working paper outlining the GCD framework, several academics and practitioners have submitted papers to the series.

Outputs from our research will be submitted to peer-reviewed academic journals.

The Policy Briefing Series summarises key findings from the project in both English and Spanish. Our second policy briefing is available now, Governing Clean Development: What Have We Learnt? [PDF 767 KB]. 
    

Press coverage:

Reuters (Bribery, collusion hinder UN carbon scheme)

Bloomberg ('Rich Man' Greenhouse Market Needs Better Governance, UEA Says)

BBC Mundo (Los Mercados de Carbono Están en CrisisCarbon Markets are in Crisis) (en español, or view using Google Translate)

CDM & JI Monitor, Guest Commentary by Peter Newell(subscription-only, 16 Nov).

International Oil DailyCarbon Trading Vulnerable to Corruption, UK Researchers Say (subscription-only, 21 Nov)

IPS News Agency (The Future of Carbon Markets: Taking Politics Seriously; also available in Spanish). Op-Ed by Peter Newell 

UEA Press Release for London Event: Carbon Markets for the Poor: A Contradiction in Terms?

ESRC Press Release: UN Emission Market Needs Urgent Reform

ICIS Heron (UK Study slams the use of the carbon clean development mechanism by fossil fuel companies)  

Video: The Carbon Con: Investigating the true cost of offsetting, a film from the Ecologist Film Unit, featuring guest comments from Peter Newell.

Video: Carbon Markets: Trading with our future, an independent film by Heydon Prowse, featuring guest comments from Peter Newell.

Financial Times: Interactive Guide to Climate Change Institutions, written by Jon Phillips and Peter Newell.

 

Books and Book Chapters

Newell, P., Boykoff, M. and Boyd, E. (eds) (2012) The New Carbon Economy: Constitution, Governance and Contestation. London: Wiley-Blackwell

Bulkeley, H. and P. Newell (2010) Governing Climate Change. London: Routledge.

Newell, P. and Paterson, M. (2010) Climate Capitalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Newell, P. and Paterson, M. (2009) ‘The politics of the carbon economy.' In M. Boykoff (Ed.) The Politics of Climate Change: A Survey. London: Routledge.

Newell, P. (2009) 'Fit for purpose: Towards a development architecture that can deliver' pp. 184-195. In E. Palosuo (Ed.) Rethinking Development in a Carbon Constrained World: Development Cooperation and Climate Change, [PDF 2.4 MB]. Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Finland.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Baker L, Newell P and Phillips J. 2014. The political economy of clean energy transitions: the case of South Africa. New Political Economy. doi: 10.1080/13563467.2013.849674

Phillips J, Das K and Newell P. 2013. Governance and technology transfer in the clean development mechanism in India. Global Environmental Change 23(6): 1594-1604.

Newell P (2013) The politics and political economy of the Clean Development Mechanism in Argentina.Environmental Politics. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2013.821827

Phillips, J and Newell, P (2013) The governance of clean energy in India: The clean development mechanism (CDM) and domestic energy politics. Energy Policy 59: 654–662

Newell, P and Mulvaney, D (2013) The Political Economy of the Just Transition. The Geographical Journal197(2): 132-140.

Newell, P and Bumpus, A (2012) The Global Political Ecology of the Clean Development Mechanism. Global Environmental Politics 12(4): 49-67.

Bulkeley H., Andonova L., Bäckstrand K., Betsill M., Compagnon D., Duff y R., Kolk, A, Hoffmann M., Levy D., Newell P., Milledge T., Paterson M., Pattberg P. & VanDeveer S. (2012) Governing climate change transnationally: assessing the evidence from a database of sixty initiatives. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 30(4): 591 - 612

Newell, P (2011) The Governance of Energy Finance: The Public, the Private and the Hybrid. Global Policy2, Issue Supplement: 96-105.

Boyd, E, Boykoff, M, and Newell, P (2011) The 'New' Carbon Economy: What's New? Antipode 43(3): 601-611

Bailey, I, Gouldson, A and Newell, P (2011) Ecological Modernisation and the Governance of Carbon: A Critical Analysis. Antipode 43(3): 682-703

Newell, P, Phillips, J and Purohit, P (2011) The Political Economy of Clean Development in India: CDM and Beyond.IDS Bulletin 42(3): 89-96

Newell, P. (2009) Varieties of CDM governance: Some reflections. Journal of Environment and Development18: 425 - 435.

Newell, P., Jenner, N. and Baker, L.B. (2009) Governing clean development: A framework for analysis.Development Policy Review, 27(6): 717 - 739.

Policy Briefings

Governance of Clean Development Project (2011) Governing Clean Development: What Have We Learnt?[PDF 767 KB]. November. Norwich and Brighton, UK: University of East Anglia and University of Sussex.

Governance of Clean Development Project (2010) Governing Clean Development: Bringing in the Politics[PDF 666 KB]. June. School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK.

Governance of Clean Development Project (2009) Governance - The missing link in the clean development debate [PDF 112 KB]. August. School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK. [en español]

Economic and Social Research Council (2011) Delivering Low Carbon Energy in Developing Countries. ESRC Evidence Breifing. November. London

Newell, P., Roberts, T., Boyd, E. & Huq, S. (2009) Billions at stake in climate finance: Four key lessons. IIED Briefing Paper.

Working Papers

Killick, R (2012) Exploring the measurement of sustainable development in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) [PDF 2 MB]. Working Paper 019, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK

Hoch, S (2012) Governing clean development in LDCs: do CDM rules promote renewable energy in Ethiopia? [PDF 871 KB]. Working Paper 018, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK

Phillips, J, Newell, P and Purohit, P (2011) Governing clean energy in India [PDF 903 KB]. Working Paper 017, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Shen, W (2011) Understanding the dominance of unilateral CDM projects in China: origins and implications for governing carbon markets [PDF 458 KB]. Working Paper 016, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Baker, L (2011) Governing electricity in South Africa: wind, coal and power struggles [PDF 728 KB]. Working Paper 015, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Das, K (2011) Technology Transfer under the Clean Development Mechanism: an empirical study of 1000 CDM projects [PDF 1.25 MB]. Working Paper 014, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Never, E (2011) Integrating energy and climate governance in South Africa: drivers, barriers and the shadow of hierarchy [PDF 719 KB]. Working Paper 013, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Inayat, J. (2011) What makes people adopt improved cookstoves? Empirical evidence from rural northwest Pakistan [PDF 342 KB]. Working Paper 012, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Lin, J (2010) The Sustainability of Biofuels: Limits of the Meta-Standard Approach [PDF 88KB]. Working Paper 011, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Newell, P. (2010) The Public, the Private and the Hybrid: Mapping the Governance of Energy Finance [PDF 191 KB]. Working Paper 010, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Bailey, I., Gouldson, A., & Newell, P (2010) Ecological Modernisation and the Governance of Carbon: a Critical Analysis [PDF 206 KB]. The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series 009/ Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper Series No 26. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK and CCCEP, Leeds UK

Bumpus, A. (2010) The matter of carbon: understanding the materiality of tCO2e in carbon offsets [PDF 485 KB]. Working Paper 008, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK

Benecke, G. (2010) Stakeholder networks in carbon governance: the role of state-market relations in the Indian renewable energy sector [PDF 431 KB] Working Paper 007, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK

Colman, T. (2010) The governance of clean energy development: a case study of Botswana and its stakeholders [PDF 194 KB]. Working Paper 006, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Girling, A. (2010) NGOs and the Clean Development Mechanism: constraints and opportunities in the discourse of EU consultations [PDF 200 KB]. Working Paper 005, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK

Rindefjäll, T., Lund, E. & Stripple, J. (2010) Wine, fruit and emission reductions: CDM as development strategy in Chile [PDF 110 KB]. Working Paper 004, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK

Dathe, N. (2009) Climate change and the Clean Development Mechanism in Indonesia: An Appraisal [PDF 384 KB]. Working Paper 003, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK

Wang, B. (2009) Can the CDM bring technology transfer to developing countries? An empirical study of technology transfer in China's CDM projects [PDF 496 KB] Working Paper 002, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK

Newell, P., Jenner, N. & Baker, L. (2009) Governing Clean Development: A Framework for Analysis. Working Paper 001, The Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series. School of International Development, University of East Anglia UK.

Non-peer Reviewed Papers and Editorials

Newell P (2013). Pie in the Sky [A response to Bjørn Lomborg]The European. 19 November.

Baker, L. (2012) Power Shifts in South Africa's Minerals-Energy Complex: From Coal Crunch to Wind Rush?In: Political Economy and the Outlook for Capitalism CongressParis, 5-7 July. Paris: AHE, IIPPE, FAPE.

Newell, P (2012) Carbon Trading in South Africa: Plus ça Change? [Review of Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns on South African Investments, by P Bond, R Dada & G Erion (eds.)]. Ephemera 12(1): 249-252.

Newell, P (2012) Of markets and madness: Whose clean development will prevail at Rio+20? Journal of Environment & Development 21(1): 40-43.

Newell, P (2012) The political economy of carbon markets: The CDM and other storiesClimate Policy 12(1): 135-139.

Newell, P, Phillips, J & Mulvaney, D. (2011) Pursuing Clean Energy Equitably [PDF 1 MB]. Human Development Research Paper 3. New York: UNDP-HDRO.

Newell, P (2011) The Future of Carbon Markets: Taking Politics SeriouslyIPS News Agency. Also available in Spanish.

Newell, P (2011) More Politics Needed in the CDM, not Less. Guest Commentary, CDM & JI Monitor, 16 November, p7.

Baker, L (2011) Fits and Starts: Renewable Energy Policy in South Africa. Africa Energy Yearbook 2011. Kingston Upon Thames: Energynet. p29. (This article is available as part of a free preview. See the the link provided)

Newell, P (2010) The Politics of Change: Tackling Poverty in a Carbon-Constrained World [PDF 119 KB].Britain in 2011, Annual Magazine of the Economic and Social Research Council. Swindon: ESRC. p 20

Newell, P. (2009) Herding cats? Transnational clean energy governance in a context of financial crisis [PDF 128 KB]. Guest editorial for the Leverhulme Network on Transnational Climate Change Governance. July.

Newell, P. (2009) Making Carbon Markets: Brits Abroad [PDF 64 KB]. News item for the UK Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change website: www.ukhdgec.org