The UK Climate Change Act became law in November 2008 and is one of the earliest comprehensive framework laws on climate change globally. Dr. Alina Averchenkova will present a recent study that assesses the impacts and lessons learnt from the Act for the UK and other countries, based on interviews with civil servants, special advisers, government and shadow ministers, backbench Members of Parliament, policy commentators and industry representatives. The study examines a number of questions, including: What arrangements have been successful? Where have expectations not been met? Is the Act still fit for purpose in a post-Paris Agreement world?
Dr. Alina Averchenkova, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics
Alina is Principal Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and leads Governance and Legislation research theme at the institute. She has over seventeen years of experience in climate policy and international development working at the international organizations, private sector, NGOs and academia. Since 2013 at the Grantham Research Institute she focuses on the analysis of the implementation of the Paris agreement, national climate governance and experiences with climate legislation. She also advises governments and international organizations, and facilitates inter-ministerial and multi-stakeholder dialogues on climate change. Prior to joining the LSE, Alina was a Global Director for Climate Change and Carbon at KPMG; prior to that she worked for a carbon-asset manager First Climate on policies related to carbon markets. Before that, as a Programme Officer at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Alina supported international climate change negotiations. Her professional experience also includes work for the Environmental Defence Fund in Washington, DC; Metroeconomica Ltd and for the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Russia. Alina holds a BSc in Geography from Moscow State University, and an MSc and a PhD in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath