A number of factors in combination make the issues of global climate uniquely challenging:

  • residual uncertainty over fundamentals, and limited public and political consensus
  •  the central and pervasive importance of energy to modern economies
  • the cumulative and largely irreversible nature of CO2 emissions in particular
  • long time lags between cause and consequences
  • intrinsic dependence on global action to tackle a global externality
  • strong vested interests, and conflict with other short or medium term policy objectives
  • the limitations of existing political institutions, national and international, in achieving effective concerted action

A BIEE  seminar  held on April 24th 2013 focused  on the negotiating and diplomatic perspective on energy and climate related issues.

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