Paris & Beyond Series 2015

Paris and Beyond Poster

Following the agreement between Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping on carbon caps, the focus of climate change negotiations was focussed on the Paris Conference of the Parties in December 2015. This seminar series looked at the big issues at Paris, the chances of success, the possible shape of an agreement, whether it will have much impact, what the alternative approaches are, and what lies beyond in technology and climate change policy.

We are grateful to the Robertson Foundation for financial support for this conference.

When: Hilary Term weeks 1-8 | Wednesdays 5-6:15pm
Where: Beckit Room | OUCE | South Parks Rd | Oxford | Ox1 3QY
Convenors: Prof Dieter Helm | Prof Cameron Hepburn | Prof Robert Hahn


A Critique of the Kyoto and Paris Architecture - Why They Won't Solve Climate Change

Seminar 1 | Week 1 | Wednesday 21 January 2015

Prof Dieter Helm | Professorial Research Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford and Chair of the Natural Capital Committee.

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Low-carbon energy sources

Seminar 2 | Week 2 | Wednesday 28 January 2015

Prof Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith | Director of Energy Research, University of Oxford.

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Climate Change Policies and Innovation in Clean Technologies

Seminar 3 | Week 3 | Wednesday 4 February 2015

Antoine Dechezleprêtre | Senior Research Fellow, Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics.

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Is a Climate Treaty A) Necessary and B) Possible?

Seminar 4 | Week 4 | Wednesday 11 February 2015

Prof Thomas Sterner | Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg.

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What's the one thing we actually need a climate treaty for - and which they won't be discussing in Paris?

Seminar 5 | Week 5 | Wednesday 18 February 2015

Prof Myles Allen | Professor of Geosystem Science, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.

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Climate Policy and Some Deadly Serious Game Theory

Seminar 6 | Week 6 | Wednesday 25 February 2015

Prof Cameron Hepburn | Professor of Environmental Economics, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford.

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Technological progress and the green energy transition

Seminar 7 | Week 7 | Wednesday 4 March 2015

Prof Doyne Farmer | Co-Director, Complexity Economics, The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.

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The Road to Paris and Beyond: Prospects of an Ambitious Global Deal

Seminar 8 | Week 8 | Wednesday 11 March 2015

Dr Artur Runge-Metzger | Head of Unit, DG Environment of the European Commission.

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