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Ongoing Projects

  • Governance of Geoengineering

Dr Ghosh serves as co-chair of the ‘international working group’ of a multi-country project, the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative. The project, led by the UK’s Royal Society, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, and the US’s Environmental Defense Fund, will outline concerns regarding and options on how to govern geoengineering technologies. Dr Ghosh has co-authored a paper, which is being developed into a longer report. In June 2011 he delivered a keynote lecture to an experts’ meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. On 20 September 2011, CEEW conducted a workshop on geoengineering in New Delhi. A background paper for the Royal Society led project, the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative was published in September 2011. Click Here to read. Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and CEEW co-hosted an international conference on geoengineering in Ottawa in January 2012.

Completed Projects 

  •  Results-based Financing for Energy Access

CEEW published a  paper which presents two case with the design of a results-based financing (RBF) mechanism: (1) for increasing deployment of solar hot water systems, and (2) for promoting innovations in business models for energy access. This paper will be part of a longer report prepared for the World Bank-managed Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme, to be published soon. The fundamental idea of RBF approaches is that payments that would otherwise be made automatically are made contingent on delivery of (a) pre-agreed result(s), with achievement of the results being subject to independent verification. There is increasing global interest in how these instruments could be used in the energy sector.

  • Governance of Climate Finance 

CEEW conducted research on the governance of climate finance. In October 2010, Dr Arunabha Ghosh published a major report on institutional design options for climate finance (see below). CEEW has been also partnering with New York University's School of Law to identify the mechanisms that would be necessary to make a decentralised regime for climate finance effective. It is also starting research on the governance structure of the Green Climate Fund, announced at the Cancún climate summit in December 2010.

  • Global Energy Governance

CEEW has collaborated with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. A paper titled ‘Seeking Coherence in Complexity?: The Governance of Energy by Trade and Investment Institutions’ has been published in Global Policy Journal. Click Here to read.

  • Governance Options for International Climate Finance

CEEW's major research report ‘Harnessing the Power Shift: Governance Options for International Climate Financing’ was published in October 2010. It has been presented at various forums and climate negotiators briefed in China, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Click Here to read.


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