Climate, energy & the environment research cluster snapshot

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Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 03 November 2015


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Kyla Tienhaara and Jeroen van der Heijden


Emma Larking
+61 (0)2 6125 1513

In this climate, energy & the environment research cluster snapshot, Kyla Tienhaara and Jeroen van der Heijden introduce their respective research interests:

Green stimulus and pink batts: the environmental politics of Australia’s response to the financial crisis

In the wake of the global financial crisis (GFC), governments in many countries developed Keynesian fiscal stimulus packages to reinvigorate their economies. Most of these stimulus packages contained a portion of measures that were labelled by governments and other organizations as ‘green’. Although several reports have assessed the amount and sectoral distribution of green spending in the major economies following the GFC, there has been minimal examination of how particular investment decisions were made or what the environmental outcomes have been. In this presentation, Kyla examines Australia’s experience with green stimulus with a focus on the controversial program for home insulation.

Voluntary environmental programs for low-carbon urban development: Lessons from six countries

The built environment is a key source of resource consumption and carbon emissions. At the same time it holds much potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Seeking to use this potential, governments, businesses, and citizens have begun to implement voluntary environmental programs that incentivise property developers and property owners to reduce the resource and carbon intensity of their buildings beyond what is required by mandatory regulation. In this presentation, Jeroen addresses 50 of such programs in Australia, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore and the United States seeking to understand to potential and constraints of such programs in realising low-carbon urban development.

About the Speakers

Dr Kyla Tienhaara is a Research Fellow at RegNet and co-director of the Climate and Environmental Governance Network. Kyla’s main area of interest is the intersection between environmental governance and the global economic system. Her PhD thesis examined investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that were brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements.

Dr Jeroen van der Heijden is a Research Fellow at RegNet and an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam’s Law School. Jeroen works at the intersections of regulation and governance, policy change, and urban development and transformation. Through his work Jeroen seeks to inform ongoing academic debates on these challenges, as well as to provide hands-on lessons to policy makers and practitioners on how to govern urban sustainability and resilience on a day to day basis.

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