Energy governance, energy security and climate change: Towards a low carbon economy

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Project leader(s)

The current patchwork of policy frameworks for energy fall far short of what is needed to transition to a low carbon economy. Such a transition can only be achieved through effective energy governance, globally and nationally. This project (which is still at the preliminary stage) aims to lay bare the architecture of global energy governance, its nature and outcomes. It will provide an empirically grounded understanding of the key obstacles to more effective energy governance and identify, both globally and within Australia , how energy governance can best facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy. In particular, this project will develop design principles to support the creation of a global energy regime capable of achieving that transition and in such a way as to efficiently mitigate climate change and encourage energy innovation. Such design principles, for example, might focus on means for: developing global energy norms; pooling resources to create a global technology development fund; minimizing intellectual property constraints on use of new technology; overcoming efficiency and legitimacy constraints of international decision making bodies, and integrating China and India effectively into global energy governance.


Dr Christian Downie

Dr Christian Downie is a Research Fellow and the Higher Degree Research Convenor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance, RegNet, (from 1 May 2017) at The Australian National University...

Peter Drahos

Professor Peter Drahos

Peter Drahos is a Professor in Law in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University...

Professor Neil Gunningham

Neil Gunningham has degrees in law and criminology from Sheffield University, UK, is a Barrister and Solicitor (ACT) and holds a PhD from...

Climate, energy & the environment cluster

Climate, energy & the environment

This cluster has four broad regulatory and governance research themes: identifying obstacles and options for effective energy governance; analysing state and private governance mechanisms for mitigating climate change; examining the opportunities and constraints of the green economy in transforming infrastructure and urban development; and exploring creative regulatory solutions to transnational environmental problems.

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