Symposium AIRE : After the Joe Biden Election: Which Reset for Climate Policy?

Monday March 29, 5-7 pm, Paris time

La direction scientifique de Sciences Po a le plaisir de vous inviter au symposium organisé dans le cadre de l'Atelier interdisciplinaire de recherches sur l'environnement (AIRE) par Sciences Po et Columbia University :

Lundi 29 mars de 17h à 19h

After the Joe Biden Election: Which Reset for Climate Policy?

Avec :

Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) & Earth Institute, Columbia University. Vice Dean, SIPA.  
For more than thirty years, diplomats have tried to build an international regime that would limit CO2 concentrations. And, yet, over this same period, concentrations have kept on rising. The United States has been an erratic player in this game, at times leading, at other times stymieing efforts to reduce emissions. Meanwhile, the United States's influence has waned. Success in the global effort to stabilize concentrations still requires US leadership, but US leadership is neither reliable nor sufficient. Doing better requires a new multilateral approach, one that changes the incentives for every country to act, the United States included.  

Jonathan Elkind, Fellow and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.  
 President Biden has signaled the high degree of attention he plans to devote to climate solutions, identifying climate change as one of the "four historic crises" facing the United States today. In a bitterly divided American politics, however, what tools will be within reach? How can the Biden Administration foster momentum and avoid the vicious cycle that has plagued Washington in the past several decades -- with periods of progress and backsliding taking alternating turns, one after another?   

Brendan Devlin, Strategy and Foresight Counsellor, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy.   
The European Union is among the World leading actors promoting the protection of the environment and the fight against global warming. An active proponent of multilateralism, it played a significant role in designing the climate regime set with the Paris agreement in 2015, and took ambitious international and domestic commitments for energy transition. The EU is also strongly related to the US by intense trade, technological and strategic relationships. Will the election of Joe Biden open a new era in EU-US energy and climate relations?   

Chair : Richard Balme (Sciences Po, Centre for European studies and comparative politics & AIRE) 

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