Transatlantic Policy Dialogue: Climate Engineering Science and Governance
September 18, 2014
Climate engineering (CE), also known as geoengineering, encompasses a set of proposed ideas that aim to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere or to reflect sunlight away from the Earth to counter some of the effects of climate change. In the past decade, CE has garnered prominent attention in scientific and policy circles and environmental discourse in Europe, North America and other regions and countries. In the United States, the National Academy of Sciences is set to present its report on geoengineering by the end of the year. At the international level, the IPCC recently included climate engineering in the summary for policy makers of its working group I and working group III reports in its Fifth Assessment, as well as including extensive sections on the topic in all three of its full working group reports.
In spite of the numerous initiatives around the topic in different countries, transatlantic initiatives have been more limited thus far. The European Commission funded project “European Trans-disciplinary Assessment of Climate Engineering” (EuTRACE) and the Washington Geoengineering Consortium are partnering to co-host a lunch event to exchange views between members of the government, academic and non-governmental sectors in Europe and the United States.
*The event will take place under the “Chatham House Rule”
International cooperation and coordination in the governance of CE techniques are necessary to close gaps in governance, important to ensure inclusive processes that embrace a wide range of viewpoints and interests, and key as a means to build trust between countries. The objectives of the Transatlantic Policy Dialogue are:
- To provide a platform for exchange between US and European experts
- To provide insights into the state of the climate engineering debate
- To present the policy options developed by the EuTRACE consortium.
EuTRACE is funded by the European Commission and carried out by a consortium of 14 European universities, institutes and think tanks. The project is designed to review the state of the science on climate engineering and to identify governance and policy options for different climate engineering techniques.
adelphi is a leading Berlin-based non-profit research organisation for applied research, policy analysis, and public policy consulting, specialized on sustainability. In the EuTRACE consortium, adelphi has led the development of policy options and the policy and public engagement component.
The Washington Geoengineering Consortium is a Scholarly Initiative of American University. It seeks to generate space for perspectives from civil society actors and the wider public, to produce a heightened level of engagement around issues of justice, agency, and inclusion associated with climate geoengineering research and development or deployment.