Policy Forum - “Planetary Economics”: Implications for European Energy and Climate Policy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 4 April 2014


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Friday 4 April 2014 // 12:00 - 14:00
“Planetary Economics”: Implications for European Energy and Climate Policy
This Policy Forum will serve to discuss key findings of the new book “Planetary Economics. Energy, Climate Change and Three Domains of Sustainable Development” by Michael Grubb et al.
The book presents a major synthesis of what we have learned from two decades of research and policy on energy and climate change, and the implications for what needs to change. Presenting this work, Prof Grubb will start from the question: how well do our common assumptions about the global challenges of energy, environment and economic development fit the facts? On the basis of the new framework set out in the book, the event will especially discuss the implications for Europe and European policy on climate change and energy in the aftermath of the EU Council meeting.
Speakers include:
  • Prof. Michael Grubb, Chair of Energy and Climate Policy at Cambridge Centre for Mitigation Research, visiting Professor at Imperial College London, and Senior Advisor, UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)
  • Discussant (Name tbc)
  • Prof. Sebastian Oberthür (Chair), Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Endorsements for “Planetary Economics”
“Comprehensive and profoundly important” - Lord Anthony Giddens, former Director, London School of Economics

"A seminal book that challenges conventional wisdom about growth, innovation and climate policy. After reading it you understand why the tools that mainstream economics has provided policymakers have been unequal to the task. In filling out the picture, Planetary Economics contains a crucial practical message: the fact that energy is at the core of the economic machine is both the challenge and the opportunity, and three pillars of policy together are needed to steer it in safer directions.”- Laurence Tubiana, Former Senior Advisor to the French Prime Minister and Director of Global Public Goods at Ministry Of Foreign Affairs; currently Professor at Sciences Po and Columbia University, and President of the Board of Governors of the French Agency for Development (AFD).
Registration & venue: The policy forum starts at 12:00 with a lunch reception and will be followed by the discussion at 12:30. Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. Please register here!
Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome (Floor -1)
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür
Academic Director
Institute for European Studies
Ms. Jacintha Liem (Logistics)
Events Manager
Institute for European Studies