At COP19 in Warsaw Climate Strategies (co-) hosted 5 side events.


The first side event was co-hosted by Arizona State University and focused on Equity, Sustainable Development and Climate Policy (Thursday, 14.11.2013) This event presented constructive proposals and implications for addressing equity within the UNFCCC negotiations. It built upon key findings from a Climate Policy Journal Special Issue which elicited contributions from scholars and policy advisors in China, India, South Africa, the USA, Europe and Latin America. Niklas Höhne, Director Energy and Climate Policy at Ecofys and Associate Professor at Wageningen University delivered a presentation on “Regional GHG reduction targets based on effort sharing: a comparison of studies”. The presentation was based on the article co-authored by Michel Den Elzen and Donovan Escalant. Presentation Here

The following speaker, Jose Alberto Garibaldi, Director of Energeia, revealed the question of the economics of boldness – equity outcomes for this and future generations. He presented some initial observations on the UNFCCC as an institution. Presentation here. The last speaker of this side event was Stavros Afionis from the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). Presentation here.


On Saturday, 16.11.2013 Climate Strategies hosted two side-events. The audience had the opportunity to listen to three speakers: Sonja Klinsky from Arizona State University and Member of Climate Strategies: Marie Jürisoo (presentation here), from the Stockholm Environmental Institute; and Charlotte Streck, from Climate Focus and Potsdam University and Member of Climate Strategies.

After welcome and introductory remarks made by Michael Grubb – Editor in chief of the Climate Policy journal and Board Member of Climate Strategies, Charlotte Streck addressed the issues of the changing geopolitics of climate change and how geopolitical changes affect UNFCCC negotiations. Presentation here. The second presentation by Sonja Klinsky concerned the issue of equity in climate negotiations. Presentation here

Aviation and Shipping

The third side-event took place also on Saturday and was called: “MBMs in International Aviation and Shipping Sectors – Impacts on Developing Countries and Possible Future Policy Solutions”

Annela Anger, from University of Cambridge/University of East Anglia, gave a presentation of the Climate Strategies led study entitled “Market-based measures for international transport. Impacts on developing countries”. The aim of this study was to assess the likely economic impacts to be felt by selected case study countries and globally, as a result of global mechanisms to address CO2 emissions in the international aviation and shipping sectors. The speaker also touched base on ways to determine the most effective and efficient tools to address or reduce these impacts, and where these could be applied appropriately. Presentation here

The two following side-events were held on Monday, 18 November 2013.

The first one was called “Impacts of Emissions Trading on Energy Intensive Industries (EII) and Industrial Restructuring – Lessons Learned from the EU ETS and Japan for South Korea”.

The presentation made by Dr. HeeChan Kang, Korea Environment Institute, was dedicated to the issue of Policy Mix in South Korea and Implications from Foreign Countries (such, as UK, Germany, Australia, U.S., Japan). Presentation here

 Michael Mehling, Member and  Project Lead at Climate Strategies, gave a speech about “Impacts of Emissions Trading on Energy Intensive Industries (EII) and Industrial Restructuring – Lessons Learned from the EU ETS for South Korea”.Presentation here

Akihisa Kuriyama from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies presented “Current status of Japanese domestic climate policies”.

The last side-event on Monday addressed the issue of Optimising climate policy – EU experience and industrial innovation. This was co-hosted by Climate Strategies and Ecologic Institute. More information about it can be found at

Also – during the second week of the COP19 Climate Strategies has a stand where we presented outcomes of projects and the research activities of our members.

Finally during  the High Level Segment our Managing Director, Andrzej Blachowicz, delivered an intervention on behalf of Research and Independent NGOs. The statement can be found here


This note was drafted by Viktoria Rachinskaya. We are grateful for all the help and time she contributed to Climate Strategies at COP19.