Cameron Hepburn

Oxford Blavatnik School – Tackling Climate Change: Is It Time To Give Up On A Multilateral Solution?

Event Details

This year, thousands of diplomats, NGOs, companies, and others will again try to negotiate a legally binding global deal on emissions, despite the dismal record of the Kyoto Protocol. Why? Outside of a multilateral agreement, what tools, if any, do other actors possess to influence the actions of the US and China (together accounting for over 40% of global emissions)? It has been suggested that focusing on a few major emitters or specific policies and using those as “building blocks” might offer a more pragmatic approach to reducing emissions.  But some of the vocal opponents to this approach are  the world’s poorest countries, who bear scant responsibility for climate change, yet will face the most severe effects. Would a fragmented approach take away the modicum of bargaining leverage that the multilateral framework affords them?

Three panelists will take up these questions and discuss the way forward.

Dieter Helm is a Professor in Energy Policy at Oxford. His career to date has spanned academia, public policy and business. He publishes extensively, including these recent articles in  The Spectator and the New York Times.

Cameron Hepburn is a Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute at the London School of Economics and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford. He is a member of the DECC Secretary of State’s Economics Advisory Group, and has co-founded two successful businesses. He was recently quoted in The New Scientist on economic damage of climate change.

Robert Falkner is Reader in International Relations at the London School of Economics and associate fellow of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House, London.  He edited the forthcoming Handbook of Global Climate Change and Policy.

8 February 2013, from 2pm-3:30pm in the Lecture Theatre at the Blavatnik School of Government, 10 Merton Street.