The Climate Policy Lab is a new initiative at the Fletcher School, Tufts University to better understand which energy and climate policies work, which don't and why.
The Lab is a source of independent and objective advice for governments contemplating new climate policies as they implement new domestic policies consistent with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
CPL serves as a virtual lab for international comparative policy analysis, conducting rigorous evidence-based research to provide rapid and concrete answers to questions posed by policymakers.
Through its international and comparative approach, the Lab addresses the issue of policy interaction and evaluates more precisely the cumulative effect of existing and actually-implemented climate policies.
If you have a research proposal or project idea contact CPL Director, Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher: firstname.lastname@example.org
For young professionals, researchers, and leaders looking to make a measurable and significant impact on curbing the effects of climate change and increasing climate equity, the time is now to join the global movement to put a price on carbon.
Motivated by concerns about the climate implications of China’s overseas investments, this paper identifies and evaluates Chinese policies governing China’s foreign direct investment and focuses particularly on how those policies influence environmental outcomes in recipient countries.
UNDP was very flexible and I got a chance to work on India’s market based mechanism, the PAT Scheme that seeks to improve energy efficiency, which consequently results in emissions reduction. Courses on climate change policy, energy finance and environmental policy solving that I had taken at the Fletcher School were instrumental in the work that I eventually undertook. I was assisting in providing policy briefs that looked at the expansion of the PAT model to other sectors of the Indian economy while making the targets for the existing designated consumers even more stringent.
Overcoming the resulting economic burdens is an increasingly steep hill to climb. Local businesses are constantly adapting to climate variability. Important fish stocks are migrating out of reach as a result of changing temperatures in the water. Droughts are occurring for longer stretches of time although the area’s leading export and staple crop, taro, begins to wither in as little as two weeks without rain. Inconsistent rainfall patterns are leading to less predictable outbreak periods of vector-borne diseases such as Dengue and Zika.
All in all, our trip to the COP was a big success for sharing our research results with experts, policy-makers, and funders and for making new connections.
My major takeaway from this summer experience is that if you want to work in anything related to development or environmental policy, you have to constantly ask questions.
Applications are invited from candidates with a Master’s or higher degree who also have experience conducting academic fieldwork and/or professional experience related to the research topics described below, and demonstrated fluency in French.
Today in Bonn at COP23, Climate Policy Lab released a new study, Carbon Pricing in Practice: A Review of the Evidence. For policymakers who want to understand how carbon pricing works in practice, this report provides a detailed review of 8 emissions trading systems (ETS), 5 carbon tax instruments, and 2 hybrid regimes that mix both ETS and taxes within one jurisdiction.
Less than three miles southeast of Fletcher in bordering Somerville, MA sits Greentown Labs—the largest cleantech incubator in the United States—where more than 50 cleantech startup companies, mostly in the hardware segment, hone their ideas, prototypes, and business models as they seek customers and funding.
In an agreement where every country makes its own pledge, how do you increase ambition by increasing collaboration between countries? One of the answers provided by the Paris Agreement is in Article 6 (international cooperative approaches).