Climate, sustainable energy and development

FERDI is involved in the debate and thinking about post-COP21 action. It is studying the effects of environmental degradation and climate shocks in developing countries and the effects of trade policies on the environment. FERDI has also started a research group on electrification projects.

FERDI's research focuses on: 

  • Effects of environmental degradation and climate shocks on low-income countries and the implications of such degradation for their climate change adaptation and mitigation policies
  • Definition of criteria for the allocation of climate change adaptation funds based on the vulnerability of developing countries to climate change
  • Assessment of the difficulties in reaching agreement on the reduction of tariff barriers for environmental goods
  • Impact of exchange rate policies on CO2 emissions
  • Impact of environmental degradation and its consequences (increased conflicts) on migratory pressures
  • Electrification projects: their identification and impact on economic development and poverty reduction, particularly in Africa.

Results and Impact

  • Before COP21, publication of the collective book Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime. The book, which brings together the evaluations of 35 experts, was the subject of several blog articles on VOXEU and Brookings. The English e-book version, whose chapters can be downloaded individually, has been widely consulted.
  • FERDI participates in international climate events by organizing conferences on topics related to adaptation in developing countries, vulnerability to climate change, and electrification.
  • FERDI offers formulae for sharing climate change adaptation funds using its innovative indicators, in particular, the Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change Indicator (PVCCI), which measures a country's vulnerability to climate shocks.

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