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Challenges and Opportunities in Fragmented Global Energy and Climate Governance – CLIMENGO (2015-2019)

Global efforts to mitigate climate change have increased in number and scope over the past decade.

The Climate Initiatives Platform – maintained by the United Nations Environment Program – contains over 220 transnational governance arrangements with relevance to climate change, in addition to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The proliferation of new institutions has created a patchwork of actors, rules and decision-making processes across private and public sectors that affect climate governance. 

Many governance arrangements are active in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, thereby creating a link between the policy domains of climate and energy. The aim of the CLIMENGO project is to map the institutional complexity of global climate and energy governance and to evaluate its effectiveness and legitimacy. Moreover, the project aims at developing new and important research to serve as a basis for decision-makers in areas where there are large gaps in knowledge. 

The CLIMENGO project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and is being conducted in collaboration with Stockholm University, Lund University and SEI-Oxford.

Contact information: Dr Oscar Widerberg and Prof. Philipp Pattberg

For more information, please visit the project webpage:

Sanderink, L., Widerberg, O., Kristensen, K. & Pattberg, P. (2017). Mapping the Institutional Architecture of the Climate-Energy Nexus. IVM Report (R-17/04). Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.