The Governance of Clean Development: CDM and Beyond

Analysis of which features of the actors, institutions, and policy-making processes involved in clean development are resulting in effective climate action and development benefits, which are not, and why.

The Governance of Clean Development (GCD) project aims to generate insights into the governance aspects of clean development, principally in the area of energy.  By employing a combination of research, dissemination and training activities the project seeks to push forward current research and practice on the politics of clean development.

The GCD project is funded through the ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellowship scheme and is based at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.The project is led by Professor Peter Newell working with Jon Phillips, and Lucy Baker.

A full list of GCD publications is available here. For more information, including details of current research in India, South Africa and Argentina, and for opportunities for collaboration visit the GCD project website:


News from the Governance of Clean Development project...

Peter Newell discussed CDM funding for ‘clean coal’ plants in India at a CDM Watch side event at COP17 associated with the release of a short film The Carbon Con: Investigating the True Cost of Offsetting.

Implications of the third GCD Briefing for new technology mechanisms were presented at an official COP17 side event in Durban, South Africa: Innovation and technology transfer for sustainable energy systems in developing countries. See Peter’s presentation, Governing Technology for Clean Development.

Key Conclusions of the GCD research project are presented in the latest policy briefing: Governing Clean Development: What Have We Learnt? The breifing outlines key gaps and weakness in clean energy governance and suggests fundamental reform of the Clean Development Mechanism (December)

Peter Newell and Jon Phillips, with co-author Dustin Mulvaney, have contributed a Research Paper for the UNDP Human Development Report 2011: Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Click to download the paper, Pursuing Clean Energy Equitably. (November)

The GCD project hosted a public debate in London on the theme of Carbon Markets for the Poor: A Contradiction in Terms? A summary of the event, associated presentations and press articles are available by following the link. 

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