International Governance for Renewable Energy and the Role of Emerging Powers

This public conference was jointly organized by the German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP) and TU Darmstadt with co-funding by the European Community Studies Association (ECSA). Participants from international organizations, the European Commission, national governments, Embassies, transnational companies, researchers and practitioners discussed emerging powers’ role in international governance for renewable energy. 

The program started with the presentation of ‘a vision for a global energy transition’ (Carsten Hoyer-Klick, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, German Aerospace Center). A summary of international energy challenges and possible solutions was given by making a strong case for renewables and international cooperation and learning. Following this, our project partners (Zha Daojiong, Peking University, China; Deepti Mahajan, TERI, India; Roberto Schaeffer, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Judy Smith-Hoehn, SAIIA, South Africa) introduced current orientations in ‘Emerging Powers’ Renewable Energy Governance’. This included a presentation of the status quo of renewable energy promotion in their respective country and a short overview of the engagement of these countries in international renewable energy governance. The last section of the conference dealt with the role of IRENA (Francisco Boshell, IRENA) in the international renewable energy governance architecture (Sybille Röhrkasten, SWP). The last question to be answered was how to engage emerging powers in international cooperation on renewable energy which was both answered by a practitioner (Marion Wilde, European Commission) as well as an academic (Thijs Van de Graaf, Ghent Institute of International Studies). 



Vergleichende Analyse politischer Systeme und Integrationsforschung

Technische Universität DarmstadtInstitut für Politikwissenschaft


Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt

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