Greifswald International Summer Academy Energy and the Environment 2005
Venue: Irkutsk, Lake Baikal
|Event Date/Time: Aug 21, 2005||End Date/Time: Aug 27, 2005|
|Registration Date: Jun 30, 2005|
Taking up this problem, the Summer Academy 2005 will be entitled "Implementing Kyoto - Chances and Challenges for Transition Countries". This choice of topic is both timely and important given Russia's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and its subsequent entry into force, thus making the reduction commitments for the emission of greenhouse gases for the first commitment period (2008-2012) legally binding.
Already today, however, many participating states realise that they will not be able to fulfil their pledges solely by national efforts but only by resorting to the project-based flexible instruments of the Protocol: Joint Implementation, the Clean Development Mechanism, and Emissions Trading. Especially for Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union, the climate regime of Kyoto offers substantial ecological, as well as economic opportunities. Given low implementation costs, Russia might emerge as one of the preferred partners for Joint Implementation, with the same applying for other CIS countries under the framework of the Clean Development Mechanism. Furthermore, Russia will be able to use the Kyoto instrument of Emissions trading by profitably selling "hot air" on a large scale. Apart from the economic and ecological chances of Kyoto, however, transition countries (like the states of the former Soviet Union) will be confronted with substantial challenges in making their political and legal systems ready for the implementation of such instruments. The legal challenge, however, will not be limited to international law in form of the Kyoto Protocol or the statutes of the World Trade Organisation. It will go far deeper, especially regarding the question of practical integration in administrative procedures in all participating states. The Summer Academy 2005 will provide a platform to discuss related problems and propose ways to solve them. Finding answers, however, will only be possible within a framework of international cooperation, interdisciplinary research, and the establishment of partnerships between academics and practitioners. The Greifswald International Summer Academy "Energy and the Environment" will attract excellent academics and young professionals from around the world representing a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and working on issues in the field of environmentally sustainable energy policy. We will enable participants to further develop their research by helping them with the integration and transfer of knowledge related to their topics, by providing a forum for exchange of personal and professional experiences and by actively supporting the establishment of networks of excellence.