EU leaders have negotiated a package of binding legislation to ensure the EU meets its climate and energy targets for the year 2020. The package sets three key targets; 20% cut in green house emissions (from 1990 levels), 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% of EU energy is to be generated from renewable sources.
The EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges climate and energy research activities aim to:
- facilitate EU-Australia research, policy and industry linkages and collaboration
- improve understanding of climate change mitigation, adaptation challenges and innovative responses in Europe and Australia
- provide comparative perspectives on the pathways and policy required for the energy transition towards a zero carbon economy.
The climate and energy research theme focuses on EU policy and action related to:
- climate science and climate change
- cities and natural disasters
- renewable energy
- carbon capture and storage
- non-conventional energy security issues
The EU Centre has assisted in the development of EU Energy Policy curriculum, with context setting through the history of energy, environmental and industrial policies, and covers the renewable energy directive, the ETS, the Innovation Union and the Energy Union. Four case studies, Germany, France, the UK and Poland, are presented, demonstrating the role of access to resources and energy security in shaping different countries policy within the EU framework.
Professor David Karoly is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science in the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne. He is an expert in climate change science and was involved, through several different roles, in the preparation of the Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is also a member of the Climate Change Authority, which provides advice to the Australian government on climate change policies.
Key climate change research initiatives at the University of Melbourne include:
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
- Australian-German Climate & Energy College
- Melbourne Energy Institute
- Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
- Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre
- Post Carbon Pathways Project
- Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab
- Visions and Pathways 2040 (Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living)