The IES in collaboration with Carbon Market Watch organised a student debate on European Climate Policy

On 28 March 2017, within the framework of the Euro Master course on Climate and Energy Governance in the European Union, the IES in collaboration with Carbon Market Watch organised a student debate on European Climate Policy. Four teams of students debated the following two propositions “An emissions trading system (ETS) is an effective instrument to reduce emissions and meet climate goals”, and “A high degree of flexibility to meet the targets is instrumental for cost-effective and ambitious climate action”. The debate was a public event and featured a high level panel consisting of Jakop Dalunde (Member of European Parliament), Christian Holzleitner (Policy Advisor, DG Climate Action, European Commission), Marco Mensink (Director General, The European Chemical Industry Council), and Femke de Jong (EU Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch). Tomas Wyns moderated the discussions.

The debate proved foremost to be an interactive and convivial method of learning for the students who participated actively. Not only did it expose to the students the practical aspects and challenges of climate policy making, it also introduced them to various sector stakeholders providing in effect a connect between university and the professional arena.