Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & GovernanceAreas of expertise

Climate Change and Energy

Our work on climate change focuses on anthropogenic climate change, and the international legal regime that seeks to address it. The 2015 Paris Agreement launched a new phase of the international climate change regime, calling for close scrutiny of its implementation. Energy plays a significant role in the context of climate change, either acting as a major contributor to climate change or manifesting as a mitigating factor in controlling same, and our work on energy emphasises these interlinkages. We explore multi-dimensional and innovative approaches to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as multi-level approaches to law and governance, covering a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Climate change and energy
  • Climate justice
  • Climate change and security
  • Climate change and international trade
  • Climate finance
  • Climate change and the role of the judiciary

We collaborate with a number of international partners and our work builds on first-hand experience in shaping and navigating the international climate change regime. Research is carried out independently, as part of external projects and collaborative initiatives like the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI).

We are actively participating in developing events and participation at COP26, which will take place in Glasgow in November of 2021. SCELG Members are working for, or have worked for, a number of national governments and international organizations on climate-related advisory and research projects, including:

  • Blockchain & Climate Institute
  • Climate Strategies
  • European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition
  • Island Innovation
  • European Commission (Directorates-General CLIMA, ENER, TAXUD, ENV, EuropeAid)
  • European Parliament
  • Government agencies in the UK, US, Germany, Finland, Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, Mongolia, Vietnam and others
  • ADB
  • World Bank
  • OECD
  • ICAP

Climate and energy related publications