C-EENRG was established in 2014 within the Department of Land Economy in order to conduct integrative research on the governance of environmental transitions, such as the climate-driven transition from a carbon-intensive inefficient energy matrix to a decarbonised and efficient one, or the water/population-driven transformation of food production systems.
The role of law and governance in such transitions is of particular importance. C-EENRG approaches law as a technology to bring, guide and/or manage environment-driven societal transformations. Whereas other research groups within the University of Cambridge cover questions relating to the environment, energy and natural resources from a natural science, engineering, conservation and policy perspective, until 2014 there was no centre concentrating on the law and governance aspects of environmental transitions. C-EENRG was established to fill this gap in the policy research cycle, in line with University’s strategic research initiatives on energy, conservation, global food security and public policy.
C-EENRG is housed in the new David Attenborough Building alongside with several other research and policy partners, including research groups on sustainability, business, geography, land economy, plant sciences and zoology from the University of Cambridge as well as organisations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the Tropical Biology Organisation, TRAFFIC or BirdLife International, among others.
C-EENRG also works in close collaboration with other groups and centres within the University (e.g. the Cambridge Centre for Climate Mitigation Research, the Energy Policy Research Group, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law or the Centre for Business Research) as well as around the world.