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Welcome to the website of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG, read ‘synergy’). C-EENRG’s core mission is to conduct integrative research on the governance of environmental transitions, understood as social and technological processes driven by environmental constraints that lead to fundamental changes in social organisation. Our work draws upon the knowledge of the drivers and implications of environmental change generated in various centres across the University of Cambridge and focuses on the law and governance dimensions of environmental transitions. Law is viewed as a technology to bring, guide and/or manage environment-driven societal transformation.

New C-EENRG Report

A Global Pact for the Environment - Legal Foundations. The report gathers compilations from some of the main authorities in international environmental law from around the World. The project leading to this compilation of studies has two purposes. The first is to leave a record of the intellectual discussions underpinning the project of a Global Pact for the Environment, with its many sources, views and debates. The second is to contribute to the discussions of the ad hoc open-ended working group established by UN General Assembly A/72/L.51. The report includes a preface from Laurent Fabius, former President of the COP21.


C-EENRG is co-organising the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture on Globalisation, Sustainability and the Power of Ideas. Lord Nicholas Stern will lecture on "Sustainability & Internationalism: Driving Development in the 21st Century" at 5:00 PM on Monday 25 February 2019, at the Old Dinivity School, St John's College.

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C-EENRG Featured Article

Publishing their findings today in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from Cambridge University (UK), Radboud University (NL), the Open University (UK), Macau University, and Cambridge Econometrics, argue that rates of technological change in energy efficiency and renewable power are likely to cause a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels, potentially sparking a global financial crisis. They call for a “carefully managed” shift to low-carbon investments and policies to deflate this “carbon bubble”.

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C-EENRG Featured Conference

Professor Laura Diaz Anadon presenting at the COP24 in Poland on December 10, 2018 in the Narew room on the panel 'Financing low-carbon energy projects: the role of long-term policy, de-risking, PPPs and MDBs'. The panel list included: Marcel Alers (UNDP), Dr Bjarne Steffen (ETH Zurich, Energy Politics Group), Ms Han Chen Natural Resources Defense Council - NRDC), Mr Vahakn Kabakian (Lebanese Ministry of Environment), Professor Tobias Schmidt (ETH Zurich, Energy Politics Group), Mr Antoine Badinier (EDF) and Professor Laura Diaz Anadon (University of Cambridge). The panel is convened by Ms Niranjali Manel Amerasinghe, a Senior Associate in the Sustainable Finance Center, World Resources Institute (WRI).

C-EENRG Featured Speech

Prof. Laura Diaz Anadon, one of the keynote speakers in a conference on ‘Green Transformation and Comparative Advantage: Evidence from Developing Countries’ organized by the German Development Institute (DIE)

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Database on State Bilateral Energy Agreements

On November 2017, Dr Tibisay Morgandi, Postdoctoral Fellow at C-EENRG, University of Cambridge, published an original collection of State bilateral agreements regulating State activities in the field of energy.

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Nature's Grand Challenge Series: Energy

To combat global warming, the world needs to change where it gets its energy from. Three energy experts - Nigel Brandon (Imperial), Laura Diaz Anadon (C-EENRG) and Yacob Mulugetta (UCL) - discuss the challenges of transitioning to low-carbon energy, and what advances are needed to make the journey possible. This is the final episode in the Grand Challenges podcast series.

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C-EENRG Working Papers

The C-EENRG Working Papers provide a platform to convey research aiming to support the effective governance of such environmental transitions. The series hosts research across disciplines, including law, economics, policy, and modelling.

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