Negotiating energy outcomes

An Ecuity Briefing on the impact of Brexit on UK energy

Summary

High levels of co – operation on energy and climate will still be the best way for the UK and EU to decarbonise rapidly at low cost.” (The Green Alliance, 2017)

The UK currently has robust statutory frameworks in place for energy and climate change policy, yet some concerns exist regarding this following the UK’s departure from the European Union. These concerns include, but are not limited to:

Potential Pathways for Climate change Cooperation

The Umbrella Group

Comprised of the US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Canada and Kazakhstan, the Umbrella Group places a strong emphasis on the need for major developing countries emitters to take more responsibility for mitigating climate change.

The Environmental Integrity Group (EIG)

Switzerland, Korea, Mexico, Liechtenstein, Monaco and Georgia make up this group which was initiated by Switzerland during negotiations of the Kyoto Protocol. Currently, the group is recognized as the only negotiating body that includes both developed and developing states. This “group of diversity,” as described by Jai-chul Choi (Korea’s ambassador for climate change) serves as the bridge to “help find common ground between blocs with different interests” and does so through promoting the environmental integrity of the climate change regime.

A bespoke arrangement (EU +) or free standing/ go it alone

Some argue it would be too politically contentious for the UK to join the Umbrella Group and not especially beneficial for them to join the EIG, hence a bespoke arrangement or being free standing would be better options.


For more information and to access the full briefing please get in touch or contact:

Alex Jones, alex.jones@ecuity.com