ECRC Organizes Policy Day Workshop

The Environment and Climate Research Centre (ECRC) of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) held ‘Policy Day Workshop’ on 26 October 2017 at the Capital Hotel and Spa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The workshop involved presentations and panel discussions framed on two themes: Carbon Pricing in Low–income Countries and Sustainable Energy Transition in Developing Countries. 

Covered in the morning session were presentations on ‘Carbon pricing in developing and emerging countries’ by Dr. Jan Christoph Steckel from Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and ‘Carbon pricing in low income countries: the case for Ethiopia’, a study undertaken jointly by EDRI and World Bank, presented by Dr. Andualem Telaye. Following the presentations, panel discussion was made relating to ‘carbon pricing policies in developing countries’.

The afternoon session, similarly, contained two presentations: ‘Electricity reliability and pricing in Ethiopia’ by Tensay Hadush , University of Gothenburg and ‘Sustainable energy transition in developing countries: what are the blind spots in knowledge’ by Marc Jeuland, Duke University and SETI, accompanied by a panel discussion relating to the second theme of the workshop.  

Both sessions created platform for sharing not just the findings of research undertakings on the specific topics but also the knowledge and experiences of the participants on climate and environment related concerns.

The workshop commenced with the welcoming remarks by Dr. Gebrehiwot Ageba, Director of Programmes at EDRI; Dr. Mike Toman, Lead Economist and manager, Sustainavble Development, World Bank; and Dr. Gunnar Kohlin, Director of EfD and policy keynote address by Dr. Mulugeta Mengist, Director, Climate Change Affairs, Office of The Prime Minster.

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