CICERO - Center for International Climate Research
tired delegates during the climate talks in lima 2014

tired delegates during the climate talks in lima 2014

​International Climate Policy

Climate change is a global problem, but so far the world has not managed to unite on a common solution. Since its inception in 1990, CICERO has been closely following the international climate negotiations in order to understand the factors that impede or facilitate a global agreement.

CICERO follows the negotiations closely from year to year, and is often in dialogue with climate negotiators. In addition, we keep close watch of developments in the climate and energy policies of key countries and regions such as the US, the EU, India and Brazil. Our researchers analyse economic as well as other consequences of approved and potential policy changes, and we study alternatives to the UN track.

For almost 25 years, countries around the world have tried to unite on an effective, ambitious global climate agreement. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997, and the Copenhagen Accord came after in 2009. Despite intense and persistent efforts, however, global greenhouse gas emissions have continued to increase.

Can the global process be designed in a better way to achieve better results? Or is the answer to find alternative approaches, such as agreements within each sector or between groups of large countries, or should the focus be on technology cooperation?

In the past two years, CICERO has carried out four projects for NOAK, the Nordic working group for global climate negotiations. In these projects, we have analysed how principles of fair burden sharing can be used in practice in the new climate agreement to be negotiated in Paris in 2015.

CICEP - Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy

CICERO is the host for CICEP – Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy (LINK:, which is one of the Research Council of Norway’s Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research. Our most important research partners are the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. Given the centre’s thematic focus, it is natural that we also have a broad international network. CICEP has four international research partners:

  • Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Fudan University
  • Lund University

We collaborate with eight user partners to ensure that our work is relevant for the users of the knowledge we produce and that we have access to critical expertise.

User partners from trade and industry

  • DNV Global Solutions
  • Hydro
  • Statnett
  • Statoil

User partners from special interest organisations:

  • Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
  • Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
  • Energy Norway
  • Federation of Norwegian Industries
  • Norwegian Oil Industry Association

User partners from the public administration:

  • Norwegian Environment Agency
  • Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate