NUPI’s new Research group on climate and energy was established in January 2022. Head of the group, Research Professor Indra Øverland, has already led NUPI’s Centre for energy research for more than a decade, and is joined by a team of highly experienced and junior NUPI staff, from research professors to graduate research fellows.
Upon being asked why NUPI has decided to establish a new group dedicated to climate and energy, Øverland replies:
‘Climate and clean energy issues are increasingly dominating international affairs. NUPI has been building momentum in these fields of research and created a new research group within the institute to catalyze and maximize the effort.’
He identifies a range of highly relevant and interesting topics in this field of research in the years to come:
‘At an overarching level, the big puzzle is how to get countries around the world to implement the policies necessary to mitigate climate change. This will require a major effort, but the technologies and policies needed have largely been worked out already. The remaining challenge is mobilization and political willpower. At a more concrete level, the EU’s green deal and especially the carbon border adjustment mechanism are hot topics.’
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The members of the research group have competence on several different topics, but what they have worked most on is the geopolitics of the energy transition.
‘That is to say, how the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy may transform relations between states and their power,’ Øverland explains.
‘The ambition of the group is to be a strong driver for NUPI research on climate and energy issues. However, work in these areas will also take place in other NUPI research groups and we hope to cooperate actively with them as well as with other Norwegian and international institutions.’