NEW REPORT: The New Economics of Innovation and Transition: Evaluating Opportunities and Risks


EEIST event COP26

EEIST at COP26: Transformative Energy Innovation Dialogues on 4 November

Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2021, 19.30 - 21.00 GMT

Venue: UK Pavilion, COP26 venue, Glasgow

Thu, 4 November, 19.30 – 21.00 GMT, UK Pavilion, COP26 Venue

Watch the recording of this event at the UK COP26 Presidency Pavilion, on 4, November 2021, where world leading experts in complexity economics, systems thinking, and energy policy introduced our new conceptual model for policy and investment decision making – the Risk-Opportunity Analysis’ (ROA) framework. Download our new report to learn more about the framework.


Short Address Kelly Levin, Bezos Earth Fund
The New Economics of Innovation and Transition Michael Grubb, Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London
Onshore wind and public development finance in Brazil Lilia Couto, University College London
Solar Photovoltaics (PV) in Germany and China Alex Clark, Oxford Smith School
Energy efficient lighting in India Chirag Gajjar, World Resources Institute, India
Panel Discussion Dr. Garima Vats, Associate Fellow, TERI
Elisa Bastos, Director, Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL)
Sir Michael Barber, previous head of the Prime Ministers Delivery Unit
Chair Simon Sharpe, UK Cabinet Office


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EEIST Roundtable

Roundtable lunch on identifying risks and opportunities in the low-carbon transition

Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2021

Venue: invite-only event

Tue, 9 November 2021, invite-only event

Climate change related decision-making involves the potential for structural change in the economy; yet the tools we use to make investment decisions are designed to deliver marginal gains to the existing system. The key to low carbon innovation requires bold and intelligent assessment of how to maximise opportunities whilst minimising risks.

At this event, world leading experts in complexity economics, systems thinking, and energy policy will introduce a new conceptual model for policy and investment decision making. The Risk-Opportunity Analysis’ framework, which is part of a programme hosted by the Economics of Energy Innovation and System Transition project, a 3-year Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and CIFF funded initiative, brings together experts in China, Brazil, India, the UK and EU.

It will be introduced in a new flagship report “The New Economics of Innovation and Transitions” and has the potential to transform how governments across the world make climate policy decisions for years to come.

Supported by the Corporate Leaders Group UK.

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EU Communities of Practice Meeting

Date: September 21

Venue: Zoom

As part of the EU Energy Week we hosted a workshop for European policymakers, think tanks, NGOs and modellers to discuss the science-policy interface. Participants from the European Commission, Poland, Italy, Germany, North Macedonia, Netherlands, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Russia, Switzerland and the UK attended. Publications on our findings will be published over the next year.

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Strong EEIST Presence at Cimate Exp0 17– 21 May

Date: May 17-21 2021

Venue: online: For more information and to register go to:

A number of appearances from the EEIST team are planned at Climate Exp0 which is scheduled to take place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st May.  This event will take place fully online, and is an important date in the annual calendar in the lead up to COP26 in November. Climate Exp0 is an opportunity to display the latest thinking and most relevant international research by connecting “policymakers, academics and students across the world and harness the power of virtual collaboration to help deliver a zero-carbon, resilient world.”

The conference centres around five key themes: one each day as follows-

Monday 17th May – Green Recovery

Tuesday 18th May – Nature-Based Solutions

Wednesday 19th May – Mitigation Solutions

Thursday 20th May – Adaptation and Resilience

Friday 21st May – Finance and Regulation

Prof Aled Jones from Anglia Ruskin University, Director of ARU’s Global Sustainability Institute and one of EEIST’s Programme Leads is on the event’s organising committee. He is chairing the climate finance discussions on the Friday.

On Wednesday the first and last sessions-which have expert panel discussions-will be chaired by two EEIST professors: Prof Cameron Hepburn at the University of Oxford (Session A, ‘A new perspective on the clean energy transition’ at 09:30) and Prof Laura Díaz Anadon from the University of Cambridge and Programme Lead with EEIST, ‘Policies for driving rapid clean energy transition’(Session G at 16:30).  Dr Cristina Peñasco, also from Cambridge, will be talking at 13:45 about the Economy-wide impacts of the Green Recovery on the Monday.  There will be the opportunity to see Dr Sergey Kolesnikov who works at Cambridge with Laura and Cristina: both work on the EEIST project’s third stage.  Dr Sergey is presenting at 12:00 in the ‘Solution Stars – Mitigation Solutions for green recovery’. 

Dr Matthew Ives from University of Oxford, who is also a Programme Lead for EEIST will give a presentation on mitigation solutions on Wednesday entitled, ‘A new perspective on decarbonising the global energy system’.  This will present encouraging evidence that there should be optimism for those governments looking for greater ambition on decarbonising economies, while providing economic growth opportunities and affordable energy.

For more information and to register go to:


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Come and listen to Simon Sharpe’s fascinating talk

Date: March 4th 2021

Venue: Zoom

TIME:  12:30 -13:30 (GMT)
DATE: Thursday March 4th ’21 

Deciding how to decide, to accelerate low carbon transitions’
via zoom

Please click here for the recording of this event

Simon Sharpe Talk Flyer 4th March 21


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