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Climate change - Scientific assessment and policy analysis. Technological learning in the energy sector
Lako, P.; Junginger, M.; Lensink, S.M.; Sark, W.G.J.H.M. van; Weiss, M.
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 24-4-2008
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--08-034 ECN publication
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Scientific Assessment and Policy Analysis (WAB) Climate Change The Netherlands Programme on Scientific Assessment and Policy Analysis Climate Change (WAB) has the following objectives: • Collection and evaluation of relevant scientific information for policy development and decision-making in the field of climate change; • Analysis of resolutions and decisions in the framework of international climate negotiations and their implications. WAB conducts analyses and assessments intended for a balanced evaluation of the state-ofthe-art for underpinning policy choices. These analyses and assessment activities are carried out in periods of several months to a maximum of one year, depending on the complexity and the urgency of the policy issue. Assessment teams organised to handle the various topics consist of the best Dutch experts in their fields. Teams work on incidental and additionally financed activities, as opposed to the regular, structurally financed activities of the climate research consortium. The work should reflect the current state of science on the relevant topic. The main commissioning bodies are the National Environmental Policy Plan departments, with the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment assuming a coordinating role. Work is also commissioned by organisations in society playing an important role in the decisionmaking process concerned with and the implementation of the climate policy. A consortium consisting of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP), the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute, the Climate Change and Biosphere Research Centre (CCB) of Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the Netherlands Research Programme on Climate Change Centre at the VU University of Amsterdam (CCVUA), the International Centre for Integrative Studies of the University of Maastricht (UM/ICIS) and the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University (UU) is responsible for the implementation. MNP, as the main contracting body, is chairing the Steering Committee.

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