Belfer Center at HKS named best global think tank on climate change policy

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The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) has announced that Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the winner of the 2012 ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking in the Global category. The Belfer Center was named by the ICCG as the most influential institution outside of Europe “working in the field of climate change economics and policy.” The European winner is the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3) in Spain. See full report here.

The ICCG cited the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) in its recognition of the high-impact policy work carried out by the center in climate economics and environmental governance. The ICCG noted that the center’s climate policy work is conducted by faculty and research fellows from several programs and projects: Environment and Natural Resources Program; Harvard Project on Climate Agreements; Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group; Geopolitics of Energy Project; and Agricultural Innovation in Africa project.

“We are deeply honored to receive this recognition by the International Center for Climate Governance,” said Henry Lee, director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program. “It is a reflection of the dedicated work of our faculty, fellows  and staff to improve the world’s understanding of the policies required to mitigate the threat of global climate change–the defining environmental problem of this century.”

This was the first climate think tank ranking by the ICCG, a research center based in Italy that focuses on the design of climate policy and governance.