Energy & Climate

Energy and climate policy instruments are important influences on today’s national economies. Climate ambitions are typically pursued using a mix of policy instruments such as taxes on energy use and subsidies to renewable energy. These policies are designed and implemented in an increasingly complex business climate and must be adapted for new challenges, such as handling numerous intermittent energy sources in the electricity market.

Our Energy & Climate team helps our public and private sector clients by assessing the impact of different policy designs on the economy and advising on utility sector regulation. Our aim is to provide relevant and useful advice on appropriate business strategies as well as efficient policy design.

Copenhagen Economics is part of COMBI, a Horizon 2020 research programme focusing on the multiple benefits of energy efficiency

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We advise on how to design (and reform) climate policy frameworks such as the EU ETS, energy taxation at EU and national levels, biofuel sustainability criteria etc.

We quantify the economic effects and assess the efficiency of different policy pathways.

We advise on how to design efficient support mechanisms for renewable energy with a view to their implications on, for example, least cost implementation and industrial competitiveness.

We advise on the economics of energy markets, as well as design issues in response to the increasing amount of intermittent energy sources.

We advise on the design of sector regulation including unbundling, WACC and yardstick regulation. In combination with sector regulation, we design and execute sophisticated benchmark models that estimate cost efficiency and merger potential among individual utility units.

We conduct advanced cost benefit analyses within several different areas, including environmental economics, which can inform investment decisions or guide policy choice. 

The work carried out by Copenhagen Economics for the Renovate Europe Campaign broke new ground in the debate around the benefits of investing in energy efficiency and has, in several ways, advanced the EU agenda in this topic. In executing the contract for us, Copenhagen Economics were professional, impartial and eloquent. I would unhesitatingly use their services again.
Adrian Joyce, Campaign Director - Renovate Europe
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Recent work

The National Power Company of Iceland (Landsvirkjun) Energy market reform options in Iceland
The Danish Council on Climate Change (Klimarådet) Dansk landbrugs drivhusgasudledning og produktion
Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) The future of fossil fuels

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