Lectures 2014 – University of Copenhagen

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Lectures 2014


COSI Launch

The new partnership COSI - COpenhagen Sustainability Initiative - was launched on 28 November. The partnership is comprised of the universities DTU, CBS and UCPH.

Ensuring social, environmental and economic sustainability requires new approaches to resource use, new business management models, deep political engagement and new technological and scientific solutions. This calls on Danish universities to provide applicable, cross disciplinary knowledge platforms upon which to develop green growth and other sustainability initiatives. In this context, the CBS Sustainability Platform, codirected by Professors Mette Morsing and Stefano Ponte have joined forces with the University of Copenhagen Sustainability Science Centre, led by Professor Katherine Richardson and the DTU Global Decision Support Initiative (GDSI), directed by Professor Michael Zwicky Hauschild, to meet this demand. The result of this cooperation is the Copenhagen Sustainability Initiative (COSI), which endeavours to build a regional platform for sustainability in Copenhagen by establishing joint sustainability activities on research, education and engagement with business, civil society and the political system.

Speakers were Michael Hauschild, head of GDSI (DTU), Katherine Richardson, head of SSC (UCPH) and Andreas Rasche, Professor of Business in Society (CBS). You can find their slides here:
Event presentation
Michael Hauschild's presentation
Andreas Rasche's presentation
Katherine Richardson's presentation


How cities can respond to 21st century climate change challenges

Climate change is inextricably linked with the 21st century challenges of water, food and energy resources, and of health and development. Nowhere is this more evident than in the cities of the world. So what solutions are out there to match these great challenges, while also creating a thriving economy and increasing liveability and quality of urban life?

On 26 November, Sir David King, UK Foreign Secretary Special Representative for Climate Change and Laura Storm, Executive Director of the Scandinavian think tank Sustainia highlighted concrete initiatives whereby existing cities can adapt and lower their footprint, and new cities can be designed to be climate-smart and resilient from the start.

Sir David King is the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change and Chairman of the Board of the UK Future Cities Catapult. Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 – 2007, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change. He has published over 500 papers on science and policy, for which he has received numerous awards, and holds 23 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world. He was also made an Officier of the French Legion d’Honneur’ in 2009, for work that has contrib­uted to responding to the climate and energy challenge.

See the presentation slides by Sir David King used in this sustainability lecture.


Laura Storm is the Executive Director of Scandinavian think tank Sustainia. Joined by a global alliance of organizations and companies, Sustainia is working to identify and secure deployment of sustainable solutions in communities around the world. Laura has extensive experience in climate and sustainability. In the run up to COP15 in Copenhagen, Laura was the Project Director of the Copenhagen Climate Council. Laura also organized the World Business Summit on Climate Change – the largest gathering of global CEO’s discussing a sustainable economy. In 2013, Greenbiz named Laura Storm WorldChanger for her work with Sustainia.

See the presentation slides by Laura Storm used in this sustainability lecture.


Why Do We Ignore Risk in Power Economics?

Sean Meyn, Director of the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy, provided an entertaining overview of the origins of U.S. power markets, and how federal agencies are attempting to right the wrongs. Meyn challenged the audience with a quiz on the “value of power” and highlighted exciting possibilities with better public policy for the creation of responsive and reliable resources. This could help manage a grid with significant renewable energy integration. The lecture took place on 25 November.

See the slides used by Sean Meyn in this sustainability lecture.

Professor Peder Andersen, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, responded to the talk


From cocoa to consumer – building beyond sustainable certifications

Cocoa is farmed in some of the world’s most important regions for biodiversity conservation. Today, 13% of the world’s supply of cocoa is Rainforest Alliance certified, based on a Sustainable Agriculture Standard. Nevertheless, many sustainability challenges remain. This lecture took place on 15 September.

Edward Millard, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rainforest Alliance, drew on his experience to show how standards and certification systems can evolve to become increasingly relevant to sustainability issues. Millard also elaborated on how the combination of consumers and green labels can work as instruments of increasing sustainable development.

Henrik Egelyng, Associate Professor at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, used his research on organic certifications in Africa, Brazil and China to point to important findings, dilemmas and perspectives of the complex landscape of certifications and consumer behaviour.

After the lecture, Anders Carne, from Europe’s largest chocolate producer, Mondelez, joined in a panel discussion.

See the presentation slides by Edward Millard used in this sustainability lecture.


The sovereignty paradox and how to solve it

Inge Kaul, former Director at the United Nations Development Pro­gramme and Adjunct professor at Hertie School of Governance, Germany will give a talk on What makes global climate governance so hard? It took place on 2 June.

Inge Kaul argues that states, notably their governments, are shying away from effective international coop­eration out of fear that it could constrain their sover­eignty. Yet, in policy fields like climate change that are marked by global interdependence, such behavior leaves global challenges unresolved and, thus, actu­ally undermines rather than strengthens states’ poli­cymaking capacity. This sovereignty paradox is a major obstacle in meeting the climate change challenge.

See the presentation slides



Is a Breakthrough in Climate Change Governance on the Horizon?

foto af Maria Figueroa

This question was adressed by Matt Hoffmann, University of Toronto, and Maria Figueroa, Copenhagen Business School. Joining the debate in the subsequent panel debate was Lau Blaxekjær, UCPH, and Simon Bolwig, DTU. It took place on 14 May.

The recently released IPCC report highlighted again the urgency of addressing climate change and the international community has pledged to devise the next international agreement on climate change by 2015. The EU has forged ahead with Scandinavian countries in particular advancing a variety of policies to respond to climate change. Regions, municipalities, and private actors across the world are also contributing to climate governance. Have we reached a tipping point where a breakthrough on climate change governance is near?

See the presentation slides (Matt Hoffmann)

The lecture was hosted by COSI - a new partnership between the CBS Sustainability Platform, Sustainability Science Center at University of Copenhagen, and Denmark's Technical University.


Sustainability, abrupt climate change and you

James White, Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder gave a talk on Sustainability, abrupt climate change and you. It took place on 7 April.

Crafting sustainable societies is the grand challenge of today and the foreseeable future. This talk will explore how we got to where we are today and highlight the coming challenges, particular, that of abrupt climate change. White will conclude with why facing this challenge may be one of the best things humans ever did to benefit ourselves

See the presentation slides


What you can do to change the climate

The new Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard gave a talk on the challenges and possibilities for the political work for a European climate framework towards 2030. Martin Lidegaard is former Minister for Climate, Energy and Building. It took place 20 February.

Professor Katherine Richardson gave an introduction lecture on: Environmental management at the global level: the governance challenge  

See the presentation slides from the talk by Prof. Katherine Richardson

The lecture by Martin Lidegaard and the following Q&A is available as webcast below. The end of Professor Katherine Richardson's talk is included: