LIFE SIDE Final Conference

27th November 2018 @ 2:45 pm – 28th November 2018 @ 1:45 pm Europe/Rome Timezone
Theatre room, Badia Fiesolana
Monique Cavallari



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This was the final conference of the LIFE SIDE project. The event  provided the opportunity to present the conclusions of a literature-based report, produced by the project team, assessing the performance of the EU ETS and to discuss some of the most pressing issues of the EU ETS post-2020.

The conference gathered an audience of high-level policy makers and stakeholders, including representatives from European institutions, the industrial sector, NGOs and academia. After the presentation of the report’s conclusions, three sessions were dedicated to the following topics in relation to the EU ETS post-2020: low-carbon innovation, interactions with other policies, and the international dimension. Particular attention was devoted to the replicability of the LIFE SIDE project in other world regions with nascent cap-and-trade systems similar to the EU ETS.

This event has been organised by FSR Climate (European University Institute) in collaboration with DG Climate Action of the European Commission.



Session 1: Presentation of the EU ETS assessment report

A literature-based assessment of the EU ETS – Results of the report
Stefano Verde | FSR Climate


  • Frank Convery | University College Dublin and EnvEcon
  • Frank Venmans | University of Mons and Grantham Research Institute
  • Peter Zapfel | DG Climate Action, European Commission


Session 2: Low-carbon innovation in the EU ETS: the Innovation Fund and beyond

Moderator: Franzjosef Schafhausen | German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Setting the context:
Where are all the breakthrough technologies gone?
Vera Zipperer | DIW Berlin

Views from:



Session 3: The EU ETS in the policy mix: has a better balance been achieved?

Moderator: Massimo Tavoni | RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment

Setting the context:
Virtue at the cost of others: climate-conscious consumers and the buy, bank, burn programme
Reyer Gerlagh | Tilburg University

Views from:

  • Michael Pahle | Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Nicolas Koch | Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change


Session 4: The international dimension of the EU ETS: what prospects for carbon market cooperation?

Moderator: Peter Zapfel | DG Climate Action, European Commission

Setting the context:
International carbon markets to stay well below 2° C
Massimo Tavoni | RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment

Views from:


Session 5: Replicability of the LIFE SIDE project

Supporting the replicability of the Life Side project
Francesco Nicolli |
FSR Climate