School of Transnational Governance

Meet EIB Climate Chair Jos Delbeke

In September 2020, Prof Jos Delbeke was appointed as the first EIB Climate Chair at the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance. In the next five years, Delbeke and his team will promote the transmission of the best climate policy practices through research, teaching and dissemination.

Q: Professor Delbeke, what are the most crucial climate policy issues today?  

A: Today’s crucial problem is that no country in the world is implementing sufficient policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to deliver the targets agreed in the Paris Agreement. There is good progress in the energy sector, but a lot more needs to be done, not least in transport and industry.  

Q: How will you contribute to addressing climate policy matters as the EIB Climate Chair?

A: There are three core streams of activity. First, we aim to follow up closely on the further development of EU climate policy, not least on its carbon market and on issues related to sustainable finance. Second, we are increasingly sharing our experience with policy makers from emerging economies. Finally, we will offer in-depth training to our Masters students and Policy Fellows at the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance.

Q: What is the added value of institutions like the European Investment Bank and the European University Institute teaming up on climate policy?

A: There is a lot of experience that can be shared, and there is a lot more that needs to be thought through in the field of policy implementation. What we need is a massive transformation of our economy, and the EIB makes very significant investments in key sectors that matter so much for climate change, not least in industry and for infrastructure.