• The project aims to identify a number of initiatives on the renewable energy sector that  uses emerging technologies to enhance its efficiency and scalability. Those initiatives should have relative  small size, in order to allow them to be replicated or adapted in other contexts, especially small localities/cities. For that, the project will act in three stages.


    The first stage will be the development of a methodology that will allow us to measure the level of “replicability” that a given initiative would have. By that, we mean how adaptable to other contexts a given initiative is. Here we should include variables such as the amount of resources need, technology availability/necessity, level of infrastructure, necessity of specialized labor, regulatory issues, and obstacles to escalate from pilots, etc.

    On the second stage, we will explore for those initiatives. Here we will conduct a broad research to identify and map as many as possible initiatives that use emerging technologies in the renewable energy sector. At this level, we will focus on a small number of countries, namely: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico1. We expect to identify a diverse array of solutions that could be replicated/adapted. A possible side benefit from this effort is being able to develop a comprehensive view of the landscape of innovation applied to renewable energy sector in the region.


    The third stage consists in the development of the project report. The major objective of the report is to present the initiatives selected in a detailed manner. It should allow other actors, especially in the public sector, from other localities to assess whether they are or not capable to replicate or adapt such initiatives in their own cities. The project works under the assumption that this report could make available some of the most advanced good practices to some smaller and/or isolated municipalities that generally do not have access to vanguard innovations.


  • In recent years, the politics on climate finance have gained a lot of attention from very different perspectives. It became a crucial measure to incentivize finance flows to fight climate change as a whole. Meanwhile, a global climate finance architecture has been created, facilitated by major events like the Paris Agreement. Currently, institutions like The Green Climate Fund are working on the implementation of concrete projects to adapt to the impacts of climate change, or to reduce CO2 emissions.

    As the global activities and the amounts on climate finances are increasing, questions regarding transparency and efficiency are being raised and new technologies are gaining rapidly the attention of major stakeholders. Blockchain Technology seems to be a very promising new approach tool to overcome centralized structures, while reaming. Especially for climate finances, it can help to earn the donors’ trust by offering a maximum of transparency. In addition, it increases the efficiency of climate finance flows as a whole. Maybe the most important issue is that it can bring a lot of new stakeholders into the climate finance circle by reducing its complexity. Startups are spearheading this process by developing smart phone apps and other solutions that allow everybody to work on climate finance. To fight against climate change it could be the next level for being much more effective, as climate finance becomes a very decentralized issue, concerning more and more people.

    This project is the result of a partnership with the Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America (EKLA) from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

    It started with a Design Thinking Workshop on Blockchain and Climate Finance held in Rio de Janeiro and  resulted in a report "Blockchain Contributions for the Climate Finance: Introducing a Debate" recently published.

    Access the Report here

    Watch the Video from the debate and launch of the Report here

  • The Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies is an initiative across the four Atlantic continents by 10 leading EU-oriented centres, many with Jean Monnet professors and based in countries identified by the EU as key ”strategic partners,” to collaborate in interdisciplinary exploration of three emerging pan-Atlantic themes of particular relevance to the EU—energy; commercial interactions; and pan-Atlantic challenges to human security. Each activity will engage next-generation and established scholars in collaborative research that will drive the Network’s engagement with policymakers, civil society representatives, and wider publics. Each will incorporate comparative approaches to regional integration. The Network’s balanced North-South composition ensures greater synergies and exchange of experience among established and rising powers. Dedicated sessions will be held for next-generation educators. Working papers and peer-reviewed publications will be fully accessible open source materials. Data will be incorporated into updated visualizations for the online “Atlas of the Atlantic.” The Network will employ social media to sustain the ATLANTIC 500 virtual community of 500 mid-level stakeholders. The Network will position members individually and together as a go-to resource on the contemporary role of the EU in the wider Atlantic space and will advance comparative knowledge of regional integration processes in Europe and Atlantic continents.

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  • The Atlantic Future is a three-year research project funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, undertaken by a consortium of 13 renowned partners across the four Atlantic regions. The project aims to analyse fundamental trends in the Atlantic basin and to show how changing economic, energy, security, human, institutional and environmental links are transforming the wider Atlantic space.