Meeting of partners and stakeholders of COP21: Results and Implications for Pathways and Policies for Low Emissions European Societies (RIPPLES) took place in Warsaw on 25-26 April. WiseEuropa, Climate Strategies and The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations were the hosts of the event.
The meeting was a part of the effort to understand the evolution of global climate policy and its implications for Europe. In recent years, the change in the way of perceiving climate policy has been observed, with a shift from top-down to bottom-up approaches, as well as from focus on allocating the costs to making the most of the co-benefits of transition.
It is challenging to capture this shift, as it requires state-of-the-art approaches both to modelling and governance analysis. Those challenges were discussed during two-day RIPPLES meeting.
The COP21 RIPPLES project, “COP21: Results and Implications for Pathways and Policies for Low Emissions European Societies” aims to analyse the transformations in the energy systems, and in the wider economy, that are required in order to implement the Paris Agreement (NDCs), and investigate what steps are needed to attain deeper, more ambitious decarbonisation targets, as well as the socio-economic consequences that this transition will trigger.
For the first time, the project will provide a detailed and thorough analysis of the adequateness, potential and barriers of international mitigation efforts in the perspective of the long-term climate target, and their repercussions for EU goals, policies, the challenges of the climate regime complex, and the role envisaged for the UNFCCC and the EU as a whole. The project focuses on the EU, but also covers major non-EU emitting and global trends.
The COP21 RIPPLES consortium, led by the The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), is comprised of 18 institutes: Bruegel, Climate Analytics, Climate Strategies, The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), The COPPETEC Foundation, The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Sofia University, The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge, The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford, Tsinghua University, University of Cape Town (UCT), University College London (UCL), University of East Anglia (UEA), WiseEuropa, and Wuppertal Institute.