Can the European Green Deal drive us towards a Low Emissions Society
30 January 2020, 9:45 - 16:00
The event aimed to investigate main gaps and opportunities in the context of the European Green Deal to enhance EU policy-making towards a Paris Agreement-compatible world. Based on these two research projects outcomes, we discussed on how the EU could strengthen its domestic and international efforts for a fair and effective transition towards carbon neutrality, in practice.
After a brief presentation of the two research projects and their main results, several discussion sessions will take place on the following topics:
|09:30 – 09:45||Registration and welcome coffee|
|09:45 – 10:00||Welcome by EASME and Philippe Tulkens, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission|
|10:00 – 10:20||Introduction, Aims, and Scope of the EUCalc & COP21 RIPPLES projects
Fostering a deep energy transformation in Europe: how EUCalc can support policy making
Getting on to the right (emissions) path: An adequacy assessment framework and its application within the EU
|10:20 – 11:20||Challenges and needs of the European deep transformation from policy
Panel and open discussion: A key element of the European Green Deal is “mobilising research and fostering innovation” – what are the main short-term choices and considerations – particularly in the industrial sectors?Participants:
Gauri Khandekar, Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, COP21 RIPPLES
Hannes Warmuth, OEGUT, EUCalc
Peter Handley, DG Grow, European Commission (tbc)
Florie Gonsolin, The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
Philippe Tulkens, DG Research, European CommissionModeration: Jem Woods, Imperial College, EUCalc
|11:20 – 11:45||Coffee break (with possibility to have a closer look at the Transition Pathways Explorer online and posters)|
|11:45 – 12:50||Trade-offs and co-benefits from various sectors
Panel and open discussion: insight from sectors covered by the two projects
Moderation: Jürgen Kropp, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, EUCalc
|12:50 – 13.05||Tour d’horizon: Transition Pathways Explorer (TPE) and My 2050 tool
Bernd Hezel, Climate Media Factory, EUCalc
|13:05 – 13:45||Lunch break (with possibility to have a closer look at the Transition Pathways Explorer online and posters)|
|EU in the world – what does the EU need from the rest of the world, and what could the EU offer to the global effort?
Panel and open discussion: In an interconnected and globalised world, the jobs, value added & social impact of alternative pathways have intra- and transboundary effects. What do we know about them, for example, about the effects on inequalities?
Moderation: Marta Torres Gunfaus, IDDRI, COP21 RIPPLES
|14:35 – 14:55||Coffee break (with possibility to have a closer look at the Transition Pathways Explorer online and posters)|
|14:55 – 15:45||Governing the transition: the finance sector as enabler
Panel and open discussion: A major pillar of the European Green Deal is “Financing the transition” – do we understand the investments and financial instruments required for sustainable pathways?
Moderation: Michael Grubb, University College London, COP21 RIPPLES
|15:45 – 16:00||Concluding remarks
Ms. Katia Simeonova. Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – COP21 RIPPLES External Advisory Board member, and senior researchers from the COP21 RIPPLES and EU-CALC projects.
During the coffee and lunch breaks participants will have the chance to explore the Transition Pathways Explorer and related tools as well as to get more detailed information on the results of EUCalc and COP21 RIPPLES through exposed posters and policy briefs.
The Policy Dialogue is aimed at a broad cross section of policy players including academics, relevant commission officials/experts and other decision makers, interested in the contribution of the European Union in reaching the Paris Agreement and discussing various possible pathways and potential trade-offs in relation to the long-term strategies (LTS) and the potential linkage to the Green Deal.
Policy Brief 6: Finance after the Paris Agreement – The necessary transformation of the financial system
Social impacts of climate change mitigation policies and their implications for inequality, article by Sanna Markkanen and Annela Anger-Kraavi, Climate Policy, 19:7 (open access)