COP21 RIPPLES – Results and Implications for Pathways and Policies for Low Emissions European Societies

The COP21 outcome represents an important new strategic context for EU climate policy, both at the international and at the EU level. The project COP21-RIPPLES aims at providing an analysis of the implications of this new context through an interdisciplinary approach. Such analysis requires a capacity to combine analysis of the adequacy of the outcome of COP21 and the evolution of the international climate regime complex; to analyse NDCs and deeper mitigation pathways; and to assess their socio-economic implications at multiple levels: Member State, EU, and globally.

General objectives
The COP21 outcome represents an important new strategic context for EU climate policy, both at the international and at the EU level. The project COP21-RIPPLES aims at providing an analysis of the implications of this new context through an interdisciplinary approach. Such analysis is also urgent, given the timelines imposed by the Paris Agreement for a “facilitative dialogue” in 2018 with a view to creating the conditions for the revision of NDCs in 2020.

In order to address the context described above, this project has four objectives:

  • Assess the adequacy of the NDCs submitted at COP21 in light of the global temperature target of limiting warming to 2°C/1.5°C. Through the analysis of GHG scenarios and energy system scenarios, the project will pay particular attention to the concrete system changes induced by NDCs, and compare them with the changes required to meet the global temperature limit. The project will also analyse scenarios limiting warming to 1.5°C, and the impact of NDCs on other sectors, in particular land-use.
  • Assess the implications of NDCs and deeper mitigation pathways on other European socio-economic objectives. By integrating GHG and energy system scenarios into a range of different macro-economic, global energy system models and other quantified methodologies, the project will investigate implications for European socio-economic objectives related to innovation and technology deployment; trade and competiveness; investment, financial flows and economic growth (“green growth”); and global energy markets and energy security.
  • Assess the adequacy of the outcomes of COP21, and the implications and opportunities emerging from ongoing UNFCCC negotiations. The project will undertake a social sciences-based (in particular international law and international relations) assessment of the outcome of COP21.
  • Provide policy recommendations for EU climate policy and climate diplomacy.

Expected results
This project aims to contribute robust scientific research into a number of important EU and international policy discussions.

  • Clarify the required actions and available pathways back to 2°C/1.5°C and the trajectories and strategies of major third countries and drive an ambitious revision of NDCs by 2020
  • Clarify the implications of the international context of NDC and 2°C/1.5°C trajectories in terms of EU socio-economic objectives
  • Contribute to the development of the international climate regime
  • Provide scientific input into international scientific processes such as the IPCC and enhancing scientific cooperation with third countries

Website: https://www.cop21ripples.eu/

Funded by European Commission
Duration 36 months: from 01/12/2016 to 30/11/2019

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