CARISMA Final Conference

"Realising the Potential for Climate Change Mitigation Options - Implementing the Paris Agreement in Europe and beyond"

Brussels, 6 February 2018 CEPS Conference Room, Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels

On 6 February 2018, CARISMA organised its final project conference in Brussels. At the conference, the CARISMA team presented the main findings from its work on:

  • The social, economic and environmental impacts of mitigation options in different country contexts when implemented on a scale required for realising climate and socio-economic goals;
  • How effectiveness of national and European climate change policies can be influenced by developments in the policy and societal context;
  • Positive or negative interactions with other climate or environmental policies, as well as innovation policies at the country or firm level;
  • International cooperation in the field of technology and innovation, as well as on the ‘transfer’ of effective policies to other contexts.

At the conference, the outcomes of CARISMA were presented against the backdrop of an increasing need to scale up mitigation options for realising the goals of the Paris Agreement. In practice, scaling up of (technology) options is often hindered by aspects such as: sector- or economy-wide costs or welfare impacts, public resistance or insufficient consideration of local context factors. At the conference, these aspects, with recommendations from CARISMA on how to address these, were discussed with practitioners from the public and private sector.

A summary of the CARISMA results is available here.

The list of participants is available here.

Please find below an overview of the Conference programme (for the names and affiliations in bold, links to the presentations are available)

Introduction: European Decarbonisation Pathways to implement the Paris Agreement
Christian Egenhofer (Chair) CEPS 
Andrea Tilche  European Commission
Maria van der Hoeven  High-level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative 
Heleen de Coninck Radboud University
Session 1: Realising the climate change mitigation potential through Research & Innovation
Wytze van der Gaast (Chair) JIN Climate and Sustainability
Milan Elkerbout CEPS
Diana Urge-Vorsatz CEU
Corrado Topi GreenEcoNet
James Davey Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Marieke Reijalt European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association EHA
Michael Grubb University College London
Session 2: Making context-sensitive climate policy for realising the mitigation potential
Henry Derwent (Chair) Climate Strategies
Emilie Alberola I4CE
Noriko Fujiwara CEPS
Henning Sittel Effizienz-Agentur Nordrhein Westfalen
Annick de Vries Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate
Session 3: maximise mitigation in EU and beyond
Heleen de Coninck & Adriaan Slob (Chairs) Radboud University & TNO
Tom van Ierland DG Clima, European Commission
Ulrich Hansen UNEP DTU Partnership
Henry Derwent Climate Strategies
Hartwig Kremer UN Environment / CTCN
Nick Campbell  

Session 1 panellist Corrado Topi (GreenEcoNet) explains why small and medium-sized enterprises are important players for realising the potential for climate change mitigation

Panellists discuss international cooperation on research and innovation of options for climate change mitigation

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