CARISMA side event at COP 23: Assessing technologies for low or negative emission pathways

For meeting the Paris climate goals, models have indicated that a suite of technologies are needed. However, the feasibility of many of these technologies can be challenged from economic, social, and other perspectives.

Based on the results of the CARISMA project, the side event, held at the South Africa Pavilion on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 presented different dimensions of assessing low- and negative-emissions technologies. Presentations from CARISMA researchers focused on issues of scaling up renewable electricity technologies and quantifying costs at different levels of the economy, as well as issues of social acceptance. An invited speaker from the Climate Technology Centre and Network rounded out the presentations with an overview as to how the CTCN assesses mitigation technologies, and examples of how the CTCN provides technical support to developing countries. Presentations were followed by a question and answer session with the audience. 

We hope the insights provided at the event, along with the work carried out in the project and which motivated our presentations, will help to enable more realistic assessments of the feasibility to deploy low-carbon technologies in different contexts, an important element of the upcoming IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degree Celsius.

The organizers would like to thank the CTCN for collaborating with CARISMA and presenting their approach, as well as the South African Pavilion organizers for graciously providing a venue for this event. The side event agenda and links to presentation slides can be found below.


Introduction: Noriko Fujiwara (Centre for European Policy Studies)

Social acceptance of low and negative emission technologies: Heleen de Coninck (Radboud University)

Moving beyond LCOEs: System and macroeconomic costs of renewables: Keith Williges, Andreas Tuerk (University of Graz)

How is the CTCN assessing mitigation technology? Federico Villatico Campbell (CTCN)


Chair: Noriko Fujiwara, CEPS


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