IES among 17 leading universities and institutes joining forces to produce climate policy guidelines

On 1 December 2016, the Horizon 2020 project “COP21: Results, Implications, Pathways and Policies for Low-Emissions European Societies (COP21-RIPPLES)” officially started. Running for three years and coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, the project will provide interdisciplinary analysis of the conditions of EU climate policy in the new strategic context of the Paris climate change agreement concluded in 2015.

The VUB’s Institute for European Studies (IES) is one of the main partners of the project. Under the lead of Prof. Sebastian Oberthür, the IES cluster on Environment and Sustainable Development is in particular co-coordinating Work Package 4 of the project that assesses the adequacy of the Paris outcomes for effective international climate governance and the EU’s role.

COP21-RIPPLES has four objectives:

1) Assess the adequacy of national climate action plans submitted under the Paris Agreement in light of the global temperature target of limiting warming to 2°C/1.5°C.

2) Assess the implications of national climate action plans and their strengthening on other European socio-economic objectives (e.g. innovation and technology deployment; trade and competitiveness; investment, financial flows and economic growth (“green growth”); and global energy markets and energy security).

3) Assess the adequacy of the outcomes of Paris, and the implications and opportunities emerging from ongoing UN climate negotiations.

4) Provide recommendations for EU climate policy and climate diplomacy.