Implications of Paris Workshop

March 5th and 6th 2017

This was the second in a series of invitation-only workshops identifying key insights from emerging research in the post-Paris environment, exploring the research needs, reporting results and motivating new research.  Although the architecture for an international approach to addressing climate change was set by the Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change, in combination with prior agreements, many issues remain to be worked out.

The first workshop in the series reviewed the current international architecture and the prospects for new research. It identified the most important unanswered questions and a research agenda to inform the post COP21 process. These are summarized on the Implications of Paris, Spring 2016 Workshop website.

The meeting took a deeper look at the challenge of implementing the Paris Agreement of 2015 in terms of the contribution of individual sectors, independently and in combination with other sectors.  It looked at the implementation of the NDCs in the period to 2030 sector by sector, in developed and developing economies and by mid-century consistent with the long-term goals of 2oC or potentially 1.5oC.  It also took up the question of implementation.  And important questions, like:

  • What are the new business models needed to achieve deep decarbonization? 
  • How will the technology and policy environments shape the new business models?

The workshop was organized by the scientists and policy experts from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, the Frisch Centre for Economic Research, and the University of Maryland.


Location

March 5th:

Dinner Meeting was held at  Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim, Brattørkaia 1

March 6th:

 


Steering Committee Members

  • Ghassem Asrar, Director, Joint Global Change Research Institute, PNNL
  • Leon Clarke, Senior Scientist, Joint Global Change Research Institute, PNNL
  • Jae Edmonds, Joint Global Change Research Institute, PNNL and College Park Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
  • Allen Fawcett, Chief, Climate Economics Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA
  • Rolf Golombek, Director Oslo Centre for Research on Environmentally friendly Energy, Frisch Centre for Economic Research
  • Nate Hultman, Director, Center for Global Sustainability and Associate Director, Joint Global Change Research Institute, University of Maryland
  • Snorre Kverndokk, Senior Research Fellow, Frisch Centre for Economic Research
  • Atsushi Kurosawa, Director, Global Environment Programs, The Institute of Applied Energy
  • Toshihiko Masui, Research Director, Asia Integrated Model, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Acting Director of the Earth System Science Center, University of Maryland
  • Asgeir Tomasgard, NTNU Department of industrial economics and technology management and Director, Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies