The Wuppertal Institute at COP 21 in Paris

Participating in several side events

  • Events 30.11. - 11.12.2015

The Wuppertal Institute is once again represented at the Conference of Parties (COP 21) with its own exhibit and co-hosts the side-event "Mobilising Ambitious State and Non-State Climate Action in the Paris Agreement and Beyond". Additionally, several scientists - Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick, Oliver Lah, Prof. Dr. Stefan Lechtenböhmer, Wolfgang Obergassel, Dr. Hermann Ott, to only name a few - actively take part in side events.

You find a list of some side events on the UNFCCC website. More are in preparation.

  • Wednesday 2 December, 16:45 to 18:15, Room 4, Le Bourget:
    Linking ambition to action - Success factors for low carbon development pathways in transport sectors
    Once countries have agreed on INDCs and mitigation targets in December, the next big challenge is to put in place policies and measures that satisfy these ambitions. Policy makers/implementers will discuss success factors for moving from concept to implementation in low carbon transport policies.
    (Side event of the Bridging the Gap and SLoCaT Partners)

  • Thursday 3 December 2015, 10:15 to 13:30, Le Bourget; 16:30 to 18:00, EU Pavillion:
    Transport Focus
    Lima Paris Action Agenda event on global transport landscape and trends, adaptation issues, and the mitigation potential in people and freight transport. This will also include a stocktake of progress of actions on Transport and Climate Change since the Secretary General's Climate Summit in September 2014, including the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)
    (Side event organized by the Low Carbon Societies Research Network (LCS-Rnet))

  • Thursday/Friday 3/4 December, Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel:
    Development and Mitigation Futures: MAPS & DDPP experiences conference
    The Development and Mitigation Futures Conference is an invitation only space for reflection and research collaboration both within the MAPS and DDPP communities, and with highly regarded external experts. The conference is jointly hosted by the Mitigation Action Plans & Scenarios (MAPS) Programme and the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP).
    The conference will discuss approaches to advance domestic mitigation policies towards low carbon prosperous societies. It is based on the learnings emerging from more than five years of work under the DDPP and MAPS initiatives. MAPS brings the experiences from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, South Africa and research collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research in India. DDPP has developed national decarbonization pathways in 16 countries, including all large emitters.
    The results of the Technical Sessions will inform a High-level Dialogue with key decisions-makers on 6 December. The dialogue is also convened by MAPS and DDPP.

  • Friday 4 December, 16:45 to 18:15, Climate Generations Area, Salle 10:
    Climate Clubs: Coalitions of ambitious frontrunner countries to help close the two degree gap
    To push forward international climate politics and add momentum for an international energy and climate transformation, forerunner states (and potentially sub-national and non-state actors) are needed that are ready to be pioneers and that seek international cooperation. This event sheds light on the necessary conditions as well as on options for states to become a driving force for the inception of such a climate club. Furthermore, it includes suggestions on members, membership criteria as well as benefits and incentives of a climate club and its relation to the UNFCCC.

    Introductory presentation: Lutz Weischer (Germanwatch)
    Emilio Larovere (University of Rio de Janeiro)
    David Waskow (WRI)
    Manish Kumar Shrivastava (TERI)
    Hanna Wang-Helmreich (Wuppertal Institute)
    Facilitation: Dr. Clara Brandi (DIE)

  • Friday 4 December 2015, 17:30 to 19:00, Room 7:
    Boosting sustainable mobility in Europe, Asia and Latin America with city-to-city cooperation
    COP Debate organized by SOLUTIONS and the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI). A public debate at the COP 21 to discuss the opportunities and barriers of sustainable transport measures and the contribution of city-to-city cooperation to boost take-up and transfer. Thematic presentations from representatives of city cooperation actions and e-mobility initiatives.

    Speakers include Oliver Lah from the Wuppertal Institute

  • Saturday 5 December, 11:30 to 13:00, Observer Room 04:
    Pathways to sustainable mobility through local, national and global action
    Shifting towards low-carbon mobility needs local, national and global action. International frameworks, national efficiency standards, and taxation, improved public and non-motorized transport transport, electric mobility and urban planning are some of the measures that enable this transition.

    Speakers include Holger Dalkmann, Embarq/WRI, Glynda Bathan, Clean Air Asia, and Oliver Lah from the Wuppertal Institute

  • Sunday 6 December, 8:30 to 19:00, Venue at the International Union of Railway (UIC) Headquarter:
    Transport Day
    Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT Partnership), together with Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG Initiative), and the Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB).
    The full day event will bring international experts on transport and climate change to discuss the contribution sustainable, low carbon transport can make to climate change discussions.

  • Monday 7 December, 12:00 to 14:00, German Pavillion:
    Enhancing mitigation action pre and post 2020
    We present options for enhancing mitigation actions pre-2020, within the Paris Agreement and beyond. This includes a discussion on how to support further ambition in INDCS, as well as the potential of non-UNFCCC initiatives.

    Vicki Duscha (Fraunhofer ISI)
    Wolfgang Obergassel (Wuppertal Institute)
    Sean Healy (Oeko-Institute)
    Hanna Fekete (NewClimate Institute)

  • Thursday 10 December, 16:45 to 18:15, Observer Room 08:
    Mobilising Ambitious State and Non-State Climate Action in the Paris Agreement and Beyond
    The event discusses design options for mitigation contributions in the Paris Agreement and beyond, including opportunities and challenges for engaging non-state actors. Can collaborative initiatives connecting countries, regions, cities and businesses help closing the ambition gap?

    Lukas Hermwille (Wuppertal Institute)
    Daniel Engström Stenson (FORES)
    Oscar Widerberg (Free University Amsterdam)
    Bjorn-Ola Linnér (Linköping University)
    Ann Gardiner (Ecofys)
    Kolja Kuse (e5 - European Business Council for Sustainable Energy)
    Facilitation: Hermann Ott (Wuppertal Institute)

  • Wednesday 9 December, 11:15 to 12:45, Climate generations areas - official civil society space - Room 8:
    What are NAMAs and how is civil society engagement important for their success?
    Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) were established as a vehicle to help developing countries pursue their development and mitigation goals. However, owing to the absence of regulations on stakeholder engagement and lack of environmental criteria, NAMAs face several challenges. At this event the speakers will provide a comprehensive introduction to NAMAs, present opportunities and challenges for civil society engagement on the ground and showcase the resulting co-benefits for communities.

    Urska Trunk (policy researcher at Carbon Market Watch)
    Magdalena Donoso (Latin America coordinator at GAIA)
    Kabir Arora (national coordinator at alliance of Indian wastepickers)
    Christof Arens (project co-ordinator at Wuppertal Institute)

  • Friday 11 December, 11:30 to 13:00, Observer Room 08:
    Preparing for the Action Plans on Post-2020 Climate Change Regime in Asia
    Transformative innovation toward low-carbon growth while reducing climate risk ; Compact and connected urban development strategies for climate resilient cities; Climate action based on advanced partnerships between Europe and Asia to seize the global opportunities.

    SoHee Kim (Climate Change Center)
    Alokananda Mukherjee (CBE)
    Oliver Lah (Wuppertal Institute)
    Suh-yong Chung (SILA)

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