Every country in the world should have a long-term strategy for climate protection, otherwise the Paris pledges will come to nothing. The network "Deep Decarbonization Pathways (DDP)" now proposes a handbook to develop such long-term climate protection strategies in individual countries.
The DDP network publishes a paper in Nature Climate Change showing how the research it has undertaken can help organize cross-society debates about climate change, take decisions to align countries' actions with climate science, and build public support for the policies and measures needed.
The DDP network is a group of research teams formed in 2014 to build and discuss national long-term strategies compatible with ambitious climate objectives. It operates today in almost 40 countries, under the coordination of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).
The Wuppertal Institute is part of the DDP network and produced the DDP country report for Germany in 2015. Two authors of this country report, Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick, Vice President of the Wuppertal Institute and Dr. Sascha Samadi, Research Fellow in the Research Unit Sectors and Technologies in the Division Future Energy and Industry Systems, are also co-authors of the newly published article. The findings from work carried out within the DDP network, which are presented in the article, can help countries worldwide to develop long-term and ambitious national climate protection pathways that take into account country-specific characteristics. The proposed process for the development of such climate protection paths can also promote social consensus building.