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Dear readers,

a successful and inspiring year now comes to an end. Time to look back on a very eventful time. With the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) ending, two exciting weeks of negotiation, debate and inspiration are behind us. The conference took place from the 6th to 17th of November under the presidency of Fiji, though being held in the World Conference Centre Bonn. Résumés of COP23 are neither truly positive, nor exceedingly negative. While there was some progress in regards to the rulebook for implementation of the Paris Agreement, there was no real rapprochement of countries' positions. The fact that political leadership was missing is also clearly stated in the analysis report of the Wuppertal Institute. The report recapitulates that "Bonn has fulfilled the obligatory programme [...], but much more diplomatic work [...] will be needed over the next year" to make adoption of the rulebook possible at next year's conference in Katowice. It has become clear that "for success in Katowice next year, it will be essential for all countries to rediscover the central message of the Paris Agreement: that in the face of the coming storms on a finite planet, we are all in the same boat," says Wolfgang Obergassel, Project Co-ordinator in the Wuppertal Institute's Energy, Transport and Climate Policy Research Group.
Numerous side events were held by Wuppertal Institut's experts in parallel to the official negotiations at COP23. Amongst them were the NRW Climate Lounge and the conference Deep Decarbonisation of Materials Processing, which were both organised by the Wuppertal Institute together with the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the EnergieAgentur.NRW. Both events counted more than 1,000 visitors in ten days. COP23 also hosted numerous official side events on future key topics, at which the Wuppertal Institute provided impulses.
By the way: In January 2018, the scientists of the Wuppertal Institute will release an in-depth analysis of outcomes of COP23. So stay tuned and help us #MakingParisPossible!
After this exciting time we wish all readers relaxing holidays and an excellent new year!

May 2018 bring us all fortune, success and good health!
Charlotte Pohl, Anna Riesenweber & Christin Hasken

Award Ceremony of the Transformative Science Research Prize
Official award ceremony took place on December 5th in Berlin

Dr. Laura Woltersdorf impressed the jury with her concept of an integrated evaluation system for sustainable water resource management.

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Governance as a Key Agenda in Local Energy Transition
Vice-President Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick publishes chapter in the book "Reframing Urban Energy Policy"

"In the future it is expected that energy and carbon footprint of cities will even increase as a consequence of further urbanisation and economic growth," says Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick.

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Strengthening International Climate Governance: The Case for a Sectoral Approach
COP21 RIPPLES policy brief published

A new policy brief examines sector-specific challenges to decarbonisation and what contribution international governance could make to overcoming these challenges.

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Steps Towards Carbon Neutrality
An overview of strategies and the role of offsetting

In a Policy Brief scientists of the Wuppertal Institute portray the commitments of Costa Rica, Norway, Sweden, the City of Melbourne, Australia and the corporation Microsoft.

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More Walking and Cycling to Tackle Traffic Jams
FLOW survey for decision makers out now

The project FLOW has launched a survey aimed at decision makers in transport policy from the local, regional, national and European levels.

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