The deep decarbonisation of Europe: Opening the “modeling space” for decision makers to accelerate necessary transformation. Presentation slides and photos are available.
14. February 2020, 10.00 - 12.30 Uhr, Energy Community, 6th Floor Am Hof 4, Level 5-6, 1010 Vienna, Austria
A series of 5 town hall discussions in Budapest, Copenhagen, London, Rome and Vienna on climate change and related socio-economic implications and incentives for medium- to long-term decarbonisation pathways (including their associated costs, benefit and risks) based on the EUCalc model.
Driving the progress and effectiveness of sectoral policies for the overall objectives of the European Green Deal (carbon neutrality in 2050, but also the protection of biodiversity) will become a pressing necessity in the months and years to come.
Against this background, the EUCalc research project provides decision-makers with a highly accessible, user-friendly, dynamic modelling solution to quantify the sectoral energy demand, greenhouse gas (GHG) trajectories and social implications of lifestyles and energy technology choices in Europe. As such it provides granular understanding and means for engagement by diverse European and national policy makers, businesses, NGOs and other actors of society about a technological and societal transformation in order to reach a carbon neutral Europe mindful of global dynamics. With the help of the Transition Pathways Explorer and related e-learning tools, users are able to create their own pathways for Europe and assess the impacts of their choices at the European and individual Member State levels including Switzerland, providing a unique perspective on the role and potential of the member states and the EU as a whole, in meeting global climate mitigation commitments.
The Town Hall events will engage a broad cross section of decision makers working on decarbonisation pathways from policy, business and society.
The Town Hall events showcased the EUCalc model and enable participants to explore possible applications of the tool to assist them in their work and decision making along the decarbonization journey. More broadly, it seeked to support an informed energy, emissions and resources debate for a carbon neutral Europe by 2050.
During the event, the scope and features of the EUCalc model had been explained and key initial findings showcased using the Transition Pathways Explorer. This was followed by an interactive dialogue with participants to enable feedback, to discuss efforts for a fair and effective transition towards carbon neutrality in practice and to explore possible applications of the model in assisting the participants in their decision-making related to energy, resource use and climate change.
The event included three elements:
- a. Introduction
Short overview presentation of the EUCalc project
- b. Demonstration of the Transition Pathways Explorer (online modeling tool)
Presentation on the underlying methodology, scope and initial findings of the EUCalc model
- c. Facilitated Q&A
Interactive dialogue about decarbonization pathways and practical applications of the EUCalc model
- Overview of the EUCalc project
Hannes Warmuth, Scientific Project Manager, ÖGUT
- Presentation on the underlying methodology, scope and initial findings of the EUCalc model
Luís Costa Environmental Engineer turned researcher. Research Domain II "Climate Resilience", Potsdam Institute for Climact Impact Research