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Informed science for sustainable climate action in Kenya
A PARIS REINFORCE e-workshop, aimed at capturing the Kenyan national context and stakeholders’ perspective
October 28, 2020
Responding to climate change requires transdisciplinary processes to work together in order to co-design robust national, regional, and global climate policies. Such policies must be science-based, technically feasible, financially viable, socially acceptable, and coordinated in a globally cooperative manner.
In an attempt to develop such policies, PARIS REINFORCE, an EU research and innovation project, aims to bridge the gap in the science-policy interface and underpin climate policymaking with authoritative scientific processes. Apart from calling upon its diverse modelling capabilities, the project introduces an innovative co-creation framework, through which it seeks to actively involve stakeholders in multiple aspects of the scientific processes, from the formulation of relevant policy questions to the definition of modelling assumptions.
In collaboration with the Technical University of Mombasa, and acknowledging that priorities and concerns of policymakers, industries and citizens largely differ across different countries in the world and across stakeholder groups, the project organises its first virtual, national stakeholder workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, aiming to mobilise knowledge embedded in individuals coming from governments, business, NGOs, academia, and the civil society; and to design well-informed and meaningful scientific activities in support of climate policymaking at the national and regional level.
The workshop will will be chaired and coordinated by Dr. Ioannis Tsipouridis and Prof. Michael Saulo (Technical University of Mombasa) and comprise sessions detailing the capabilities of the PARIS REINFORCE models for Kenya and the broader region, presenting our findings on climate action and sustainable development in Eastern Africa, as well as defining with participants the most pertinent climate policy questions. Stakeholders can expect the following:
- So, what is the PARIS REINFORCE project? – A brief introduction to the project by the project coordinator, Prof. Haris Doukas (National Technical University of Athens).
- The project’s modelling ensemble and its use in informing Kenyan mitigation pathways – The Horizon 2020 PARIS REINFORCE project brings together a wide range of integrated assessment and energy systems models to inform feasible and politically realistic mitigation pathways for a number of the world’s major regions. The modelling ensemble includes representations of the world as a whole, the African continent, as well as some sub-continental African regions, and these regions’ low-carbon transitions can be used to describe the opportunities and challenges for Kenya and the surrounding countries. This presentation, by Dr. Ajay Gambhir (Imperial College London, Grantham Institute), will introduce the PARIS REINFORCE modelling suite, before discussing some emerging results of relevance to Kenya, Africa, and the globe.
- Designing policies for achieving simultaneous progress in multiple SDGs: an integrated assessment modelling exercise for Eastern Africa – Global climate modelling exercises often ignore regional and local realities. In the case of Eastern Africa, climate efforts will be inseparable from other major development challenges, such as reducing poverty and hunger, achieving universal access to clean energy, water and sanitation, reducing exposure to household pollutants, and more. On-ground knowledge is therefore of high value for calibrating integrated assessment models, in order to allow the design of realistic energy and climate policies that are beneficial on multiple scales. This presentation by Dr. Dirk-Jan Van de Ven (Basque Centre for Climate Change) will show the results of a recent study focusing on the effectiveness of residential energy policies for multiple SDGs and showcase modelling possibilities within the PARIS REINFORCE project.
- Low-emissions, resilient infrastructure: Paris and SDGs are inseparable – A forum for discussing with the audience the topic of how to build the low-emissions, resilient infrastructure by 2050 of which 75% does not exist today also facing a USD 15 trillion global financing gap by 2040. The infrastructure challenge covers multiple Sustainable Development Goals (6, 7, 8, 9, and 11). Inherently linked with No 13 “Climate Action”. This will be chaired and coordinated by Mr. Zsolt Lengyel (Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy).
- Co-designing research questions and modelling parameters – Polls designed for embarking upon the co-creation of the PARIS REINFORCE modelling approach for the country and the region, in terms of questions and modelling parameters. Stakeholders, facilitated by Dr. Alexandros Nikas (National Technical University of Athens), will be asked to actively contribute to co-defining and communicate their preferences over the modelling approach, in a participatory process aimed at formulating the most relevant and seminal research questions as well as critical parameters for the upcoming modelling runs.
Guidelines for dialogue and logistics
- You may register in the form below.
- The event will take place under Chatham House Rule.
- Live polls through audience interaction tools (Sli.do).
- The event will run from 11:00 to 14:00 (GMT+3).