31 March 2022

PARIS REINFORCE at the 3rd TUM Multidisciplinary Conference and Innovation Week

The PARIS REINFORCE consortium was invited by Prof. Michael Saulo from the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM), to join the 3rd TUM Multidisciplinary Conference and Innovation Week (hybrid event) in Kenya and present key findings of the project in the climate policy front.

Dr. Alexandros Nikas (NTUA) briefly introduced the project, before presenting its co-creative approach, how that motivated the project's first model inter-comparison study on where the world (link) and the EU (link) are headed given their current climate policy efforts and pledges, as well as how these were used to assess the impact of COVID-19 recovery efforts in the EU and major regions around the world (link).

In a follow-up panel discussion moderated by Dr. Ioannis Tsipouridis (TUM), Dr. Nikas discussed the project's work on Kenya that was based on stakeholder insights elicited in a dedicated workshop in October 2020 (link), co-organised with TUM and the NETFUND project. He also discussed prospects for further research orienting towards renewable energy and job creation in the Sub-Saharan region, as well as the capacity and adequacy of integrated assessment models to underpin policymaking in extreme circumstances, such as those emerging from armed conflicts and their implications for financial and energy markets.

Dr. Nikas further reinforced the participation of European stakeholders in the event, inter alia along with Dr. Phoebe Koundouri (Professor in Environmental Economics, at Athens University of Economics and Business) as well as Dr. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou (Chair of the Special Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament). You may read more in a commentary in EnergyPress (link, in Greek)

The presentation (PDF) can be found here: