03 December 2021 - News

PARIS REINFORCE at the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the IAMC

PARIS REINFORCE actively participated in the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC), which took place virtually from November 29 to December 3, 2021 (event link).

Like every year, the 14th IAMC Annual Meeting aimed to present and discuss the state of the art in integrated assessment modelling, review the status of ongoing community activities, facilitate interaction with collaborating communities, as well as evaluate and revisit the priorities of the IAM community.

The consortium of the PARIS REINFORCE project participated in the conference with seven presentations and one poster.

Specifically, in the “SECTORAL” topic, which covered integrated assessment of pathways to carbon neutrality in individual sectors, including industry, transport and building, Assoc. Prof. Haris Doukas (NTUA) presented our work, “An IAM-based framework for evaluating the environmental impact of low-cost technological solutions in the container shipping industry” (see more here). The poster can be found here.

Then, in the “NATIONAL” topic, covering assessments of the effectiveness and consequences of climate policies at the national scale, including implementation of nationally determined contributions and mid-century strategies, Mr. Konstantinos Koasidis (NTUA) and Dr. Dirk-Jan Van de Ven (BC3) presented our studies, “Allocating global COVID-19 recovery packages over low-carbon technologies to optimise between emission reductions and employment gains” (see more here) and “A multi-model analysis of long-term emissions and warming implications of current mitigation efforts” (see more here), respectively.

Dr. Sara Giarola (Imperial College – Grantham Institute) presented our work, “Challenges in the harmonisation of global integrated assessment models: A comprehensive methodology to reduce model response heterogeneity” (see more here), in the “METHODS” topic, which specifically looked at various methodological issues related to IAMs including transparency, validation, presentation tools, model solvers, representation of complex policies and model evaluation.

In the “STAKEHOLDER” topic, on stakeholder involvement and citizen sciences in integrated assessment modelling, Dr. Shivika Mittal (Imperial College – Grantham Institute) and Dr. Alexandros Nikas (NTUA) presented our works on “A stakeholder-driven approach to modelling national emissions pathways across the world” and “Co-creating a model inter-comparison exercise with stakeholders in the EU” (see more here), respectively.

Mr. Jorge Moreno (BC3) participated in the “SUSTAINABLE” topic, on broader sustainability in conjunction with climate action, presenting the study “Assessing SDG synergies and trade-offs of diverging Paris-compliant mitigation strategies”, while Dr. Ajay Gambhir (Imperial College – Grantham Institute) presented the study “Assessing near-term transition and longer-term physical climate risks of greenhouse gas emissions pathways” in the “FINANCE” topic, which covered the consequences of both climate change and climate policy for the financial sector (investments, risks, etc.).

More information (presentations, full author list, etc.) can be found in the website’s conference section (link).