Professor Paul Ekins presents at COP23 side event in Bonn

On 11 November, Professor Paul Ekins, Project Co-ordinator of INNOPATHS, was invited to speak at a COP23 side event session titled ‘Low Carbon Europe 2050 – The vision and beyond’.

The EU is set to reduce GHG emissions by 80-95% by 2050 and plans to bring a new long-term climate strategy on the table in 2018. Professor Ekins’ talk was part of a session which covered insights from ongoing H2020 and other research on low carbon transitions, ranging from the essential elements and scenarios to exploring future strategies and governance frameworks.

Three other short introductory presentations were given by Jürgen Kropp (PIK) on EUCalc as an analytical tool and experiences from policy interaction, Lars J. Nilsson (Lund University) on low-carbon Europe, and Guido Knoche (UBA) on the role of science and research. These introductory presentations led to an interactive scholarly debate between a panel and the audience on ways forward and the role of science in shaping policy and governance frameworks.

The panel discussed mitigation options and pathways, key opportunities, barriers and lock-ins, policy and governance implications seen from research, and the roles and responsibilities in science-policy interaction and co-design.

The event was organised by the German Federal Environment Agency and Lund University and co-organised by University College London, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Ecologic Institute, Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Analysis.

For an overview of the event, please click here.

INNOPATHS workshop on the ‘Dynamics of low-carbon energy finance’

On 21 September, Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) hosted the workshop “Dynamics of low-carbon energy finance” as part of the EU commission sponsored Horizon 2020 project INNOPATHS.

In three consecutive sessions, 18 participants from the financial sector, international organisations and academia discussed the financial implications of a low-carbon transition of the European Economy until 2050.

Future energy scenarios and corresponding technology mixes have differential implications for the sources of finance. Especially energy efficiency projects pose challenges to banks and other institutional investors. But also renewable power projects still face technology operation risks and political risks. In addition to debt-providers, the energy transition requires risk-bearing capacity. In this regard state investment banks that prove the investment case are crucial for financing innovative energy technologies.

Read the summary here

 

All-Partner Meeting and Sectoral Stakeholder Workshops

On 2-4 May 2017, The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) hosted the First INNOPATHS All-Partner Meeting, as well as a series of six stakeholders’ workshops, designed to examine the low-carbon innovation systems of the following key sectors: agriculture, buildings, energy, industry, transport and ICT (information and communication technologies).

The Agenda of the meeting included one and a half day of partners’ meeting, in which the project participants discussed the progress to date, intellectual direction and practical steps for the coming year. This was then followed by the Stakeholders’ workshop which were organised with the aim of fostering dialogue between researchers and key stakeholders representing a range of perspectives.

During the workshops, INNOPATHS researchers presented a framework for the analysis of the low-carbon innovation systems for the six sectors described above, in four exemplar Member States (Germany, Italy, Poland and the UK) as well as at the EU-wide level. The Stakeholders then provided feedback on the proposed framework, highlighting possible shortcomings and potential improvements of relevance to their sector, and initiating discussion.

The INNOPATHS project has been designed to capitalise on the interaction between researchers and stakeholders to advance research and knowledge on the feasibility, effectiveness and cost efficiency of future low-carbon pathways, and to build a shared vision for the EU energy transition.

A summary of the workshops is available here