The 8th LCS-RNet Annual Meeting in Wuppertal, Germany

Date : 6 -7 Septemberimg_0876tri
: Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
Theme: How to Achieve Long-Term Transitions towards Full Decarbonisation
 Host : 
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie (WI)afi_06092016b__0092cites


The 8th LCS-RNet Annual Meeting was held in Wuppertal, Germany, in conjunction with the 7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference and the Wuppertal Institute 25th anniversary event. The agenda of this 2016 event was mostly based on the international agreement reached at COP 21 in Paris in December 2015, as international debate has shifted to the question of how the agreement should be implemented.

The meeting was of particular importance in the context of follow-up to COP 21, the G7 meeting in Elmau and G7 EMM in Toyama, and in preparation for IPCC AR6.

The agenda addressed: 1) how to trigger non-linear transformation toward full decarbonization by 2050 as targeted by G7 (Elmau), COP 21 (Paris) and G7 EMM (Toyama), 2) how a new deal for green growth can be designed and achieved, 3) how to explore and exploit synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals and low-carbon societies, and 4) the new role of science in the context of the SDGs and climate policy after Paris. The meeting consisted of four plenary session and eight breakout sessions on subjects including energy transition, long-term decarbonization scenarios, low-carbon cities, land use, low-carbon development technology and sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

Many of the presentations reflected post-Paris Agreement tendencies, such as positive and concrete action plans promoted by governments, cities and the private sector.

At the last session, which was held in collaboration with the International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference, the presenters indicated a shift in the science field from normal research to action research, especially in climate policy studies.


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Day 1
Introductory Session : Welcome / Introduction to the meeting
Uwe Schneidewind (President and Chief Research Executive, WI, Germany)
Martin Weiß (Representatives of BMUB as gvtl. focal point, Germany)
Akio Takemoto (Director, Climate Change Adaptation Office, Ministry of the Environment, Japan)
Shuzo Nishioka (IGES / Secretary General, LCS-RNet, Japan)
Stefan Lechtenböhmer (WI, Conference Co-Chair and Steering Group member, Germany)
Plenary Session 1: How to trigger the non-linear transformation towards full decarbonisation (by 2050) as targeted by G7 (Elmau) and COP21 (Paris)?
Chair: Jim Watson (UKERC, UK)
KS_1 What disruptions are we facing in the areas of environment, energy, geopolicy and what could be strategies to counter them?
Karen Smith Stegen (Jacobs Univ. Bremen, Germany)
KS_2 Energy Futures 2040: A positive vision or calculated optimism?
Jens Burgtorf (GIZ, Germany)
Parallel session 1.1 : How to deal with non-linear and disruptive developments (long-term scenarios, modeling, innovation, structural change)
Chair: Toshihiko Masui (NIES, Japan)
PS1.1_1 Recent development in scenario analysis
Detlef van Vuuren (PBL, Univ. Utrecht, Netherlands)
PS1.1_2 Governance levels, scientific paradigms and policy instruments for Deep Decarbonization Pathways
Patrick Criqui (University of Grenoble Alpes and CNRS, France)
PS1.1_3 Low-Carbon Scenarios after Paris: Ambition, Transition and Communication -a policy perspective
Martin Weiß (BMUB, Germany)
Parallel session 1.2 What are the potential contributions of non-state actors (including cities and finance industries) and how to better involve them?
Chair: Giulia Gallucio (CMCC/FEEM, Italy)
PS1.2_1 Visions for post carbon cities
Margaretha Breil (CMCC/FEEM, Italy)
PS1.2_2 Industries and companies as non-state actors? The case of the Paris Agreement
Noriko Fujiwara (CEPS, Belgium)
PS1.2_3 GJETC – German – Japanese Energy Transition Council as good practice for international cooperation on energy transformation
Maike Venjakob (WI) and Stefan Thomas (WI), Germany
PS1.2_4 Small-scale energy projects in the global South – Can they contribute to decarbonisation?
Julia Terrapon-Pfaff (WI, Germany)
Plenary 1.3 What are the implications of disruptive/non-linear developments for policy makers and firms and how can we come to a concept of managing?
Chair: Shuichi Ashina (NIES, Japan)
PS1.3-1 Germany’s Energiewende as a model for change? Problems, disruptions and policies
Peter Hennicke (WI, Germany)
PS1.3-2 Energiewende: a challenge for energy companies but also a chance?
Stephan Ramesohl (E.ON Research, Germany)
PS1.3-3 Japan’s historical transitions
Shuichi Ashina (NIES,Japan)
Plenary Session 2: How could a “new deal” for green growth be designed and achieved?
Jean Charles Hourcade (CIRED, France)
PL.2 A new deal for Green Growth? Hedging against the risks of “secular stagnation”
Jean Charles Hourcade (CIRED, France)
Parallel Session 2.1 Carbon pricing and redesign of financial instruments as a lever for change
Chair: Christophe Cassen (CIRED, France)
PS2.1_1 Climate systemic risk And how climate finance can help avoid it
Etienne Espagne (CEPII, France)
PS2.1_2 Moving the trillions: decarbonization and carbon reduction are the “new gold”
Alfredo Sirkis (Centro Brazil no Clima, Brazil)
PS2.1_3 Using carbon pricing revenues to finance sustainable development goals
Michael Jakob (MCC, Germany)
Parallel Session 2.2 Climate financing (lessons learned from financial instruments already implemented)
Chair: Tomonori Sudo (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific Univ., Japan)
PS2.2_1 Climate finance: An OECD perspective
Simon Buckle (OECD Environment Directorate)
PS2.2_2 Financing urban climate action: Is the issue really creditworthiness?
Peter B. Meyer (Univ. of Louisville / The E.P. Systems Group, Inc., US)
PS2.2_3 Decarbonising Europe’s energy intensive industries
The final frontier

Thomas Wyns (VUB, Belgium)
PS2.2_4 Lessons from climate finance
Christine Wörlen (AREPO, Germany)
Plenary 2.3: Panel Discussion: How could a “new deal” for green growth be designed and achieved?
Chair: Sergio La Motta (ENEA, Italy)
PL2.3 Panelists: Jean Charles Hourcade (CIRED,France)
Thomas Wyns (VUB, Belgium)
Alfredo Sirkis (Centro Brasil no Clima, Brasil)
Day 2

Plenary Session 3: How to explore and exploit the synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and low carbon societies?

Chair: Antonio Navarra (CMCC, Italy)
KS_1 How to explore and exploit the synergies between SDGs and low carbon societies?Methodological lessons from the DDPP and research perspectives
Henri Waisman (IDDRI, France)
KS_2 Energy and air pollution
Timur Gül (IEA)
Parallel Session 3.1: Technology concepts and ambitions of carbon-neutral or 100% renewable societies
Chair: Stefan Lechtenböhmer (WI, Germany)
PS3.1_1 Modelling 1.5°C scenarios: Scientific challenges and consequences for policy making
Mikiko Kainuma (IGES/NIES, Japan)
PS3.1_2 For our environment: decarbonization through cross sectoral supply with renewable energies
Goals 40 – 100 – 100plus – GHG N- RTD policy

Harry Lehmann (UBA, Germany)
Parallel Session 3.2: Cities as places for transition and hot spots of future sustainable developments (including productive interaction with rural regions)
Chair: Ralf Schuele (WI, Germany)
PS3.2_1 The triple dividend of urban resilience transitionSustainable development, mitigation, and adaptation
Nicola Tollin (RESURBE)
PS3.2_2 Innovation City Ruhr as an example for a transformative approach
Johannes Venjakob (WI, Germany)
PS3.2_3 Approach to low-carbon and climate-resilient cities in the Philippines
Damasa B. Magcale-Macandog (UPLB, Philippines)
Parallel Session 3.3: Low carbon energy intensive industries
Chair: Joyashree Roy (Jadavpur Univ., India) & Manfred Fischedick (WI, Germany)
PS3.3_1 Rethinking basic materials – the GIST research programme and more
Lars J. Nilsson (Lund University, Sweden)
PS3.3_2 Deep decarbonization in Industries ‐what does it mean for India?
Joyashree Roy (Javadpur Univ., India)
PS3.3_3 Enabling CO2 reuse value chains
Arturo Castillo Castillo (ICL, UK)
PS3.3_4 Decarbonisation and the Port of Rotterdam: Challenges & opportunities
Caroline Kroes (Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Parallel Session 3.4: Sustainable production and consumption as core fields of transition
Chair: Julia Nordmann (WI, Germany)
PS3.4_1 Sustainable production and consumption in low carbon communities – an Asian perspective
Yasuhiko Hotta (IGES, Japan)
PS3.4_2 An outlook at an Italian experience in the implementation of circular economy at industrial level
Opportunities and concerns

Laura Cutaia (ENEA, Italy)
PS3.4_3 Life cycle thinking for sustainable consumption and production
Shabbir Gheewala (JGSEE, Thailand)
PS3.4_4 Transition towards sustainable production and consumption: Contributions of LivingLab research
Carolin Baedeker (WI, Germany)
Plenary Session 4: The role of science in the context of the SDGs and climate policy after Paris — together with IST 2016-Conference
Chair: Sergio La Motta (ENEA, Italy) & Maja Göpel (WI, Germany)
PL4_V Video Message
Jim Skea (Co-Chair WGIII IPCC)
PL4_1 A new scientific paradigm for SDGs?
Antonio Navarra (CMCC, Italy)
PL4_2 The role of science in SDGsThe technology mechanisms
Sergio La Motta (ENEA, Italy)
PL4_3 The role/potential of transdisciplinary processes after the Paris 2016 agreement
Roland Scholz (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
PL4_4 SDG´s, Sustainability Strategy and Research in Germany
Volkmar Dietz (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany)
PL4_5 Roundtable (Interviewer Maja Göpel, WI):
Hironori Hamanaka (IGES, Japan), Roland Scholz (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Uwe Schneidewind (WI, Germany), Antonio Navarra (CMCC, Italy)
Introduction and invitation to next year’s Annual Meeting to be hosted by UKERC and Closing of the conference
Stefan Lechtenböhmer (WI, Germany) and Ioanna Ketsopoulou (UKERC, UK)
Archive (English)