Reconciling the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) parties and the quite ambitious global objective of the Paris Agreement is a considerable challenge for the international community, all the more so as climate is only one of the many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) facing the world’s nations.
Beyond eliciting the gap between intentions and objectives, research can contribute to the solutions agenda by exploring three interrelations:
- Between mitigation and other short-term stakes, as overcoming the economic crisis, containing unemployment, reducing inequalities or cutting down poverty.
- Between the short-term and the long-term, concerning the dynamics of mitigation policies as well as their synchronization with policies targeted at other SDGs.
- Between national and global scales, to address feedbacks from international markets (including fossil fuels markets), including those for global public goods as climate, and the international mobility of production factors.
This exploration requires tools capable of embracing the various dimensions of energy transitions (economic, technical, social, societal, etc.) into one consistent framework. It also demands focusing not only on the potential winners but also on the potential losers -population subgroups, economic sectors, territories— of such transitions, as well as on those complementary public policies (compensation schemes, career-change programmes, teaching and training courses, etc.) that are consequently called for.
CIRED’s answer to this challenge is the development and animation of an international research network built on a platform of numerical tools specific to each national context, but sharing the same methodological foundations outlined by the IMACLIM Charter.
Network extent and coverage
The network extends to research collaboratives at various stages of development that cover:
- The multiregional global economy
- Brazil, a joint effort with COPPE of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
- South Africa, in contact with ERC of Cape Town University
- India, a joint effort with PSG of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
- China, a joint effort with 3E of Tsinghua University
- Saudi Arabia, in contact with KAPSARC
- Vietnam, in contact with CleanED of the Université Scientifique et Technique Hanoi
- Russia, in contact with CENRE of Higher School of Economics, Moscow
- Argentina, a joint effort with the Bariloche Foundation
The focus on South countries echoes the historical research agenda of CIRED (the tension between development and environmental objectives). It also stems from the necessity to explore “blind spots” that are key to a global energy transition in the long term.
The network benefits from its members participating in the Energy Modeling Forum of Stanford University, the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium or the IPCC process; as well as in forums at the interface between science and decision, such as the Low-Carbon Society Research Network (LCS-RNet) set up by G8 un 2009, or the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project (DDPP). The involvement of CIRED in a recent ECOSUD project coordinated by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbeans opens up specific opportunities to extend its South American coverage beyond Brazil.
- To contribute to the design and assessment of climate mitigation strategies in a broad panel of countries, with particular attention to the interrelations with other SDGs as well as between the short term and the long term.
- To analyse the interactions between such national strategies via global public goods markets, international trade and capital and demographic flows.
- To contribute to the public debate on these topics and particularly to the UNFCCC’s Facilitative Dialogue of 2018 and First Global Stocktake of 2023, as well as to the 6th IPCC report.
- To constitute an international scientific forum and to set up an international training programme dedicated to energy/economy modelling via the approach promoted by the IMACLIM Charter.
- 1st international workshop of the IMACLIM modelling platform
- 1st International Summer School in Economic modelling of Environment, Energy and Climate
- 2nd IMACLIM Network 2017 annual Workshop (2-3 November 2017)
- 3rd International workshop of the IMACLIM modelling platform (26-27 November 2018)