Progress in global climate action - Overview of recent actions and opportunities

Progress in global climate action - Overview of recent actions and opportunities

Seminar Abstract 

Climate change requires urgent action. Regular tracking of the actions by the various actors is necessary to evaluate how far the world is progressing to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change to hold global average temperature increase well below 2°C and to make efforts to hold it below 1.5°C.

The presentation will cover
  • Most recent updates of energy and climate policies in major emitting countries and their effect on global greenhouse gas emissions and whether they will be sufficient to meet their climate action proposals (NDCs), based on the Climate Action Tracker and the UNEP Emissions Gap report
  • Updates on actions and potential by regions, states, cities and businesses
  • Opportunities to scale up climate action in selected countries and sectors using a simplified bottom up book-keeping model (PROSPECTS)

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Niklas Hoehne
Affiliate, International Energy Analysis Department, Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division

Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne is an affiliate to the International Energy Studies Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from August 2019 to January 2020.
Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne is also a founding partner of NewClimate Institute and Special Professor “mitigation of greenhouse gases” at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has followed the international climate negotiations since 1995. He has led numerous studies related to the international climate change negotiations and national climate policies, for example several evaluations of countries’ performances in Climate Change and two publications in Nature. Niklas Höhne is the lead author for the IPCC Fourth and Fifth Assessment Report for the chapter on climate policies and international cooperation. He is also the lead author of the UNEP Emissions Gap reports 2010 to 2019. He created the Climate Action Tracker that tracks commitments and actions of countries on climate change.
Niklas Höhne holds a PhD from the University of Utrecht for his dissertation on “What is next after the Kyoto Protocol – Assessment of options for international climate policy post 2012″. His work on sharing the effort of reducing emissions between countries led to the IPCC statement that developed countries would need to reduce emissions by 25% to 40% in 2020 compared to 1990 to be compatible with limiting global temperature increase to 2°C. He participated as an expert in hearings of the European and German parliament.
Before co-founding NewClimate Institute, Niklas Höhne worked at Ecofys, a leading climate and energy consultancy (2001 to 2014), where he last was Director of Energy and Climate Policy. Previously, he was a staff member of the UNFCCC secretariat (1998 to 2001), where he supported the negotiations on various issues, including reporting under the Kyoto Protocol, projections of greenhouse gas emissions, fluorinated greenhouse gases and emissions from international transport.
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Sep 3, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm