Energy 2050 COP 21 side event on investment in low-carbon technologies and materials RD&D at the UN climate change conference in Paris

Scaling up investment in low-carbon technologies and materials RD&D

Date: 30 November 2015
Time: 14.30 – 16.00 CET
Location: EU Pavilion (participation requires UN accreditation)

Partners: Energy 2050, The University of Sheffield, UK; European Investment Bank; Institute for Climate Economics, France; Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

This event will focus on identifying both barriers to and solutions for scaling up investments in low-carbon technology and materials – given there is a clear need to increase investment for mitigation and adaptation related technologies and materials through the different stages from design prototype to demonstration and deployment.

Our panel will address the following questions:

  • How research could best contribute to 2030/2050 decarbonisation pathways?
  • How to gear up innovation systems to be ready for the 2030/2050 climate and energy targets?
  • Can co-production models work to stimulate private sector investments, which would be considered by their contribution to an energy transition?
  • Securing stable financing at all stages is important, thus what role for the public sector to assist in ‘de-risking’ and leveraging additional private finance?


  • Matthew Arndt, European Investment Bank
  • Dr. Heleen de Coninck, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Ambuj D. Sagar, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Dr. Ian Cochran, I4CE, Institute for Climate Economics, France
  • Chair: Jon Price, Director of Energy2050, The University of Sheffield, UK