Energy 2050 delegation at the UN climate change conference in Paris COP21

For the first time, the University of Sheffield will be sending delegates to the UN climate change conference from Energy 2050, the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures and the Faculty of Science to meet industry leaders and influence the debate on sustainable energy and climate change.

Our delegation of climate, energy, food and sustainability experts will present at various events on innovation, climate smart agriculture and the global energy transition. We look forward to seeing our partners at our events:

Monday, November 30 2015: Scaling up investments in low-carbon technology & materials
Time: 14.30-16.00
Room: EU Pavilion
Partners: Energy2050, The University of Sheffield; European Investment Bank; Institute for Climate Economics, France; Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin

Tuesday December 1 2015: Climate-smart agri-food system
Time:  10.30-12.00
Room: EU Pavilion
Partners: Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, P3 Plant, Production & Protection at The University of Sheffield, UK

Wednesday December 2 2015: What are the research challenges associated with developing a climate-smart agri-food system?
Time: 15.00-16.30
Room: Climate Generations areas
Partners: Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, P3 Plant, Production & Protection at The University of Sheffield, UK; Worldwide Universities Network WUN; The University of Leeds; Food Standards Agency; University of Ghana; University of Illinois; University of Alberta

Saturday December 5 2015: Economic diversification – De-risking investment in response to climate change
Time: 13.00-14.00
Room: GCC Pavilion
Partners: Energy 2050, The University of Sheffield; GCC Gulf Cooperation Council countries

Thursday 10 December 2015: Population decline and climate change in the 21st century
Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Location: Japan Pavilion –participation requires UN accreditation
Partners: The University of Sheffield; Tohoku University, Japan; University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Friday December 11 2015: Carbon capture&storage technologies
Time: 17:00-18.30
Room: Climate Generations areas
Partner: Energy 2050, The University of Sheffield, UK; Global CCS Institute (GCCSI); Bellona Foundation; International Energy Agency (IEA)

Background
The governments of more than 190 nations will gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change, aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and thus avoiding the threat of dangerous climate change. Current commitments on greenhouse gas emissions run out in 2020, so now a new agreement is expected to be reached.

  • The EU will cut its emissions by 40%, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030.
  • The US will cut its emissions by 26% to 28%, compared with 2005 levels, by 2025.
  • China will agree that its emissions will peak by 2030.
  • Other major countries, including India, have yet to come up with their targets – known in the UN jargon as INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) – despite being asked to meet a deadline at the end of March.

The UN is also pressing world governments to produce a set of “sustainable development goals” this autumn, which will take over from the millennium development goals that were pegged to 2015. These will include issues such as access to clean water and sanitation, access to energy, gender equality, education and health. Those SDGs will have a profound effect on whether the world can meet its climate change targets, and meet them in an equitable fashion that allows poor countries to lift their citizens out of poverty while not passing climate thresholds. (Source and more info)

The “World Wide Views on Climate and Energy” project initiated by the UNFCCC secretariat, the French National Commission for Public Debate, the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and Missions Publiques, with the support of the French Government, engaged 10,000 citizens making it the largest global citizen consultation ever on climate change and energy.
More information on the project can be found here.
Synthesis report: World Wide Views on Climate and Energy