On 14-15 March, hosted by DEEDS partner E3-MODELLING, the DEEDS Consortium met in Athens, Greece to discuss project progress, the dissemination of the Final Report of the High-Level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative, and the upcoming workshops series in 2019, which will take findings of the Report forward.
The meeting kicked off with a presentation by Professor Pantelis Capros, Head of E3MLab and Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, on the European Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All. Professor Capros showed how climate neutrality for Europe can be achieved by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research – while ensuring social fairness for a just transition. This was followed by an interactive discussion on how the long-term strategy aligns with and can benefit from the research into decarbonisation pathways by DEEDS and the HLP.
The Consortium meeting further discussed the most effective and appropriate ways to take forward key findings of the Final Report of the High-Level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative and ensure a broad group of stakeholders are involved in shaping follow-up action to the recommendations of the Final Report. This includes the series of workshops to be held in 2019 on the themes covered by the Report: social innovation and lifestyle change, industry, energy, mobility, cities, agriculture, and innovation and investment. The Consortium also discussed producing tailored tools for specific stakeholders, such as Policy Briefs, a business guide, the publication of academic articles, infographics and multimedia content.
Finally, there was ample discussion about how best to break down key recommendations of the HLP Final Report to meet specific decarbonisation challenges (e.g. the need to phase out coal) or help EU Member States achieve their national decarbonisation plans.