From 18th to 19th October, the DEEDS consortium met in Potsdam, Germany, using the premises of our partners from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
First order of business was a discussion on the implications of the recently released IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C which highlighted the urgency with which we need to decarbonise our economy and society if we are too avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Therefore, the urgency and timeliness of the High-Level Panel (HLP) for European Decarbonisation Strategies has become increasingly apparent. In fact, we need to achieve net-zero by 2050 if we are yet to achieve the 1.5°C target.
The HLP has done a great job in identifying disruptive innovation options to do just so and summarised them in their report which will soon be available. Our team has supported the HLP in formulating recommendations and is looking forward to dig deeper into some of the issues raised.
The need for which was underlined by Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Director Emeritus at PIK) who emphasised that DEEDS plays a crucial role in bringing the narrative to the ground and identifiying systemic innovation potentials across sectors.
“Europe should take the lead” when it comes to climate action and decarbonisation, Schnellnhuber emphasised. The fundament has been laid, and now it is up to DEEDS to take the next steps. The consortium partners are therefore working on identifiying these possible systemic innovation potentials which will be discussed in our multi-stakeholder workshop series. If you want to participate please sign up for our database and we will be in touch!
We also have some exciting news to share with you all: DEEDS will be hosting an event at the EU Pavilion during COP24 in Katowice. Save the date in your diaries: 13th December, 16:00 – 17:30! Watch this space for more info about the event – coming soon.