Launch Event: Final Report of the High-Level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative
On 12 December during COP24 in Poland, the High-Level Panel (HLP) of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative (EDPI) officially launched their final report. The session took place in a filled room inside the EU-Pavilion. Host Pierre Dechamps, Policy Officer DGR&I, introduced the panellists: Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General European Commission; Prof. John Schellnhuber, Director Emeritus Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Beata Jaczewska, Former Executive Director at the International Visegrad Fund Former Deputy Minister of Environment of Poland Civil servant, diplomat; Martin Porter, Executive Chair Brussels Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
The event made it painfully clear: we can only avoid “Europe’s next big bang”, if we shift to a zero-carbon society and economy. Only then will Europe remain at the forefront of development, innovation and lifestyles which countries in the European Union have achieved so far. And we “have been barking up the wrong tree to do so all the time”, argued John Schellnhuber.
The good news: these pathways towards decarbonisation already exist. But, “we require drastic system changes, and we have to tackle some really tough choices” to achieve the desired outcome, emphasised Patrick Child. And indeed, the event highlighted the importance of disruptive innovations (social, technological, economical etc.) to this end.
The report launched during the event highlights possible solutions and illustrates that we urgently need new ways of (integrated) thinking. This can occur in each individual by deciding to go vegetarian, or planting trees, but can also be facilitated in so-called “Transition Super-Labs”. These Super-labs are very-large-territory initiatives of real-life management of the transition from typical fossil-fuel based local economies to zero-carbon ones – they are basically real-life laboratories to test and scale-up innovative solutions to our problem.
In order to translate the report into actionable initiatives, DEEDS will be conducting a series of workshops throughout the year 2019. Sign-up for our newsletter to keep updated.
To read the full report click here: Final Report of the High-Level Panel of the EDPI