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- 2017.10.02: Transforming our Europe now: don't lose the window of opportrtunity 2017-2019!
In the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030 Transforming Our World, more than a dozen distinguished EU personalities invite Europeans to “rethink Europe”.
2017.09.22: Beyond emissions targets: How to strengthen the ambition of NDCs?
In order to reach the collective Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping global temperature rises to “well below 2°C”, countries need to submit more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This requires focusing not only on countries’ aggregate emission levels, but also on the sectoral transformations needed to drive decarbonisation. Today, the MILES project, coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), publishes its results about the key levers to foster these sectoral transformations in the European Union and in 7 key countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and the United States). The results will be also presented to the European Commission in Brussels today.
2017.06.26: Release of the "Coal Transitions" report - Lessons from previous coal transitions: a guide for decision-makers
The stabilisation of the climate system in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change is impossible without the timely phase out of unabated coal from the global energy system. As is increasingly recognised, this transition must also be “just” for workers and local communities. In order to inform the future of coal producing regions, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and Climate Strategies are today publishing a report that highlights key lessons from previous coal transitions, in the Netherlands, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain and the US.
- 2016.11.08 : Is the EU on track towards the 2°C decarbonisation objective?
The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) releases a report assessing the EU’s progress towards its 2030 and 2050 climate objectives. This work has been conducted in cooperation with 7 other research institutions from 6 Member States: E3MLab/ICCS (Greece), ENEA (Italy), UCL (United Kingdom), ENERDATA (France), Grenoble Applied Economics Lab (France), Wise-Europa (Poland), Wuppertal Institute (Germany).
- 2015.10.22: Release of the MILES Project
While the currently submitted national contributions to the new global climate agreement do not yet put the world on track to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius, they imply an unprecedented acceleration and consolidation of action against climate change in major economies around the world. Moreover, they can serve as an entry point for the deep low-carbon transformation, if the Paris Agreement includes a mechanism to strengthen and broaden policy commitments by 2020 at the latest. This is shown by a report published today by a consortium of 16 research institutes
- 2015.05.22: The financial sector, the greatest ally for climate action ?
Business & Climate Week is taking place this week in Paris, and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and CDC Climat Recherche have published two research papers demonstrating why the financial sector has an interest in mainstreaming climate issues and how this could significantly strengthen the effectiveness of public climate policies, as well as providing specific proposals for achieving this.
- 14.12.02: Start of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) in Lima
The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20), which opened on Monday in Lima (Peru), is the last major negotiating session before the COP21 in 2015, when a new global climate agreement is to be concluded. The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) presents its main expectations for this conference in the following statement.
- 14.05.15: Laurence Tubiana appointed Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference
In 2015, France will host and chair the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21). Today, Laurence Tubiana was appointed Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Laurent Fabius, for this conference
14.02.14: Economic analysis of US shale gas
and implications for the European Union
The unconventional gas ‘revolution’ is not a panacea for economic growth, employment and manufacturing competitiveness in the US. It is also clear that shale gas exploration in the European Union would not fundamentally change the European energy situation: energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and a better integrated European energy market are still the main priorities for a competitive, secure and sustainable energy supply.
- 13.11.28: IDDRI mandated to advise French government in preparation for COP 21 in 2015
In view of the international conference on climate change, which is to be held in Paris in 2015 (COP 21), Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has awarded the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) the role of advising the French government, which will chair the negotiations.
- 13.11.18: A post-growth society for the twenty-first century
While politicians cite the return of strong growth as an achievable goal and the solution to all economic and social problems, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and the International Research Centre on Environment and Development (CIRED) have just released a joint study entitled “A post-growth society for the 21st century – Does prosperity have to wait for the return of economic growth?”.
- 13.10.22: Laurence Tubiana appointed to the UN Scientific Advisory Board
Following the creation of the Scientific Advisory Board of the United Nations (UN), announced by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Laurence Tubiana was among the twenty-six internationally renowned scientists to be appointed as members of this new body on Friday 18th October.
- 13.10.09: The Greenpeace in Russia affair: the need for international regulation of offshore exploitation
In late September, the Russian Coast Guard boarded a Greenpeace ship and arrested, on the grounds of piracy, its crew which approached an oil platform in the Arctic Ocean with the intention to raise public awareness on the risks and lack on transparency related to offshore oil drilling.
In addition to the doubt over the legal basis of the charges that the Russian authorities have made against the Greenpeace crew and the legitimate expression of emotion that has resulted from the imprisonment of environmental activists, this incident has raised the issue of the protection of the marine environment with regard to the risks of offshore oil exploitation (disturbance of marine species during the exploration phase, discharges of harmful substances during production, oil spills). It also highlights the need for all interested parties to be informed about the measures taken to avoid disasters. Furthermore, it has shone a spotlight onto the conditions under which offshore activities are carried out, particularly in vulnerable areas such as the Arctic. [...]
- 13.06.18: Financing the energy transition in difficult times
The Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) organized on 14 June a high level round table to reflect on the role of public banks in financing the energy transition.
- 13.03.22: Towards better protection of the High Seas (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, IASS-IDDRI press release)
At a workshop with Federal Minister of the Environment Peter Altmaier on 20 -21 March 2013, leading international scientists and high-ranking representatives of policy, NGOs and international organizations developed strategies for better protection of the oceans.