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In 2015, DG CLIMA tasked IDDRI with coordinating a consortium involving 14 research institutes, country teams from the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project and IPCC global modellers, to contribute to develo- ping low-carbon strategies for 2050. Known as MILES (Modelling and In- forming Low Emission Strategies), this consortium has already produced a number of key reports.

After a noteworthy report on the im- plications of the INDCs,4 published ahead of COP21, the consortium conducted further research in diffe- rent geographical areas, including the European Union. The resulting analysis and recommendations are clear: the European Union and its member states needed to review their low-carbon strategies, focusing more on conditions for the structural transformation of major emitting sectors where progress is especially slow, such as transport and industry, with a view toachievingdeepdecarbonisationby 2050. These two sectors are now the subject of additional specific projects at IDDRI.

Presented in Brussels in November 2016 in the presence of Artur Runge Metzger, Director of DG CLIMA, Andreas Barkman, advisor to the Eu- ropean Environment Agency and Carl de Maré, Vice-President of Ar- celor Mittal, this report received consi- derable media attention: from the ge- neral press (20 Minutes) to specialised journals (Energy Post), and from Englishlanguagemedia(Bloomberg, The Washington Post) to publications in around 30 other countries (Ger- many, Italy, China, Brazil, etc.).


MILES Consortium 

14 research teams

9 teams at their respective country/region level:

  • Energy Planning Program, Center for Energy and Environmental Economics, Graduate School of Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, (COPPE/UFRJ), Brazil
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Renmin University and National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, China
  • Energy Research Institute of NRDC (ERI), China
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), United States
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
  • Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), India
  • National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan
  • Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Japan

5 teams working at the global level:

  • Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), Germany
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
  • Energy - Economy - Environment Modelling Laboratory (E3M Lab), Grèce ▪ Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), Netherlands
  • The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), Italy

See the MILES project

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