Researchers from the Energy Demand Changes Induced by Technological and Social Innovations (EDITS) network will participate in a side-event at COP27 to discuss innovations for energy demand reduction, decarbonization of the urban environment and the construction sector, as well as pathways towards a net-zero society.

In November 2022, Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition to effectively tackle the global challenge of climate change. The vision of Egypt's COP27 presidency is to move from negotiations and planning to implementation, moving rapidly towards full, timely, inclusive, and at-scale action on the ground.

IIASA will participate at COP27 with an EDITS side-event on "High services with low energy and resource demand for low-carbon pathways and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)", organized in collaboration with the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) and Development Alternatives (DA).

IIASA and RITE will also organize another EDITS side-event at COP27 as part of the Japan Pavilion (click here for more information).

    EDITS project © IIASA

    Satisfying people’s needs for shelter, mobility, consumer goods, and essential services is the reason society requires materials and energy. Innovations in providing these services can deeply reduce the demand for energy and enable a demand-driven transition to net-zero societies. The Energy Demand Changes Induced by Technological and Social Innovations (EDITS) network studies and promotes demand-driven energy system change at global and granular levels. The EDITS network explores the critical determinants of feasibility of such transition, its timing, costs, and their SDG synergies and tradeoffs. The EDITS community collaborates based on common interest in the demand side transition, transfers methodological knowledge, and explores modeling innovations across demand-side models.

    Agenda: High services with low energy and resource demand for low-carbon pathways and the SDGs                    
    10 November, 2022 at 16:45 - 18:15 (EET), 15:45-17:15 (CEST/CET)
    Place: Akhenaten Room
    Online streaming: COP27 official Youtube channel (link)

    Moderator: David McCollum, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA

    • 16:45-16:50    Welcome and opening remarks
      Keigo Akimoto, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Japan
    • 16:50-16:55    Welcome and opening remarks
      Bharti Jasrotia, Development Alternatives (DA), India
    • 16:55-17:05    Importance of demand side solutions for the transformation towards net-zero society
      Keywan Riahi, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
    • 17:05-17:15    Meeting multiple policy targets of development and mitigating global crises through demand solutions
      Joyashree Roy, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
    • 17:15-17:25    Urban space and society in 2050 in balance with planetary boundaries
      Nan Zhou, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), USA
    • 17:25-17:35    Limestone Calcined Clay Cement - Breakthrough technology for reducing carbon emissions
      Karen Scrivener, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    • 17:35-17:45    Decarbonization of the brick sector – Practice to Policy approach
      Soumen Maity, Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA)
    • 17:45-18:15    Moderated panel discussion with speakers and Q&A with audience
      Discussant: Nebojsa Nakicenovic (IIASA)
      Respondents: Keigo Akimoto (RITE), Keywan Riahi (IIASA), Joyashree Roy (AIT), Nan Zhou (LBNL), Karen Scrivener (EPFL), Soumen Maity (TARA)

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