The IACC Group leads the development of tools for a new generation of “coupled” global transformation pathways that are able to represent bottom-up local constraints and opportunities at the national and sub-national scale, which is a major focus of the ECE Program.
IIASA researchers have been spearheading efforts to embed climate change mitigation in the broader context of environmental challenges and sustainable development over the course of the last decade. The IACC Group aims to push the research frontier further in a way that allows for the development of true sustainable development pathways. In this regard, a key research focus is to quantify the benefits of mitigation beyond simple economic considerations to enable a better understanding of how climate impacts will affect different parts of the population and to which degree these are able to adapt. The group also explores the integration of energy and materials to broaden the strategy space beyond classic energy- and land-based mitigation strategies by including important elements of a circular economy approach.