31 October 2021 - 12 November 2021
Glasgow, United Kingdom
COP26 comes against a background of widespread, rapid and intensifying climate change impacts and the COVID-19 pandemic, with the urgent need to build forward better for present and future generations to ensure a safe future. This year's summit is focused on accelerating action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The United Kingdom holds the presidency of this year’s conference and it aims to achieve the following priority goals during the event: secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach; adapt to protect communities and natural habitats; mobilize finance and work together to deliver. IIASA researchers will actively contribute with scientific insights to a number of activities and discussions during the conference.
28-29 October, University of Glasgow
Pre-COP26 event - presentation of the book "Water Security Under Climate Change". Leena Srivastava, IIASA Deputy Director General for Science, will present an overview.
The Journey from Scientific Insights to Societal Action
1 November, EU Pavilion
Side event, co-organized by IIASA: To tackle climate change effectively, it is important that all levels of society have an understanding of climate change, and its risks and impacts. This session takes a journey from new scientific research findings about net-zero futures and climate change impacts, discussing recent developments in communication, education and public engagement, to arrive at policy and action. In the framework of the ENGAGE initiative.
Beyond cutting methane emissions: why we need to enhance atmospheric methane oxidation
1 November, Methane Pavilion
Side event: This session will discuss methane removal as a complementary strategy to achieve aggressive GHG reduction in order to bring atmospheric methane concentrations down to safe levels. A Methane Declaration circulating at COP26 proposes a research, development, deployment, and governance structure for methane removal, which together with considerable methane emissions reductions, has the potential to cut atmospheric methane concentrations in half in the next decade.
What does transforming the energy system really mean? Adaption, resilience & transition challenges
1 November, EU Pavilion
Side event: This session will discuss challenges on a path towards a climate resilient low carbon energy system. The panel of experts, including scientists involved in the IPCC AR6 Working Groups, will provide latest scientific evidence and insights on how this transition can be achieved.
Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions supporting Climate Change Objectives during the Decade of Action and Beyond
Side event: This session will discuss efforts of the members of the Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network supporting climate change efforts during the Decade of Action. The panelists will have the opportunity to present and discuss their current and future plans for activities, projects and programmes supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Transitioning towards low-carbon and climate resilient pathways by 2050
5 November, Multimedia Studio 1
Side event, co-organized by IIASA: Showcasing different pathways for achieving a just, low-carbon, and climate-resilient transition by 2050. This will include key considerations for addressing mitigation and adaptation challenges, such as technology innovations, energy use, and emissions to ratchet up climate ambitions.
Task Force on Global Change of World Water Council
Side event organized by the World Water Council
Innovation – A Catalyst for a Net Zero Emissions Energy Transition: Insights and Experiences of the Vienna Energy Club (VEC)
9 November, Hall 4, Scottish Event Campus
Side event, co-organized by IIASA and its partners from the Vienna Energy Club. Meeting the UN 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement ambitions poses the challenge of reaching net zero emissions by mid-century. This calls for flexible, enabling policy and regulatory frameworks, the emergence of new business models, and a complete redesign of our energy systems within the next thirty years to enable a just and inclusive energy transition. The panel will address each of the three SDG7 targets and the role of innovation in achieving them as well as enabling equitable access to energy services, a just transition for all, and a net zero emissions energy transition.
Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations
11 November, Japan Pavilion
Side event, co-organized by IIASA in the framework of the Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations (EDITS) project.
How vulnerable countries are responding to loss and damage and what support they need
11 November, Lomond Auditorium
Side event: This session will highlight the mechanisms required to strengthen global solidarity. Panelists will discuss challenges and opportunities for developing countries, local governments and communities as loss and damage impacts accelerate. Case studies on national preparedness for loss and damage will be presented.
Policy briefs relating to COP26
A number of policy briefs developed by IIASA are published for COP26:
Finding a feasible path
A new framework assesses the feasibility of climate scenarios, pointing out stumbling blocks and how to surmount them.
Avoiding overshoot: why and how
Overshooting global temperature goals is risky. New research from the IIASA-coordinated ENGAGE project shows the long-term economic benefits of scenarios that avoid overshoot, and points out the investments needed to make it happen.
A policy framework for Loss and Damage finance
A comprehensive risk policy framework supports the identification of international funding options for reducing climate-related risk and addressing residual impacts beyond adaptation in vulnerable countries.
A harmonized scenario framework can help to align national climate policies with global goals.
Last edited: 27 October 2021
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