19 September 2019
Palais Coburg, Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Vienna

Sustainable development and climate change: From global research to national implementation

Stakeholder meeting will focus on global insights on climate policies and national considerations on sustainability and feasibility.

Photo courtesy of Palais Coburg

Photo courtesy of Palais Coburg

The workshop will take place on Thursday, 19 September at the Palais Coburg in Vienna and begin with a lunch at 12:30 and conclude with a reception at 18:00.  Registration is required (see below).


With the growing implementation of climate action globally, it becomes urgent to embed climate policies in the broader sustainable development agenda. Addressing trade-offs and co-benefits of climate policy with energy poverty eradication, increased well-being and welfare, air quality improvement, biodiversity and food and water availability is essential for the viability of climate actions. At the same time, the current development of real-world climate policies enables us to learn valuable lessons about designing cost-effective, technologically sound, and socially and politically feasible policies. Climate goals are agreed upon globally but policies are implemented by individual countries. Therefore, understanding the diversity in priorities, interests and considerations across the world is essential for understanding the limitations and enablers of climate action. We look forward to your participation in the workshop where we explore these issues.

 The afternoon will consist of presentations on research insights, as well as responses from representatives from civil society, businesses and policy makers at global, European and national levels, and discussion with the audience. The event builds on two current global research initiatives, CD-LINKS and ENGAGE, both coordinated by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). These initiatives bring together about 30 research teams to explore the complex interplay between climate action, sustainable development and the feasibility of climate targets, while simultaneously taking both global and national perspectives. Both initiatives rely on inputs and dialogue with civil society, businesses and policy makers, in addition to research and modelling efforts led by the international and multidisciplinary consortium partners.

Please register by 17 September 2019 (below). 
For more information CD-LINKS: www.cd-links.org and  ENGAGE: www.engage-climate.org

AGENDA (pdf version)

12:30–13:30 Meet and Greet Buffet Lunch
13:45–13:55 Welcome
Keywan Riahi (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)
Jill Jaeger (JJ)

13:55–14:30 What have we learned and where are we going?
Bas van Ruijven (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)

14:30–15:30 Panel and discussion: Feasibility considerations of greenhouse gas mitigation
Moderator: Valentina Bosetti (Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change)
Tareq Emtairah (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)
Aleh Cherp (Central European University)
Tom van Ierland (European Commission)
Aliki van Heek (International Atomic Energy Agency)
Irene Monasterolo (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

15:30–16:00 Coffee break, light refreshments

16:00–16:45 Presentations: National-level aspects of feasibility and sustainability
Moderator: Heleen van Soest (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency)
Amit Garg (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad)
Jae Edmonds (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Roberto Schaeffer (Energy Planning Program, COPPE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)

16:45–17:45 Panel and discussion: National-level policies and stocktake
Moderator: Elmar Kriegler (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)
Fu Sha (Energy Foundation China)
Prodipto Ghosh (The Energy and Resources Institute)
John Weyant (Stanford University)
Zoi Vrontisi (E3 Modeling)

17:45–18:00 Concluding remarks 
Keywan Riahi (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)

18:00–19:30 Reception with light appetizers

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