Linking Climate and Development Policies - Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing (CD-LINKS)

The CD-LINKS project brings together a consortium of seventeen leading international research organizations from around the globe to explore national and global transformation strategies for climate change and their linkages to a range of sustainable development objectives.

CD-LINKS has four overarching goals: (i) to gain an improved understanding of the linkages between climate change policies (mitigation/adaptation) and multiple sustainable development objectives, (ii) to broaden the evidence base in the area of policy effectiveness by exploring past and current policy experiences, (iii) to develop the next generation of globally consistent, national low-carbon development pathways, and (iv) to establish a research network and capacity building platform in order to leverage knowledge-exchange among institutions from Europe and other key players within the G20.

AIR contributes to CL-LINKS with an assessment of the health benefits of different energy and agricultural development paths.


  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
  • Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)
  • Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (PBL)
  • Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)
  • Wageningen University (WU)
  • University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
  • Energy Planning Program, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (COPPE)
  • National Development and Reform Commission Energy Research Institute (NDRC-ERI)
  • Tsinghua University (TU)
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
  • The Energy Resources Institute (TERI)
  • National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE)
  • National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
  • Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 642147 (CD-LINKS).

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Peter Rafaj

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