Accelerating Cuts in Greenhouse Gases (RESPONSES)

RESPONSES developed strategies to enable European Union countries to accelerate cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and better adapt to environmental, social, and economic disruptions caused by climate change.

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The RESPONSES project aimed to identify a variety of strategies to minimize the threats from climate  change. The research was conducted by a consortium of seven European research institutes and two contributing institutes from China and India.

IIASA Research

Researchers from IIASA’s Risk, Policy and Vulnerability program led the project’s water and agricultural investigations by conducting a case study in Poland’s Upper Warta river basin.

The challenge of the river basin, an area facing increasing risks from climate-related floods and droughts, was to develop policies to lessen those risks while ensuring integration of the sometimes contradictory concerns of other sectors, for example, environmental protection versus economic development.

The Upper Warta study included a baseline assessment of current European, Polish, and local policies, a vulnerability analysis texamining the effects on water and agriculture of policies to curb carbon emissions, and an appraisal of options for future policies.

IIASA researchers also conducted a case study on the synergies and conflicts between European renewable energy plans and the funding for renewable energy development as part of the European Union Solidarity Fund.

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