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ONLINE: What happened at COP 26 and why it matters – Isthmus

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Press release: In early November, world leaders and diplomats gathered in Glasgow for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to update their plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. COP26 is widely seen as a crucial opportunity to achieve pivotal and transformational change in global climate policy. Countries are urged to set bold targets to phase out carbon-emitting energy sources, end deforestation, invest in resilient infrastructure and provide finance to support sustainable development. What happened at COP26, what will follow and what does it mean for you?

At November 23, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria and Energy analysis and policy program (EAP) at University of Wisconsin-Madison will host a webinar to discuss the results of COP26 and the implications for climate action around the world.

Attendees to this IIASA / UW-Madison Energy and Climate webinar include:

  • Dr Joeri Rogelj, Principal Investigator, Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group – Energy, Climate and Environment Program, IIASA and COP26 participant. Over the past decade, Dr Rogelj has contributed to important scientific assessments of climate change informing international climate policy. He is the long-time lead author of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) annual emissions gap reports. He contributed to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was lead coordinating author on mitigation pathways for the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 ° C of Warming climate and lead author of the sixth assessment of the IPCC. . He continues to follow the negotiations under the UNFCCC and in 2019 was the youngest member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Climate Science.
  • Dr. Shonali Pachauri, Research Group Leader, Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group, Energy, Climate and Environment Program, IIASA and COP26 participant. Dr Pachauri’s research focuses on the role of technological, institutional and social innovations for inclusive human development, especially for people without access to basic infrastructure and services. She coordinates and directs research on the analysis of heterogeneities in access and use of energy and infrastructure in the developing world, policy pathways to achieve universal access to modern energy services and technologies and to assess the broader impacts of this for sustainable development. She has published extensively on these topics, both in the form of peer-reviewed scientific papers and policy reports.
  • Prof. Greg Nemet, Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison. that of Professor Nemet research analyzes the process of technological change in the field of energy and its interactions with public policies. These projects fall into two areas: (1) empirical analysis identifying influences on past technological changes and (2) modeling the effects of policy instruments on future technological outcomes. The first includes public policy evaluation, research and development, learning by doing, and knowledge spillovers. a Example the second is work that sheds light on the split between research and development and demand-side policy instruments to tackle climate change. He chaired the EAP program from 2013 to 2018 and is currently the lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 6th evaluation report.

About the host organizations:

  • The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an independent international research institute with national member organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Over its fifty years of research programs and initiatives, the institute has conducted policy-oriented research on problems too large or complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. This includes pressing concerns that affect the future of all humanity, such as climate change, energy security, aging populations and sustainable development. IIASA’s research results and the expertise of its researchers are made available to policymakers in countries around the world to help them produce effective, science-based policies that will enable them to address these challenges.
  • Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) is a graduate certificate program and minor doctorate, open to students of almost any program at UW-Madison, that trains the next generation of energy leaders with an interdisciplinary approach to energy systems and the policies that shape them . EAP’s broad interdisciplinary program equips students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in industry, government, consulting, non-profit organizations, and other roles in the energy field. . It takes into account the scientific, technical, economic, political and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision making. The EAP community of students, faculty, alumni and friends are working together to advance the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future.

The two host organizations have formed a new collaborative program this year, The IIASA / UW-Madison partnership. The program establishes a long-term relationship between these two leading research institutions in the fields of energy, climate and environment, with the aim of improving education, research and the role of science in diplomacy and international understanding.