Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change: Achieving 2°C – COP 21 side-event

Weds 9 December 2015 | 09:15 -10:45 | COP21 OECD Pavilion

Join our team of experts to hear their analysis of the INDCs’ contribution to avoiding the impacts of climate change this century, and how feasible it will be to limit warming to 2ºC.

Presentation of new analysis: AVOIDing dangerous climate change

Members of the AVOID 2 team will discuss why the 2⁰C objective remains as important and relevant as ever if we’re to avoid dangerous climate change, demonstrate why a global transition to low-carbon energy system needs to outpace the fastest historical transitions, and explain what a delay in achieving global mitigation could mean in terms of the increased pace, costs, and ultimately risks of meeting the 2⁰C goal. They will also present our latest analysis of the significant adverse risks posed to people, the economy and the environment of a high-emissions pathway, and what impacts can be avoided by lowering carbon emissions.

Panel discussion: Where next: post-2030 action

In the second half of our event, the distinguished panel will explore the major drivers and barriers to keeping us on the 2⁰C pathway after 2030. We will discuss the technology drivers, financing options and the policy frameworks that could support the necessary change.

  • Keynote and panel: Jim Skea, Chair in Sustainable Energy at Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
  • Chair: Simon Buckle, Head of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water Division at OECD
  • Josué Tanaka, Managing Director, Operational Strategy & Planning at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Rachel Warren, Reader in integrated assessment of climate change at the Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia
  • Ajay Gambhir, Senior Climate Change Mitigation Policy Research Fellow at Grantham Institute, Imperial College London
  • Refreshments provided.

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