By Jacob Schewe (PIK, Germany).

CRESCENDO delivered some key findings on climate change impacts to an international audience at the COP24 climate change conference in Katowice, Poland. The side event entitled “Increasing ambition in the low-carbon transition: challenges and implications of the 1.5 and 2 degree targets”, organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), took place in the EU pavillion on December 6th, and included presentations of five different H2020- and LIFE-funded projects working on climate change mitigation from different angles will provide answers to following key questions on how to reach the Paris Agreement goals:

  • “What impacts will arise from a global warming of 1.5C and 2C and which impacts will be avoided if warming is kept below 1.5C?” (CRESCENDO project).
  • “NDC Review: What it really takes to Increase pre-2030 Ambition from Global, EU and National Level Perspectives?” (COP21RIPPLES project).
  • “Investigating Innovation Dynamics in low-emission transition pathways: what are the implications across different sectors and applications? (TRANSRISK project).
  • “Raising awareness about climate policy: what are the opportunities for decarbonising Poland? “ (WZROST project).
  • “Supporting public authorities in reaching their climate and energy targets: what are the main challenges in implementing sustainable energy plans at regional and local level? “ (PUBLENEF project).

The side-event featured 5 thematic presentations followed by a panel discussion.

CRESCENDO made the start with a presentation by team member Jacob Schewe of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) [www.pik-potsdam.de], who highlighted some of the main impacts arising at 1.5 and 2°C of global warming, as well as impacts at higher warming levels that would likely be avoided by stringent greenhouse gas mitigation. The presentation included brand-new results from an ongoing study based on CRESCENDO and the ISIMIP project [www.isimip.org].