Mittagsseminar Energie/Klima

Webinar "Taking stock of the COP26"

29 novembre | 14h00

In November 2021 the UN’s climate change conference (COP26) is taking place and is expected to see the main emitters increasing their ambitions on mitigation, adaptation and finance.

With the dramatic warnings of the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC’s Working Group I and extreme weather events sweeping the world, the COP26 should be a tipping point in how governments align their COVID-19 recovery packages with their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the 2015 Paris Agreement and define ambitious targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Recent climate conferences have highlighted both similarities and deep fault lines between the main stakeholders.

High-income countries have significantly contributed to the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution but their emissions tend to decline. In the meantime, low income countries that are catching-up in terms of GDP currently see their emissions growing year after year. In such a context finding an ambitious compromise between nations having different legacies and different levels of development proves to be difficult.

While discussing the outcome of COP 26, the webinar aims at exchanging views on positions adopted by some parties during the event as well as on the  factors that inhibit more ambitious decarbonation policies.



Gilles Lepesant
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14 : 00 – 14 : 15   Welcome and Introduction
Gilles Lepesant & Ulrike Zeigermann, Centre Marc Bloch Berlin

14 : 15 – 14 : 30   COP26, a first assessment
Lola Vallejo, Climate Programme Director, IDDRI

14 : 30 – 14 : 45   The European Union perspective
Elina Bardram, Head of unit, DG CLIMA, European Commission

14 : 45 – 15 : 00   Q&A session

15 : 00– 15 : 15   The Chinese perspective
Michal Meidan, Director, Gas Research Programme & Director, China Energy Programme

15 : 15 – 15 :30   The Indian perspective
Navroz Dubash, Centre for policy research, New Delhi

15 : 15 – 15 : 30   Q&A session

15 : 45 – 16 : 00   The Russian perspective
Marianna Poberezhskaya, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Political Studies, Nottingham Trent University

16 : 00 – 16 : 15   The US perspective
Aseem Prakash, Professor and Founding Director, Center for Environmental Politics, University of Washington

16 :  15 – 16 : 30   Q&A session and conclusions