The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) held its third in person meetings in Paris from January 6 to 10. Over 120 participants coming from the academia, policy research institutes and think tanks, the private sector and business organizations, governments and international organizations, attended the meetings. Participants included, among others, Jeffrey Sachs, Laurence Tubiana, Fatih Birol (Chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA)), Jean François Gagné (Head of Energy Technology Policy division of the IEA), and Philippe Joubert (Senior Advisor to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD)).
The technology roundtables, organized in association with the WBCSD and its members, and with inputs from a wide range of experts from the ETP team of the IEA, gathered the world leading experts of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), nuclear power, solar energy, wind energy, transportation and energy storage. They discussed: the opportunity to launch new sectoral initiatives, bridging the gap between international technology roadmaps and their current investment and deployment trends; and the assumptions on potential, costs, learning curves, and impacts to be used in the new national deep decarbonization pathways developed in the context of the DDPP.
The modeling workshop, organized in partnership with the World Energy Outlook (WEO) team of the IEA, gathered modelers, energy technology and policy experts from 11 of the 13 countries or regions covered by the DDPP (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States). Participants discussed: how to define national deep decarbonization pathways consistent with the 2°C target; and how to build such scenarios with a sufficient level of sectoral disaggregation, technological details, and policy relevance, to make them a solid basis for more ambitious efforts on climate change, both domestically and globally.
The results of the DDPP will feed into a report to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, published in July 2014, in preparation for the September 23 World Leaders Climate Summit; and into another report to the French Presidency of the COP21 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to support a positive outcome of the international climate negotiations by December 2015.