COMMIT – Climate policy assessment and Mitigation Modeling to Integrate national and global Transition pathways
- Time horizon:2017 - 2020
- Institution(s):PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Coordinator), Coppe – The Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering, E3 Modelling, The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), Energy Research Institute (ERI), TERI - The Energy and Resources Institute, IPB University, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Institute for Global Environment Strategies, University of Seoul, Higher School of Economics University, Pacific Northwest National Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment, Imperial College London (IMPERIAL).
The global stocktaking process of the Paris Agreement requires sufficient analytical capacity to ensure fair evaluation of country policies, and requires a good understanding of different outcomes and assumptions between the analytical teams that provide input into the negotiations. The COMMIT research project aims to contribute the analytical capacity to this process. Its contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue in 2018, preceding the official global stocktake starting in 2023, is to jointly develop insights by discussing analyses of national and global low-carbon pathways among project partners and with policymakers.
The main project objectives are:
- Improved modelling of national low-carbon emission pathways: improving the quality of modelling tools developed by nationally-focused teams in both emerging and industrialized countries, in order to enhance their collective ability to provide input into international climate negotiations regarding the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and/or directly support the development of countries’ mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies. For this, active exchange of knowledge between modelling teams (global <=> national; and national <=> national) will be a central component of the project, particularly for emerging and developing country partners.
- Improved analysis of country contributions to the global ambition of the Paris Agreement: improving in general the knowledge of how action in economies representing a large share of global emissions, such as those included in the G20, relates to ambitious global targets set by the Paris Agreement. For this, we will look into the potential for, and progress in, global climate change mitigation and low greenhouse emission development pathways, with global models incorporating insights from the national modelling teams.