SHAPE – Sustainable development pathways achieving human well-being while safeguarding the Climate and Planet Earth
- Time horizon:2019 - 2022
- Institution(s):Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) (Coordinator), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Universiteit Utrecht (UU), German Development Institute – Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
The SHAPE project (Sustainable development pathways achieving Human well-being while safeguarding the climate And Planet Earth) investigates interactions between options to mitigate climate change and the broader agenda of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The project models and analyses Sustainable Development Pathways that simultaneously achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030, maintain sustainable development thereafter, and meet the climate targets set out in the Paris agreement.
SHAPE analyses the interdependencies of the SDGs and climate mitigation, land and water, consumption and production, and questions of economic development and inequalities. Based on this, it will be possible to identify possible system transformations that overcome trade-offs and enhance synergies, and thus help to achieve a broad range of sustainable development objectives simultaneously. Moreover effective means of governance facilitating the deep transformations required to climate action and other SDGs on both the regional and global level will be identified.
The development of the Sustainable Development Pathways is carried out in a co-designing process with a stakeholder panel that includes representatives from climate policy and the 2030 Agenda, civil society organizations, business, and experts from specific sectors/disciplines related to climate change mitigation and sustainability.
SHAPE will bring important progress beyond the state of the art by bridging model-based system analysis, industrial ecology modelling, social sciences, and participatory dialogue methods. Internationally recognized integrated assessment models describing the energy-economy-landuse-climate systems will be augmented with new and improved representations of important sustainability dimensions.