Low-Emitions Solutions Conference: Phoebe Koundouri #COP25

The Systems Transformation for a 1.5 Degree World event is a special edition of the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference taking place alongside COP25 in partnership with WBCSD, ICLEI, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Date: Monday, 9 December (full day) and Tuesday, 10 December (half day), 2019

With a dialogue between business, government and academia, LESC aims to help UNFCCC negotiators understand how to ramp up ambition on their NDCs and the technologies available to them to populate their Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDs).

This year’s event at COP25 will build off the learning from the SDSN’s Roadmap to 2050 A Manual for National to Decarbonize by Mid-Century report done in partnership with Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM). The report was written in consultation with more than 60 engineers to catalog the technologies currently available to decarbonize our power, transport, industrial and buildings sectors, and to highlight the sector coupling opportunities available with a systems approach.

By showcasing successful case studies with collaborative storytelling, LESC provides an area alongside COP for collaborative brainstorming, problem solving, and knowledge sharing.

The 2019 LESC will bring together leaders and scientists from businesses, governments, and academia from around the world. The agenda will be built around Low-Emission technologies within the following clusters:

  • Low Carbon power Generation and Distribution
  • Zero-Carbon Cities
  • Harder to abate industrial processes (steel, cement and petrochemicals etc.)
  • Transport and Shipping: Land, Air, Water
  • Systems Approach and Sector Coupling
  • Defining Metrics: Ensuring Impact for Sustainable Development
09 December
Transport and Shipping: Land, Air, Water

This session will focus on the harder to abate transport modes, such as heavy road transport, shipping and aviation. Speakers will agree on the importance of mobility levers (demand reduction, operational efficiency) and outline how these solutions could be integrated in decarbonization pathways for these various transport modes; suggest how decarbonization pathways can consider a portfolio of solutions per transport mode and acknowledge that solutions will vary by region; and highlight cross-cutting technologies and infrastructure which should be priority areas of focus for governments.

Moderator(s):Renato Mazzoncini, Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanics, Politecnico di Milano

Speaker(s):Anirban Ghosh, CSO, Mahindra
José Manuel Vassallo, Professor, Civil Engineering School and Transport Research Centre
Teresa Parejo, Sustainability Director, IBERIA
Phoebe Koundouri, Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business; President Elect European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Johannah Christensen, Managing Director and Head of Projects & Programmes, Global Maritime Forum

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