At the the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), world leaders reached a new global agreement on climate action following two weeks of negotiations. Additionally, several countries, private funders, and NGOs made new pledges to address climate issues such as methane, deforestation, biodiversity, and clean energy financing.
On November 23, 2021, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria and the Energy Analysis and Policy program (EAP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted a webinar to discuss the outcomes of COP26 and implications for climate action around the world.
View the webinar here:
Participants on this IIASA/UW-Madison Energy & Climate Webinar include:
- Dr. Joeri Rogelj, Senior Research Scholar, Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group – Energy, Climate, and Environment Program, IIASA and COP26 participant.
Over the past decade, Dr. Rogelj has contributed to major scientific climate change assessments informing international climate policy. He is a long-serving lead author on the annual Emissions Gap Reports by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He contributed to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), served as a Coordinating Lead Author on mitigation pathways for the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C of Global Warming, and as a Lead Author for the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment. He continues to follow the negotiations under the UNFCCC and was in 2019 the youngest member serving on the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Science Advisory Group.
- Dr. Shonali Pachauri, Research Group Leader, Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group, Energy, Climate, and Environment Program, IIASA and COP26 participant.
Dr. Pachauri’s research focuses on the role of technological, institutional, and social innovations for inclusive human development, particularly for those people without access to basic infrastructures and services. She coordinates and leads research on analyzing heterogeneities in energy and infrastructural access and use in the developing world, policy pathways for achieving universal access to modern energy services and technologies and assessing the wider impacts of this for sustainable development. She has published extensively on these topics, both in the form of scientific peer-reviewed articles and policy reports.
- Prof. Greg Nemet, Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Professor Nemet’s research analyzes the process of technological change in energy and its interactions with public policy. These projects fall in two areas: (1) empirical analysis identifying the influences on past technological change and (2) modeling of the effects of policy instruments on future technological outcomes. The first includes assessment of public policy, research and development, learning by doing, and knowledge spillovers. An example of the second is work informing allocation between research and development and demand-side policy instruments to address climate change. He chaired the EAP program from 2013-18, and he is currently a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report.
- Nova Tebbe, MPH (’21), Master of Public Affairs candidate and EAP student, University of Wisconsin-Madison and COP26 participant.
Nova Tebbe is a graduate student in EAP and the MPA-MPH dual degree program. She works with Professor Jonathan Patz to inform climate policy in Wisconsin, the United States, and other countries and provide perspectives on the health and equity impacts of these policies. As part of this work, she and a team of undergraduate students have been researching and writing country-specific policy briefs connected to countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in advance of COP26.
About the hosting organizations:
- Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) is a graduate certificate and doctoral minor program, open to students in almost any program at UW-Madison, that educates the next generation of energy leaders with an interdisciplinary approach to energy systems and the policies that shape them. EAP’s broad interdisciplinary curriculum gives students the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in industry, government, consulting, non-profits, and other roles in the energy field. It considers scientific, technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making. The EAP community of students, faculty, alumni, and friends work together to advance the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future.
The two hosting organizations formed this year a new collaborative program, The IIASA/UW-Madison Partnership. The program establishes a long-term relationship between these two premier research institutions in the areas of energy, climate, and environment, with the goal to enhance education, research, and the role of science in diplomacy and international understanding.