Climate Action in National and International Processes (ClimAct)

The ClimAct project is designed to build a bridge between the scientific expertise of the IASS and climate action within national and international political processes, with particular emphasis on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate negotiations and the activities of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). In this context, the primary aim of the project is to connect academic knowledge on climate science and governance to on-the-ground actions that put society on a path to reaching major international goals such as the Paris Agreement climate goal. In addition, the project will help develop a better understanding of the role of international institutions like the UNFCCC and CCAC in this process, especially in light of the synergies and conflicts between the related societal and political goals of climate change mitigation, improved air quality, and good health.

An ambitious climate goal

With the historic Paris Agreement, one key sustainability goal is in place: keeping climate warming “well below 2 °C,” and pursuing efforts to keep it below 1.5 °C. But how can global society achieve this ambitious goal? The ClimAct project intends to facilitate urgent on-the-ground climate action – most importantly, rapid, deep cuts in emissions of CO2 and non-CO2 climate forcers – via its leadership within the CCAC and engagement with the UNFCCC and related processes. The focus will be on synergies between pathways to the Paris Agreement climate goals and other important societal goals, especially air quality and health, and connecting to the broader UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Targeted policy advice in the framework of the UNFCCC and related processes

In close cooperation with other IASS researchers, the ClimAct project aims to provide targeted, relevant policy advice in areas of IASS scientific expertise, particularly climate governance, non-CO2 climate forcers, and Arctic science and governance. To this end, ClimAct researchers will participate in key international meetings and forums, including organising side events and other activities at the UNFCCC climate summits and initiatives of the CCAC, where IASS has been an active partner since 2012.