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Side event : Industrial contributions to long-term decarbonation strategies

December 11th, from 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm, room 1

Under the patronage of Ségolène ROYAL, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

This side event is proposed by ParisTech, registered as a RINGO (non-governmental research institution observer at the United Nations) within the framework of the United Nations Climate Change Conference through its Chair in Prospective Modelling for Sustainable Development. This side event aims to highlight and analyze the challenges and complexity of planning low-carbon electricity systems. To fuel the discussion, the scenarios of the Chair on Prospective Modelling will be presented, based on long-term bottom-up modelling derived from the TIMES family of models: they consider the consequences of low-carbon policies on the future electricity system and will be discussed by the panel of experts. It will focus on the technically plausible and sustainable options that would guarantee an intelligent deployment of these systems while respecting the climate constraint; in particular, some options proposed by the industrial world will be analysed and which concern :

  • the deployment of smart power grids ;
  • energy-efficient solutions;
  • conditions for the integration of renewable resources.

Round table moderated by Hervé GARDETTE from FRANCE CULTURE :

  • Bernard SALHA, Director of Research and Development, EDF Group
  • Pierre ASTRUC, General Secretary, GRTgaz
  • Luc REMONT, President, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC France
  • Philippe MONLOUBOU, Chairman of the Management Board, ERDF
  • Romain SOUBEYRAN, Director, MINES ParisTech / Nadia MAÏZI, Director of the Centre for Applied Mathematics of MINES ParisTech

This side event, whose ambition is to provide a high quality forum for exchanges in order to consider the plausibility of future energy systems and the stakes of their deployment, will be an opportunity to demonstrate the contribution and interest of prospective modeling, to establish a dialogue between decision-makers, experts and scientists. Beyond that, this side event will contribute to the reflection on the orientation of public and private strategies, in a process of accompaniment of the climate negotiations.

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Side event: From INDCs to 2 Degrees, Bridging the Gaps in Mitigation & Implementation

December 3rd from 4.30pm to 6pm – European Pavilion
Moderator: Laura Cozzi (IEA)
Part I (16.30 – 17.20)

Bridging the INDCs and 2 degrees. A panel of leading scientists will present & discuss their work on how below 2°C pathways can be reached, including the progress made and remaining challenges implied by INDCs.


  • Alban Kitous (JRC – EU) – INDCs & 2°C pathways
  • Elmar Kriegler (PIK – DE) – Global Transformations needed for 2°C (MILES project & other results)
  • Priyadarshi R. SHUKLA (IIMA – IN) – INDCs and sustainable development interactions

Q&A to panel of researchers with the three speakers, also featuring LULUCF experts Nicklas Forsell (IIASA) & Giacomo Grassi (JRC)

Part II (17.20 – 18.00): INDC implementation and measurement


  • Christina HOOD (IEA) – How does information in INDCs compare with transparency & mitigation goals
  • Jean-Charles HOURCADE (CIRED – FR) & Jim SKEA (Imperial College – UK) – Mechanisms to finance INDC commitments
  • Axel MICHAELOWA (Perspectives Climate Change – CH) – NAMAs as pillars of a successful INDC

Q&A with panellists

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Side event: Positive carbon price and paradigm shift in climate negotiations at COP21 and beyond

December 5th – from 11am to 1pm- French Pavilion

International Center for Research on Environment and Development (CIRED) – Chair MPDD / Office for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE) / Center Brazil Climate (CBC) / France Strategy

This side event will bring together academic experts, international financial organizations and diplomats, in a first session, around the economic and political foundations of the paradigm shift in Cancun. It will address, in a second session, the conditions and modalities for the implementation of innovative financial mechanisms based on the avoided economic and social value of carbon needed to foster more inclusive growth in the countries of the North and South, between the Paris and the COP22 in Marrakech.

Session 1: The Low Carbon Society Research Network Statement (LCS-R Net): The Economic and Political Underpinnings of the Cancun Paradigm Shift

Chair: Shuzo NISHIOKA (IGES)

  • Jim SKEA (Imperial College)
  • Jean Charles HOURCADE (CIRED-chaire MPDD)
  • Teresa RIBERA (IDDRI)
  • Everton LUCERO (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil)

Session 2 : “Positive Carbon Prize” and climate finance: what are the issues beyond COP21?

President: Jean PISANI-FERRY or Vincent AUSSILLOUX (France Strategy)

  • Gabriel Rangel VISCONTI (BNDS)
  • Alfredo SIRKIS (CBC)
  • Seyni NAFO (Négociateur, G77 + China)
  • Arnt MATTHEW (EIB)
  • Christophe de GOUVELLO (World Bank)

Recorder : Etienne ESPAGNE (CEPII)

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