White Rose Brussels CRESCENDO Climate Change Event a Success

White Rose Brussels CRESCENDO Climate Change Event a Success

Our showpiece event hosted in the European Parliament on 28 February 2017 by Seb Dance MEP brought together a number of climate academics, MEPs, Commission Officials and various stakeholders in an influential policy briefing. The event titled ‘Realising the 2015 Paris Agreement – Pathways to and benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5oC’ set out how the CRESCENDO project can support environmental policy making and the need for urgent action on climate change.

CRESCENDO is a five-year Horizon 2020 project led by the University of Leeds that started in 2015 and has already began to publish papers about Earth Systems Modelling, with many more expected in 2017. The project has the aim of improving the reliability of climate modelling when analysing the projected effects of CO2 emissions. The project brings together different Earth Modelling teams from seven different institutions across Europe and is led by Colin Jones from the University of Leeds.

The event in the European Parliament was chaired by Asher Minns and opened by Diogo De Gusmao-Sorensen from the European Commission who talked about how important climate research was to the European Union and its influence on the decision-making process. Chris Jones went on to explain how the CRESCENDO project looks to increase the reliability of modelling and projections when examining how many years we have left of the carbon ‘budget’ to keep global temperatures below 1.5oC. The project is designed to increase the reliability of climate modelling and give policy makers more accurate technical data to allow them to make improved decisions about environmental policies.

Detlef Van Vuuren from PBL Netherlands gave a technical analysis of the pathways and policy choices that would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5oC warmer than pre-industrial levels. Detlef mentioned that although this is an ambitious target, it is one that is achievable using current technologies that are available and if progressive environmental policies were implemented. Sonia Seneviratne went on to explain the environmental benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5oC, see the report for full details of this. We also had the pleasure of listening to Wilfran Moufouma-Okia, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group One, who told us about the upcoming IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warning of 1.5°C, and to which the CRESCENDO scientists will be contributing to.

The policy briefing was closed by an inspiring speech by Seb Dance MEP who said we need to, and can do more to tackle climate change. Seb Dance is a London MEP in the European Parliament and is also a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Read the full report here

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