On January 23-24, 2017, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) launched the COP21-RIPPLES project (‘Results and Implications for Pathways and Policies for Low Emissions European Societies’) funded by EU Horizon 2020.

This project gathers 18 research partners to assess the context created by COP21 for EU climate policy. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, combining analysis of the evolution of the international climate regime as well as of NDCs and their socio-economic implications, the project has four main objectives:

  • Assess the adequacy of theNDCs submitted at COP21 in light of the global temperature target of limiting warming to 2°C/1.5°C;
  • Assess the implications ofNDCs and deeper mitigation pathways on other European socio-economic objectives;
  • Assess the adequacy of the outcomes of COP21, and the implications and opportunities emerging from ongoingUNFCCC negotiations;
  • Produce policy recommendations for EU climate policy and climate diplomacy.

Among the project’s partners, seven DDPP country teams (France, Germany, Italy, UK as well as Brazil, China and South Africa) will notably bring their country-driven vision of the low-emission transformation as developed under the DDPP. They will provide inputs to the definition of coherent macroeconomic and transition storylines as well as to the study of cross-cutting topics like innovation and technology deployment, trade and competitiveness, investment, financial flows and economic growth (“green growth”), global energy markets and energy security.