Climate change two years on from COP21: where we are now and where we should go from here?

Elsevier, September 2017

The agreement at 2015’s COP21 in Paris felt like a truly symbolic moment in the fight against climate change. A global transition towards a carbon-free future had been rubber stamped by all of the key movers and shakers around the globe, with China and the United States on the same page.

Fast forward two years and the general sense of where we are, is less certain. While there is still a lot to be positive about – renewable energy continues to scale in many markets – we also see a vastly different landscape, with an ever-evolving set of geo-political challenges.

With these uncertainties as a backdrop to climate change in 2017, Elsevier has brought together leading experts to examine where we are now and where we should go from here, directly supporting SDG 13. Alice Larkin from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change.

Topics include:

  • Whether we are on track with the COP targets and challenges that need to be overcome to meet minimal global temperature rise ambitions;
  • How to facilitate a transition to low-emission technology in developed countries and power-hungry developing nations;
  • How to mitigate against the dangers / damage posed by climate change;
  • What levers (such as energy efficiency, clean technology, renewables etc.) do we have at our disposal and what role can science & technology play?

The 3 eminent speakers include:

Alice Larkin, Professor in Climate Science & Energy Policy
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Roland Roesch, Senior Programme Officer
RE Markets and Technology, IRENA

Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Read speaker biographies.