Is a Breakthrough on Climate Change Governance on the Horizon? Sharing experiences from the IPCC assessment process.


The recently released IPCC report highlighted again the urgency of addressing climate change and the international community has pledged to devise the next international agreement on climate change by 2015. The EU has forged ahead with Scandinavian countries in particular advancing a variety of policies to respond to climate change. Regions, municipalities, and private actors across the world are also contributing to climate governance. Have we reached a tipping point where a breakthrough on climate change governance is near? Maria Figueroa’s presentation will take issue in the scope and unprecedented insight recently unveiled through the results of IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. Will the combined efforts of existing governance inroads of urban, regional and networked climate governance and the more scientific foundation laid out by IPCC make available pathways for climate action that lead to a more effective global response to climate change?

About the speaker
Maria Figueroa studies urban sustainability and democratic pathways toward low carbon transitions. Her research area includes comparative analysis of trends, policies and rationales for governments and citizen engagement in energy and social innovation, particularly in the transport sector. Maria is one of the Lead Authors in the Working Group III, IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on Mitigation Options. She was a Coordinating Lead Author in the Global Energy Assessment (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and the co-author of A New Sustainability Agenda (Ashgate, 2010). She has been Assistant Professor in Urban Sustainability Pathways at the Danish Technical University and is currently associated with the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School.

Venue: conference room

Date: 16 October 2014

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CET