Low climate IMpact scenarios and the Implications of required Tight emission control Strategies (LIMITS)

Project status: 
Ongoing

Implementing an effective response to climate change is a tremendous challenge, especially when dealing with stringent objectives such as those compatible with the 2°C target. Such a transformation would require a fundamental restructuring of the way energy and land are managed, which would not be costless and would require unparalleled policy commitment and coordination. Putting a climate strategy into action will require the involvement of all the major economies, which account for most of the emissions and host the largest mitigation capacity. Research can highlight a series of critical questions which are especially relevant for climate policy making and which will be the cornerstone of the LIMITS project:

  • What is the economic, technical and political feasibility of attaining stringent climate policies?
  • How can we jump start investments and innovation into clean energy technologies?
  • What is the role of policies in promoting mitigation and adaptation, recognizing the diversity of regional and national interests?
  • What is the role of technologies and their advancements to meet the change in energy infrastructure?

By using state-of-the-art methodological instruments to assess climate policies, LIMITS aims at carrying out a rigorous assessment of what a stringent climate policy entails, and what is needed to overcome major impediments.

The role of the Central European University in the project is the assessment of co-benefits of climate change mitigation policies for energy security within WP4. This comprises the development of a set of indicators for the main dimensions of energy security: structural (associated with resources and infrastructure capacity), sovereignty (import dependency and related factors) and resilience (diversity and robustness of energy systems). The indicators will be validated by surveying political discourses on energy security in major economies to account for the fact that understandings of energy security may differ between different countries.

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Academic Area(s): 
climate change mitigation
Energy security policy
Principal Researcher: 
Aleh Cherp
Administrative Information
Funding body: 
FP7-Cooperation-ENV [ENV.2011.1.1.6-2 Mitigation policies and measures in the world's major economies compatible with the objective of limiting global surface temperature increase below 2ºC]
Duration: 
Dec, 2013 - Sep, 2014
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