Climate Strategies co-hosted various side events at COP21 in Paris this November/December 2015. The list below shows the events and photos.

We also had an exhibit (booth 28A, Hall 4) for the entire two weeks, presenting our new projects, publications and events.



CS Side events

Monday, November 30th 2015:  Consumption based Accounting and Policies: towards designing a roadmap post-Paris 2015
Time: 12.30-14.00
Room: Luxemburg EU Pavilion


This side-event  explored the complementary role of consumption-based accounting in the context of international climate negotiations and discuss potential policy instruments to address consumption –related emissions. The team was joined by external speakers from OECD, The Climate Group and Yale School of Forestry (agenda in the download box)

Presentations can be found here

Tuesday, December  1st 2015: Harmonising Intended Nationally Determined Contributions with National Development Planning’
Time: 12.15-13.00
Room Luxemburg EU pavilion


While the Paris negotiations will decide the future framework for these INDCs, this event wants to look at means of supporting implementation of national contributions that already exist and could be strengthened. Specifically, the discussion focused on technology needs assessments (TNAs) and current climate finance flows. The discussion was organised within the work done by the EU funded research project POLIMP, which aims to make information on climate policy choices and their implications at EU and UN level accessible to decision makers. The side event included presentations by Barbara Buchner from CPI, the European Commission and UNFCCC (agenda in the download box).

Presentations can be found here

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015: Climate clubs as implementation tool of the Paris agreement
Time: 11.30-13.00
Room: Observer Room 4 (Main UNFCCC site)


This event was organised by Climate Strategies, The Stanley Foundation, UCL and NTNU. The event discussed why climate clubs are important in the UNFCCC context, if the elements of club approach can reinforce the global carbon market and if cap-and-trade revenues effectively finance technology deployment. We also explored how these might affect BASIC and AOSIS countries, how this approach is linked to the groundswell of climate actions, and presented how modelling could be an effective tool to identify ‘possible clubs’. our external speakers included  Glen Murray, Ontario Minister for Environment and Climate Change and representatives from AOSIS and BASIC countries (agenda in the download box)

Saturday, December 5th, 2015: China low carbon policy options
Time: 18.30-20.00
Room: Luxemburg (EU Pavilion)


The event presented an overview of China’s mitigation policy and China ETS Pilot schemes. We  also launched the Special Supplement of the Climate Policy journal featuring the latest research on China’s low carbon policy.

Liu Qiang

Can Wang

Michael Grubb

Duan Maosheng

Other events organised or featuring CS members


Side event: Accountability after Paris.
Who will hold states to account for living up to the climate change commitments they make in Paris and how? This seminar will explore the challenges and opportunities of the different ways to do this. Researchers, civil society and government experts will make presentations and engage in discussions with the audience on this key aspect the effectiveness of the Paris Agreement.
Date: 9 December
Time: 14.00-15.30
Organizers: Wageningen University Public Administration and Policy Group with Climate Strategies, One World Trust and International Environment Forum.
Place: Netherlands Climate Pavilion (Blue zone).


Moderator: Robert Whitfield, chair One World Trust (UK)
14.00-14.05 Introduction to the topic, program and speakers: Robert Whitfield, OWT.
14.05-14.20 Four pathways for accountability – challenges and opportunities. Dr. Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, assistant professor Public Administration and Policy at Wageningen University.
14.20-14.30 The role of civil society in accountability after Paris. Mr. Sébastien Duyck, University of Lapland. Visiting Fellow, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre
14.30-14.40 Personal and professional accountability: an ethical challenge. Dr. Arthur L Dahl, President of the International Environment Forum.
14.40-14.50. Commentaries from government experts: Gilberto Arias, Advisor to the delegation of Marshall Islands and former principal negotiator for Panama.
14.50-15.10 Plenary discussion. Questions from the audience and an open discussion on the challenges and opportunities to strengthen accountability in relation to the Paris Agreement.
15.10-15.30. Roundtable discussions. Panellists each join one of the round tables and continue discussion with the audience.

Side event: Investment in low-carbon technologies and materials RD&D.
Monday 30 November 2015
Time: 14.30 – 16.00 CET
Location: EU Pavilion, participation requires UN accreditation
Partners: European Investment Bank, Institute for Climate Economics, France; Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Matthew Arndt, European Investment Bank
Ian Cochran, I4CE, France
Heleen de Coninck, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Ambuj D. Sagar, Professor of Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Chair: Jon Price, Director of Energy 2050, University of Sheffield, UK

Low-carbon technology and materials in the EU and Golf countries
Date: 4 December 2015
Time: 9.30 – 11.00 CET
Location: Salle 9, Climate Generations Area (CAG) Pavilion – outside COP negotiations, participation does not require UN accreditation
Partners: European Investment Bank, Institute for Climate Economics, France; Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Matthew Arndt, European Investment Bank
Andrew Bell, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Sheffield, UK
Heleen de Coninck, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Ambuj D. Sagar, Professor of Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Susanne Dröge, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin
Chair: Jon Price, Director of Energy 2050, University of Sheffield, UK


Contributions by Heleen de Coninck

Monday, November 30, 14:30 – 16:00h
Organiser: Centre for Low-Carbon Futures
Location: EU Pavilion
Topic: Research and innovation in climate technology

Tuesday, December 1, 15:00 – 16:30h
Organiser: Sussex Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex), ECN, Radboud University
Location: Room 6
Topic: Mitigation contributions from developing countries: innovation, technology and scenario analysis

Wednesday, December 2, morning
Organiser: OECD Science, Technology & Innovation Unit
Location: OECD workspace
Topic: Climate policy, industrial structure and GHG emissions: An application of multi-regional IO analysis

Friday, December 4, 9:30 – 11:00h
Organiser: Centre for Low-Carbon Futures
Location: Room 9
Topic: Research and innovation in climate technology

Friday, December 4, 14-17h
Organiser: FERDI, Columbia University, FEEM
Location: tbd
Topic: Presentation freely available e-book on issues around COP21

Friday, December 4, 18:15– 19:45h
Organiser: Finnish Environment Institute and VATT Institute for Economic Research
Location: Nordic Pavilion
Topic: Enhancing climate mitigation ambition via technology cooperation

Wednesday, December 9, 14:30 – 16:00h
Organiser: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
Location: EU Pavilion
Topic: Technology in the Paris agreement and beyond

Wednesday, December 9 OR Thursday, December 10
Organiser: Bellona
Location: Bellona room
Topic: Bio-CCS Part 1: Why the IPCC says we need it OR Bio-CCS Part 2: The lowest-hanging fruit to carbon negative?

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Washington University (WU) is hosting a booth the first week of COP21 highlighting Young RINGO work and they need your help! We know that the Young RINGOS attend the COPs in many capacities: some are conducting research; some are supporting country delegations or NGOs; some are serving as ambassadors to their home schools and communities; some are doing other cool things! If your delegation would like to participate in our booth – please let WU know on:

Participation could be as simple as letting your students know about it, to having a block on the wall of our booth, to having a QR code to link to your research, to participating in some of the social events. See below for how they see the booth working. Just send WU an email and they will go from there.

The RINGOs Constituency, in conjunction with the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) of The Fletcher School, Tufts University, has secured a presentation slot at the alternative venue Climate Generations in Paris that will run during COP21. The title of our session is “Bridging the research gap: a discussion of new directions and research needs for climate policy.”

This side event will bring together researchers and policy makers to discuss new research, data gaps and implications for climate policy and the post-2015 development agenda, with a particular interest in assessing research needs in developing countries. This is scheduled for 02 December 2015 from 17:45 to 19:15.

We are looking for 5-7 RINGO members to participate in our session who would give a 5 minute “mini-TED talk” on their research. The talk could focus on interesting new research underway or areas where new research is needed. Additionally, it should be geared toward a general audience who may not know much about climate change. We encourage submission from young researchers, including Ph.D.students. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a proposal consisting of a short abstract (150-200 words), along with your name, title, affiliation and contact information by November 2nd to Diane Husic at