COP23 Schedule

Climate Strategies co-hosted various side events at COP23 in Bonn, in November 2017. Please find an overview of the events below.

We also had an exhibit for the entire two weeks, co-hosted with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). Here we presented updates on our projects, publications and events.

International Climate Governance and the Role of the EU in the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

Tuesday, November 7th 2017
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Location: EU Pavilion

The event presented recent work for the ongoing COP21 RIPPLES project, focused on low-carbon transition and socio-economic implications of the Paris Agreement and the role of international climate governance.

All presentations and further information can be found on the project event page.

Policy Design for a Climate-Friendly Materials Sector

Tuesday, November 7th 2017
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Location: UK Pavilion

The event presented three cases from industry experts from the steel, cement and chemical sectors, providing comments on the challenges faced for decarbonisation and innovation in these sectors. This was followed by presentations from experts on policy options that governments can implement. The event was concluded with a discussion of what policy mix is necessary to facilitate climate friendly options in the basic materials sector.

The agenda and presentations are available for download.


The Role of Trade Policy in the Post-Paris Climate World

Wednesday, November 8th 2017
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Location: DIE, Interconnections Zones

This side-event focused on the relationship between international trade and climate change policy. It presented options on how research can contribute to improving the understanding of the interface between trade and climate change policy.

The agenda and presentations are available for download.


Roundtable Dinner: Making the International Trade System more Supportive of the Paris Agreement

Friday, November 10th 2017
Time: 18:30 – 21:00
Location: Restaurant Konrad’s, Bonn Marriott World Conference Hotel

This Roundtable Dinner brought together practitioners and researchers for an in-depth discussion, focusing on options related to border carbon adjustments, fossil fuel subsidies, as well as options addressing institutional relations between climate and trade.


  • Cleo Verkuijl (SEI) – Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies through International Trade Agreements
  • Michael Mehling (MIT) – Designing Border Carbon Adjustments (BCA’s) that Work for the Climate

Implementing Coal Transitions to Raise Climate Ambition*  

Wednesday, November 15th 2017
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Location: Bonn Zone, Room 9 (100)

This event presented and discussed emerging insights from this ongoing project ‘Coal Transitions’. It explores the implications and aims to make policy recommendations for implementing coal transition strategies that are “+2°C-compatible” in six major producing and/consuming countries. Discussion included feedback from a trade unions perspective on Just Transition.