Our activities at COP25, Madrid

Climate Strategies participated at COP25 (2-13 December 2019, Madrid, Spain) with the organisation of side events, meetings and participation in spaces at the conference.  You can find a list for some of our events below, in chronological order. 

Mobilising Co-Benefits and Raising NDC Ambition with Just Transition Perspectives in Latin America

Tuesday 3rd, 10:30-12:00

Organised by Climate Strategies and IASS Potsdam

Co-benefits of climate action are essential drivers to raise NDC ambition, together with addressing just transition concern in an adequate manner. How can co-benefits be actively mobilised for ambitious and early action? How can just transition measures be effectively included into NDCs? The event, bringing together the Co-Benefits project and works on just transition and on transition for the Amazon region, exchanged on co-benefits, just transitions and how can both issues enhance NDCs in Latin America.

 What about Stuff? Policy Frameworks to Decarbonise the Materials Industry

Wednesday 4th, 17:30-18:30

The Climate Friendly Materials (CFM) Platform discussed at COP25 their recently published report –Building Blocks for a Climate Neutral European Industrial Sector– which examines policy solutions to transform the basic materials sectors to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Agenda here

Negative Emissions: The Emerging Debate

Wednesday 4th, 18:30-20:00

Organised by Liechtenstein and the NET-RAPIDO consortium

Removal of CO2 or “negative emissions technologies” are increasingly acknowledged as critical to avoiding dangerous climate change. The IPCC considers their use for all scenarios that limit warming to 1.5°C. However, experience with actual implementation is very limited and many questions on the economic, technological and social viability, together with governance needs, remain open.
The event, which gathered a broad selection of researchers, technology developers, policy specialists and civil society, discussed the challenges and priorities at the heart of the carbon removals debate.

Agenda here. Information from UNFCCC official side events here

Presentations from the event

Negative Emissions: Dialogue on Enabling Frameworks

 Friday 6th, 14:00-15:00

Organised by the NET-RAPIDO project consortium (Climate Strategies, Mälardalen University and Perspectives Climate Research)

Negative emissions are increasingly acknowledged as critical to avoiding dangerous climate change. Yet there are few examples of the enabling frameworks to achieve carbon dioxide removal at a significant scale.

The event, which gathered representatives from policy, research and youth constituencies, shared their perspectives on the role of governance in scaling up negative emissions, and held an informal exchange with the attendees.

Event agenda 

Social and environmental justice as a trigger of robust ambitious climate action and prosperous future for all

Saturday 7th, 12:00-13:30

Organised by CAN International, CGIAR, FAO, and Climate Strategies

Climate change -and actions to address it through mitigation and adaptation- profoundly affect ecosystems, societies, and people all over the world, especially the most vulnerable. The side event considered two examples: a methodology to assess the vulnerability of forests and forest dependent people to climate change prepared by FAO and FTA; and the impacts of the decarbonisation transition on workers in high carbon activities (fossil fuel extraction, heavy industries) presented by Climate Strategies. A panel including members of CAN explored how social and environmental justice can ground fair ambition in the NDCs.

Agenda of the event

EU Energy Day: Participation at “Just Transition: connecting local, regional, national and international action “

EU Pavilion, Tuesday 10th, 15:00-16:30

This session explored how this multi-level governance can work in practice and how different actors are leading the way in ensuring Just Transition based on the experience of the European Commission Coal Regions in Transition Initiative, the Powering Past Coal Alliance and the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. It also explored how different initiatives can work together in a coordinated manner to facilitate global efforts to deliver on the Paris Agreement objectives.


In the final stage of the project, researchers from the COP21 RIPPLES took part of five side events at the COP25 conference in Madrid in December. The events were:

  • Collaborative Action for Higher Ambition: Linking Government, Non-Party Actors, & Analysis (Tuesday 3rd December, presentation by Marta Torres Gunfaus, IDDRI)
  • Decarbonising the economy: energy systems transformation (Monday 9th December, presentation by Marta Torres Gunfaus)
  • NDCs, the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals: Tracking progress and finding synergies (Wednesday 11th December, presentation by Prof Michael Grubb, UCL)
  • Acceleration of innovation for reducing CO2 emissions (Friday 13th December, presentation by Lukas Hermwille, Wuppertal Institut)
  • The decarbonisation of the Italian economy: challenge and opportunity (Friday 13th December, presentation by Dr Ramiro Parrado, CMCC)

  You can find more information about the COP21 RIPPLES event at www.cop21ripples.eu 

Some images from our participation at COP25

Members’ meeting at the conference
Dinner on Just Transition and NDCs on 10th December
Members of the Editorial Board of Climate Policy Journal meeting at COP25
Our booth at COP25