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Climate change mitigation, i.e. human intervention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or enhance sinks of greenhouse gases, is firmly on the international policy agenda since the Paris Agreement of 2015. For meeting the Paris Agreement goals, a global acceleration will be required of development, deployment and diffusion of technologies and practices for mitigation. The summer school course will take a multidisciplinary perspective and discuss climate mitigation technologies, practices, costs and benefits, as well as related policies and governance.
In short, the course starts with an introduction on technology transfer for climate change mitigation: what are potential technology options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, what are their climate footprints, what are cost items to consider, how to handle public acceptance, and what R&D activities exist (and are needed) to accelerate development, deployment and diffusion of technology options?
As part of the course, an interactive workshop will be organised by CTCN, introducing students into technology transfer practice, with a specific focus on developing countries. Based on concrete examples, students will work in small groups on case studies about how to prioritise sectors and technologies for mitigation within different country contexts. The final part of the programme contains lectures on policies and governance for technologies for mitigation, including a key note lecture by Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Convention (UNFCCC), on international climate policy from the perspective of the climate change negotiations.