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June 15th-16th : International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies 7th Meeting

Towards an equitable low carbon development : a science policy dialog for COP21

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Collège des Bernardins
20, Rue de Poissy
75005 Paris, France

Hosted by

- The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy &
- The International Research Center on Environment and Development (CIRED)

In Cooperation with

- The Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ),
- The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) &
- the Chair « Long term modeling and sustainable development » (ENPC-Mines Paristech)


The Low Carbon Society Research Network(LCS-RNet) has been established at the G8 environment ministers meeting at Kobe in may 2008. This platform gathers research teams from G8 countries and three big emerging countries (Brazil, India, China). Its main added-value consists in the development of analysis and a shared understanding of the policy implications of national low carbon transitions. The LCS-RNet is based on long term mutual trust between research teams :
- Of high scientific level : they provided 14 lead authors of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and are involved in international experts networks addressing the links between climate change and development issues (Energy Modeling Forum, Deep Decarbonisation Pathways, Integrated Modeling Assessment Consortium) ;
- Involved in their own national expertise on climate negotiations : For example,
research teams from emerging countries provide scientific support of trimestrial meeting of BASICS ministers.
The LCS-RNnet has developed international expertise and has made significant contributions to the international climate change debates through the organization of annual conferences between researchers and stakeholders ; a strong presence at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) ; and through summarizing the proceedings, conclusions and policy implications of their deliberations.

Objectives of the 7th Annual meeting

The 7th annual meeting of LCS-RNnet draws its significance in the context of COP 21.
It will be an opportunity to contribute to the emergence of a common understanding on :
- the content of national policies leading to low carbon development ;
- the way COP 21 could provide an international support to these policies thanks to « climate finance ».

This conference addressed Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that individual countries would take under a global climate change agreement, and mechanisms to finance them beyond the Green Climate Fund. It gathered high level participants so as to discuss a common statement of the benefits of cooperation on climate policies, including equitable access to development.