Thursday, May 12, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St., Boston

A New Era? Global Climate Protection Efforts After the Paris Climate Summit

The conclusion of the climate negotiations in Paris in November 2015 constitutes a landmark for international climate policy: The Paris Agreement defines an ambitious target for climate stabilization, along with a global response strategy for mitigating emissions and for adapting to climatic changes. 
However, a big gap still exists between reported nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and the temperature guard rail, putting the credibility of global climate policy efforts in doubt. Looking ahead, a successful implementation of the Paris Agreement will depend on a strategy for closing the ambition-action gap. Here, broad-based carbon pricing will have a critical role to play. In his talk, Dr. Klingenfeld will deliver an analysis of the Paris Agreement and also highlight recent findings from climate change research, which are underscoring the urgency to act. 

Dr. Daniel Klingenfeld is an expert on energy and climate policy issues. As Head of the Director’s Staff at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), he is in charge of the scientific and organizational support of Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and manages the dialogue with politics, business, and society at large. Dr. Klingenfeld has been working at PIK since September 2009, initially as a research analyst for the Director at the German Advisory Council on Global Change to the Federal Government (WBGU). He holds a doctorate in the field of international climate policy from Technical University Berlin and further degrees from the Kennedy School at Harvard University (Master in Public Policy) and ESCP Europe (M.Sc. in Management). His previous international work experience includes the Climate Change and Clean Energy Group at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. 

In cooperation with the American Council on Germany. This program was made possible by a generous grant through the European Recovery Program – Transatlantic Encounters.

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