This project, jointly implemented between 2017 and 2019 by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and NewClimate Institute, aimed to develop a scientific and policy relevant assessment of the long-term goal to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C in the Paris Agreement. An analysis on the characteristics and requirements of 1.5°C development pathways were accompanied by an analysis of international climate policy and the feasibility of short-term climate policy entry points as implemented in the pathways.

In the first part of the project, potential policy packages for enhancing near term collective action were identified, their suitability as climate policy entry points investigated, and their implications for the transformation processes in 1.5 °C pathways analyzed. In the second part, these results and other new findings, were discussed in a co-production of knowledge workshop with stakeholders and experts and newly generated insights published. The results and insights on 1.5 °C entry points and pathways were presented in a final symposium in autumn 2018 with the goal to inform the planned 2018 facilitative dialogue by the UNFCCC and to identify research needs for the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

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