EC Horizon 2020 PARIS REINFORCE Kick-off Meeting

The PARIS REINFORCE Kick-off meeting was held on 10th & 11th June 2019 in Athens, Greece.

The objective was to launch PARIS REINFORCE and initiate the effective implementation of its goals and objectives. Participants had the opportunity to meet in person, overview PARIS REINFORCE’s expectations and discuss the challenges of the forthcoming tasks.

More particularly at the 1st day, PARIS REINFORCE’s coordinator demonstrated the project’s overview and vision, while each member of the consortium presented itself, its work experience, role in the project, as well as expectations from its implementation. At the 2nd day of the meeting the project officer congratulated the project’s partners, and encouraged them to give their best, since PARIS REINFORCE is expected to have great impact in the support of Paris Agreement, the assistance of countries in the development of National Determined Contributions (NDCs), and the formulation of policy measures towards the fight against climate change.

On behalf of IEECP, at the 1st day, Zsolt Lengyel made a brief introduction of the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy, presented its expertise and involvement in previous and current research projects, and outlined IEECP’s role and expectations of PARIS REINFORCE. Moreover, Vangelis Psarras highlighted the upcoming deliverables until the end of 2019 and the respective work and information required from project partners. At the 2nd day, Mr Lengyel introduced the work package of communication, dissemination, & exploitation, and displayed the relevant procedures proposed by IEECP. During the meeting IEECP’s members, Zsolt Lengyel, Vangelis Psarras, and Kathleen Vaillancourt, made fruitful discussions with other participants on the tasks in which IEECP is involved.

The EC Horizon 2020 PARIS REINFORCE is a 36 months project coordinated by EPU-NTUA, with the overarching aim to underpin climate policymaking with authoritative scientific processes and results, and enhance the science-policy interface, in light of the Paris Agreement and associated challenges. The specific objectives of PARIS REINFORCE are to support effective implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); preparation of future action pledges; development of 2050 decarbonisation strategies; reinforcement of the 2023 Global Stocktake; and enhanced international cooperation. More can be found here.