COMMITTED: Climate pOlicy assessment and Mitigation Modeling to Integrate national and global TransiTion pathways for Environmental-friendly Development
Centre for Water Informatics and Technology is part of an international project funded by the European Commission’s Directorate on Climate (DG CLIMA), titled COMMITTED (Climate pOlicy assessment and Mitigation Modeling to Integrate national and global TransiTion pathways for Environmental-friendly Development).The initiative intends to improve the exchange of best practices for modelling greenhouse gas emissions between the EU and Asian nations. The consortium includes significant organizations from Asia as well as global integrated assessment modelling teams.
The main objective of the Paris Agreement is to limit the rise in the global mean temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to keep it far below 2 degrees Celsius, which requires significant emission cuts from all signatory countries. To achieve conformity with the long-term temperature goals, greenhouse emissions must be lowered in the near future (2030) by at least 30% in comparison to present policy trends. This means that all nations must take action on climate change, especially the large, polluting emerging Asian economies, because they account for a significant and rising portion of global GHG emissions. It is anticipated that the effects of global climate change will have a substantial influence on Asian societies and economies and that the adoption of measures to address the issue will place a heavy financial burden on Asian nations.
The fundamental objective of COMMITTED is to support Asian academics and specialists in national and sectoral greenhouse gas emissions modelling in order to strengthen global efforts to mitigate climate change. This is accomplished through strengthening capacity building for GHG emissions modelling and by EU and Asian modelers exchanging best practices and knowledge while cooperating closely with the government. The ability to create and improve model-derived national emissions pathways relevant to policy has multiple advantages, including the development of NDCs and long-term mitigation plans and how to implement and achieve consistent transitions with low GHG emission development.
WIT's researchers will be contributing to this project in the following capacity:
- Developing national level model (primarily energy) using the MESSAGEix framework [MESSAGEix Documentation]
- Identifying innovations/transitions in the agricultural sector for Asian countries that will lead to better financing of climate adaptation measures
- Improved understanding of how models can help in informed policy making
- Organizing dialogue sessions and workshops with policy makers and relevant stakeholder to develop insights on relevant analysis
The duration of this project is 42 months, starting from January 2023
WIT's researchers contributing to this project include:
- Faculty Lead - Dr Abubakr Muhammad
- Faculty Co-Lead - Dr Talha Manzoor
- Project Lead - Joudat Bint Khalil
- Technical Lead - Muhammad Awais
The consortium of members can be broadly categorized into European and Asian Members.
- Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency - PBL
- Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research - PIK
- International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis - IIASA
- Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici - CMCC
- Energy Economy Environment Modelling - E3-Modelling
- Hochiminh City International University - HMCIU
- Zhejiang University of Technology - ZJUT
- Tsinghua University - TU
- Indian Institute of Management - IIMA
- The Energy and Resources Institute - TERI
- Asean Centre for Energy - ACE
- Lahore University of Management Sciences - LUMS
For those who wish to understand more about the project and previous work done at the center under similar research themes, relevant documentation can be accessed here: Related Documents