Starting in 2021, People for Earth, in collaboration with The Seoul Institute (from the 1st to 3rd sessions) and Gyeonggi Research Institute (from the 4th session onwards), hosts the Climate Change Colloquium. This event aims to facilitate discussions among domestic and international experts on various critical aspects of the current climate system, which is striving to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The colloquium delves into topics such as the causes and background of this new climate system, the level of risk associated with specific situations, strategies to prevent surpassing tipping points in each domain, and the imperative for adapting and transforming our way of life and culture. The colloquium continues to evolve with the objective of enhancing public awareness while exploring alternative approaches during this transitional period.
- Gunnar Luderer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Limiting Global Warming to well-below 2°C or 1.5°C - as agreed in the Paris Climate Agreement - requires achieving global climate neutrality around mid-century. This target can only be achieved with a profound transformation of global energy systems. Challenges are faced in particular in hard-to-decarbonize sectors, such as heavy industry or long-distance heavy-duty transportation. On the other hand, rapid technological changes and cost reductions in renewable present huge opportunities. The colloquium talk will present latest insights from global integrated energy-economy-climate analysis on pathways towards a climate neutral future. It will further highlight implied policy and innovation priorities for making the energy transformation a success.
Gunnar Luderer leads the Energy Systems Group at PIK, is the Lead Scientist for the REMIND Integrated Energy Economy Climate Model, and serves as Deputy Chair of Research Department 3 - Transformation Pathways. He is also Professor of Global Energy Systems Analysis at the Technical University of Berlin. He was a lead author of the 2013 and 2018 UNEP Emissions Gap Reports and a contributing author to the Fifth Assessment Report, the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources as well as the Special Report on Warming of 1.5°C of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He studied Physics, Economics and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Heidelberg and Oregon State University. He performed his doctoral studies at the MPI for Chemistry in Mainz. Gunnar Luderer has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and was recognized as one of the World's most Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group in 2019 and 2020.