University of Eastern Finland: New international research project to support achievement of ambitious climate goals

19 Apr 2021 | Network Updates

Scholars of climate law at the University of Eastern Finland are participating in NDC ASPECTS, an extensive, international project seeking to provide research-based knowledge to support the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement, and to promote increasingly ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

To be launched in May, the project has secured three-year funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The total budget is five million euros, with UEF’s budget in the project amounting to nearly 340,000 euros.

The University of Eastern Finland’s work package in the project is led by Professor of Climate Law and Policy Harro van Asselt at the Law School. Other UEF researchers participating in the project are Senior Researcher Yulia Yamineva and Postdoctoral Researcher Beate Antonich.

NDC ASPECTS (Assessing Sectoral Perspectives on Climate Transitions to Support the Global Stocktake and Subsequent NDCs) seeks to provide cutting-edge analysis and robust scientific evidence in support of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and efforts by countries to upgrade existing Nationally Determined Contributions up to 2030, to prepare new NDCs of highest possible ambition for the period beyond 2030. The project will approach this focusing on policy and governance perspectives and insights from quantitative modelling providing new, advanced national, sectoral and global mitigation pathways.

The work package led by the University of Eastern Finland focuses on identifying and formulating options to enhance sectoral governance at the international level, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In addition, research will focus on the prospects of sectoral “climate clubs” as well as options for the international governance of fossil fuel production. 

NDC ASPECTS is led by the Wuppertal Institute (Germany). Other key partners include the Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI) (France), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) and the Basque Centre for Climate Change (Spain). The project also involves partners from the United States, China, India, Indonesia and Russia.

For further information, please contact:
Harro van Asselt, Professor of Climate Law and Policy, University of Eastern Finland, [email protected]

This article was first published on April 12 by University of Eastern Finland

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