WP 14 - Operationalisation of the Paris Agreement: Bringing policy and science together and sharing knowledge with the public

Using new findings from across the project, in this work package (WP) we will develop and deliver new scientific knowledge to support a successful implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and inform initiatives developed through the European Green Deal. We will develop an early and sustained engagement with stakeholders through workshops, briefings and stakeholder meetings. We will also organize a thematic clustering with ongoing EU projects to investigate the impact of different mitigation pathways on society and the natural environment to develop policy relevant narratives on how to implement the Paris Agreement. Public engagement activities will target a broad spectrum of audiences, along with WP15 activities that focus on youth education on Earth system science. We will coordinate with WP16 to ensure that consistent messages are developed across the project and to efficiently communicate them to key stakeholders and the general public.

We will work with policy partners from the start of the project to deliver relevant science information that will address knowledge gaps and inform policies to implement the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming below 2ºC and preferably to 1.5ºC. We will also organise events with local, national and international stakeholders to develop a dialogue with them to understand their needs and discuss new scientific knowledge that may be relevant to them. With WP15 and WP16, we will ensure that we communicate the key outcomes of the project, such as the preferred mitigation options to tackle climate change.

Institutions involved: University of Leeds, Imperial College London, Meteo-France Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques, Office for Climate Education (OCE), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

We will also draw on the expertise of colleagues from across the project to deliver the objectives in WP14.

WP Leaders

Joeri Rogelj

Joeri Rogelj

Director of Research, Grantham Institute-Imperial College - London (UK)

I am Director of Research at the Grantham Institute and Lecturer at Imperial College London. I research how our understanding of how the planet works can be connected to society and integrated in policy. I am a long-standing contributor to key science-policy publications such as reports by the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

In ESM2025

I co-coordinate CT3 with Ben Sanderson, and co-lead within WP13 research activities that will integrate the latest Earth system science knowledge into scientific tools for policy assessment, called Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs). Within WP14, I co-lead with Hazel Jeffrey, the ESM2025 activities that co-produce and translate new scientific insights from ESM2025 for policy and decision makers.

Hazel Jeffery

Hazel Jeffery

UKESM Project Manager & Impact & Engagement Lead - University of Leeds (UK)

My current role is to project manage the UK Earth System modelling project and lead on the policy and public engagement activities for UKESM and ACSIS. I have extensive research management and leadership experience in the UK and European research environments. My research background was in environmental chemistry followed by a career in research strategy development, evaluation, demonstrating the socio-economic impact of research and co-development of new research areas with a variety of stakeholder communities.

In ESM2025

In ESM2025 I am co-leading WP14, which focuses on engagement with policy and decision-making stakeholders and sharing knowledge with the public. I will also be working with the Education work package to develop new climate focused materials for teachers and students.

Milestones & Delievrables

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MS14.1 – Month 3

First science-policy forum with key international and European stakeholders: define the primary needs of the policy community with respect to science support for implementation of the Paris Agreement.

MS14.2 – Month 6

ESM2025 presented at the New Scientist Live event in London, October 2021.

MS14.3 – Month 6

Presentation of ESM2025 at COP26 and discussion of international priorities for an effective operationalisation of the Paris Agreement.

MS14.4 – Month 12

First World Café Style workshop with local stakeholders and policymakers on science and policy interactions for realizing the Paris Agreement.

MS14.5 – Month 24

Second World Café Style workshop with local stakeholders and policymakers on science and policy interactions for realizing the Paris Agreement.

MS14.6 – Month 24

Second science-policy forum with key international and European stakeholders: Review science for policy support being produced by ESM2025 and modify approaches and emphases based on this interaction.

D14.2  – Aug 2023

Intermediate report on initial policy engagement and dialogue with national and local decision makers.

D14.1  – Aug 2023

Intermediate report on initial policy engagement and dialogue with EU and international stakeholders to deliver science support for implementing the Paris Agreement.

MS14.7 – Month 28 ESM2025 science results presented at a suitable European Science Open Forum (ESOF).
MS14.8 – Month 36 Third World Café Style workshop with local stakeholders and policymakers together with the participants of the Climathon on the implications and opportunities of realizing the Paris Agreement for Europe’s youth.
MS14.9 – Month 42 Fourth World Café Style workshop with local stakeholders and policymakers on science and policy interactions for realizing the Paris Agreement.

D14.3  – Dec 2024

Report detailing key public engagement activities throughout the project.

D14.4  – May 2025

Final report on ESM2025-policy engagement throughout the project.

D14.5  – May 2025 Final report on engagement activities throughout the project with national and local decision makers.
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