22 September 2021


Bringing best practice policies of climate mitigation and Sustainable Development Goals to Integrated Assessment Model scenarios

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As part of both the NAVIGATE1 and ENGAGE2 projects, this workshop session brings together a range of key experts, policy makers, and stakeholders. The aim is to gather feedback on the design of the projects' research activities, scope of analysis, the choice of relevant IAM outputs and policy-relevant scenarios, and the needs for documentation and communication.

The session will evaluate the representation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related policies in Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs), identify examples best practice policies from around the world, and discuss whether and how to include these policy representations in IAM scenarios. The session will focus on the SDG targets around biodiversity, health, food, water, and energy. The participants will be identifying policies that protect biodiversity, improve health, and guarantee access to water, food, and energy while at the same time mitigating climate change and discuss whether/how to include these policies in global IAMs.

The presentation topics for the sessions are planned follows: 

  • Overview of tradeoffs and synergies between climate policy and SDGs in global Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs)  
  • Presentations by NAVIGATE/ENGAGE IAM teams with examples of quantification of SDGs and related policies in IAMs  
  • Expert overviews of best practice policies that minimize trade-offs and maximize co-benefits between climate mitigation and SDGs: 
    Focus on Biodiversity, Health, Food, Water, Energy access 
  • Breakout groups by (cluster of) SDG discussing policies and whether/how to represent these in IAMs and scenarios 


1The NAVIGATE project (Next Generation of Advanced Integrated Assessment Modelling to Support Climate Policy Making) is funded by the European commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 821124).

2The ENGAGE project (Exploring National and Global Actions to reduce Greenhouse gas Emissions) is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No.821471).

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Last edited: 29 September 2021


Bas van Ruijven

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Sustainable Service Systems Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Senior Research Scholar Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Senior Research Scholar Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program



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