|Project name:||ClimTans2050 - Open source model for analysing Austria’s transition to a low carbon society by 2050 - A research plan16|
|Project leader:||Karl Steininger|
|Project team:||Gabriel Bachner (PhD Student); Finn Laurin (Master Student); Stefan Nabernegg (Master Student), Thomas Schinko (Postdoc), Brigitte Wolkinger (Senior Scientist)|
|Partners:||International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis; Environment Agency Austria; WIFO ( Project Lead)|
|Duration:||Jan. 2015 - Apr. 2016|
The aim of the ClimTrans2050 project is to prepare a research plan for the creation of an open source model, that will outline emission reduction paths and costs for Austria; and help Austria attain a 80-95% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The guiding question for this research project thus is: What kind of modelling framework is most suitable for assessing the long-term transformation processes needed to drastically reduce Austria’s GHG emissions? After identifying central limitations of current approaches to analyse climate-related issues, we develop an operational framework for an open source model that improves understanding of policy options and allows for their analysis. This refers to policy options that are compatible – in the very long run – not only with emerging visions of human life-styles and economic activities but also with limiting factors such as GHG emissions.
ClimTrans2050 is unique in two ways: the research plan for the proposed open source will follow the innovative approach of functionalities to be satisfied from the perspective of wellbeing in a low-carbon world; and provides a consistent embedding of an Austria-focused open source model in a global emissions and long-term warming context.