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Main Objectives

ELEVATE’s main aim is to develop new scientific insights to support the preparations of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and national climate policies focused on achieving net-zero emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. The project is developed by a transdisciplinary consortium of national and international climate research teams interacting actively with policymakers and other stakeholders in climate policy and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

​The project features the following contributions:

  • Establish and facilitate strong interaction between researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders;

  • Identify transformational policies to accelerate climate action beyond NDCs and towards net-zero by conducting a systematic assessment of the impact of current policies;

  • Enhance the scientific understanding of the technological and behavioural options in different sectors;

  • Identify options to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of international climate governance and policy;

  • Represent justice and sustainability in climate mitigation pathways;

  • Develop a new generation of national and global mitigation scenarios that focus on enabling factors;

  • Develop consistent definitions of net-zero emission goals and identify milestones, drivers and barriers towards achieving these;

  • Increase worldwide capacity for scientific support for climate change policies.


ELEVATE’s main activities are structured in eight work packages:

  • WP1: Stakeholder interaction - Enhanced mutual learning and co-design

  • WP2: Evaluation of NDCs and current policies and implications for future post-2030 policies

  • WP3: Technological and behavioural aspects of sectoral transformation

  • WP4: International governance and policy

  • WP5: Ensuring a just and sustainable transformation

  • WP6: Integration and net-zero scenarios

  • WP7: Communication, dissemination, and capacity building

  • WP8: Management

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