Planning for a Fossil-Free Future: Decarbonization Pathways to 2050

In the aftermath of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, the COP22 climate negotiations in Marrakech, and the new goals for sustainable urbanization set at Habitat III, Nivela organizes a webinar to discuss the lessons and challenges for countries to design long-term decarbonization plans to 2050, to be delivered and communicated by 2020. The webinar will bring together four experts with extensive experience on the political economy of climate change and development, in a conversation that will provide Northern and Southern perspectives on the roadmap ahead.

Date and time

Thursday, December 15th 2016

9:00-10:30am Bogotá / 2:00-3:30pm London



  • Introduction: Alice Amorim, Nivela and GiP
  • Liz Gallagher, Senior Associate, E3G
  • Emmanuel Guerin, Consultant, Children Investment Fund Foundation
  • Siddarth Pathak, Head of Political Advocacy, Climate Action Network
  • Questions and answers
  • Closing remarks: Alice Amorim

About the webinar

Following the entry into force of the Paris Agreements, countries must now address the question of how to ramp up climate ambition in their pledges in order to meet the collective goal of keeping the increase in global temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C. To this purpose, the Agreement invites all countries to design long terms plans for decarbonization pathways to 2050, and communicate them by 2020. These plans represent a roadmap for change, and an opportunity enable richer domestic debates about the benefits of a zero-emissions society and the need to build new coalitions to support the transformation underpinning the Paris Agreement.

This webinar will address the challenges, lessons and opportunities for the design of 2050 climate plans, based on previous efforts to chart mitigation and decarbonization pathways. From their experience, the panelists will discuss what these new decarbonization plans can and must do differently, providing key insights into emerging best practices for their design as well as the benefits that governments can reap from supporting more transformative approaches.

To learn more, please visit this link to download Nivela’s concept note on the 2050 decarbonization plans, co-authored by Monica Araya and Alice Amorim.

About the speakers

Liz Gallagher is a Senior Associate at E3G. She has recently been appointed as Director of the Climate Briefing Service (CBS). Prior to joining CBS, Liz worked as E3G’s Climate Diplomacy Programme Leader. Through her work at E3G, Liz worked with governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and corporates to construct high leverage political interventions to shape an ambitious outcome in 2015 and beyond. In order to undertake this, Liz led extensive analysis developing E3G’s Political Economy toolkit targeting over 20 key emitting countries to understand the deep political obstacles to accelerating decarbonisation and building sufficient resilience.

Siddharth Pathak is Head of Political Advocacy at the Climate Action Network (CAN). He has followed the climate negotiations since 2009 and worked within the policy units of organizations like Greenpeace and British High Commission, as well as with grassroots organizations. He has worked and campaigned nationally as well as internationally on various critical issues around climate policy and renewable energy, and regularly contributes to major dailies and publications on climate negotiations and low carbon development pathways.

Emmanuel Guerin is a consultant for the Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). Before working for CIFF, Emmanuel was special advisor to France’s climate change Ambassador and special representative for COP21, Laurence Tubiana. He played several roles on the run up to and at the COP21, including leading the drafting team of the Paris Agreement and building the Breakthrough Energy Coalition and Mission Innovation. Emmanuel has also worked as an Associate Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Director of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Projects, and Director of the Energy and Climate Change Programme at IDDRI.

Alice Amorim is an Associate at GiP since March 2013 and a Senior Associate at Nivela. At GiP, Alice participated in several projects involving institutional analysis, political strategy development, institutional building and partnerships development in topics such as climate change, south-south cooperation, philanthropy and private social investment, consumer rights, media, among others. Prior to joining GiP, Alice was in-house lawyer of Icatu Holding S/A for five years, and also acted as CEO for Saúde Criança Zona Sul from March 2013 to March 2014, overseeing the organizations’ fundraising, institutional development and management activities, stakeholders engagement and external communications.

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