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					AMPERE (Assessment of Climate Change Mitigation Pathways and Evaluation of the Robustness
of Mitigation Cost Estimates)

TT: AMPERE researchers are using state-of-the art models to develop long-term strategies and
scenarios to find effective, economically feasible ways to lessen the global impact of climate
change.

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Overview
For societies to effectively cope with anthropogenic climate change, an ambitious policy is
needed that can lead to long-term climate stabilization. Reaching that goal requires the
transition from carbon-intensive to low-carbon economies be achieved as quickly as possible.
To do that, extensive research is needed to identify good “mitigation pathways” for the
transition.

The AMPERE project uses state-of-the-art energy-economy and integrated assessment models
to explore possible pathways to cutting greenhouse gas emissions plus the costs of following
those paths. Combining the results from a sizeable ensemble of these models, the project
focuses on four areas:

     The role of uncertainty in the understanding of how the climate will respond to
      anthropogenic forcing and how that uncertainty will affect energy supplies around the
      world;

     The role of technology and innovation in the energy sector;

     The role of political limits to policy such as limited regional participation in climate change
      regimes; and

     The implications for Europe of policies to “decarbonize” the energy sector.

IIASA Research

Using the IIASA MESSAGE model, researchers will analyze the effects of using different low-
carbon technologies on mitigation pathways. Researchers will also look at the effects of climate
feedbacks such as a warming-induced increase in methane released from permafrost, which in
turn causes more warming. They will additionally use MESSAGE to conduct a comparative
analysis of the economic costs of the various mitigation scenarios developed as part of the
project.
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Contact:

Keywan Riahi (riahi@iiasa.ac.at)

Research Funder/Costs:

Funding Agency: European Commission Seventh Framework Programme
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html

Project Cost: €4.26 million

EU Funding: €3.15 million

Time Frame:

February 1, 2011 to January 31, 2014

Publications:

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Models and Data:

MESSAGE (http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Research/ENE/model/message.html)

More Information/Related Research:
AMPERE: http://www.pik-potsdam.de/research/research-domains/sustainable-
solutions/projects/current-projects/ampere

Parners: http://www.pik-potsdam.de/research/research-domains/sustainable-
solutions/projects/current-projects/ampere/list-of-ampere-partners



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Country/Region:

Europe

Keywords:

Climate Change, mitigation, mitigation pathways, carbon-intensive economies, low-carbon
economies, technology, innovation, methane, permafrost, MESSAGE, uncertainty

Research Area:

Energy and Climate Change

Research Program

Energy and Global Energy Assessment

Acronym explainer:

Assessment of Climate Change Mitigation Pathways and Evaluation of the Robustness of
Mitigation Cost Estimates

				
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