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Public reports produced by the consortium in the context of the project, as part of its mission.
Authors
Natasha Frilingou
Alexandros Nikas
Anastasios Karamaneas
Sophia Theodoropoulou

To underpin climate policymaking with authoritative scientific processes and results for the post-2030 period and enhance the science-policy interface, the IAM COMPACT website will serve according to the DoA, as a constant node aiming to present information on the project and disseminate its results as well as a reference site with material and links related to climate action and sustainable development, relevant consortia, and projects. The website’s development is essential to the effective promotion of the project concept, progress, activities, results, and stakeholder engagement. The project’s progress and results will be published online. The visual identity of IAM COMPACT will convey the message on what the project is about and will communicate objectives, methods, and expected results to stakeholders.

The purpose of this document is to describe the visual identity and the website of the IAM COMPACT project, which is part of Task 1.2 ‘Creating the IAM COMPACT visual identity & website’ activities. Dissemination tools, including information and communication means such as the logo, flyer, leaflet, poster, roll-up, and presentation are presented.

The visual identity and the materials presented on the website will be updated as the project needs evolve.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10430836

Authors
Natasha Frilingou
Alexandros Nikas
Konstantinos Koasidis

The Quality Management Plan defines the quality policy and plan to be applied in the IAM COMPACT project. Its purpose is to establish the roles, procedures, metrics, and tools necessary to ensure that the IAM COMPACT project is implemented smoothly and that all project deliverables are of high quality and of scientific added value and that they are submitted to the EC services in time. Complying with the quality management procedures falls under the responsibility of the Project Coordinator, the Project Manager, the Quality Manager, the Work Package leaders and the Task leaders.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10430846

Authors
Conall Heussauf

Ensuring the policy-relevant output is a fundamental aim of IAM COMPACT. This document outlines a stakeholder engagement plan that can facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration between modellers and stakeholders to achieve these aims. The key objectives of stakeholder engagement in the project are to ensure policy relevance, share knowledge and enhance trust between modellers and stakeholders, and provide direct inputs from stakeholders to make modelling socially and politically realistic.

The core of the stakeholder engagement plan will revolve around the policy response mechanism, a structured format for engagement between project partners and stakeholders. The stakeholders for IAM COMPACT will be selected from a stakeholder pool, managed by project partner Bruegel, building upon Bruegel’s contacts from previous similar projects. A variety of engagement techniques will be employed, including but not limited to bilateral interviews, workshops, and public events.

Bruegel will lead the operation of the policy response mechanism, in collaboration with all project partners. The process will involve two co-creative cycles, each comprising: selection of stakeholders from the project database, co-creation with stakeholders of a policy-relevant research agenda for two modelling iterations, refinement and updating of the research questions after the first iteration, discussion and feedback on modelling results, and finally the dissemination of the policy recommendations based on the research outputs.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10430886

Tags
Transdisciplinary science
Authors
Conall Heussaff
Georg Zachmann

Engagement and the exchange of knowledge between researchers and stakeholders is a fundamental part of IAM COMPACT. This deliverable summarises the results of the initial meetings with policy steering groups for the first iteration within the first modelling cycle, providing details of who attended, what topics were discussed, and the initial research questions that arose from the engagements. Background information on the Policy Response Mechanism, the central instrument of the IAM COMPACT stakeholder engagement strategy, is also provided, as well as the next steps for the project.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10464772 

Authors
Natasha Frilingou
Alexandros Nikas

I2AM PARIS is an open data exchange platform for climate and energy policy modelling, developed by the Horizon 2020 PARIS REINFORCE project. Drawing from the current capabilities of the platform, this report provides a summary of platform improvements in the context of the IAM COMPACT project. Notably, efforts will be placed in adding validity checks for modelling data that is uploaded to the platform and providing an indication of whether modelling results are credible by comparing them with relevant benchmarks such as the vetting criteria from IPCC AR6 WGIII. We will also develop user-friendly interfaces for data input, allowing modellers from other projects to easily interact with, and add new modelling and scenario information to, the platform. Existing components of the platform will be also improved in term of functionalities. New model documentation will be added, while the existing documentation will be updated, emphasising interpretability by non-experts. In this direction, we will also create a component with videos and training material for new modellers. Finally, the representation of sectoral models will be enhanced in existing components, while new result workspaces will be created to showcase the outcomes of the project’s modelling exercises.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10464760

Tags
Open science
Authors
Hesam Ghadaksaz, Behzad Zamanipour, Jan Ivar Korsbakken, Ajay Gambhir, Natasha Frilingou, Alexandros Nikas

Linking models to other models provides a way of expanding the boundaries of the analysis, but often requires solving difficult problems and even after that comes with trade-offs. This deliverable provides an analysis starting from how different models and their capabilities are characterised, then uses such model typologies to link IAM COMPACT models to the preliminary research questions collected in the stakeholder mechanism before finishing with a discussion about the various issues that should be considered when designing the linking strategy. The aim of this work is to feed into the next steps of the scenario and research question development process, and to the development of a generalised model linking process flow for the second modelling cycle.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10430889

Authors
Clàudia Rodés-Bachs
Jon Sampedro
Russell Horowitz
Dirk-Jan Van de Ven

This report documents the first version of the Open Science Protocols of IAM COMPACT. First, it includes a detailed description of the state-of-art of open science practices along with a presentation of the FAIR and TRUST principles, highlighting their novelties and limitations while exemplifying their usages. Second, it describes the required infrastructure to facilitate the application of open science principles by enabling code sharing, data storage, and user-friendly documentation. Finally, the report contains a protocol for the consortium members to facilitate the integration of the FAIR and TRUST principles, to promote the smooth interconnection of the models, and to transparently manage the produced outcomes.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10464844

Authors
Natasha Frilingou
Alexandros Nikas

I2AM PARIS is an open data exchange platform for climate and energy policy modelling, developed by the Horizon 2020 PARIS REINFORCE project. This report provides a summary of implemented and planned platform improvements in the context of the IAM COMPACT project, following up on the strategy documented in the I2AM PARIS Upgrade Plan (D3.1), delivered in the beginning of the project. Notably, efforts have been placed on adding validity checks for modelling data that is uploaded to the platform and providing an indication of whether modelling results are plausible by comparing them with relevant benchmarks such as the vetting criteria from IPCC AR6 WGIII. Existing components of the platform have also been improved in terms of functionalities. New model documentation has been added, while the existing documentation has been updated, emphasising interpretability by non-experts. In this direction, we have also created a component with videos and additional training material for new modellers. In terms of future improvements, we also plan to develop user-friendly interfaces for data input, allowing modellers from other projects to easily interact with, and add new modelling and scenario information to, the platform. Finally, the representation of sectoral models is planned to be enhanced, while new result workspaces to be created to showcase the outcomes of the project’s modelling exercises.

Authors
Noelia Ferreras, Adrián Mateo, Yáiza Villar, Ajay Gambhir, Shivika Mittal, Alexandros Nikas, Hesam Ghadaksaz, Georg Holtz, Chun Xia, Wolfgang Obergassel, Glen Peters, Nathalie Wergles, Mohamed Lifi, Eleftheria Zisarou

This report outlines the first flow of activities carried out under Work Package 4, Task 4.1, to produce guidelines to translate policy needs into scenario frameworks, by understanding the different types of climate and sustainability policies, and how they can be represented in the modelling of mitigation scenarios within the consortium. This involves categorising and linking policy questions to the IAM COMPACT modelling ensemble. The report begins by reviewing the relevant literature and establishing a set of policy types and categories. The consortium's models are then analysed to assess how policy needs can be best represented from a modelling perspective. Next, the preliminary policy questions provided by stakeholders in the context of the IAM COMPACT Policy Response Mechanism (PRM) within WP2 are explained, classified, and clustered as a first step to represent them into models and translate them into scenarios. Finally, the report concludes with a proposal of a process to follow for matching policy needs with modelling frameworks as a guideline for forthcoming work, which will include the formulation of a policy catalogue (MS9), the grouping of interrelated policy questions into common scenario logics, examining policy-model matching, and addressing synergies and trade-offs.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10464780

Authors
Jan Ivar Korsbakken, Glen P. Peters

This report will be used as guidance for all modelling work taking place to address research questions in the first modelling cycle of IAM COMPACT. It, furthermore, points forward to further work on harmonisation and management of model inputs and outputs that will be undertaken during 2023 and early 2024. It also describes the role of a broad scenario logic and harmonisation of assumptions and input data in general and can thus be useful for other projects that will investigate a similarly diverse set of research questions or employ a similarly diverse set of models as IAM COMPACT.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10430891

 

Authors
Vassilis Stavrakas

This document details the CDE plan to be employed for the entire duration of IAM COMPACT. It outlines both the centrally led outreach activities and tools developed to ensure the efficient uptake and replication of the IAM COMPACT outcomes, and the decentralised efforts to be applied towards reaching and involving all interested actors and target groups through each partner’s stakeholder engagement process and contacts. In doing so, it provides clear guidance that considers “why”, “who”, “what”, “when”, and “how” to engage, as well as the promotional and informational materials that are fundamental for project outreach, and the measures to assess the successful implementation of the CDE activities.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10464752

Tags
Open science
Authors
Anastasios Karamaneas
Natasha Frilingou
Alexandros Nikas

To disseminate obtained, processed, and accumulated knowledge for scientific debate and progress, IAM COMPACT has engaged in sharing its scientific insights in numerous high-impact journals and conferences. As the project aims to inform policy choices, we have transposed highly technical modelling results into legible policy recommendations in the form of timely publications of policy briefs, articles, and commentaries in multiple media outlets for stakeholders, policymakers, businesses, and civil society actors, as well as have created a series of infographics and educational videos to promote capacity building and comprehensibility of modelling by all stakeholders at all scales.  

By January 2024, IAM COMPACT had produced 20 scientific publications in highly esteemed scientific journals, 1 book chapter, and 12 posters/papers in academic conferences. Regarding its policy outreach, it has already published 2 policy briefs, 5 press releases, and 8 newsletters. In an endeavour to create awareness with stakeholders and provide open access self-learning training materials, the project has also uploaded 21 videos demonstrating each modelling ensemble, accompanied by 21 slide packs, and 10 infographics. Towards informing a wider audience on climate, environment, energy, biodiversity, and sustainability aspects related to the project, we have also engaged in science communication in various media outlets, with 11 articles/commentaries. Finally, we have participated in 5 policy events and 12 policy/capacity building workshops, aiming to increase the outreach of the project’s outputs and enhance cooperation and mutual learning.  

Overall, the significance of the project’s scientific and policy outeach is in line with its pathways towards outcomes and impact.