Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. It is changing the world as we know it. How we respond to the causes of climate change and its consequences will uniquely define the future for our world and humanity. Many of the major changes we are currently seeing, such as sea-level rise and glacier loss, as well as their increasing impacts on vulnerable communites and ecosytems, are irreversible on human time scales.
Science has been key in informing political and policy responses in this area. These include the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, which provides a framework for global actions on climate change. The Paris Ageement itself recognises the need for the ongoing use of “the best available science” and the information provided by systematic observations in the achievement of its goals.
The individual and collective investments by European countries in climate change research and innovation mean that Europe is at the forefront of providing the best available science. Since its establishment, the Joint Programming Initiative “Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe” (JPI Climate) has been at the centre of pan-European investments in climate change research and in harnessing their outcomes to inform effective responses by policy-makers and practitioners. Ultimately, these efforts are designed to underpin the European efforts in tackling climate change.
JPI Climate is an intergovernmental initiative that coordinates shared stategic research investments and provides climate knowledge and services for European and national climate strategies. It is Europe-focused, but its outputs have global reach and value. Its mission is to provide science to imform the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (and its Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs).
JPI Climate has mobilised more than 100 Mio EUR in research investments and has provided access to knowledge and expertise across Europe and beyond. This has been possible with the support of its member countries and the European Commission (EC), and it has been done in partnership with other JPIs (such as FACCE-JPI , JPI Oceans, JPI Urban Europe) and, at the global level, with the Belmont Forum.
The "European Research Area for Climate Services" (ERA4CS) is JPI Climate's flagship project on climate services (in collaboration with the EC). ERA4CS is designed to boost the development of efficient climate services. It includes 45 partners from 18 European countries, with an overall budget of approximately 65 Mio EUR, which supports 26 projects.
JPI Climate has and continues to fund projects that advance the understanding of fundamental climate sciences and the societal transformations that are required in the face of climate change. It is also exploring key current issues, such as carbon neutrality and achievement of a balance between greenhouse gas emissions and removals, as required under the Paris Agreement. In total, 56 research projects have been (or are currently being) funded by JPI Climate, with two upcoming calls in the pipeline.
"Strengthening INternational Cooperation on climatE change REsearch" (SINCERE) is a priority project for JPI Climate and the EC, given that it works towards enhancing the use of climate information and knowledge provided by European research investments, both within Europe and with our global partners. In doing this, SINCERE aims to increase the societal impact of these research investments, by disseminating their results and findings to decision-makers, practitioners and the public.
This e-magazine has been developed as part of the SINCERE project and seeks to provide a window on the work being done by JPI Climate with its partners within Europe and more widely.
I hope that you enjoy reading it and please provide us with feedback on its contents and how these can be improved.
Frank McGovern, Chair, JPI Climate Governing Board