Who feels like analysing and summing up a full report on climate change, issued by a scientific intergovernmental body of the United Nations? A group of our MSc students in nuclear engineering has successfully done it! Mentored by their Professor Alexis Nuttin and coached by three environmental experts, the twelve students (seven from MSc EMINE and five from the MANUEN programme) have presented their analysis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (IPCC) to a large non-specialist audience. Organised in two thematic groups, the 5-minute individual presentations were followed by over thirty minutes of debates and Q&A sessions.
The first session, Changes, causes, risks and impacts, started with definitions of keywords such as “climate system” and “climate modelling”, and analysed observed changes from sea level rise to greenhouse gas emissions rise. The unquestionable human influence on the climate was largely expressed during the conference — without surprise, we learned that the USA, EU27 and China are the main GHG contributors.
The second session presented why Adaptation and mitigation responses are essential to reduce the risk of climate change, and considered as two complementary strategies – there is no planet B! Mitigation pathways are explored via the sectors of industry, urban infrastructures and sustainable energies (n.d.c.: clearly, the solutions developed by the start-ups supported by KIC InnoEnergy can be considered as great implementers of this adaptation, notably those dealing with energy storage, efficient lighting systems and efficient energy distribution).
The conclusions highlighted topical issues by overlapping on geopolitical matters: world energy and climate change issues are direct influencers of world peace.
Well-done to all stakeholders of the event!