How do we know if a climate change ‘solution’ is consistent with 1.5°C pathways?

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Mission Innovation is the global initiative to double clean energy research and development, launched alongside the the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015. In May 2019, energy and climate change ministers from around the world gathered in Vancouver, Canada, to discuss progress so far. Collaborating with Research Institutes Sweden, SILCI researcher Charlie Wilson contributed a ‘means-end framework’ which maps out the causal pathways connecting strategies and actions (‘means’) with emission reductions or other sustainability goals (ends) in 1.5°C scenarios. Take a look at the framework or the accompanying talk and see what you think. Start from the centre, and follow a pathway either left (to climate change mitigation) or right (to the UN Sustainable Development Goals). The framework is designed to be used as a decision-support tool to help innovation portfolio managers evaluate how their investments deliver on public policy goals.