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Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network have co-organized the “Roadmap toward Total Decarbonization in 2050” workshop that was held at FEEM’s headquarters in Milan on April 2-3.

Paolo Carnevale, FEEM Executive Director, Domenico Siniscalco, Morgan Stanley, and Jeffrey Sachs, SDSN Director, opened the workshop which gathered seventy technical experts from all over the world. The workshop aimed to start defining a roadmap toward the decarbonization of the energy systems, with a specific focus on the four most energy-intensive economic sectors: power, buildings, transport and heavy industry.

The main output of the workshop was to kick-start the process toward the definition of a roadmap for the decarbonization of the energy systems worldwide, useful to support decision makers, inform the public, and encourage national governments to take immediate action for confronting our shared future.

For this reason, the workshop fostered a rewarding and well-balanced dialogue with the contribution of academia, scientific institutions and international agencies aimed at defining technical solutions to achieve total decarbonization in 2050.

Some important guidelines and a well-defined framework have been set up in terms of applied technologies and technological breakthrough for the sectors investigated to be pursued within specific contexts, latitudes and sectors toward a sustainable future.

The final comments of Jeffrey Sachs, Paolo Carnevale and Laura Cozzi (IEA) reiterated the commitment to draw up an effective and incisive roadmap under the principles of flexibility, vision and realism to encourage governments around the world to look ahead and take immediate action for global decarbonization.

The final outcome of this process will be the drafting of an official document aimed to support governments and decision makers in the adoption of medium-long-term strategies and plans for energy transition. The document, whose first signatories will be Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and UN SDSN – will be presented as input paper at the next Global Climate Summit in New York (September 2019) and will be one of the reference texts for the next COP25 in Chile (November 2019).