Last week, PULSE participated at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 which took place in Madrid under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and has been held with logistical support from the Government of Spain.
The Countries were scheduled to update their climate plans and boost their ambition by 2020 based on the implementation guidelines settled in the Paris Agreement at COP24 in Poland last year. In particular, the key objective was to tackle several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) established in it.
Furthermore, the Conference served to renovate aspirations ahead of 2020, the year in which countries have committed to submit new and updated national climate action plans. Climate action work will be taken forward in areas including finance, the transparency of climate action, forests and agriculture, technology, capacity building, loss and damage, indigenous peoples, cities, oceans and gender.
COP25’s final decision text “re-emphasizes with serious concern the urgent need to address the significant gap between the aggregate effect of Parties’ mitigation efforts in terms of global annual emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 (…)”, at the same time that it “stresses the urgency of enhanced ambition in order to ensure the highest possible mitigation and adaptation efforts by all Parties.” A summary of the core decisions taken is available here. In this context, the Technical University of Madrid secured a strong presence with a permanent booth in the Green Zone during the three days which aimed to showcase how research and innovation contribute to study and mitigate climate change.
Thanks to such opportunity, representatives from LifeTech, had the chance to disseminate PULSE project sharing this space with other research groups and initiatives of the University and could make their progress known to the public that has congregated there, namely experts in the field, Governments and NGOs around the world.
On Wednesday afternoon, José Gabriel Terius Padrón presented a demo of PULSE system, showing how the model and technology developed within the project can predict, mitigate and manage public health problems, as well as measuring the relationship between air pollution and asthma, and lifestyle and type 2 diabetes. The University has given high resonance to the event and dedicated a webpage to report on the presence of its researchers and projects and inform its academic community around the key developments at the COP25.