Held on February 28th & March 1st, 2023: RFF‐CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment, CMCC c/o Cariplo Factory, Learning Rooms, Via Tortona 56, 20143 Milan, Italy.
DAY 1 – The main objectives of our first live encounter were to getting to know each other, to detail objectives and responsibilities for Months 1 to 12, to draft an outline of surveys and to set up the important stakeholder engagement process.
Massimo Tavoni, director of RFF‐CMCC briefly introduced the institutes and their related general mission.
To kick-off the day and the discussions, he tried to raise the main open questions about climate and energy policy coming from the industry sector that the CAPABLE project should take into consideration in its future lifespan: 1) Policy Credibility and 2) Fragmentation of the policies implemented by countries.
Johannes Emmerling, coordinator of the project, then introduced the CAPABLE project mentioning the overall objectives, describing all WPs, Methods, Empirics and Models, and highlighting the key objectives. Johannes Emmerling also started with one main simple question:
Four points were mentioned as drivers for CAPABLE research activities:
The day was then followed by an ice breaking group and self‐presentations to get knowing each other. A very interesting and useful exercise, try it, if you don’t know it! We splitted the participants in groups of three people, with the task to ask each other 3 questions in 10 minutes: 1) What is your background? 2) Why you do what you do? 3) What do you do when you do not work? . At the end, back together, each participants had to shortly introduce another person to the whole group.
After this informal session, we had two talks on Zoom from the European Commission. The first was from Katarzyna Drabicka, Policy Officer, Directorate General for Research of Innovation, European Commission, who made a few important points:
One of her main recommendations was to strengthen the link with the ENGAGE project and to leverage what this project has done so far for climate and energy policy.
Carolina Mateo Cecilia, Project Officer of the CAPABLE project, CINEA Executive Agency, European Commission mainly informed the consortium about the important role of CINEA within the EC and about relevant administrative issues. Her key points concerned:
These introductions have then been followed by a roundtable of the partners presenting their institutions, their roles in CAPABLE and the people involved in each of the tasks of the project. At the end of the day, we headed for a fun team building activity in the Milan city center organized in 4 groups followed by a social dinner for everyone.
DAY 2 – We started the day with parallel sessions for each of the workpackages, followed by a discussion on online tools and map of policy instruments, and on the Project Steering Committee ending the day with a wonderful social event: tour visit to the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci followed, eventually, by an informal dinner.