The 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which took place in Paris in December 2015, accomplished the objective of several countries, namely; the development of a new international political regime for combating climate change and; adaptation to the already unavoidable impacts. The outcome in Paris signifies the beginning of the end for fossil fuel based economies. Analysts concurr that this proposed system is more open and thoughtful. One where the role of decarbonisation must predominate as a long-term goal for societies. However, the long-term ability to think and act in a context of shorter political cycles presupposes a set of factors and capacities of all parties involved.
These were the guidelines of the international conference “The challenge of decarbonization”. The objective of this conference was to launch the national debate on the decarbonization of society and Portuguese economy. The Conference took place at the Montepio Auditorium in Lisbon in 2016 in partnership with J. Walter Thompson.