PICASSO: Project on Integrated Assessment model-based Scenarios for Sustainable development Objectives

In 2015, nearly all nations agreed on ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure environmental protection and human development. PICASSO addresses this scientific gap by developing a novel set of model-based scenarios that simultaneously explore the efforts required to achieve a large set of sustainability targets by 2050.

PICASSO uses the Integrated Assessment Model IMAGE 3.3, contributing to important model developments and joint activities with other projects. Under the project umbrella, it has been indicated that modelling scenarios achieving a large set of SDGs are scarce, particularly the representation of health aspects. The investments needed to achieve the SDGs can be huge in areas such as climate change mitigation and transport infrastructure. The model improvements encompass the areas of material use, energy access and biodiversity. Moreover, PICASSO is contributing to designing a new set of Sustainable Development Pathways (SDPs) as part of the SHAPE project.

The project runs from 2021 to 2025 and is funded by EU Horizon 2020.

For more information, visit the PICASSO project website.

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Involved researchers from outside Utrecht University