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With the Paris Agreement in late 2015 the international community signaled both its commitment to long-term carbon free societies and to adhere to a voluntary, bottom-up climate policy architecture.

Austria was one of the first countries both globally and within the EU to ratify the Paris Agreement, yet the policy instrument package to meet its commitment and to be implemented in Austria is still to be developed and negotiated.

For Austria┬┤s transition to a low carbon society mainly physical and techno-economic transition pathways have been prepared to date. Building upon these, the project SHIFT contributes the next step: the analysis and evaluation of long-term oriented and comprehensive national instrument packages to actually achieve such a low carbon pathway. The focus is on an integrated analysis of all policy fields and mutual interaction of policy instruments, with Austria being embedded in a global economy subject to international economic and environmental feedback.