The Department of Environment Affairs hosted a two-day stakeholder workshop on the implementation of the National Climate Change Response Policy. Two researchers from the Energy Research Centre, Anthony Dane and Kim Coetzee, attended the workshop in Gauteng (20-21st of June 2013) which was billed as a NCCC+ event.
In line with section 10.4.1 of the National Climate Change Response White Paper the National Committee on Climate Change (NCCC) is a multi-stakeholder group designed to provide representation from the main stakeholder groups involved in climate change issues across South African society. The stakeholder groups are: Business & Industry, Non-governmental and community based organisations, Local Government, Provincial Environmental departments, National Government departments and DEA public entities (SANBI and SAWS). The NCCC consists of at least two (and at most five) representatives from each of the stakeholder groups above.
The NCCC is meant to advise on “matters relating to national responsibilities with respect to climate change, and in particular in relation to the UNFCCC and the Kyoto protocol. It also advises on the implementation of climate change-related activities” (section 10.4.1 of the National Climate Change Response White Paper).
The stakeholder workshop was billed as an opportunity for the DEA to report back on it’s progress on
achieving the main overarching objectives of effectively managing “the inevitable climate change impacts”; and making a “fair contribution to the global effort to stabilise greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere.”
A key presentation from DEA-appointed consultants, Ricardo-AEA, was on the progress made on developing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system to facilitate data collection to provide a detailed, complete, accurate and up-to-date picture on South Africa’s emissions. It is envisioned that the Greenhouse Gas Inventory process would be a part of this comprehensive M&E system. There were also presentations from Provincial Environment Departments (Gauteng, KZN and Western Capet) and Local Government (City of Cape Town, Ekurhuleni & eThekwini Metros).
An overview of the event is available on the DEA’s website