Poverty, Climate Change and Knowledge Institutions

SIDE EVENT: Thursday 29 Nov 2012, 11:30—13:00, Side Event Room 7, QATAR NCC, Doha Co-hosted by the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) Most of the world’s poor live in middle-income countries, which need to mitigate emissions, too, and not only adapt to the consequences of climate change. Climate action and poverty reduction continue as a trade-off. However, it is widely accepted that reducing poverty and addressing climate change (both mitigation as well as… Read morePoverty, Climate Change and Knowledge Institutions

Mitigation targets and actions at the Bangkok talks

At the UNFCCC climate negotiations starting in Bangkok this week, there will be further workshops on mitigation. Some about commitments, umm, targets for developed countries, and another about mitigation actions by developing countries. There are important issues for both: 1. Workshop on developed country mitigation targets, or more formally quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets by developed country Parties. Key issues here will be how progress can be demonstrated against a clear target.  What is clear is that rules and targets… Read moreMitigation targets and actions at the Bangkok talks

Current EPD work

The Energy, Poverty and Development group is concerned with energy issues that affect sustainable development and improved livelihoods for poorer communities in South Africa and other developing countries. Current research topics are: low-carbon development, mitigation and poverty household energy interventions and policies community development in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP) energy access The research generally includes a process of feedback to national policy-makers and energy supply agencies. The experiences gained through our fieldwork and policy research are… Read moreCurrent EPD work

“NAMAs are about more than just mitigation”

On Saturday Ecofys hosted a side event on the latest development in NAMAs. It included speakers from Ecofys, ECN, MAPS (Harald and Marta), CCAP and the Peruvian Ministry of Environment. The variety of presentations and discussions provided an overview of the development of NAMAs to date. The session proved to be a refreshing injection to the NAMA debate and demonstrated that at least things were actually happening – a contrast to inside the UNFCCC plenaries where there is yet to… Read more“NAMAs are about more than just mitigation”

Mitigation actions and poverty

…were worth a lot of thoughts at the MAPS side event at the OASIS today. Five authors from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa presented their main findings on research papers that were launched at www.mapsprogramme.org today. Stef Raubenheimer asked the authors about the main motivations for mitigation actions in their countries. Emilio la Rovere from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro started of with the key message that development comes first. The other panelist responded to the… Read moreMitigation actions and poverty