..and Prof Winkler talks EU, pre & post 2020

And this time at a Side Event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference on Tuesday 11th June, our very own director, Prof Winkler, gets his teeth into the issue of post-2020 European energy & climate policies. Topics of discussion ranged from the role for RE (and how this would impact on developing countries), the consequences of an EU-wide carbon tax. Of course no discussion would be complete without touching on pre-2020 ambition. A succinct summary of the event has already been… Read more..and Prof Winkler talks EU, pre & post 2020

Dr Marquard talks baselines

What a treat to see our very own Dr Marquard outside of the negotiation chambers and sharing his wisdom and insights on baselines at an OECD side event here in Bonn (10th June). He was sharing some of his experiences in the construction of the baseline scenarios in South Africa during the LTMS, commenting on both the technical analysis and the stakeholder processes. The broad discussion was led by representatives from the OECD, Danish Energy Agency and UNEP Riso and… Read moreDr Marquard talks baselines

Normalising apples & pears: comparing trade offs for pro-poor mitigation options

Imagine the juggling act being asked of policy makers: they’ve got to spread limited resources between meeting the government’s objective of reducing poverty to zero percent; at the same time, they’ve got to make a handbrake turn on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. And since poverty alleviation is often linked with development, and development usually translates into emissions increases, it seems as though they’re being asked to do the impossible. This week, the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre… Read moreNormalising apples & pears: comparing trade offs for pro-poor mitigation options

Technology for Sustainable Development conference

The Technology for Sustainable Development conference is currently under way at the EPFL campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. The main themes are on role of development, partnerships and technologies in achieving sustainable development objectives. Practitioners and researchers have the opportunity to share experiences on diverse themes from energy, agriculture, waste and water to the role of stakeholder engagement, effective community participation and how to ensure national governments & policy makers are involved. Furthermore discussions evolved around: focusing not just on ‘appropriate… Read moreTechnology for Sustainable Development conference

Is private finance the silver bullet for the 100US$billion US by 2020?

An interesting discussion was brewing at the side event hosted by CAN Europe ‘ Private Sector Finance and its role in enhancing climate action’ amongst the presenters and respondents (representatives from the European Investment Bank, European Commission, kfW, Government of Pakistan as well as CAN Europe & Eurodad). There was agreement that private finance has potential, but it’s not a silver bullet for the 100US$ billion by 2020. Concerns were raised by Eurodad about the leveraging, accountability and monitoring of… Read moreIs private finance the silver bullet for the 100US$billion US by 2020?

“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”

One thing we all agree on: NAMAs are diverse!

…but are we any clearer on their format? That issue sadly wasn’t to be resolved at today’s workshop. Today’s LCA workshop on the diversity of NAMAs offered various Parties including: Brazil, Gambia, Georgia, Bangladesh, AOSIS, Chile and China to demonstrate their current approaches to NAMAs. Without going into great detail, some issues that were raised: Gambia outlined the potential co-benefits (improved health, energy security) from their proposed NAMAs Implementation Plans  & attribution of these plans in achieving mitigation actions were… Read moreOne thing we all agree on: NAMAs are diverse!

Bonn UNFCCC talks 14th-25th May

Harald Winkler, Andrew Marquard, Marta Torres-Gunfaus and Anya Boyd from the Energy Research Centre are all attending the UNFCCC talks from 14th-25th May. Live feeds from plenaries and side events are available at www.unfccc.int (internet permitting…) We will also do our best to give our own insights as the discussions unfold.

How is South Africa approaching Mitigation Actions?

The concept of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA’s) emerged out of the Bali Action Plan in 2007. The definition, format and function of a NAMA has yet to be finalised; however developing countries have been actively identifying and proposing areas of mitigation, which could be framed as a NAMA. In order to gain deeper insight into the national appropriateness of mitigation actions in developing countries, bottom up country case studies have been undertaken in South Africa, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and… Read moreHow is South Africa approaching Mitigation Actions?

Identifying NAMAs in selected countries

Stakeholder consultation on “Analyzing Issues and Options for implementing NAMA’s – A Developing Country Perspective”. Date: 11 August 2011  |  Venue: TERI, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi The first Stakeholder consultation on ‘Analyzing Issues and Options for implementing NAMA’s – A Developing Country Perspective’ was organized by TERI in New Delhi on 11th August 2011. The stakeholder workshop was organized as a part of the second phase under a larger project titled “Developing country participation in addressing climate change: Analyzing… Read moreIdentifying NAMAs in selected countries