Mitigation Actions in the context of national development & Climate Change

SIDE EVENT: 4TH DECEMBER 20.15-21.45; Side Event Room 8 We are hosting an interview/ chat format of 3 dialogues each in groups of 2 or 3 discussing a different aspect of the MAPS Process with reference to their country. Michael Jacobs (Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and at the School of Public Policy at University College London) will act as our moderator and will lead three sets of discussions. Dialogue 1: Linking top down and bottom up… Read moreMitigation Actions in the context of national development & Climate Change

On the Future of REDD+ and the Carbon Market, by David Ellison

Our guest author is David Ellison, Senior Researcher & LULUCF Specialist (Institute for World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences), who joined us as an external expert at the LULUCF lab MAPS held in Iquitos, Peru from the 25th to the 27th of September 2012. Within the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) programme, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa are considering the potential role of forests in their overall climate change mitigation action plans. The most recent MAPS meeting addressing the role of… Read moreOn the Future of REDD+ and the Carbon Market, by David Ellison

Made in Brazil?

Brazilians love their flag, which successfully works as a label for products made in Brazil. Rubber sandals, beach towels, coffee cups, sports gear, caipirinha shots… Almost everything sells better with a Brazilian tag on it. Does this include wind turbines? Localization in the renewable energy industries is a hot topic in Brazil at the moment. The Brazilian government requests 60% of local content in the wind turbine installations to incentivize local manufacturing. Since 2009, these requirements apply for those companies… Read moreMade in Brazil?

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


Yesterday evening (29/11/2011) ERC researcher, Anya Boyd represented the Energy Research Centre at a side event hosted by the Indian Resources Institute (TERI) along with project collaborators Tschingua University from China, and Vitae Civilis from Brazil. The project will span over 2-3 years and is exploring the approach to NAMA’s across the partner countries of Brazil, South Africa, India and China. The project is still in it’s early stages and is divided into 3 work packages. The first Work Package… Read moreNAMAs: BASICally

Exhibition stands

A large contingent of ERC researchers and UNITAR interns are at the COP in Durban this year. We are in attendance at the African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI)/ UCT stand and Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) Programme stand. The MAPS programme is a large research project we’re currently piloting in four South American countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru). If you’d like to find out more about MAPS from a researcher then visit us at stand/booth no.75 in… Read moreExhibition stands

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?