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

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

“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!


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

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

Are you a NAMA?

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA’s) orginiated during the Bali Acion Plan 2007. As the name suggests, the aim is to identify mitigation actions in line with national priorities of developing countries with support from developed countries on finance, technology and capacity building. However as an ECOFYS Policy Briefy (Issue 11, 2010) points out, after 3 years there is still no clear indication of the format of NAMA’s, what is eligible to be a NAMA and how  these NAMA’s could be… Read moreAre you a NAMA?