Publication

UNEP Emissions Gap Report: 2°C Goal Still Within Reach [viewed]

UNEP6 November 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published its sixth edition of its 'Emissions Gap Report' ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The report assesses the 119 intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) that have been submitted by 146 countries as of 1 October 2015, representing approximately 88% of global emissions. As previous editions, it then compares the resulting emission levels in 2030 with what is required by science to be on track towards the agreed target of a global average temperature increase below 2°C by 2100. The report notes that, while the implementation of INDCs will limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, the expected Paris agreement can still encourage further action to achieve the 2°C goal.

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UNU-IAS Brief Highlights Legal Context for Co-Benefits [viewed]

UNU-IAS3 November 2015: The UN University's Institute for the Advanced Study for Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has published a policy brief on how local, legal contexts can help policymakers adopt "co-benefit" strategies to simultaneously address climate change and development priorities. The brief covers co-benefit approaches in laws related to energy, waste management and transport, among others.

 

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DSD Highlights 17 Partnerships for SDGs [viewed]

UNDESANovember 2015: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) has released a compilation of partnerships supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publication, titled '17 Sustainable Development Goals, 17 Partnerships,' highlights 17 partnerships established through the ‘Partnerships for SDGs' online platform, which was launched ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The platform contains 1,901 partnerships, as of 4 November 2015.

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PA13 Hears Partner Updates, PMR Publishes Report on Carbon Leakage [viewed]

pmr30 October 2015: The 13th meeting of the Partnership Assembly (PA13) of the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and accompanying workshops received updates on mitigation initiatives from around the world, including energy policy developments in Chile, the status of China's carbon market developments, the Norwegian Carbon Credit Procurement Program, and climate mitigation initiatives in Sri Lanka. PA13 also received updates from the UNFCCC on progress towards Paris and from the World Bank on its Carbon Pricing Initiatives and Transformative Carbon Asset Facility.

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CEM Predicts Huge Growth in Off-Grid Appliance Market [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial29 October 2015: According to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), the global market for off-grid appliances is expected to experience “rapid, significant growth," with consumer spending on off-grid fans, televisions and refrigerators increasing from US$525 million in 2015 to a possible US$4.7 billion in 2020. The research also highlights challenges that must be overcome in order for the market's potential to be fully realized, in regard to energy efficiency, finance, tariffs and taxes, distribution, consumer awareness and customer service.

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LEDS Paper Calls for Subnational Coordination [viewed]

LEDS26 October 2015: The Low Emissions Development Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Working Group on Subnational Integration (SNI-WG) has published a paper summarizing the group's activities over the past two years, focusing on the role of non-state actors to help achieve national and international development goals. The working paper, titled ‘The coordination and vertical integration of climate actions,' explains that while a range of actions by non-state actors contribute to filling the emissions gap, significant benefits can be gained by improving the coordination and vertical integration of subnational climate actions.

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UNEP DTU Releases Report on Benefits of Energy Efficiency Measures [viewed]

multiple_benefits_of_measures13 October 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership (UDP) has published a report, titled 'The Multiple Benefits of Measures to Improve Energy Efficiency,' analyzing the various benefits of national energy efficiency programmes. The report comes as Parties to the UNFCCC are preparing their national climate action plans for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21). UDP highlights that energy efficiency is a critical mitigation option for meeting emission reduction commitments.

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Guest Article #129: Below 2°C - Together We´ll Make It [viewed]

Just a few weeks before the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, one can literally feel the attention and the tension rising – not only in the negotiation rooms, but also in the ministries, in the media and in the public in general. During the last weeks, many people have asked me the same question: Will Paris deliver what Copenhagen was not able to deliver? My answer is always “Jein” – a mixture between the German words Ja (yes) and Nein (no).

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UNFCCC Releases Synthesis Report on INDC Aggregate Effect [viewed]

UNFCCC30 October 2015: As mandated by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC at its 20th session, the Secretariat has released a synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by Parties as of 1 October 2015. The report underscores that, while the INDCs could deliver sizable emissions reductions and slow emissions growth over the next 10 years, their implementation will not result in aggregate annual emissions consistent with least-cost 2°C scenarios levels.

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Status Report on GCOS Released [viewed]

GCOS26 October 2015: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released a report, titled ‘Status of the Global Observing System for Climate,' which reviews the overall status of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) that support the work of the UNFCCC, and assesses progress made on the latest GCOS implementation plan.

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