Energy

Mitigation Update: COP 21 Carbon Footprint Released, CDM Provides Lessons Learned for Paris Agreement [viewed]

cop21_iea13 May 2016: In December 2015, 196 Party delegations, plus countless observers, advisers, activists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies gathered in Paris, France, to try to agree on a universally-agreeable path to addressing climate change. But what immediate and direct effect on climate change did the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) itself have? This Mitigation Update includes the recently announced total carbon footprint for the COP 21 event, highlights the role the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) can have in shaping part of the Paris Agreement implementation and previews the focus on renewables the International Energy Agency (IEA) will have this year.

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Event: Scoping Meeting for IPCC Special Report on Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C Above Pre-Industrial Levels [viewed]

The scoping meeting for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas (GHG) emission pathways is expected to result in a draft scoping paper that: describes the report's objectives; included an annotated outline of the report; and layout out the process and timeline for its preparation. IPCC 44 in October will review the paper and decide on further IPCC work on the report. The report will integrate information and perspectives from all the three IPCC Working Groups. The 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP-21) to the UNFCCC, in its decision on the adoption of the Paris Agreement, invited the IPCC to provide such a report in 2018. IPCC 43 in April 2016 accepted the invitation to provide such a report in the context of strengthening the global response to climate change, sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. In addition, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) invited the IPCC, when elaborating the report, to include consideration of the impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, and of the contribution of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and of ecosystem restoration, to efforts to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C.  

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Event: COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference [viewed]

The COP22 'Low-Emissions Solutions Conference: Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions' will follow up on commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which countries are responsible for submitting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030, as well as a Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050. Convening under the theme 'Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions,' the Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices and prioritize future research. The conference will: support operationalization of the Paris Agreement; strengthen the technical capacities of countries to prepare their NDCs and LEDs; develop technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems; and create a dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on innovative solutions for a low-emissions future. The agenda includes the following issues: design of NDCS and LEDS; cities and energy efficiency in buildings; transport; power generation and distribution; and public policies and regulations to support the decarbonization of energy systems. The Conference will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. It is the first time in the history of the COP that a large-scale technical solutions conference is being organized for countries, and the goal is that it become an annual event at future COPs. The Conference is being organized by the Government of Morocco, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session [viewed]

unfccc_unitar_unep_unhabitat_wmo11 May 2016: Under the international climate regime, industrialized countries provide developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with financial, technical and capacity-building support to help them implement mitigation and adaptation actions. A number of key meetings related to technology issues took place over the past few weeks, including the twelfth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the seventh meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which set the course for the years ahead. The CTCN Advisory Board recently received its 100th request for assistance and kicked off its series of 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Forums. Some of the capacity-building activities that took place over the past month focused on renewables, while others traced linkages among climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development.

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Event: 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum [viewed]

In 2016, EE Global will explore how utilities, regulators, legislators and companies are incorporating cost-effective energy efficiency measures into their business to help meet increasing demand. Attendees will also engage in networking, partnership building, and action inspiring energy efficiency discourse while discussing how energy efficiency can be made into a sustainable and scalable business strategy. Speakers will include Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), and Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).  

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Event: IRENA Innovation Week: The Age of Renewable Power [viewed]

IRENA Innovation Week aims to develop a unified vision, along with sector-specific strategies, to find innovative solutions and accelerate renewable energy deployment. The theme for the first Innovation Week is 'The Age of Renewable Power: Centralised, Distributed or Supergrids?'. The meeting will seek to help governments and industries to identify what technologies to focus on and what hinders technological breakthroughs in order to achieve a clean energy revolution. Site visits will take place on 10 May, followed by a series of plenaries and deepdive sessions on 11-13 May. This event takes place in Bonn, Germany, immediately before the forty-fourth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1), which are taking place in Bonn from 16-26 May.  

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G7 Energy Ministers Focus on Energy Security for Global Growth [viewed]

g7_20162 May 2016: Energy Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) and the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy met under the theme 'Global Energy Security for Growth.' The ministerial meeting concluded with the adoption of a joint statement, titled the 'Kitakyushu Initiative on Energy Security for Global Growth,' in which the Ministers express their intention to: "play their full part" in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and accelerate work towards transitioning to an energy system that enables a decarbonisation of the global economy; and facilitate investments for secure and sustainable energy.

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UNEP Releases 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual report for 2015 provides examples of partnerships and global outlooks deemed critical for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: Public Finance Leverages Private Flows to Renewables [viewed]

energy_finance1 May 2016: Universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, the

seventh of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed last year, starts with access to finance. Looking at the sustainable energy finance news coming out of April, a number of initiatives went beyond simply funding projects. They also built the capacity of developing country governments and companies to develop energy efficiency, energy access and renewables projects that will qualify for finance. Similarly, many of the finance flows were intended to make projects more attractive to private sector investments, compounding the impact of public funds.

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INDC Analyses Show Improvement, Need for Radical Action [viewed]

unfccc_etc_wcrp2 May 2016: The UNFCCC Seceretariat has released an updated synthesis report outlining the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by 189 Parties as of 4 April 2016. The report finds that full implementation of both the conditional and unconditional actions outlined in the INDCs would result in total aggregate global emission levels of 55 (51.4-57.3) Gt carbon dioxide (CO2)-equivalent (eq) in 2025 and 56.2 (52-59.3) Gt CO2-eq in 2030. While this emissions trajectory does show an improvement over likely pre-INDC scenarios, it is far from those consistent with the goal of limiting warming to 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

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