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At COP 21 governments are schedulded to reach a new international climate agreement to keep global temperature rise below 2/1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. Achieving this goal will require a truly global response from all governments, cities, businesses, investors and civil society.

There has already been an unprecedented response from state and non-state actors to pledge more ambitious climate action now and into the future. To showcase this, COP 21 will include a set of action-oriented events under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA).

On 8 December, the LPAA events focused on innovation. Scaling up public and private investments in low-carbon energy technology Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) is essential to meet the challenges of deep decarbonisation, economic growth, energy access, and energy security. The full potential of innovation can be realised by integrated policy and market frameworks that approach innovation with a systems perspective. Cooperation that helps developing countries to be more involved in innovation is key to develop better suited technologies for their local contexts.

ICTSD participated in the LPAA Innovation Day side event. Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, ICTSD's chief executive spoke in the panel on “Enhancing Innovation Capacity in Developing Countries”.

The session took place on Tuesday, 8 December at 17:00 in Observer Room 12.

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París a la espera de un nuevo acuerdo climático global

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The large-scale diffusion of climate technologies is key to addressing the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation and has long been rightly recognised as an important priority in UNFCCC negotiations.

The Technology Mechanism, established in 2010 with the aim to accelerate the development and transfer of climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies, was an important milestone in operationalising the technology transfer provisions of the UNFCCC, and its two bodies – the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) – are now up and running. 

Effective technology transfer requires the building of innovation capabilities, particularly in developing countries, through transfer of both tacit and explicit knowledge and skills. Therefore, strengthening policy and institutional frameworks is important. International support and action can play an instrumental role, in particular for the rapid and effective realisation of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)

This side-event discussed issues and proposals relating to technology development and transfer that were considered for inclusion in the Paris Agreement, with a longer term view on the challenges facing their implementation beyond Paris. 

The event took place on Wednesday, 9 December from 14:30-16:00 in the EU Pavilion (Hall 2B). 

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10 September 2015

BUSINESS DAY LIVE

By Charlotte Matthews

Trade barriers, such as local content requirements and anti-dumping measures, are raising the costs of renewable energy and making it harder for governments to meet their commitments to reduce carbon emissions, a trade expert said on Wednesday.

The Global Cleantech Summit 2015 provided a platform for corporate directors, political decision makers, investors, researchers and all stakeholders to discuss the opportunities that Cleantech Solutions can provide.

Finland wanted to provide for a discussion and development platform on how to practically mitigate the impacts of climate change and to reach as low global temperature increase as possible. The mitigation of pollution is an imperative to maintain the globe livable for the next generations and clean technologies are the key to making the change happen business-wise. 

As part of the Summit, the Global Cleantech Conference on 9 September, during the morning session, provided key note speeches from top speakers around topics like green transformation and cleantech financing. In the afternoon participants were able to join four different streams with insights on innovations in cleantech future, mobility, global value chains, and key enabling technologies

The Global Cleantech Summit 2015 was coordinated by the Cleantech Strategic Programme and executed with multiple partners representing the forefront of cleantech development in Finland.

ICTSD was represented by its Chief Executive Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz who gave a speech on policies and trade negotiations in the area of clean energy.

 

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The Parliamentary Office for evaluation of scientific and technological options (OPECST) and the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA) organised a conference on innovation and climate change at the French Parliament.

The conference featured high-level speakers, including Mr. Claude Bartolone (President of the National Assembly), Mr. Jean Jouzel (member of the IPCC (Nobel prize recipient 2007) and CNRS gold medal recipient), Mrs. Ségolène Royal (Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy), and Mrs. Laurence Tubiana (Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21).

The event consisted of four thematic sessions covering (i) innovation for energy efficiency of buildings, (ii) innovation to feed the world whilst reducing GHG emissions, (iii) innovation for transportation and sustainable mobility, and (iv) citizens’ involvement in the use of smart technologies.

ICTSD was represented by Ahmed Abdel Latif who intervened in the session on transportation and sustainabile mobility with the topic of electric car innovation - lessons for technology diffusion.

 

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Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 9:14am