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A profound transformation of our societies is required to curb anthropogenic emissions while supporting economic and human development. This session explored how capacity building, environmental policy and innovation systems can enable low-carbon energy transitions and contribute to inclusive, sustainable development. 

Much of the theoretical and empirical research on this topic has not made its way to the world of implementation. In this session, the findings from research were applied to international institutions currently under development, such as several UNFCCC institutions and the United Nations “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4All) initiative.

This session provided research-based, practical and productive insights and policy recommendations to encourage green technology transitions both in developed and in developing countries. It contributed to a more practical differentiated understanding of the role of capacity and innovation systems, with specific attention to the SE4All initiative, the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and the Green Climate Fund, and to the specific challenges faced by developing countries. 

ICTSD was represented by Ahmed Abdel-Latif who spoke about the role of partnerships in enhancing the transfer and diffusion of climate change technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Date: 8 July 2015

Time: 17:30-19:00

Venue: UPMC Jussieu, ROOM 309, Block 24/34

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 9:47am

The concept of “climate clubs” has emerged and matured in several expert-driven processes over the past few years. The idea is that multilateral negotiations can be complemented with “coalitions of the willing” on various climate-related issues, in particular where there is a need for a high degree of policy coordination. Among the areas which have been identified as suitable for carbon clubs are carbon pricing or technology.

Within the multilateral process of the UNFCCC, Workstream 2 of the ADP explores opportunities for cooperative initiatives to accelerate action on climate change.

This half-day workshop, organised by the Stanley Foundation, Climate Strategies, IDDRI and ICTSD, examined and further developed the proposition of nurturing a “club” of enhanced climate ambition based around the interrelationship of carbon pricing, technology investment and trade. The objective was to inform policymaking towards a climate agreement at COP 21 as well as the implementation phase.  

The workshop addressed a range of relevant questions, such as the motivations for clubs, reasons for linking pricing and technology, the issue of “club goods”, possible interactions with the multilateral trading system and ways to take this club approach forward in the context of COP 21 and beyond.

Attendance was by invitation only.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 1:00pm

Technology is key in addressing the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation and has long been recognised as one of the essential pillars of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Technology Mechanism, established in 2010, 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. However, the Technology Mechanism is still a work in progress and could be further strengthened to accelerate the development and transfer of climate technologies, particularly to developing country parties.

Against this background, the objective of this side-event was to shed light on a diverse range of proposals, options and initiatives relating to technology matters in the context of deliberations towards the 2015 Paris Agreement and beyond.

Heleen de Coninck (Radboud University Nijmegen) presented a draft paper she co-authored with Ambuj Sagar (Indian Institute of Technology) for ICTSD on different proposals for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, and its implementation from 2016 onwards, in order to help strengthen the climate technology development and transfer arrangements under the UNFCCC.

Zitouni Ould Dada (UNEP) presented the outcome and key messages from a UNEP workshop on technology issues in the 2015 Paris Agreement which was held in Paris in March.

Ged Owens (EPO) introduced key findings of the EPO-UNEP-ICTSD studies on patents and clean energy technologies and officially launched the new section of the EPO clean energy patent classification YO2W for waste.

These presentations were followed by an open discussion. The event was moderated by Michael Grubb (Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at UCL and member of the ICTSD-WEF E15 Initiative).

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Date: 10 June

Time 13:15-14:45

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 - 3:05pm

Trade and climate change are inextricably linked. Trade activities on the one hand can contribute to the causes of climate change, and on the other hand can be part of the solution. At the same time, climate policies can have impacts on trade and trade policies.

Against this background, it is important to ensure that trade and climate policies are mutually supportive. This requires that policymakers and negotiators from both the trade and climate change communities clearly understand and are mindful of the interlinkages. Such an understanding is crucial to enable them to design and implement policies that minimize potential conflicts and maximize the synergies between the international trade regime and climate policies.

It is against this background that ICTSD organised the Trade & Climate Change Day. The event aimed to explore so as to better understand trade and climate change linkages, to the benefit of the climate change community, and more particularly climate negotiators. By targeting the climate change community on the sidelines of the UNFCCC SB 40, we brought together knowledge and analysis, and provided a platform for discussion, favouring the development of concrete solutions to the climate negotiations in the run-up to COP21.

The event was organised into four substantive sessions on specific topics at the trade and climate change interface. The sessions were informed by expert presentations, follwed by interactive discussions. 

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Date: Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Time: 09:00-17:15

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 - 8:45am

Enhancing the understanding of the international nature of the clean energy and energy efficiency supply chains, and of industry priorities in these sectors, is crucial for ensuring that the EGA contributes effectively to climate action by covering relevant technologies.

This session, jointly organised by the SETI Alliance and ICTSD, provided government representatives with options and recommendations for the ongoing EGA negotiations in the area of clean energy and energy efficiency.

Specifically, representatives from the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries offered insights into how and why the EGA matters, including possible identification of technologies to be covered by the EGA.

In addition, ICTSD expert presentations showed results from recent and ongoing research on the identification and classification of clean energy and energy efficiency goods.

The session was co-chaired by Mr Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz (Chief Executive, ICTSD) and Mr Peter Brun (Managing Director, SETI Alliance).

This was a private event. Attendance was by invitation only.

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Time: 13:00-15:30

Lunch: Light lunch from 12:45

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 10:17am