Climate and Energy
UNFCCC SB38 Side Event:
Exploring Opportunities for Low Carbon Development in Asia
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) held a side event for the 38th Subsidiary Body sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC SB38) entitled "Exploring Opportunities for Low Carbon Development in Asia" on 7 June 2013 in Bonn, Germany.
This side event discussed challenges and opportunities for formulating and implementing NAMAs in an MRV manner in Asia. Discussion covered topics such as NAMAs formulation in Southeast Asia, financing NAMAs in China, and lessons for MRV methods learnt from the IGES capacity building programme in Asian countries. Three climate policy experts were invited as commentators for the presentations: Kelly Levin (World Resources Institute, USA), Fei Teng (Tsinghua University, China) and Smita Nakhooda (Overseas Development Institute, UK). There were around 50 participants including government officials, representatives from research institutes and NGOs. This event was a good opportunity to share a variety of ideas.
|Date / Time||7 June 2013, 13:15-14:45|
|Venue||METRO, Ministry of Transport, Bonn, Germany|
|Organiser||Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)|
Kentaro Tamura (Leader, Climate and Energy Area) presented his research on the challenges and opportunities in designing and formulating NAMAs in five South East Asian countries from technical, mainstreaming and institutional dimensions. Based on the research found in the IGES Policy Brief, a number of points crucial for successful NAMA formulation were identified. For developing countries, they are: (1) better allocation for improved in-house capacity, (2) improved awareness on the benefits of NAMAs, and (3) improved coordination capacity of a leading agency. For international donors, they are: (1) more attention to human resources development, (2) facilitation of mutual learning within the region, and (3) streamlining of activities among donor agencies and better coordination between national development plans and climate-related plans.
Yuqing Ariel Yu (Senior Policy Researcher, Climate and Energy Area) presented her research on energy efficiency finance in China during the 11th Five Year Plan period (FYP; 2006-2010) and the outlook for the 12th FYP. For the 11th FYP, a number of limitations were identified for the Target Responsibility System in accelerating energy efficiency improvement actions. Moreover, based on a detailed assessment on the 11th FYP, it was estimated that China would need more than USD200 billion to achieve energy intensity targets in the 12th FYP, but at the time of publication, the 12th FYP was nearly USD90 billion short of finance. Dr. Yu stressed the importance of mobilising banks to overcome this gap in finance.
Chisa Umemiya (Policy researcher, Climate and Energy Area) announced the launch of IGES’ recent publication: Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Guidebook. The Guidebook aims to be a practical reference booklet which answers to 100 frequently asked questions on MRV, developed based on the rich experiences in Asia ranging from GHG inventory development to CDM project implementation. Dr. Umemiya stated that the Guidebook welcomes user comments for revised future editions.
|Challenges and Opportunities for NAMAs Formulation:
Lessons learnt from Southeast Asia
Kentaro Tamura, PhD, Leader, Climate and Energy Area, IGES
|Tracking energy efficiency finance:
Implications for energy conservation governance
Yuqing Ariel Yu, Task Manager, Climate and Energy Group, IGES
|MRV Handbook Project and Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)
Chisa Umemiya, Policy researcher, IGES