The Sixth meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6), in conjunction with the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP 16) was held in Cancun, Mexico in Nov.-Dec.2010.

Through the side events and meetings during the conference, IGES presented its policy proposals and exchanged ideas on the critical issues such as low-carbon development in Asia and market mechanisms in order to formulate the future global climate regime which will get involved with the Asian developing countries.

Remarks for IGES Press Conference on "Activities at COP 16 and Beyond" (6 December 2010, Cancun Mexico) (PDF, 29KB)

What's New?
Press Release: IGES and UNEP agree to promote collaborative research on adaptation to climate change and other priority environmental issues in Asia and the Pacific (8 Dec. 2010)
Press Release: Regardless of Outcomes in Cancun, Institutions in Asia and the Pacific Work Toward Climate Solutions (6 Dec. 2010)
LCS-RNet side event: Multi-level Policies and Governance for the Transition to Low Carbon Societies (4 Dec. 2010)
ADB/IGES/NIES joint side event: Shifting to Low-carbon and Climate-resilient Development in Asia and the Pacific (3 Dec. 2010)
IGES and ADB agree to collaborate on Climate Change and Environmental Management in the Asia-Pacific Region (3 Dec. 2010)
Related Publications
Side Event Co-organised by IGES
UNFCCC Official Side Event
Friday, 3 December 2010, 18:30-20:00

Jointly Organised by ADB, IGES and NIES
Shifting to Low-carbon and Climate-resilient Development in Asia and the Pacific

This event provided an opportunity to highlight actions being taken in the region, with emphasis given to representatives from the countries speaking from their own policy experience. ADB, IGES and NIES also briefly presented some of the support they are providing and insights to help countries of Asia and the Pacific make the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient development.

The event was also covered by the IISD's "Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)".

Date & Time
Friday, 3 December 2010, 18:30 - 20:00
Mamey Room, Cancun Messe, Cancun, Mexico
Asian Development Bank (ADB), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
For more details, please visit the activity report page
Related link
-Press Release: Regardless of Outcomes in Cancun, Institutions in Asia and the Pacific Work Toward Climate Solutions (6 Dec. 2010)
- The event was covered by the IISD's "Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)"
IGES related event
Saturday, 4 December 2010, 10:30-12:30
LCS-RNet - Side Event
Multi-level Policies and Governance for the Transition to Low Carbon Societies
- A Research-Policy Discourse

The LCS-RNet (International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies) tries to fill the gaps of policies and knowledge that need for this large scale transition towards LCS. In this side event, researchers of the LCS-RNet and policy-makers discussed the following issues; which strategies policy-makers have in mind to enable the necessary transitions towards low-carbon green growth; what researches policy-makers are needed to implement the strategies; and what kind of contribution research society can offer to policy. Through the discussion, a cooperative path between policy-makers and researchers was described.

Date & Time
Saturday, 4 December 2010, 10:30 - 12:30
EU Pavilion, Cancun Messe, Cancun, Mexico
Federal Environment Agency, Germany in cooperation with Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and the LCS-RNet Secretariat
IGES Presentations at other events
Tuesday, 30 November 2010, 16:45-18:15
National and international policy responses to the carbon budget approach: an Indian perspective

Mr. Masanori Kobayashi, Senior Coodinator of the IGES Programme Management Office participated the event as a panelist.

The event was covered by the IISD's "Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)".

[Reported by IISD ENB] This event presented research on the carbon budget approach. R K Pachauri, TERI, emphasized that principles of equity must be enshrined in any global framework and explained the role of the carbon budget approach.

Ritu Mathur, TERI, explained that the carbon budget approach combines a historical debt payment by Annex I parties with an allocation of remaining atmospheric space among all parties. She said the approach would rely on: a World Climate Debt Fund to disburse equitable financial transfers; the establishment of a “year of historical responsibility”; and a price for carbon.

Max Ahman, Nordic Ad Hoc Group on Climate Change (NOAK), emphasized that domestic policy frameworks are a priority. Masanori Kobayashi, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) questioned the level of international acceptance and visibility of the carbon budget approach, underlining the importance of socio-political feasibility and equity.

Remi Moncel, World Resource Institute (WRI), said the carbon budget approach scores high on equity and ambition, but a lack of political feasibility might limit its effectiveness and appeal to parties.

Participants discussed various issues related to equity and the carbon budget approach.

Photo courtesy of IISD/ENB
Date & Time
Tuesday, 30 November 2010, 16:45-18:15
Monarca, Cancun Messe, Cancun, Mexico
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Tentative programme (PDF, 16KB)
Monday, 6 December 2010, 15:00-16:30
Regional (European) and inter-regional (Europe-China) cooperation on adaptation and mitigation

Mr. Masanori Kobayashi, Senior Coodinator of the IGES Programme Management Office will participate the event as a panelist.

Date & Time
Monday, 6 December 2010, 15:00-16:30
Jaguar, Cancun Messe, Cancun, Mexico
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
Event flyer (PDF, 97KB)

Related Publications & Interview

E-alert Interviews:
Interview Prior to COP16: the Way Forward, Post-Kyoto
(Jusen Asuka, Director, IGES Climate Change Group)

Measurable, Reportable and Verifiable (MRV): Trends and Developments in Climate Change Negotiations
Hirofumi Aizawa (Ministry of the Environment), Jusen Asuka (Tohoku University/ IGES), Takashi Morimoto (Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consultant), Takeshi Enoki(Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consultant), Kiyoto Tanabe (IGES), Kentaro Tamura(IGES), Koji Fukuda(IGES), Makoto Kato(OECC), Yuji Mizuno(IGES), Akiko Fukui(IGES), Madoka Yoshino(IGES)
December 2010

The establishment of MRV systems for mitigation actions by developing countries and international support is a subject of debate at the highest level, both domestically and internationally. This report provides a synopsis and analysis of many key issues surrounding the current state of MRV, while providing examples of how the effective use of MRV can encourage commitment to mitigation pledges and actions.


IGES Climate Change Group (CC) Working Paper 2010-001
AN ANALYSIS OF NON-ANNEX I PARTIES NAMAs: Challenges for Designing International Support and Implementing an Effective MRV Framework
Koji Fukuda and Kentaro Tamura(IGES Climate Change Group)
November 2010

This Working Paper analyses the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) submitted by non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC as Appendix II of the Copenhagen Accord. The paper shows NAMAs can be divided into four groups. The diversity of NAMAs reflects the diverse mitigation needs of non-Annex I Parties and thus calls for a layering approach for both international support and MRV framework. The paper further explores remaining designing challenges for an MRV framework.

CC Working Paper 2010-002
Quantified emissions reduction target of China
- Assessing the Chinese target of 40-45% reduction in CO2 intensity-

ASUKA Jusen(Tohoku University/IGES) and LU Xiangchun(Tohoku University)
November 2010

This paper analyzes the Chinese CO2 intensity target in detail and argue that the assumption on China’s economic growth rate in the future can be considered as a key factor for the assessment on Chinese quantified target.


CC Working Paper 2010-003
What constitutes meaningful participation from China?
-An analysis of the Chinese intensity targets-

Jusen Asuka(Tohoku University/IGES), Li Zhi Dong(Nagaoka University of Technology), and Lu Xiang Chun(Tohoku University)
November 2010

This paper analyzes the background of the Chinese emission target discussion for COP 15. It discusses not only the targets but also the policies and measures taken or to be taken in China by introducing the studies done in China with the support of the Chinese government.

CC Working Paper 2010-005
Shaping the Climate Change Agenda in India: Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV)
Nandakumar Janardhanan(IGES Climate Change Group)
December 2010

Developing efficient climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies is one of the critical policy issues faced by every country in the world. Being the largest developing economy in the South Asian region with wide domestic developmental disparities among the various social strata, the architecture of climate policy making is a complex process in India. While process of climate policy making and building efficient mitigation and adaptation measures require significant changes in the approach towards energy consumption, there is a greater need to ensure that the country balances these policy measures with its medium term and long term economic goals. What is evinced in India is that, despite the domestic contentions about various aspects of international climate change debate serious policy processes have been progressing. The paper throws light into the shaping of climate change agenda in India with special focus on the mitigation as well as monitoring and evaluation aspects.

CC Working Paper 2010-006
Promoting Risk Insurance in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Convergence Approach for the Future Climate Regime
SVRK Prabhakar (IGES Adaptation Team) and Koji Fukuda(IGES Climate Change Group)
December 2010

This Working Paper reviews the current status of risk insurance and identifies emerging issues and experiences. These issues and experiences are applied to various risk insurance proposals made by the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC for assessing the extent to which they considers experiences the address issues for promoting the risk insurance.

CC Working Paper 2010-007
Negotiating a Low Carbon Transition in China: Aligning Reforms and Incentives in the 12th Five Year Plan
Jiangwen Guo and Eric Zusman (IGES Climate Change Group)
December 2010

This paper analyzes the content and incentives for low carbon reforms in China’s 11th and 12th Five Year Plans. The paper concludes that it is in both China and the international community’s interest to come to a mutually agreeable accommodation on the MRVing of unilateral NAMAs. The paper also suggests that provisions for international consultation and analysis (ICA) and fast track financing in the Copenhagen Accord could help advance climate negotiations at COP 16 and enable a low carbon transition in China.

Asian Co-benefits Partnership: Bringing Climate and Development Together in Asia
IGES Climate Change Group
November 2010

For more selected publications by IGES Climate Change Group, click here
CDM in CHARTS Version 11.2
IGES Market Mechanism Group
October 2010 updated up to EB57

"CDM in CHARTS" is a booklet with a good reputation for providing a plain and easy-to-understand description of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
CDM in Charts

IGES CDM Country Fact Sheets
IGES Market Mechanism Group
November 2010

IGES is issuing a series of country information sheets on CDM for Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand and Mongolia. These sheets aim at providing essential information about CDM project developments in Asia, including domestic GHG emission data, domestic approval related information (DNA structure, approval process and approval criteria) and the current situation of domestic CDM project development.

For more publications & databases by IGES Market Mechanism Group, click here

Related links
IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)
UNFCCC COP16&CMP6 Daily Report
UNFCCC COP & COP/MOP Official Information
UNFCCC website: COP16 & CMP6
COP16 & CMP6 website by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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