The technical expert meetings facilitate the identification of policy options, practices and technologies with high mitigation potential. The meetings bring together experts from national and subnational governments, private sector, financial institutions, leading international organizations and other stakeholders to examine in-depth opportunities to promote the implementation and increase in support for climate action.
Meetings in 2017
The technical expert meeting will bring together Parties, Convention bodies, international organizations, the donor community and relevant non-Party stakeholders to discuss how actions in urban environment and land use contribute to raising the mitigation ambition and facilitating sustainable development. The meeting will include in-depth discussions and an exchange of experiences in implementing effective planning, policy frameworks and financing instruments to drive public and private investment and, this way, facilitate low-emissions sustainable development.
The meeting will also facilitate discussion on enhancing collaboration and partnerships among a wide range of stakeholders, including private investors, to scale up and replicate the best practices identified and examined during the meeting. This discussion will be complemented by concrete examples from developed and developing countries on mobilizing a diverse group of stakeholders, including the private sector, for urban services and agriculture, forestry and other land use activities with mitigation and sustainable development benefits.
The meeting will also present initiatives and concrete examples from developed and developing countries in agriculture, forestry and other land use sector that generate global climate and sustainable development benefits. The meeting will conclude with an interactive discussion on building partnerships that deliver required technical and financial support for accelerated implementation of actions in cities and land use.
Meetings in 2016
While traditionally Parties have focused on the cost of implementing mitigation policies and actions, there has been an increasing interest in discussing the economic and social value of carbon associated with early climate action. This ‘social and economic value of carbon’ can be represented as the net present value of economic, social and environmental damages avoided by removing or preventing carbon dioxide emissions in a given year. Parties highlighted this growing awareness of the economic and social value of carbon in the Paris decision, which recognized the value of voluntary mitigation actions and their co-benefits for adaptation, health and sustainable development.
The technical expert meeting will have in-depth discussions on (1) the internalization of co-benefits for adaptation, health and sustainable development, information of investment decisions and reevaluation of risks by using a reference value of carbon, and (2) economic instruments relating to the social and economic value of carbon. The focus will be on the examination of policy options that could be effectively implemented and replicated in the period up to 2020 and for which matching support options could be provided to enable developing countries action.
The technical expert meeting on transport will discuss the low-carbon transportation policies, technologies and opportunities that offer significant mitigation potential while also enhancing economic development, providing connectivity and reducing economic, environmental and social costs. It will also present critical actions advancing adaptation or enhancing the resilience of transport infrastructure and services. The low-carbon transport policy solutions include many elements encompassing the legal, institutional and economic measures such as land-use and transport planning and regulations; effective business models; charges and subsidies; technology innovations (including both energy efficient equipment and alternative fuels); public transport network innovations (including efficiently managed supply chains and infrastructure as well as the emerging development of ride and vehicle-sharing); and financing solutions and innovation (including both public and private investments in R&D and demonstration projects). These emission reduction efforts are complemented by actions by vehicle manufacturers and logistics management providers, and business sector’s efforts to promote green fuel economy. It is important to also implement complementary “low-carbon” policies such as walking, cycling, eco-driving, parking area management as well as other measures supporting the wider choices of transport modes.
The meeting will focus on in-depth discussion of the specific mitigation policies that contribute to the shift to more efficient public transport and lead to increasing energy and fuel efficiency and could be effectively implemented in the period up to 2020 and beyond. The meeting will also discuss the support options enabling developing countries to mitigate growing emissions from the transport sector and reap associated sustainable development co-benefits.
This dialogue will allow the partner organizations of the UNFCCC, namely, IRENA, as well as other stakeholders that participated in the TEMs in June 2015 to provide information on the recent developments of their post-Paris agendas and follow-up activities and initiatives since the TEMs last year.
This dialogue will allow the partner organizations of the UNFCCC, namely, UNEP and ICLEI, as well as other stakeholders that participated in the TEMs in June 2015 to provide information on the recent developments of their post-Paris agendas and follow-up activities and initiatives since the TEMs last year.
Meetings in 2015
The technical expert meeting on energy efficiency in urban environments built on the recommendations and findings of the participants of the two TEMs held in March and June 2014 on broader aspects of energy efficiency and urban environments. This meeting focused on: the potential for and benefits of enhanced energy efficiency policies in urban environments; ways to accelerate implementation of scalable, replicable and transformative actions; and ways to turn potential into action on the ground.
Participants that represented Parties, subnational authorities, private sector organizations and international organizations and partnerships engaged in an in-depth discussion to share experiences in urban energy efficiency policies in three sectors: lighting and district energy systems (DESs), energy-efficient buildings and sustainable urban transport.
The technical expert meeting on renewable energy supply built on the recommendations and findings resulting from the renewable energy TEM held in March 2014, and focused on the most promising and feasible policies and options for renewable energy supply that could be implemented and scaled up to achieve high emission reductions in the pre-2020 period; in particular, distributed generation and policy and financial incentives, such as feed-in tariffs. The TEM facilitated an effective dialogue between participants, including Parties and representatives of the UNFCCC institutions, public and private investors, renewable energy companies, civil society, and research and academia, focusing on concrete business models and regulatory frameworks being used to deploy renewables on the ground.
Meetings in 2014
The technical expert meeting on addressing non-carbon dioxide (non-CO2) greenhouse gases allowed Parties, international organizations, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders to:
The discussion highlighted mitigation actions implemented at the national level in different regions. The meeting aimed to help participants explore options on how to further strengthen co-operation regarding mitigation ambition, including through the targeted utilization of existing UNFCCC institutions and mechanisms and forging new partnerships, to strengthen ongoing efforts to address the increase in non-CO2 GHG emissions.
The technical expert meeting on carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) allowed Parties, international organizations, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders to:
The discussion showcased projects in different regions using or storing CO2 from a variety of sources (e.g. power generation). The discussion aimed to help Parties, international organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders to explore options to strengthen co-operation, including through the targeted utilization of existing UNFCCC institutions and mechanisms and the creation of new partnerships, to augment the contribution of the CCUS to enhanced mitigation ambition.
At the technical expert meeting to unlock mitigation opportunities in land use in the pre-2020 period, Parties, observers and leading international organizations and partnerships shared experiences on capitalizing on the potential of land use actions. They highlighted climate benefits, lessons learned, challenges and plans for further scaling up as well as sharing opportunities for mobilizing finance, technology and capacity-building to implement land use actions with climate benefits in developing countries.
At the technical expert meeting on the urban environment, presentations were made by representatives of cities, international organizations, international partnerships and civil society organizations about capitalizing on opportunities that cities face in moving towards low-carbon pathways while creating sustainable, competitive, liveable and inclusive urban space for their people. Participants discussed the critical importance of policy frameworks, good governance, financing, and vision and leadership at the city level to spurring enhanced action on the ground and making cities low carbon and resilient to the impacts of climate change.
At the technical expert meeting to unlock mitigation opportunities in energy efficiency in the pre-2020 period, Parties, observers and leading international organizations and partnerships shared experiences on capitalizing on the potential of energy efficiency , lessons learned, challenges and plans for further scaling up energy efficiency improvements. They also shared opportunities for mobilizing finance, technology and capacity-building to enable developing countries to implement energy efficiency actions.
At the technical expert meeting on renewable energy presentations were made by Parties, international organizations, international partnerships, subnational entities and civil society organizations about their efforts and perspectives in scaling up the deployment of renewable energy technologies. Delegates deliberated about various policy options and choices that have the potential to address challenges and remove barriers to scaling up deployment of renewable energy technologies and contributing towards raising the pre-2020 ambition.