The technical examination process on mitigation consists of regular in-session thematic technical expert meetings and focused follow up work to be conducted by Parties, international organizations and partnerships throughout the year. Parties to the Convention resolved to start this process in 2014 and to further accelerate it by 2020 in order to implement scalable best practice policies and bridge the ambition gap.
Decision 1/CP.21 called for strengthening of the existing technical examination of opportunities with high mitigation potential and associated adaptation, health and sustainable development co-benefits in the period 2016–2020 taking into account latest scientific knowledge. The decision requested the secretariat to organise the technical examination process on mitigation and disseminate its results, including by organising regular technical expert meetings on mitigation focusing on specific policies, practices and actions representing best practice and with the potential to be scalable and replicable.
Parties at COP 23 concluded the assessment of the technical examination processes (TEPs), suggesting key ways to improve their effectiveness:
- Better integrate the TEPs with the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action;
- Focus on specific policy options and opportunities that are actionable in the short term, including those with sustainable development co-benefits;
- Engage expert organizations to organize the relevant technical expert meetings on mitigation (TEMs-M);
- Engage Parties and non-Party stakeholders to organize regional technical expert meetings, building on existing regional climate action events;
- Make the TEMs-M more interactive, provide an agenda and guiding questions well in advance and conclude the TEMs-M with a session on proposing ways forward and necessary actions;
- Inform the summary for policymakers, the high-level events and the Talanoa Dialogue.
As requested by the Conference of the Parties, at its twenty-third session, the high-level champions identified, in consultation with the Technology Executive Committee and the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network, topics for the technical examination process on mitigation (TEP-M) for the period until 2020. More information available here.
Parties, non-Party stakeholders and expert organizations, that are interested to lead, support and contribute to the organization of the technical expert meetings under the TEP-M, should contact us at: TEP_Mitigation@unfccc.int.
Regional TEMs-M on “Enabling waste-to-energy and circular economy solutions to boost climate action” during Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week-23 August 2018 Montevideo
During the meetings, with the help of high impact case studies/examples, currently available technological solutions and innovative approaches for waste to energy and circular economy that are actionable in the short term for the LAC region will be discussed. Participants are expected to also discuss and share experiences on the necessary policy environment, best practices in fostering partnerships and need of financial, technical and capacity building resources for the replication and upscaling of abovementioned solutions.
Regional TEMs-M on “Enabling waste-to-energy, industrial waste reuse and prevention solutions to achieve circular economy and boost climate action” during Asia Pacific Climate Week-12 July 2018 Singapore
This meeting will focus on waste-to-energy, industrial waste reuse and prevention solutions as integral parts to achieving a circular economy and the associated triple win: economic, environmental and employment. With the help of high impact case studies/examples, currently available technological solutions and innovative approaches for waste-to-energy and waste reuse/prevention that are actionable in the short term for the Asia Pacific region will be discussed. Participants are expected to also discuss and share experiences on the necessary policy environment, best practices in fostering partnerships and need of financial, technical and capacity building resources for the replication and upscaling of abovementioned solutions.
Industry-implementation of circular economies and industrial waste reuse and prevention solutions - May 2018 (During SB48)
The specific objectives of the TEMs-M 2018 are to:
- Identify and explore the policy options, technological innovations and best practices on waste-to-energy (e.g. contractual arrangements) and supply chain redesign that are actionable in the short term to deliver emission reductions and generate sustainable development benefits, including a just transition of the workforce to these innovative sectors;
- Explore ways forward and necessary actions to be taken by Parties, non-Party stakeholders and organizations in relation to the replication and up-scaling of identified policy options, technological innovations and best practices on waste-to-energy and supply chain redesign.
The TEMs-M events will be structured/designed around the three key guiding questions adopted by the Talanoa Dialogue (Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?). The outcomes of the TEMs-M will provide quality input to the dialogue. The outcomes of TEMs-M will constructively feed back into the work programme of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, the summary for policymakers, the high-level events and stock take on pre-2020 implementation.
Technical Expert Meetings Report can be found here
Regional TEMs-M on Efficiency in Industry - 13 April 2018 (During Africa Carbon Forum)
The objective of this meeting is to discuss actionable solutions to address barriers and needs in the context of energy and material efficiency improvements in industry. as well as circular economy models. The event will showcase viable business models and opportunities for green economic diversification. Success factors and the roles of different stakeholders in the process of enhancing industrial energy efficiency as well as best practices and lessons learned are presented.
Regional TEMs-M Report can be found here
Cross-cutting issues in urban environment - May 2017 (During SB46)
Land use - May 2017 (During SB46)
These meetings aim to:
- Facilitate discussion on how city level actions as well as actions on the land use sector link and contribute to Pre-2020 Climate Action, the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Facilitate exchange of experience on implementing effective planning, policy frameworks and financing instruments to drive public and private investment, in support of low emissions development;
- Facilitate collaboration and partnership among wide range of stakeholders, including private investors to scale up and replicate the best practices identified and examined during the TEM-M. Agenda (511 kB)
Based on the information exchanged during the technical expert meetings, the secretariat prepared two updated technical papers:
- FCCC/TP/2017/2: Urban environment related mitigation benefits and co-benefits of policies, practices and actions for enhancing mitigation ambition and options for supporting their implementation
- FCCC/TP/2017/9: Land use related mitigation benefits and co-benefits of policies, practices and actions for enhancing mitigation ambition and options for supporting their implementation. Technical paper by the secretariat
Cross cutting issues in Urban Environment- Exploring pathways to transform African Cities into low emission and sustainable cities - 29 June 2017 Regional TEM (During Africa Carbon Forum)
This regional TEM-M is a platform for stakeholders to demonstrate innovative and on the ground actions, and to discuss how emission reductions and sustainable development benefits can be realized through better planned and designed urbanization in Africa.
Agenda (1105 kB)
Report (2044 kB)
Workshop on new pathways for Latin American and Caribbean metropolises and Plenary on building vision for climate actions - 18 October 2017 Regional TEM (During LAC Carbon Forum)
This regional TEM-M is a platform for stakeholders to demonstrate innovative and on the ground actions, and to discuss how emission reductions and sustainable development benefits can be realized through better planned and designed urbanization in LAC.
New pathways for Latin American and Caribbean cities
Report (1771 kB)
Social and Economic Value of Carbon & Transport - May 2016 (During SB44)
Building on the technical examination process conducted in 2015, these meetings aim to:
- Promote implementation of best practice mitigation policies and proven technologies that could lead to significant emission reductions and also have significant sustainable development co-benefits and could be scaled up and replicated by 2020 through increased international cooperation and coordination;
- Mobilize support for mitigation policies and technologies, and provide opportunities enabling developing countries to effectively implement them on the ground;
- Set the foundation for implementation of the INDCs in the post-2020 period by encouraging early action at international, national and subnational levels.
Follow up work on the technical examination process consists of focused in-depth, inter-sessional meetings conducted throughout the year by Parties, international organizations, partnerships and the secretariat with a view to enabling more Parties to take transformational action in delivering higher mitigation ambition. At these meetings, participants reflect on the progress made at the technical expert meetings and identify opportunities for further action moving forward.
Renewable energy & Energy efficiency action in urban environments - May 2016 (During SB44)
Building on the technical examination process conducted in 2015, these meetings aim to:
- Provide a platform for the partner organizations and other relevant organizations/initiatives to: show how they have assisted Parties in implementing identified policy options and/or supported relevant partnerships and initiatives; and share their views on what have changed after the Paris agreement;
- Provide a space for Parties to discuss how they envision the continued engagement of these organizations in the TEP process, with a view to maximize the added value of their on-going efforts.
Renewable energy supply & Energy efficiency in urban environments - June 2015 (During ADP 2.9)
The meetings will assist Parties to advance in the implementation of good practice policy options and technologies, to involve UNFCCC institutions and leading international organisations, and engage with a broad range of stakeholders. The discussions will build on the technical examination process conducted in 2015
Non-CO2 greenhouse gases & Carbon capture, use and storage - October 2014 (During ADP 2.6)
The technical expert meetings focused on opportunities for action on non-CO2 greenhouse gases and carbon capture, use and storage. Based on the information exchanged during the June 2014 and the October 2014 technical expert meetings, the secretariat prepared an updated technical paper and its four addenda on land use, urban environments, carbon capture, use and storage and non-CO2 GHG emissions, which was presented to the ADP in December 2014.
Land Use & Urban Environment - June 2014 (During ADP 2.5)
The two technical expert meetings looked at the opportunities in Land Use and Urban Environments, and were complemented by a Forum on Cities and Sub-National Authorities.
Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency - March 2014 (During ADP 2.4)
Policy options and opportunities to scale up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency improvements were explored during two technical expert meetings. Based on the information exchanged during the technical expert meetings, the secretariat prepared an updated technical paper and its addendum on mitigation benefits of actions, initiatives and options to enhance mitigation ambition, which was presented to the ADP in June 2014.
The technical papers summarize information on best practice mitigation policies, practices and technologies that are widely used around the world in the examined thematic areas. The papers reflect proposals from Parties and observers, discussions at the technical expert meetings, and the latest findings published by leading international organizations and partnerships that collaborate with the UNFCCC. Technical papers can be found here.
In conjunction with the technical expert meetings, the secretariat organizes a Climate Action Fair to showcase examples of (1) pre-2020 action related to the technical expert meeting topics and (2) actions by non-state actors to address climate change. The Climate Action Fair consists of various activities, including side events and exhibitions, which all aim to support the work and discussions taking place under the technical expert meetings, as well as increase the visibility of the climate action among cities, regions, companies, investors, and international cooperative initiatives. Please find here the brochure for the Climate Action Fair 2016.