This session will discuss ways of creating circular economies in the agri-food chain to reduce food waste, use energy, and water more sustainably that result in emission reductions. The concept of using agricultural waste products and biogas for energy production and process inputs will be explored, particularly where improvements in energy and water use can be made.The session will also briefly touch up on required business models, conducive policy environment and sustainable development co-benefits.
During the session, with the help of high impact case studies/examples, currently available technological solutions and innovative approaches for circular economy in the agri-food chain 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, technology and capacity building resources for the replication and upscaling of abovementioned solutions.
Title: Regional Technical Expert Meetings on Mitigation
Date: 23 August 2019
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Organizers: UNFCCC secretariat in collaboration with the TEC, and the CTCN
Venue: Meeting room, SDG10, Climate City (SALVADOR HALL), Av. Luís Viana - Patamares, Salvador - BA, 41301-110, Brazil
Regional Technical Expert Meeting on Mitigation - organized in conjunction with the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019
Organizer: UNFCCC secretariat in collaboration with the Technology Executive Committee, the Climate Technology Centre and Network
Circular economy solutions and innovations in water and energy management for the agri-food chain
Date and time: 23 August 2019, 10:30-12:30 hrs.
Venue and meeting room: SDG10, Climate City (SALVADOR HALL), Av. Luís Viana - Patamares Salvador - BA, 41301-110 Brazil
10:30 - 10:35 Brief introduction of the topic and speakers by the moderator
- Claudia Octaviano, General Coordinator of Climate Change Mitigation of INECC in Mexico
10:35 - 10:40 Opening remarks
- Gonzalo Muñoz, Chile’s High-Level Climate Action Champion
10:40 - 11:10 Three case studies on what have been done so far and lessons learnt
To set the scene and ensure maximum engagement during the session, the presenters of case studies/examples will be asked to address the below questions related to learning from what works and where we are regarding circular economy solutions in the agri-food chain in the region:
• What circular solutions/innovations are available/used to better manage energy and water use in the agri-food chain?
• How these solutions have benefitted the agri-food chain, including emission reductions and sustainable development benefits?
• What can Parties and non-Party stakeholders learn from these solutions, including how the enablers were nurtured and challenges/barriers were overcome to result in emission reductions and sustainable development co-benefits?
Case study presenters:
- Bruno Casagranda Neves, Project Management Expert, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- Ximena Ruz Espejo, Technical Deputy Director, Sustaianability and Climate Change Agency, Chile
- Víctor Vargas Gamboa, Encargado y Coordinador de Desarrollo Sostenible, Instituto del Café de Costa Rica, ICAFE
11:10 - 11:25 Quick Q/A on case studies
11:25 - 12:25 Moderated roundtable discussion based on the case study presentations and guiding questions
The moderated round table discussion will delve into discussing what do we want to achieve to scale up and replicate opportunities in the circular economy solutions, and how do we get there.
• What should be the vision/goal in terms of harnessing mitigation potential and co-benefits of circular economy related policies, practices and actions in the agri-food chain, also in the context of enhancing mitigation ambition of countries?
• What are the specific financial, technology and capacity building resources necessary to upscale and replicate innovative circular economy solutions in the agri-food chain in the LAC region, that will contribute to achieve vision/goal discussed in the abovementioned questions?
• What are the ways forward and necessary actions to be taken by Parties, non-Party stakeholders and organizations to meet identified financial, technological and capacity building needs for circular economy solutions in the agri-food chain, including through regional mitigation initiatives/partnership?
Ice-breaking for roundtable discussion:
- lon Cadogan, National Project Coordinator, Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, Barbados
- Ing. Quím. Jorge Castro, División Cambio Climático, Ministerio de Vivienda, Ordenamiento Territorial y Medio Ambiente, Montevideo- Uruguay
- Lisa Lafferty, Carbon Trust
Contributors for roundtable discussion:
- All the previous speakers
12:25 - 12:30 Final summary/wrap-up by the moderator