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Climate Transparency Newsletter (formerly Mitigation Newsletter)
Issue no. 19, October 2017

 

 
Dear Readers,

At this year’s Annual Partnership Retreat in Georgia, negotiators and practitioners from national governments and the EU Commission as well as representatives of international organisations had lively discussions on the content of the Paris Agreement and the subsequent negotiation processes. They exchanged perspectives on the decisions and discussed topics to be addressed at upcoming negotiations, especially related to the modalities, procedures and guidelines (MPGs) for the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF). More information on the 6th Annual Partnership Retreat can be found in the lead article of this newsletter edition.

This edition also informs about other recent Partnership activities, such as the latest workshops of the Regional Groups, and reports on progress in climate policy development and implementation in partnering countries, namely India, Viet Nam, Ghana and Costa Rica.

Additionally, the newsletter highlights some new publications, guidance documents, briefing series and factsheets recently added to the resources section on the Partnership’s website. As always, it further introduces a selected case study from the Global Good Practices Analysis and announces upcoming events.

Please send your feedback and input on relevant climate action in your countries to info@transparency-partnership.net.

Thank you for your interest.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter!

The Partnership Secretariat


 
Contents:


6th Annual Partnership Retreat discusses enhanced transparency framework

Latest news from the Partnership
  • Regional Workshop of the Cluster Francophone in cooperation with FAO and IFDD
  • Latin American and Caribbean Regional Workshop on progress in transparency and accountability of NDCs
  • First Workshop of the Cluster Lusophone in Lisbon
  • Regional Dialogue on NDCs for Latin America
Input from Partners and Partnership countries
  • Waste NAMA to promote co-processing of municipal solid waste (MSW) based refused derived fuel (RDF) in cement kilns in India
  • Underway: Viet Nam reviews and updates its NDC
  • Ghana pilots corporate carbon footprint reporting for electricity sector
  • Costa Rican coffee NAMA on its way to the first low-carbon coffee in the world
Documents & Tools

Up-coming events

Good Practice


 
6th Annual Partnership Retreat discusses enhanced transparency framework
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From 5 to 11 September 2017, 51 participants from 24 developing and developed countries, and from a number of international organisations, came together in Georgia to discuss ‘The Enhanced Transparency Framework, Ambition and National Implementation’ at the 6th Annual Partnership Retreat of the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement. The retreat was designed, inter alia, to build trust among parties, provide analysis of the latest developments in the UNFCCC negotiations, reach understanding of the implications of the Paris Agreement for national policy implementation and to exchange on political positions, national experiences and good practices. Find out about the inputs and main findings here.

 
Latest news from the Partnership
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Regional workshop of the Cluster Francophone in cooperation with FAO and IFDD

57 participants from 22 francophone developing countries and 13 experts and representatives from international organisations and consultants focused on issues around the subject of “greenhouse-gas inventories in the energy and AFOLU sectors as a condition for the up-date and monitoring of NDCs” during the regional workshop in Rome from 28 to 30 August 2017. Find more information here.

 
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Latin American and Caribbean regional workshop on progress in transparency and accountability of NDCs

From 26 to 28 of September 2017, 35 negotiators, MRV practitioners and NDC implementers from 12 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean and 13 international experts gathered in Costa Rica to link the current discussions in the UNFCCC negotiations on transparency and monitoring of NDCs with existing experience, lessons learned from MRV systems and technical progress with accounting methodologies. Find the documentation here.

 
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First workshop of the Cluster Lusophone in Lisbon

From 19 to 21 of June 2017, the Cluster Lusophone hosted its first workshop. The workshop focused on key issues such as transparency and MRV under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, the institutional framework for transparency, inventories of greenhouse gases and IPCC guidelines and the process of International Consultation and Analysis (ICA). Click here for more information.

 
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Regional Dialogue on NDCs for Latin America

From 30 of August to 1 of September 2017 the Regional Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Latin America took place in Quito, Ecuador with approximately 140 participants. The regional dialogue actively expanded the scope of participation to a variety of stakeholders and addressed NDC implementation with a focus on financing and the energy sector. Find more information here.

 
Input from partners and partnership countries:
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Waste NAMA to promote co-processing of municipal solid waste (MSW) based refused derived fuel (RDF) in cement kilns in India

In its Nationally Determined Contributions, India has committed to reduce the emission intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 level. The waste and forest sectors have been identified as priority areas to achieve such emission reduction. Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are effective tools for achieving these objectives and additionally, the NAMA will provide important economic, social and environmental sustainable development co-benefits. Find more information here.

 
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Underway: Viet Nam reviews and updates its NDC

On June 28, 2017, Viet Nam launched a process to review and update its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). A kick-off consultation workshop marked the beginning of this comprehensive task. By September 2019, it will conclude with Viet Nam’s submission of its revised NDC to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Click here for more information on the process.

 
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Ghana pilots corporate carbon footprint reporting for electricity sector

Ghana recently introduced a corporate emissions reporting programme to better capture emissions from the electricity sector. The GHG reporting programme trained mining and electricity production companies on carbon accounting techniques and is currently being piloted by the Volta River Authority (VRA), a state run power utility company and Ghana’s premier supplier of electricity. Find out more about the programme here.

 
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Costa Rican coffee NAMA on its way to the first low-carbon coffee in the world

Costa Rica´s coffee harvest lasts from September to February, varying between the country´s different coffee regions. But even in the months with no harvest yet, the country´s coffee producers have been far from inactive: 50 mills and over 3,000 coffee farmers participated in a wide range of trainings and workshops offered by the Costa Rican Coffee NAMA. Read more about the project and progress made here.


 
Documents & Tools
UNFCCC (2017): New guidance document for peer review of GHG inventories for non-Annex I Parties

A new guidance document on conducting quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) for GHG inventories has been created by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, with the support of the Global Support Programme (GSP) for National Communications and Biennial Update Reports. Click here to learn more on how to perform a review of national GHG inventory management systems and national GHG inventories for non-Annex I Parties.

 
UNFCCC (2017): Guide for peer review of national GHG inventories

As part of the collaboration between the UNFCCC secretariat and the UNDP/UNEP Global Support Programme for National Communications and Biennial Update Reports (GSP), this guide has been prepared in order to assist countries in the development of a robust national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory system. Click here for more information.

 
GIZ (2017): Briefing series on sectoral implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs)

GIZ has published a series of briefing papers dealing with the sectoral implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs). The eight different briefings focus each on different sectors, provide an overview on the sectoral effects on climate change and offer prospects for implementing NCDs into each sector. Learn more here.

 
GIZ (2017): Guidance note on how to design transformational mitigation projects. A checklist for project developers and managers

This Guidance Note aims to help practitioners better understand the concept of transformational change (TC) and provides a checklist of the characteristics of TC that should be considered in the design of transformational mitigation projects. Learn more here on how to create an enabling context for TC, on how to foster innovations and on how to mobilise actors for Transformational Change.

 
GIZ (2017): Preparing for the ICA process: Required efforts and capacities needed

The paper assesses how Non-Annex I Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) can best prepare for the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) of their Biennial Update Reports (BURs), and what efforts and capacities might be required as part of their preparation. Get more information on the ICA process, its components and the existing experiences made so far here.

 
GIZ (2017): Guidance for setting up and enhancing national technical teams for GHG inventories in developing countries

In a step-by-step process, this guide aims to assist developing countries in meeting a significant part of their reporting requirements to the UNFCCC, i.e. the national GHG inventory, by setting up or enhancing national technical teams for the preparation and reporting of GHG inventories on a regular basis within a national system of GHG inventories. Learn more about the step-by-step process and strategies to support the sustainability of technical teams for GHG inventories here.

 
GIZ (2017): Good practice in the MENA region

The GIZ project Policy dialogue and knowledge management on low emission development strategies in the MENA region conducted a good practice analysis of IKI projects in the MENA region. The aim of this analysis was to identify activities, which contribute to low carbon development and are also transferable to other MENA countries or other regions. In the first round, five projects have been identified as outstanding examples of good practice in the field of climate projects. For the purpose of valuing and sharing experiences, how to overcome barriers and to enable the project’s success, a factsheet for each identified good practice was designed. Click here for full access to the factsheets.

 
WWF (2017): Planning to succeed - how to build strong 2050 climate energy development strategies

Good 2050 climate and energy strategies are essential both for tackling climate change and for securing the well-being and prosperity of people and planet. It is therefore important to ensure these strategies are as strong as possible. The MaxiMiseR project has identified ten essential elements of a good 2050 climate and energy strategy. Find more information on these ten essential elements here.

 
Upcoming events
Webinar series kick-off: ‘Transparency as the link between NDCs, stock-taking and reaching the goal of the Paris Agreement’, 1 November 2017, 3 pm CET

This webinar is part of a series jointly organised by GIZ’s Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) as a follow up to the Global NDC Conference 2017. More information here.

 
"Ready for the Enhanced Transparency Framework? Mastering BURs today, tracking NDCs tomorrow" side event during COP23, 7 November 2017, 6:30 pm CET

The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia in cooperation with the UNEP-DTU Partnership and the International Climate Dialogue e.V. (ICD) will be hosting the side event “Ready for the Enhanced Transparency Framework? Mastering BURs today, tracking NDCs tomorrow” during COP 23. The organization of the event is being supported by the project Information Matters and the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement. This event aims to showcase and share experiences on national benefits of climate change reporting as well as to illustrate the connection between current reporting requirements, the Enhanced Transparency Framework and NDC-tracking. Find more information here.

 
Transparency side events at COP23

Find an overview of side events addressing climate transparency here.

 
IKI NDC Support Cluster side events during COP23

The IKI NDC Support Cluster is hosting several side events during COP23 in Bonn. Find an overview of all events here.

 
Asia LEDS Partnership Forum, 5-6 December 2017

The Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement is contributing to the Asia LEDS Partnership Forum organised by ICLEI/LEDS Global Partnership and the Viet Nam Ministry of Planning and Investment from 5 to 6 December 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. More information here.

 
3rd Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, 7-8 December 2017

The Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement is contributing to the 3rd Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation organised by ICLEI and Viet Nam Ministry of Planning and Investment from 7 to 8 December in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. More information here

 
Good Practice
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Limiting coal consumption in China

China is setting itself a target to limit coal consumption at 4.2 Gt/year by 2020, which is estimated to represent 62% of the energy mix. The Plan is a Low Emission Development Strategy designed through a country-driven process and rooted in China’s priorities, such as improving local air quality and addressing water scarcity issues. The ambition to limit coal consumption in China comes out of a commitment at the highest political level, contributing to the achievement of China’s Copenhagen pledge of 40–45% reduction in carbon intensity compared to 2005 levels by 2020 and its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) goal of peaking CO 2 emissions by 2030 at the latest. Click here for full access to the good practice case study.

 
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