NewClimate Institute contributions to Bonn UNFCCC meetings May 2017

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Events organised and co-organised

Making Paris work: leveraging the expertise of non-party stakeholders to design the Paris rulebook
In this side event, presenters and participants were invited to showcase or share their views on the positive role non-state actors could play in designing a cohesive, robust and effective Paris rulebook. The PACT (Project for Advancing Climate Transparency) consortium shared key findings from their newly published paper “Mapping the Linkages between the Transparency Framework and Other Provisions of the Paris Agreement”.

Side event
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
11:30 – 13:00
Berlin Room

From CDM to international climate finance: Ensuring continuity of mitigation action
Uncertainty remains how countries will use international credits pre- and post-2020, and how existing CDM projects could be supported by future international climate finance. African negotiators and project developers discussed with researchers how to enable the continuation of mitigation activities.

Side event
Thursday 11 May
16h45 – 18h45
Room 113 (Kaminzimmer)

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Are countries ready for Article 6? Preliminary results from case study research
This workshop’s objective was to foster an exchange on the development of market mechanisms in developing and emerging economies, and their integration in the framework of Article 6. Apart from giving an extensive overview of the previous and current carbon market portfolios of the selected countries, the workshop provided an opportunity of live interaction with and getting insights from country representatives including climate policy experts, policymakers and market negotiators.

Friday 12 May
18h00 – 21h00
Derag Livinghotel Kanzler, Adenauerallee 148, 53113 Bonn
[by invitation only]

Climate Action Tracker
Up-to-date assessment of (Intended) Nationally Determined Contributions and current policy scenarios. NewClimate Institute, Climate Analytics, Ecofys.

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Press conference
Monday, 15 May,
10.30 -11h00
Nairobi 4


Paris Agreement

The ten most important short-term steps to limit warming to 1.5°C
The Climate Action Tracker spelt out ten important, short-term steps that key sectors need to take to help the world achieve the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit. Climate Action Tracker by NewClimate Institute, Climate Analytics, Ecofys.

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Faster and Cleaner 2 – It only takes a few countries to kick-start energy system decarbonisation
The report based its investigation on the fact that to meet the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature limit, the global energy system must completely decarbonise by mid-century. The Climate Action Tracker examined the trends driving decarbonisation in three key sectors of the global energy system: power, transportation, and buildings—and looked at what can drive rapid transitions in these areas.

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What the Paris Agreement means for global climate change mitigation
The report summarises the most up to date scientific basis for urgent action to reduce carbon emissions and provides a roadmap of action to 2020. A collaboration between Yale University, Carbon Tracker and Climate Action Tracker (a consortium of Ecofys, NewClimate Institute and Climate Analytics), with a contribution by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

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What the Paris Agreement means for global climate change mitigation
Blog on the implications of the Paris Agreement for global climate policy
Blog on the website of the film “Before the flood” of Leonardo DiCaprio

What does the Paris Agreement mean for climate policy in the Netherlands and Germany?
Brief analyses which translate the long-term goals of the international climate regime as determined by the Paris Agreement into the Dutch and German context.

Netherlands report
Germany report

(Intended) Nationally Determined Contributions – (I)NDCs

Decarbonisation database and policy briefs
Exploring sectoral decarbonisation trends for the G-20 countries – an interactive overview of current and future sectoral trends, including over 40 sector level indicators and their relation to the 2°C limit and good practice.

Faster and cleaner
Transport sector
Building sector

Publication in Nature: Paris Agreement climate proposals need a boost to keep warming well below 2°C
Assesses the effect of current INDCs on reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions, its implications for achieving the temperature objective of the Paris climate agreement, and potential options for overachievement.

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Greenhouse gas mitigation scenarios for major emitting countries
Overview of projected greenhouse gas emissions in 25 major emitting countries up to 2030, taking into account the emission trajectories based on current policies and (I)NDCs.

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After Paris: What is next for Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)?
Outlining what the Paris Agreement means for Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and what needs to happen at the country level now and in the longer term to implement the Agreement.

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Challenges and lessons learned in the preparation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)
Synthesis of the main challenges and lessons learned from the preparation process of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) by Parties to the UNFCCC in the run up to Paris.

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Conditionality of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)
Key information and aspects on the conditionality of countries’ mitigation contributions in their INDCs.

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Good practice policy report and database
Portal and open collaborative platform which collects information and provides analysis on currently implemented policies related to climate change mitigation in countries around the globe.

Brown to Green
This “Brown to Green” report by Climate Transparency provides a comprehensive overview and assessment for the G20 countries, on whether – and how well – they are doing on the journey to transition to a low carbon economy.

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Initiative on Climate Action Transparency – Energy
NewClimate supports VCS in drafting the guidance on assessment of GHG impacts of policies for the Energy sector.
Draft to be published during 2017.

PACT (Project for Advancing Climate Transparency)
NewClimate supports VCS in drafting the guidance on assessment of GHG impacts of policies for the Energy sector. Draft to be published during 2017.

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Assessing the ambition of post-2020 climate targets: a comprehensive framework
Proposal for a comprehensive approach that covers all perspectives to assess ambition of national climate policy by NewClimate Institute and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency PBL.

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Climate and development

NDC Update Report
The NDC Update Report, written in cooperation with ECN under the Ambition to Action Project (A2A), critically looks at three actor groups (governments, international support community, non-state actors) to provide insights into progress of NDC implementation on the ground.

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Missed co-benefits of INDCs
Assessment of several countries’ INDCs on the missed co-benefits of current INDCs compared to more ambitious mitigation targets, including impact on fossil fuel imports, air pollution and jobs.
Summary report on many countries
Special on Turkey

The Paris Agreement and contribution of national designated entities (NDEs) under the Technology Mechanism
German Technology NDE supported by HEAT International in cooperation with NewClimate Institute.

Climate finance

Mobilizing climate finance flows: Nordic approaches and opportunities
Analysis and insights into the role of Nordic actors, public and private, to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and to mobilise in particular private finance consistent with a “well below 2°C” pathway.
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Designing NAMAs to catalyse bankable low-carbon investments
This policy brief looks at how to develop NAMAs in the form of policy and financial frameworks that make low-carbon projects bankable (lead by CCAP, with UNEP DTU).

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Allianz Climate and Energy Monitor
Creation of an index to assess the fitness of countries as potential investment destinations for building low carbon and climate resilient energy infrastructure. NewClimate Institute in cooperation with GermanWatch, for Allianz.

Deep Dive

Defining 2°C compatible investment criteria
NewClimate Institute, Germanwatch and the 2° Investing Initiative explore criteria to assess the alignment of investment and financing with the 2°C limit.

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Carbon Markets

Innovative Financing for the Adaptation Fund: Pathways and Potentials
A multi-criteria assessment of a suite of options for innovative carbon financing for the future of the Adaptation Fund. Analysis is presented for seven options from instruments at an international, national and non-state scale, and way forward is presented for the Adaptation Fund (NewClimate Institute and GermanWatch)

Policy brief by ecbi with contribution from NewClimate

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Vulnerability of CDM Projects for Discontinuation of Mitigation Activities
Authored by NewClimate Institute and the Öko-Institut, this publication forms part of a broader project, commissioned by the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) at the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), with the primary objective to analyse the current situation and development of the international carbon markets.

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International market mechanisms after Paris
This paper identifies the main goals and aims of the international carbon market, take into account the general context and environment for carbon markets under the Paris Agreement, identifies and discusses the main issues of the relevant paragraphs and analyse issues of the interaction and relationship of the provisions including synergies and conflicts. Öko Institute, Adelphi, NewClimate.

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Impacts of the Clean Development Mechanism
This focus study presents evidence on the impacts of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). This includes a quantitative assessment of the mitigation impact of the CDM that occurs as a side effect of the current depressed market conditions.

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Non-state action

International Climate Initiatives – A way forward to close the emissions gap?
Based on an analysis of 174 initiatives the study analyses the potential impact of these initiatives on GHG emissions in comparison to INDCs, identifies good practices shared by these initiatives and further discusses the relationship between these initiatives and the UNFCCC. The results inter alia reveal a global reduction potential of 6-11 GtCO2 equivalents/year of 19 initiatives till 2030. NewClimate with Öko Institute and Fraunhofer ISI.

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Initiative on Climate Action Transparency – Non-state actors
NewClimate with WRI, CDP and The Climate Group develop guidance for countries to include activities by actors other than national governments in their national projections.

To be published end of 2017

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