Tag: China

ECO’s Climate Summit expectations

As the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit approaches, we are sure Parties, investors and businesses are wondering how to pack their bags and appropriately prepare for New York this September.

ECO would like to help. We know that Parties sometimes struggle with long lists of things they need to prepare. There is a regrettable tendency for some Parties to forget what they have already packed interventions in their bags already, or to wear old items of clothing in the hope that we don’t notice that it’s just the same old thing refashioned.

However, without any kind of a list to work from, ECO is concerned that Parties will arrive in New York completely not dressed appropriately for the occasion. Hot air and vague promises are not going to provide the cover needed at the summit. So here is what ECO recommends that Parties should pack for the Climate Summit:

1) New measures to scale up investment in, and deployment of, renewable energy and energy efficiency. This will to help fill the pre-2020 mitigation gap, but will also help you to pledge your support for a just transition to a fossil-free and 100% renewable future by 2050.

2) Then, if you are committed to a just transition, you will want to come to New York with substantial pledges for the Green Climate Fund and a commitment to increase the overall scale of climate finance.

3) And obviously, becoming fossil free means sending a strong signal that the age of coal is over. That means announcements from the US and China (inter alia) on domestic limits to coal use (going beyond current plans), the phase out of export credit and development bank finance for coal infrastructure from OECD countries, and coal divestment announcements by private sector actors.

If you arrive at the Summit with all of this in your suitcase, then you will be the talk of the town as all your clothing choices will make a climate fashion statement that the world will applaud about your determination to achieve a strong climate agreement in Paris and stop climate change.

Thanks in advance from ECO. We can’t wait!

Region: 
Related Newsletter : 

NGO Experts to Brief Media on Major Climate Change Milestones of 2013 ahead of Next Round of Climate Negotiations

April 22, 2013 – NGO experts from the two largest climate change networks will brief media on April 25 at 13.30GMT on the current state of play in the international climate negotiations ahead of the year's first round of UN talks.  They will also preview major milestones in 2013 related to climate change, and their potential impact on the negotiations.   

 
Experts will address the recently announced bilateral cooperation planned between the U.S. and China, as well as the U.S. and Japan.  They will also address the role of the Major Economies Forum and the potential impact of the first release of an IPCC assessment report in more than five years.  Lastly, experts will also address recent climate change related developments in Europe and the role of Poland within the EU, given the government will host the climate talks in December of this year.  
 
What: NGO experts survey the political landscape ahead of the 2013 climate negotiations.   
 
When:  13.30GMT, Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • 9.30 in New York, Washington DC 
  • 14.30 in London
  • 15.30 in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Berlin
 
Who:  
  • Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists, United States,  
  • Lina Li, Greenovation Hub, China  
  • Julia Michalak, Climate Action Network Europe. 
 
To join the teleconference, please dial the relevant toll-free telephone number for your country listed below and enter the Conference Room Number: 1231732 when requested.
 
 
Belgium: +32 (0) 80081379
Brazil: +55 (0) 8000474900
Canada: +1 (888) 299-3346
China: +86 4008811076
Germany: +49 08007235118
Japan: +81 (0) 120216700
U.A.E: +971 80004449671
United Kingdom: +44 (0) 8000284051
United States: +1 (866) 951-1151
 
If your country is not listed, please email rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org to you will receive a local toll free number. 
 
 
About CAN and GCCA
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 800 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.
 
The Global Call for Climate Action is an international network of diverse non-profit organizations working to mobilize civil society and galvanize public opinion in support of climate action. Our partners, 400 and growing, come from a broad spectrum of civil society, including national and international NGO's working to protect the environment and to fight poverty.
 
Organization: 

Jiayi Xu: MRV works for me

Jiayi Xu: MRV works for me

Jiayi Xu, from the Institute for Environment and Development, a Chinese NGO, speaks on MRV and expectations for the Durban UN Climate Talks.

Topics: 

Ludwig in Bonn

Ludwig went to the presentation of the IPCC on their renewables report and learned that renewable energy can provide all our current and future energy needs. While listening to the presentations of these smart scientists he also learned that in order to optimally use what nature offers us, we need governments to develop the right set of supportive policies. Ludwig was therefore very surprised when he opened his computer after this presentation and read about the Chinese government planning to cancel its subsidies for wind energy due to a complaint at the World Trade Organisation against this subsidy by the US government. Did the US government not yet receive a copy of the IPCC report? If not, Ludwig would be happy to give them his copy.

Region: 
Related Newsletter : 

China and Germany Climate Policies Draw Clean Energy Investment at Expense of U.S.

In his most recent State of the Union address, President Obama introduced the idea of “winning the future” to the American public. ECO welcomes this race, and humbly suggests a focus on climate policies could help him achieve this seemingly paradoxical goal. To win the race, the U.S. will need to actually join it. A recent Pew and Bloomberg New Energy Finance report shows that the U.S. has slipped down to number three in private investment in clean energy development, such as small-scale solar installations, launching Germany into the number two spot.  Until 2008, the U.S. had held the top spot, a spot now firmly held by China. Globally, 2010 clean energy finance and investments grew by 30 percent to a record $243 billion.

Why is the U.S. competitive position ‘deteriorating’, ECO wonders?

The report concludes that climate policies matter to investors.  Pew’s Clean Energy Program Director attributed the decline in investments in the U.S. to a ‘weak and uncertain’ policy framework. China, Germany and India are rising in investment rankings because they have adopted policies such as renewable energy standards, carbon reduction targets and/or incentives for investment and production.

In the race to win the future, the US seems to be running with its shoes untied.

The report – Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2010 edition – is the second annual compilation of clean energy investments (which includes renewables and energy efficiency). Last year’s reportmade big waves in the U.S. when it announced that China had taken over the lead.Now the gap has widened and the US is falling even lower down the rankings.

ECO has to wonder when U.S. elected officials will wake up to that fact that the real ‘job killer’ is not carbon regulation.  It is the failure to join the rest of the world in the race to the new energy future

Topics: 
Region: 

Basic countries NGOs are bringing a new perspective to cooperation on Climate Change

With the progress made in last two meetings in Bonn and Tianjin, NGOs in BASIC countries move forward beyond experience sharing and begin to discuss how do we see each other and how to build collaboration in coming future.

The first step is to identify what are the common challenges and differences we are facing now. And we do find many things in common. All these countries are emerging economies with remarkable divisions between the rich and the poor and rapid urban expansion, which has a huge and growing need for energy, often fossil-fuel based. Climate change is a common environment issue in these countries, while pollution, deforestation as well as other local environment challenges should also be deal with. Economic growth looks more important to governments than climate protection, none of these countries have a strong climate movement to face this problems and everyday more communication is needed on Climate Change with public. Beside these commonalities, these countries still have lots of differences, especially in politic system, economic structure as well as the relationship between government and civil society.

We believe that both commonalities and differences can be beneficial for future cooperation. About the future, we all agree that information sharing for good practices such as local actions addressing mitigation and adaptation actions is very important.

We really hope that with a regular communication mechanism, the cooperation among basic countries could bring a very different perspective from former international NGO cooperation and will enhance the global civil movement in addressing climate change

Region: 

Tom Wang, Greenpeace China in Tianjin

Tom Wang of Greenpeace China at the UNFCCC climate talks in Tianjin China

Tom Wang of Greenpeace China at the UNFCCC climate talks in Tianjin China
 

courtesy OneWorld TV

Michelle Medeiros, Greenpeace International in Tianjin

UNFCCC Tianjin / Michelle Medeiros - Greenpeace International - Approaches to Climate Change

Michelle Medeiros from Greenpeace International speaks to OneClimate.net about the different approached to climate change in the US and China

Organization: 

Pages

Subscribe to Tag: China