REEEP at COP 21

19-11-2015, Paris, France

The 21st Conference of the Parties, the most momentous COP in nearly two decades, begins on November 30th, 2015. REEEP will be participating in the following events at Le Bourget.

Side Event: Scaling-up private sector financing for adaptation-related projects

  • Thursday, 3 December, 15:00-16:30
  • Venue:  Blue Zone Room OR 03, Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris

Side Event: Scaling-up investment in clean energy in developing countries

  • Wednesday, 9 December, 16:45-18:15
  • Venue: Blue Zone Room OR 12, Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris

EU Pavilion Event: Decision making for a climate resilient future: Creating a “Climate Knowledge Grid”

  • Thursday, 10 December, 10:30
  • Venue: European Union Pavilion, Blue Zone, Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris

 

Side Event: Scaling-up private sector financing for adaptation-related projects

Hosted by: Frankfurt School-UNEP, ICETTCTI-PFAN, IDRC, REEEP

Private finance will play an important role in driving innovation and funding adaptation, particularly given the deficit between the funds needed to address adaptation globally and the limited availability of public sources. The $100 billion required annual investment in adaptation will not only come from public sources, but profitable investment opportunities for adaptation are still not yet well developed. Many companies are taking a “wait and see” approach to climate action, while others are investing in managing risks to their businesses or offering goods and services that help adaptation. Meanwhile, international finance institutions, such as Multilateral Development Banks and the Green Climate Fund, are trying to leverage private investment for adaptation with public resources. 

Several challenges standout: the long timeline of climate change which is ill suited to short term business planning; poor communication between the science community and the private sector; and the high costs of adaptation and the uncertainty of financial benefits. Finally, a lack of capacity amongst project developers – particularly in developing countries – on how to pitch adaptation initiatives has hindered investment. 
This panel brings together the experience of a number of institutions that have been focused on scaling up the level of private interest and investment in adapting to climate change. Much of the acquired experience comes from lessons learned in financing renewable energy projects in developing countries. The panel will present recent initiatives on scaling up investment in adaptation and outline future directions for researchers, financiers and project developers.     

Speakers 

  • Michael Rantil (CTI) 
  • Moderator: Mark Redwood (IDRC) 
  • Ulf Moslener/Christine Gruening (FS)
  • Francisco Alpizar (LACEEP)
  • Martin Hiller (REEEP) 
  • Peter Storey (CTI PFAN)
Date/Time:  Thursday, 3 December from 15:00-16:30
Venue:  Blue Zone Room OR 03, Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris
 

Side Event: Scaling-up investment in clean energy in developing countries

Hosted by: REEEP, ETH Zurich, IDS
 

Many policies and donor initiatives specifically target renewable energy and energy efficiency in low and middle-income countries, yet investment levels and business activity remain muted. The challenges of rapidly scaling-up private investment flows into clean energy go hand in hand with the breadth of actors influencing the picture worldwide and the risk profiles of each. 

Thus have many efforts emerged to better understand, mitigate and manage risk profiles and the finance and policy gaps that contribute to them – in effect de-risking markets. 

REEEP, the Institute of Development Studies and ETH Zurich's Energy Politics Group are co-hosting an official side event at the Paris COP21 to look at some of these ongoing efforts across the spectrum of stakeholders. Key questions to be addressed include:

  • How is financing for electrification and new access performing across the board, and how can it be improved?
  • What barriers still stand in the way of rapid investment increases into energy projects – what do private investors consider “bankable” and why?
  • How can policy makers and project developers mitigate investment risks? Can we learn from the Indian mini-grid experience? 
  • In the case of Africa, how is the political economy influencing decarbonisation efforts? 
  • What types of knowledge gaps still exist and how can we translate individual successes into larger market shifts?

Speakers 

  • Dr Ana Pueyo, IDS 
  • Peter Storey, CTI PFAN
  • Abhishek Malhotra, ETH Zurich
  • Martin Hiller, REEEP 
  • Oliver Waissbein, UNDP
  • Prof Peter Newell, University of Sussex 
  • Prof Tobias Schmidt, ETH Zurich (Moderator)
 
Date/Time:  Wednesday, 9 December from 16:45-18:15
Venue:  Blue Zone Room OR 12, Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris
 
 

EU Pavilion Event: Decision making for a climate resilient future: Creating a “Climate Knowledge Grid”

Hosted by: CTCN, SEI, REEEP, CKB Group

 

Society is only now grasping the full extent to which our lives, jobs and environment are sensitive to a changing climate. Effective, expedient and evidence-based decision making will be needed in many areas if we are to build a climate resilient future. 

For urban planners, farmers, emergency responders, economists, investment managers or any of the thousands of professions affected by climate change, the challenge beyond 2015 lies in finding information that is useful to practical decision making, and making sense of it. The Climate Knowledge Brokers Group (CKB), a burgeoning community of knowledge specialists representing a range of fields connected to climate change and international development, emerged in 2012 to address these challenges. In September 2015, the group released the Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto, a joint call to action for drastically improving the climate knowledge landscape. 

But what is necessary to put the principals of the CKB Manifesto into action at scale, empowering knowledge brokers to effectively interpret, sort, translate and synthesize information, and ensuring that practitioners, policymakers and the public are able to find the knowledge they require for effective decision-making? 

The event will discuss the work of CKB members building toward the creation of a “Climate Knowledge Grid” – a technological and human-centred construct that will support significantly deeper collaboration and knowledge integration, and in the end a vastly more efficient mechanism for bringing information to decision makers everywhere.

Speakers 

  • Karina Larsen (CTCN)
  • Sukaina Bharwani (SEI Oxford)
  • Xianfu Lu (UNFCCC)
  • Florian Bauer (REEEP / CKB Coordination Hub)
  • Moderator: Steve Zwick (Ecosystem Marketplace)
Date/Time:  Thursday, 10 December at 10:30-12:00
Venue:  EU Pavilion, Blue Zone, Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris
 

 

REEEP Team
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John Tkacik

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