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  UNFCCC - COP5 Negotiations Tuesday, 26 October
 
 

Empowering Winds of Change

Wind energy can provide ten per cent of the world's electricity requirements by 2020, create 1.7 million jobs and reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by more than 10 billion tonnes, according to findings in an international report commissioned by Greenpeace, the European Wind Energy Association and the Forum for Energy and Development. Right: an exhibit outside the conference center.

The report, 'Windforce 10: a blueprint to achieve 10 per cent of the world's electricity from wind power by 2020", demonstrates that a total of 1.2 million Megawatts (MW) of wind power can be installed worldwide by 2020, producing more than the total electricity consumption in Europe today. In Europe alone, one fifth of this total capacity would be installed, creating a quarter of a million jobs.

After a side event on the report's findings, Dr.Karl Mallon from
Greenpeace International's Energy Solutions talked to Peter Doran.

E-mail: kmallon@ams.greenpeace.org.
Useful web sites:

European Wind Energy Association:
http://www.ewea.org
Forum for Energy and Development:
http://www.inforse.org
E-mail: infose@infose.org
Greenpeace International:
http://www.greenpeace.org
Birger Madsen, BTM:
E-mail: btmcwind@post4.tele.dk

IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme

Sal Emmanuel (e-mail: sal.emmanuel@iges.or.jp), Head of the Technical Support Unit at the IPCC's National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme provided a progress report on the IPCC's work instigated at SBSTA-8 in 1998. The IPCC was requested to give high priority to completing its work on uncertainty, as well as to prepare a report on good practice in inventory management and to submit a report on these issues by the SBSTA session at COP-5.

An annotated draft outline of the IPCC Report on Good Practice in National Inventory Preparation including Managing Uncertainty was made available at the side event. Future work will include the preparation of a draft report by 17 December 1999, proceeding to government/expert review, followed by a wrap-up meeting in Australia in February 2000. The final report will be available in May 2000 in time for consideration at SBSTA-12 and COP-6.

Excerpts from Mr. Emmanuel's presentation

The inauguration of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) to the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories took place on Saturday 25 September 1999 in Tokyo, Japan. The TSU at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Hayama, Japan is now officially operative and takes over as the main point of contact for the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme (IPCC NGGIP).

The Programme officers are Sal Emmanuel, Andrew Buendia, Robert Hoppaus, Jeroen Meijer and Kiyoto Tanabe.
Web site: http://www.iea.org/Ipcc.htm

Taka Hiraishi, IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories email: hiraishi@iges.or.jp
Jim Penman, UK

The Global Environment Facility and its enabling activities programmes

Ulric O'D. Trotz, Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Global Climate Change (CPACC), outlined the CPAGCC project and lessons learned, highlighting that it had benefited from experiences in the South Pacific. He hopes for a Memorandum of Understanding between the regions in order to exchange experiences and strengthen cooperation. Wayne King, South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, reported on the Pacific Islands Climate Change Assistance Programme (PICCAP) and its status.

Right: Hutton Archer, Senior External Relations Coordinator, GEF, chaired the event. E-mail: harcher@worldbank.org, GEF web site: http://www.gefweb.com

Ulric O'D. Trotz, CPACC. Email: trotzcpacc@sunbeach.net, CPACC web site: http://www.cpacc.org
Wayne King, South Pacific Regional Environment Programme. Email: WayneK@sprep.org.ws SPREP web site: http://www.sprep.org.ws/

Expert's Group on Interlinkages  
Participants attend a meeting focused on building linkages between the SBSTAs of environmental conventions, convened by UNEP.
Jorge Illueca (right), Assistant Executive Director of UNEP, Division on Environmental Conventions

OECD Launches new publications on climate change

At a side event chaired by the OECD's Joke Waller Hunter, the authors of two new publications on climate change presented their findings.

Jan Corfee Morlot (E-mail: jan.corfee-morlot@oecd.org), Principal Administrator at the OECD's Environment Directorate (Climate Change) made a presentation on her book, 'National Climate Policies and the Kyoto Protocol.' The publication will assist OECD countries in effectively limiting GHG emissions at lowest cost. She concludes that governments are on a learning curve. The lessons to date suggest that cost-effective responses require stronger action in the short term.

Peter Doran talks to Jan Corfee Morlot (right) about the OECD's findings

Jean-Marc Burnieux, an economist at the OECD, presented the findings from his work, 'Action Against Climate Change: the Kyoto Protocol and Beyond'. He concludes that the flexibility mechanisms will help to achieve much more ambitious stabilisation targets. Restrictions on the use of the mechanisms will mean that the choice of burden-sharing determines cost. His main finding is that the marginal costs of implementing the Kyoto Protocol will be relatively low.

Useful links and contacts at the OECD:

OECD Environment Directorate: http://www.oecd.org/env/cc
Domestic climate change policies: gene.mcglynn@oecd.org
Economic instruments: jean-philippe.barde@oecd.org
Kyoto Protocol: stephane.willems@oecd.org

Special Event on Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry

The SBSTA invited the IPCC, in conjunction with the SBSTA at its eleventh session, to provide an in-depth progress report and to convene a side event on the draft IPCC special report on land use, land-use change, and forestry. Panelists included lead authors, Bert Bolin, Sandra Brown, Dan Lashof, Bo Lim, Ian Noble, Neil Sampson, Jayant Sathaye, and Bernard Schlamadinger.

IPCC web site: http://www.ipcc.ch          E-Mail: ipcc_sec@gateway.wmo.ch

     
     
N.H. Ravindranath (left) and Robert Watson (right) , Co-Chairs of the event

We present RealAudio recordings from a number of speakers and subsequent discussion sessions

Neil Sampson outlines the chapters of the draft special report Robert T. Watson discusses IPCC's Special Report on LULUCF and sustainable development
Bo Lim on Inventories and Guidelines Questions and answers on scientific uncertainty
Bo Lim responds to 3 inquiries from the public on inventories Questions and answers relating to carbon stocks.
the IPCC group responds during the Q&A period
Bo Lim
Ian Noble
Neil Sampson
Bert Bolin

Daily Fossil Award

The NGOs' 'Fossil of the Day' award went to Saudi Arabia for blocking progress on Articles 4.8 and 4.9. The Climate Action Network (CAN) is presenting the award daily at 6:00pm to the country judged to have made the "worst" input to the negotiations.

The European Nuclear Society Young Generation hosted a reception for delegates to promote their campaign, "Young and in Nuclear - The Climate is Changing."


Criteria and Indicators for the Clean Development Mechanism: Bringing North and South Together

Participants at a side event convened by HELIO international discussed a report, "Criteria and Indicators for Appraising Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects." The report contains a set of eligibility criteria and indicators for the appraisal and evaluation of CDM project proposals. Proposed eligibility criteria include appropriate technologies, baselines, supplementarity and measures of sustainable development and lists project crediting and financial additionality criteria. The report also outlines a range of indicators for monitoring during a project's life cycle, including sustainable development indicators. Eight indicators grouped according to four pillars of sustainable development are outlined. An additional set of indicators for monitoring net emissions of greenhouse gases are also listed. Emilio La Rovere (left) and Steve Thorne, HELIO International, co-authors of the report.

For more information visit http://www.globenet.org/helio
To obtain a copy of HELIO's report (PDF format) go to http://sme.Belgium.EU.net/climnet/pubs/pubs.htm

From left to right: Paul Hassig, the Netherlands, Mbareck Diop, Senegal, and Michel Mousel, France
The panel was comprised of negotiators as well as representatives of business and environmental NGOs.

 

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