World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day 2020
November 10, 2020
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Policy approaches – How to increase ambition through large-scale carbon trading
11 November 2020, 11:15-12:15 am CET

The crediting of national policies, never possible under the Kyoto Protocol-era mechanism of CDM, but now feasible under the broader rules of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement will allow for scaled-up carbon transactions. This session will hear from actors how policy approaches could work, challenges to their implementation. We will discuss how the appropriate application of policy approaches may be the trigger needed to open the gates for carbon finance to help fund the COVID recovery. We will see how various institutions’ work in this space has progressed and debate the ongoing outstanding issues. Axel Michaelowa, Senior Founding Partner at Perspectives will present on the potential for policy crediting in Article 6, before critically analyzing the historic caveats and commenting on the impact of COVID-19 on national baseline setting. 

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Use of Cooperative Approaches to Trigger Transformative Development

11 November 2020, 12:30pm-1:30pm CET

This side event will explore how cooperative approaches can support countries to enhance their NDC and strengthen transformative developments. Two new German projects will be presented – first, a new capacity building project for countries which have an interest in developing a strategy to use the international carbon market mechanism to increase ambition of the NDC over time. Second, an R&D project to classify the transformative potential of activities in order to optimize the design and use of Article 6. Perspectives expert Stephan Hoch will explore the characteristics of transformative change, and formulate an incentive structure that builds on Article 6 mechanisms and brings together an international community of experts. The analysis will take a three-pronged focus, looking first to the waste sector in Morocco, then the transport sector in Costa Rica and finally the energy sector in Pakistan.

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Developments in Article 6 Piloting – Stakeholder Experiences

12 November 2020, 2:45-3:15 p.m. CET

This event will share insights from the updated study on global Article 6 piloting and enabling initiatives, including stakeholder experiences made so far. The pilots and enabling initiatives are providing valuable experiences for negotiations and a general understanding how carbon markets will be operating under the Paris Agreement. With a focus on Uganda, Senegal and Ethiopia, Stephan Hoch will contribute to the panel with a dive into the experiences and lessons learned from the Clean Development Mechanism.

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How to Retire Early: Carbon Pricing and Accelerating Coal Phase-out

12 November 2020, 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CET

To meet the Paris goals, coal must be phased out as quickly as possible. As the economics of renewables improve, existing coal plants are becoming increasingly uncompetitive. This session explores how international financial institutions could accelerate the replacement of coal plants with clean energy, while also ensuring a just transition – and discusses the potential role that carbon financing could play in the process. Stephan Hoch will elaborate on UNFCCC market mechanisms and international climate policy to explore the regional potential and support African countries in accessing carbon markets and climate finance in order to strengthen their NDCs

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Best regards,
Axel Michaelowa

Institute of Political Science / University of Zurich
Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS)
Affolternstrasse 56
8050 Zurich

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