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Proposal of Fiscal Policy Guidelines for Distributed Generation from Solar Photovoltaic Energy in Guatemala

Agenda

Introduction. Eduardo José Sanchez Sierra. Coordinator of the Secretariat, Plataforma LEDS LAC.

Project “Mechanisms and Networks of Technology Transfer related to Climate Change for Latin America and the Caribbean. Renato Oña Pólit. Coordinator of Renewable Energies, Bariloche Foundation.

Study: “Analysis and technical foundation for the formulation of a proposal for fiscal policy guidelines to promote the use and exploitation of distributed electricity generation from solar photovoltaic energy” in Guatemala.

Craig James Menzies. Leader of the energy department, FACTOR.

Jorge Asturias. Project Leader, FACTOR.

Aspects and details of the contribution of the study carried out to the vision of the EFA. Herman Elías Juan Sebastián Blas García. Director of Analysis and Fiscal Policy, Ministry of Public Finance of Guatemala.

About the webinar

Fiscal policy seeks sustainable economic growth by financing the provision of public goods to increase the population’s well-being. In Guatemala this is developed by the Ministry of Public Finance (MINFIN), which has promulgated and implements the “Environmental Fiscal Strategy” (EFA), which promotes the design of state policies aimed at changing habits in the Guatemalan population, seeking access to sources of funding that prioritize adaptation and mitigation to climate change.

This webinar will present the results of the study: “Analysis and technical basis for the formulation of a proposal of fiscal policy instruments to increase access to electricity by distributed generation with solar photovoltaic in rural-urban and interconnected regions, to contribute to economic growth and development by attracting investment, business development and entrepreneurship”, which will be useful to add contributions to the EFA. This study is part of the project: “Mechanisms and Networks of Transference related to the Climate Change for Latin America and the Caribbean” developed by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), executed by the Bariloche Foundation, and implemented by FACTOR.

The webinar will be held in Spanish. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the LEDS LAC Platform Secretariat: info@ledslac.org.

About the panelists

Renato Oña Pólit

Engineer in electronics, automation and control graduated from the ESPE in Ecuador, with an executive master's degree in renewable energies from the EOI in Madrid with a scholarship granted by the IDAE in Spain, a master's degree in sustainable environmental management from the Camilo José Cela University and a diploma in project management from the TEC in Monterrey; with more than 12 years of experience in energy access projects and management models for rural electrification, proposals for public policy instruments and regulatory and commercial frameworks for renewable energies in Latin America.

Craig James Menzies

Director of the Factor Energy Department. He has 12 years of professional experience working in the energy sectors of Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, for clients such as multilateral development banks, national governments and private sector companies and investment consortia. He holds a degree in Geosciences from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and a Masters in Sustainable Development from the University of Strathclyde (UK).

Jorge Asturias

He has over 17 years of professional experience in the area of policy, research, development and management of projects related to energy and sustainable development. He was Director of Studies and Projects of the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) in Quito, Ecuador and the first Coordinator of OLADE for Central America. He worked as Advisor to the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala. He has a master’s degree in Politics and International Business from the Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala and a Post-graduate degree in Energy Policies and Sustainable Development from INCAE Business School in Costa Rica.

Herman Elías Juan Sebastián Blas García

Director of Analysis and Fiscal Policy of the MINFIN of Guatemala. He is an economist graduated from the Mariano Galvez University with extensive experience in the Guatemalan public finance sector and in the Central American region.

Introduction to Solar Radiation Modification: Analysis of Potential Benefits and Risks in the Context of Latin America and the Caribbean

 Agenda

Introduction. Eduardo José Sánchez Sierra. Coordinator of the Secretariat, LEDS LAC Platform.

The role of Solar Radiation Modification (SRM) in mitigating the effects of climate change. Paulo Artaxo. Professor of Physics, University of Sao Paulo.

Research on SRM in Latin America and the Caribbean. Inés Camilloni. Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. |Download presentation

Governance gaps, challenges and possible scenarios. Juan Moreno-Cruz. Associate Professor at the School of Environment, Business and Development, University of Waterloo, Canada. |Download presentation

About the webinar

Current commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change are insufficient to keep global warming below 2°C, and according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), much greater ambition is necessary. In response, scientists and other stakeholders are considering the viability several solar radiation modification (SRM) techniques. These aim to reflect solar radiation (sunlight) back into space or allow more heat to escape Earth’s atmosphere in order to counter some of the effects of climate change by reducing the global temperature.

SRM approaches would not address the causes of climate change and so cannot be substitutes for reducing emissions or removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. At best, they might ‘buy time’ while those essential measures are accelerated.

However, the international community does not yet know enough about the risks, costs and potential benefits, or governance requirements, to understand if SRM approaches could be viable, or – if so – whether, when or how to deploy them.

In this context, the webinar will present the principles of stratospheric aerosol injection and marine cloud brightening, two of the main SRM approaches. During the discussion, we will address the potential benefits and risks of SRM, their governance challenges and present the initial findings of ongoing research on the hydrological impacts of SRM in La Plata Basin.

The webinar will be held in Spanish and English. Simultaneous translation will be offered. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the LEDS LAC Platform Secretariat: info@ledslac.org.

About the panelists

Paulo Artaxo

Paulo Artaxo is one of the most influential and internationally quoted Brazilian scientists. He is one of the main authors of several IPCC reports (AR4, AR5, AR6, Land Report). He has an extensive background as a researcher and is a member of several global scientific networks. He has been awarded by the World Academy of Sciences and with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Stockholm. He is also a professor at the University of Sao Paulo and a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Inés Camilloni

Dr. Inés Camilloni is lead author of the chapter on Impacts of 1.5°C global warming on natural and human systems in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) and the chapter on Short-term climate change: projections and predictability in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). She is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires and a senior researcher at the Center for Atmospheric and Oceanic Research (CIMA). She has participated, led and coordinated several recognized national and international research projects related to climate variability and change.

Juan Moreno-Cruz

Associate Professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development and the Canada Research Chair in Energy Transitions at the University of Waterloo. He is also a CESifo Research Affiliate. Prior to his current position, he was an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2011-2017). He has also been a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University (since 2015); an Advisor for Carnegie Energy Innovation (since 2017), and a Research Associate of Harvard University’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program.

Carbon Dioxide Removal: Why Analyse its Governance Now?

  • Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.
  • Time: 09:00 - 10:00 am (CST, time in Costa Rica)
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Agenda

Introduction. Eduardo José Sánchez Sierra. Coordinator of the Secretariat, LEDS LAC Platform.

The role of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and how it fits into the full range of climate change response options. Thelma Krug. Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Presentation of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) approaches and governance considerations. Natalia Rubiano. PhD candidate in Sustainability Sciences, University of Lund (Sweden).

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About the webinar

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5°C Special Report on Global Warming indicates that large-scale removal of carbon dioxide must be part of the international strategy to keep the temperature increase well below 2°C to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The pathways proposed in the Special Report involve a combination of biological and technological approaches to large-scale Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR). While the use of CDR has been incorporated in the IPCC pathways, the Report emphasises that all these approaches still involve uncertainties regarding feasibility and sustainability and represent significant governance challenges.

The webinar will provide an overview of the main findings of the IPCC regarding large-scale CDR approaches and will present the scope of some of the main CDR techniques, both biological and technological. It will also give participants an overview of the potential benefits and risks that these approaches could bring to biodiversity, air, groundwater, soil and food sovereignty, as well as the governance challenges associated with the large-scale deployment of these techniques.

The webinar will be held in Spanish with simultaneous translation in English. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the LEDS LAC Platform Secretariat: info@ledslac.org.

About the panelists

Senior researcher at the National Institute for Space Research of Brazil, and one of the three vice-presidents of the IPCC since 2015. For over 15 years she represented Brazil in the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), particularly on issues related to land use, land use change and forestry (USCUSS), research and systematic observation and reporting guidelines. He has several publications related to climate change and forests and has been involved in the development of innovative methodologies for afforestation/reforestation under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Natalia Rubiano has worked on issues related to development and sustainability throughout her career, mainly with the United Nations Development Programme. She was part of the C2G team as Outreach Officer and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Lund (Sweden). Her research project focuses on the political, social and economic implications of negative emission technologies.

Decarbonizing Transport in an Emerging Economy in times of Covid-19: initial ideas of the Argentinean case

Agenda

Introduction. Carolina Chantrill. Coordinator of the LEDS LAC Transport Working Group and Pedro Scarpinelli. Coordinator of the Clean Logistics Community of Practice, Sustentar Association.

Decarbonizing Transport in Emerging Economies Project in Argentina. Joshua Patermina Blanco. Research Official, International Transport Forum (ITF).

Francisco Furtado. Modeler Analyst, International Transport Forum (ITF).

About the webinar

The transport sector accounts for 23% of the total emissions of carbon dioxide related to energy. According to a SLoCaT report, the freight segment has suffered an increment of 75% of its emissions between 2000 and 2015, and it is expected to continue growing. The covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of transport strengthening growing trends of the e-commerce demand.

In this webinar, progress of the project of Decarbonizing Transport in Emerging Economies (DTEE) in Argentina. The DTEE project is a joint effort between the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the Wuppertal Institute (WI), which objective is helping governments and stakeholders to identify measures in transport and define the means to reduce emissions and comply with the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

In July 2020, a virtual conference will be held to continue conversations on road freight, railways, inland waterways, among others. This dialogue will focus on strategies that allow for building resiliency and re activating the economy in the context of covid-19 impacts. The webinar will be held in Spanish. For more information click here. If you have any questions, please contact the LEDS LAC Platform at info@ledslac.org.

About the panelists

Joshua Patermina Blanco

Joshua is Research Official at the International Transport Forum (ITF-OECD). His work at ITF is centered in sustainability and mobility at the urban and interurban scales, particularly under the framework of the ITF Decarbonizing Transport initiative (DTi). Previous to ITF, Joshua worked over three year on social development, environmental sustainability and urban sustainable mobility. He has a BSc in Political Sciences from SciencePo, France. He also holds an MSc in Urban Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom, and a professional specialization in Smart Mobility from the École des Ponts ParisTech.

Francisco Furtado

Francisco is a modeler/analyst at the International Transport Forum (ITF) in the OECD and Argentina, lead for the Decarbonizing Transport in Emerging Economies project. He has worked on shared mobility, decarbonizing transport and freight modelling. Recently he launched a book on “The Railways in Portugal: Past, present and future”. He is a civil engineer with experience in planning and management of major civil construction projects, including transport infrastructure. He has a PhD and Master’s in Transportation Systems from Instituto Superior Técnico in the MIT Portugal program.

Public Transport and Urban Mobility in Times of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Low Emission Mobility

Public Transport and Urban Mobility in Times of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Low Emission Mobility

  • Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
  • Time: 09:00 – 10:30 am (CST, time in Costa Rica)
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Agenda

Introduction. Carolina Chantrill. Coordinator of the LEDS LAC Transport Working Group and Pedro Scarpinelli. Coordinator of the LEDS LAC Electric Mobility Community of Practice, Sustentar Association.

Affordable transportation services for all in COVID-19 (and post COVID-19) times. María Eugenia Rivas. Transport Economist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). | Download presentation

Challenges of public policy for mobility in the face of health emergencies. Álvaro Guzmán. Consultant, Cercana. | Download presentation

Layers of urban mobility. Juan Palacio. Country Manager for Latin America, Moovit. | Download presentation

About the webinar

In the face of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the transport sector faces new challenges in ensuring basic essential services and a safe way to travel. In this context, this webinar aims to analyze the impact of the health emergency on public transport and urban mobility, as a trigger for the identification of future challenges and opportunities for low emission mobility.

The webinar aims to be a space for dialogue in which, from three different and complementary perspectives, the effects of COVID-19 on public transport and urban mobility are analyzed and their implications for the future are reflected upon. To this end, the situation will be analyzed from the economic approach to transport, the conception and development of public urban mobility policies and from the private technology and transport sector as a driving force for innovation.

Finally, there will be a space for exchange with participants to reflect on the impacts, challenges and potential opportunities after the pandemic to develop clean, sustainable and safe urban mobility.  The webinar will be held in Spanish. If you have any questions, please contact the LEDS LAC Platform at info@ledslac.org.

About the panelists

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