Online presentation in the framework of the Bioenergy Community of Practice (BioE CoP)
Welcome and objectives of the session. Ana María Majano, Bio-E CoP Coordinator, LEDS LAC Secretariat
Interinstitutional Bioenergy Table in Ecuador:
Ana María Guevara, Ministry of Energy and Nonrenewable Natural Resources (MERNNR)
Verónica Guayanlema, Ministry of Environment and Water (MAEE)/ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Paúl Melo, Ministry of Environment and Water (MAAE)
Open discussion with participants in the session
About the presentation
In the framework of the preparation of Ecuador´s First Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the opportunity of promoting and supporting the production of bioenergy using organic waste was identified. Taking into account the need to coordinate actions from several public policy-making areas, an Inter-institutional Bioenergy Table has been formed, in order to identify and implement measures that allow the development of productive activities related to bioenergy, promoting the creation of new value chains and having a positive impact on the country’s trade balance, with a sustainable development approach.
In this session presentación, Ana María Guevara, Verónica Guayanlema y Paúl Melo, experts from the organizations leading the Inter-Institutional Table, will present details of the functions and operation of this mechanism, as well as advances and lessons learned. The presentation will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English. Participants will be able to ask questions and make comments in any of those languages. If you need additional information, please contact Katherine Bocanegra firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the speakers
Ana María Guevara is an Environmental Management Engineer with experience in the management and analysis of strategic energy sector information for environmental management and the development of energy efficiency plans and projects. She is the focal point of the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources for the construction of the NDC and its Implementation Plan, as well as the development of public policy and management instruments for Climate Change mitigation and adaptation in the energy sector.
Verónica Guayanlema is an energy specialist, with a Chemical Engineering degree from Ecuador´s Central University and a Master’s degree in Renewable Energies and Energy Sustainability from Universitat de Barcelona. She worked as a researcher at the National Institute for Energy Efficiency, currently Institute for Geological Energetic Research, in the area of energy planning, energy balances and energy efficiency. Currently, is Energy Specialist for the Ministry of Environment, with support from the United Nations Development Programme´s (UNDP).
Paúl Melo is an Agro Industrial Engineer, with experience in the field of sustainable energy. Currently, he is a Climate Change Mitigation Specialist at Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment and Water, where he supports the implementation of emission reduction mechanisms, actions and measures in the energy sector. He is the national focal point for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and a member of the negotiation team in front of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Overview of Process and Provisions for Nationally Determined Contributions and Enhanced Transparency Framework
Introduction. Eduardo Jose Sanchez Sierra. Coordinator of the Secretariat, LEDS LAC Platform.
Introduction to the Nationally Determined Contributions revision and update process. Vintura Silva. Regional Lead, UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre St. George´s. | Download presentation
Overview of process and key provisions for the Nationally Determined Contributions. Bernd Hackmann. Programme Officer, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). | Download presentation |
Overview of key provisions and modalities for the Enhanced Transparency Framework. Tugba Icmeli. Programme Officer, UNFCCC. | Download presentation |
About the webinar
In 2020, governments will communicate new/updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which will become the basis for the global climate action under the Paris Agreement. This is closely related to other aspects of the Paris Agreement: The Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) and the Global Stocktake (GST).
The ETF aims to provide a clear understanding of climate action, including clarity and tracking progress towards achieving Parties’ NDCs and adaptation actions, to inform the GST. The ETF applies to all Parties with flexibility to those developing country Parties that need it in the light of their capacities. The ETF includes reporting of the information through Biennial Transparency Reports (BTRs), technical expert review of the BTRs and the facilitative multilateral consideration of progress. The first BTRs are to be submitted by 2024 and the first GST will be held in 2023.
At COP 24 in Katowice, Parties agreed on further guidance on NDCs, including elaborated guidance on the information to facilitate clarity, transparency and understanding (ICTU). This guidance, voluntary for the 2020 NDCs but mandatory for all Parties as of 2025, provides clarification on the information that Parties need to provide in their NDCs.
This webinar will provide an overview of the process and key provisions related with the NDCs and ETF. The webinar will be held in English. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the LEDS LAC Platform Secretariat: email@example.com.
About the panelists
He is the head the UNFCCC Regional office for the Caribbean based in Grenada. The Centre is engaged in providing technical support to countries on updating and implementing NDCs and facilitate access to Climate finance. He is also a member of the Caribbean Corporative MRV hub team, supporting enhancement of GHG inventories and reporting in Caribbean countries.
Programme Officer with the Transparency Division at the UNFCCC Secretariat. He is responsible for working with governments from developing countries on their preparation for the ETF and the preparation/communication of their NDCs.
Programme officer in the Transparency Division of the UNFCCC Secretariat, where she provides support and technical assistance to developing countries on MRV, NDCs and ETF related issues.
Handbook on Measurement, Reporting, and Verification for Developing Country Parties
Technical Handbook for Developing Country Parties on Preparing for Implementation of the Enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement
Handbook on Institutional Arrangements to Support MRV/Transparency of Climate Action and Support
Further guidance in relation to the mitigation section of
Modalities, procedures and guidelines for the transparency
framework for action and support referred to in Article 13 of
the Paris Agreement
Country Experience: Grenada. Dr. Spencer Thomas. Grenada Facilitator, NDC Partnership Support Unit.
The experience of Inter-American Development Bank. Raul Delgado. Climate Change and NDC Invest Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank. | Download presentation |
Closing Remarks. Cayetano Casado. Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Manager for the NDC Partnership Support Unit, NDC Partnership.
About the webinar
Climate finance plays a crucial role in supporting the implementation and enhancement of countries’ national climate commitments to the Paris Agreement. A key challenge to accessing climate finance lies in both the limited resources and technical capacity of countries to increase the financial readiness of their projects and institutions and create enabling environments conducive to investment. Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is no exception, where increasing technical capacity to develop project pipelines and attract green investment are frequently requested areas of support made by NDC Partnership countries in the region.
The objective of this webinar is to provide an overview of Latin America and Caribbean needs and identify potential opportunities for support and foster the overall climate agenda in 2020. As part of the webinar, Grenada will share their NDC finance needs, considerations made when crafting their NDC Partnership Plan, including NDC revision and enhancement. The IDB will also provide insights on their work on finance response requests and focused financial technical support and services provided in the LAC region. The webinar will be held in Spanish. If you have any questions, please write to LEDS LAC Platform at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the panelists
Jamie Bindon is the Project Coordinator for the NDC Partnership Support Unit, she supports the development and distribution of the Partnership’s knowledge products. Prior to joining the NDC Partnership, Jamie worked on the USAID ASSIST project, supporting activities and data management for the 8 Latin American country offices. Jamie previously worked with the youth-leadership NGO Amigos de las Americas, where she oversaw sustainable community development projects and co-led multinational ‘campamentos’ in Costa Rican national parks, carrying out trail-work and conservation efforts. While completing her degree, Jamie was a Climate & Energy and Recreation Intern in the Government Relations department at The Wilderness Society. Jamie holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from American University.
Eileen Knowles is the Knowledge and Outreach Specialist of the NDC Partnership Support Unit, where she supports the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) offering, focusing on NDC revision and ambition raising. Prior to joining the Partnership, Eileen was the Manager of Special Projects at CDP and later worked as a strategy consultant for CDP’s Reporting Services and Supply Chain teams. Previously, she was Global Director of Program Experience at Global Citizen Year where she was responsible for refining program design and designing scalable global curriculum and evaluations systems for 100+ fellows in 4 countries. She also held the position of Executive Director at Education Generation, a crowd-funding platform supporting scholarships for young leaders in 10 developing countries. Eileen is a Sustainability and Management Consultant, with a Post-Graduate Degree in Latin American Human Rights and Public Policy from Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant and a Master´s of Science in Sustainability and Management from Columbia University.
Dr. Spencer Thomas, NDC Partnership In-Country Facilitator for Grenada, is a former Financial Secretary and Economic Policy Adviser in the Ministry of Finance of Grenada. Dr. Thomas holds a doctorate in Energy Economics from Howard University, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics from Iowa State University and Howard University respectively, and a post-doctoral master’s degree in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy from the University of the West Indies. As consultant he will provide support to the Government of Grenada in the implementation and enhancement of the NDC and will assist with the advancement of the NDC Partnership Plan and NDC Partnership engagement in Grenada.
Raúl Delgado is a Lead Specialist in Climate Change at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where he participates in the planning and execution of the agenda of the Climate Change Division and leads the NDC Invest Platform, which is the collective effort of the IDB Group to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, assisting countries in the design and implementation of their policies, goals and commitments related to climate change. An economist, he has extensive experience in public policies, multilateral financing and structuring of public projects, working for more than 18 years in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico. Raúl led the institutional strategy and the coordination of credit activities and technical assistance with international financial institutions. During that time (2007-2011 and 2015-2017) he was also Focal Point and Member of the Council of Mexico for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund, as well as a focal point for the Climate Investment Funds. Between 2011-2014 he held the position of Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Mexico at the IDB.
Cayetano Casado is the Country Engagement Regional Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the NDC Partnership Support Unit. He supports the implementation of the NDC Partnership Country Engagement Strategy in member countries throughout the region and represents the Partnership at national and regional events. Prior to joining the NDC Partnership, Cayetano worked for seven years in the LAC region with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). For five years he was an environment and energy officer in UNDP Cuba where he undertook climate change mitigation and adaptation project development, resources mobilization, and supervision of implementation. Cayetano is an agricultural engineer, graduated from the University of Cordoba (2003) and has a master’s in environmental management from the School of Forestry and Environment Studies at Yale University (2010).
Proposal of Fiscal Policy Guidelines for Distributed Generation from Solar Photovoltaic Energy in Guatemala
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. | DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
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.
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. | DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
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: email@example.com.
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).
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.
Project "Climate Change Technology Transfer Mechanisms and Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean"
Analysis and technical foundation for the formulation of a proposal of fiscal policy guidelines that promote the use and exploitation of electricity generation distributed to from photovoltaic solar energy
Introduction to Solar Radiation Modification: Analysis of Potential Benefits and Risks in the Context of Latin America and the Caribbean
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the panelists
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.
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.
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.