G7 Summit: Business leaders call for climate action
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G7 Summit: Business leaders call for climate action

G7 Summit: Business leaders call for climate action   By Era Environnement   In the lead-up to the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, and two days before President Macron meets civil society in Paris, business leaders representing companies based in G7 countries  explained on a media briefing call on Aug. 21 why they are calling on G7 leaders to  make addressing climate change with speed and scale a critical G7 agenda item and  to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050. Participating companies have committed to ambitious climate action and call on their national governments to do the same. Companies  spoke to their efforts to align with the latest science on limiting global warming to 1.5°C degrees. Indeed, at  the end of july, twenty-eight companies with a total market capitalization of $1.3 trillion have  set up a new level of climate ambition in response to  a call-to-action campaign ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September. The companies such as Unilever, Vodafone Group PLC and Zurich Insurance, amongst others  have committed themselves to more ambitious climate targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and reaching net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. The commitments of the 28 companies heed the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warned of catastrophic consequences should global warming exceed 1.5°C. “The UN Secretary-General has called on leaders to come to the Climate Action Summit in September with clear plans for major cuts to emissions on the pathway to a zero-net emissions economy by 2050,” said Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Climate Action...

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UNFCCC: In Preparation for COP 25
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UNFCCC: In Preparation for COP 25

UNFCCC: In Preparation for COP 25   By ERA ENVIRONNEMENT with UNFCCC The 50th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 50) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 50) will be held in Bonn,  Germany, from 17-27 June 2019, in preparation for COP 25. The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the Conference of the Parties /Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris.  It supports the work of these bodies through the provision of timely information and advice on scientific and technological matters as they relate to the UNFCC, its Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreeement. Vulnerability and Adaptation among the discussion This year, the technical  discussion will be about vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change, science and review with research and observation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C. Also up for discussion are methodological issues under the Convention, including a training programme for review experts for the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories of Annex I Parties* to the Convention (developed countries). Under methodological issues under the Kyoto Protocol, SBSTA 50 will address: land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); and implications of including reforestation of lands with forest in exhaustion as afforestation and reforestation clean development mechanism (CDM) project activities. Keys to achieve NDCs Regarding methodological issues under the Paris Agreement, SBSTA 50 has on its agenda issues related to, inter alia, reporting of information: on anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of GHGs; to track progress made in implementing and achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); and on financial, technology development and transfer and capacity-building support. On matters relating to Article 6 (cooperative approaches) of the Paris Agreement, the SBSTA will address: guidance on cooperative approaches; rules, modalities and procedures for the mechanism established by Article 6; and the work programme under the framework for non-market approaches. The SBSTA will also discuss market and non-market mechanisms under the Convention, including a framework for various approaches, non-market-based approaches, and a new market-based mechanism. SBI 50 will include: a multilateral assessment working group session under the international assessment and review (IAR) process; and a facilitative sharing of views under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process. How the SBI will work? The SBI will address issues related to reporting from and review of Annex I Parties, including, inter alia: status of submission and review of seventh national communications and third BRs; compilations and syntheses of second and third BRs; the report on national GHG inventory...

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Climate Change: The challenges of Botswana
Fév18

Climate Change: The challenges of Botswana

Climate Change: The challenges of Botswana   By Meekaeel Siphambili Gaborone-Botswana   Ninety percent of the inhabitants of African countries rely on firewood or coal for cooking or domestic use. Most of the countries in Africa rely on coal fired power stations with many of the countries having no laws or regulations on engine emissions as most of the cars used do not meet the standards. The long term goal of the Paris Agreement is to reduce  greenhouse gases emissions. To materialize this, Africa has to make an effort to diversify its energy mix, and to create an enabling environment for the exploitation of renewable energy. The sunny days give room for the countries to tap or use mostly the solar generated power which can be installed anywhere. Several decisions relating to climate change were taken at the 23rd Conference of Parties held in Bonn, Germany; and these motivated countries to negotiate the finer details of how the Paris Agreement will work from 2020 onwards. COP24 also carried the same resolutions on climate change. The year 2020 of the implementation of the Paris Accord  is not far and the effects of climate change continue to show face across the continent. Climate Disasters According to the records, in the last decade, climate change has led to about US$2.5 trillion in disaster losses in developing countries. The number of people affected by natural disasters doubled from 102 million in 2015 to 204 million in 2016. Almost one third of the land is no longer fertile enough to grow food. More than 1.3 billion people live on this deteriorating agricultural land, putting them at risk of climate driven water shortages and depleted harvests. Droughts alone have affected more than 1 billion people in the last decade. Since 2001, droughts have wiped out enough produce to feed 81 million people every day for a year. In the SADC Region alone, the number of food insecure population is at 27 million. Between 2014 and 2016, the Region suffered the worst drought in 35 years, caused by the El Nino phenomenon, which left an estimated 41.4 Million of the population in need of food aid. Botswana has not been spared in this natural disaster. There has been an estimated 500,000 livestock deaths, and over 30,000 people (4 percent of the population) left vulnerable to the impacts of the drought. “Botswana’s scaled up implementation will require additional resources. As such, there is a need for coordinated effort in innovative domestic resource mobilisation, whilst also strategically tapping into internationally available climate finance,” said Thato Raphaka, the Botswana permanent secretary of environment, natural resources conservation and tourism. And he...

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The One Planet Summit will be  held in Nairobi
Fév18

The One Planet Summit will be  held in Nairobi

The One Planet Summit will  be held in Nairobi     The third edition of the One Planet Summit will be held in Nairobi ( Kenya) on the 14th of March. This event will start before the opening of the high-level segment of UNEA-A, the General Assembly of UN Environment. For the organizers of the One Planet Summit, this event will therefore highlight the challenges and opportunities of Africa in the fight against climate change . Explanations. By ERA ENVIRONNEMENT   The commitments During the last edition  of the One Planet Summit held in Washington on September 2018, Spain, Canada, the UK announced that they will join the Carbon Neutrality Coalition by 2050. This Carbon Neutrality Coalition gathers 19 countries in the world willing to commit long term strategies in order to achieve the Paris Agreement’s collective’s goal by linking economy and ecology interests. This coalition will act on sectors such as transportation, energy, agriculture and land use. But it will also promote technological innovations towards emission-reduction projects. The Former Mayor of New york and CEO of Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg announced that he will help convene a Wall Street Network on Sustainable Finance to encourage more climate-friendly and sustainable finance innovation across the U.S. capital markets. The Wall Street Network is the latest addition to a growing roster of ‘Financial Centers for Sustainability,’ including the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative, the Paris-based Finance for Tomorrow Initiative, and over fifteen other related initiatives from China to Germany to Morocco and beyond. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the largest international alliance of city leaders and their networks committed to raising the global ambition for climate action with a partnership with Google and Blomberg Philanthropies. This partnership will help cities with critical information about their environmental data and it will give new tools that will empower them in transports, construction, air quality. 10 000 cities will therefore have access to online data to help them to implement ambitious action plans. The Global Convenant of Mayors will establish a program of research and innovation known as “Innovate4Cities”. This program wants to integrate cities’ implementation priorities into national, academic and private sector research, innovation and development portfolios and accelerates their abilities to meet their climate commitments. The World Bank Group committed to invest $1 billion to accelerate the deployment of battery storage in developing countries. The initiative is expected to leverage another $4 billion in concessional funding and private sector investments, and result in 17.5 gigawatt-hours of new battery storage capacity by 2025 – more than triple the 4-5 GWh currently installed in all developing countries. The goal is to catalyze new markets for battery...

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Le One Planet Summit se réunira à Nairobi
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Le One Planet Summit se réunira à Nairobi

Le One Planet Summit se réunira  à Nairobi   La troisième édition du One Planet Summit aura lieu à Nairobi au Kenya le 14 mars prochain. Son objectif: poursuivre l’accélération de la mise en oeuvre de l’Accord de Paris. Explications. Par la rédaction Les engagements Le 14 Mars prochain aura lieu la troisième édition du One Planet Summit à Nairobi au Kenya. L’Afrique n’émet que 4% de gaz à effet de serre, mais elle est pourtant en première ligne des conséquences du réchauffement planétaire. Cette troisième édition permettra d’accélérer la mise en oeuvre de l’accord de Paris, tant sur le plan économique qu’écologique. Lors de la seconde édition du One Planet Summit au mois de Septembre 2018, l’Espagne a annoncé qu’elle rejoindrait la Coalition Neutralité Carbone d’ici 2050. Cette coalition regroupe 19 pays dans le monde voulant  mettre en place des stratégies de long terme pour limiter les émissions de gaz à effet de serre avec pour  ambitions de lier les intérêts économiques aux intérêts écologiques dans le domaine des transports, de l’énergie et de l’utilisation des sols. Au niveau des nouvelles technologies de l’information, le moteur de recherche Google, en collaboration avec Bloomberg Philanthropies et le Global Convenant of Mayors établiera un programme de recherche qui fournira à près de 10 000 villes du monde des données en ligne pour  aider à créer et à mettre en oeuvre d’ambitieux plans d’action. De fait, Google développera des outils et des connaissances permettant aux villes d’accéder à des informations sur des domaines tels que les transports, les bâtiments, la qualité de l’air. Quant au Global Convenant of Mayors, il établira un programme de recherche et d’innovation pour les villes appelées ” Innovate4Cities”.  Son action: développer un soutien local pour engager des actions de lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. Le Groupe de la Banque mondiale s’est engagé à investir 1 milliard de dollars pour accélérer le déploiement de batteries de stockage de l’énergie dans les pays en développement. L’initiative devrait mobiliser 4 milliards de dollars supplémentaires de financements à taux préférentiels et d’investissements privés et devrait se traduire par une nouvelle capacité de stockage de 17,5 GWh d’ici 2025 – plus du triple des 4-5 GWh actuellement installés dans tous les pays en développement. Sa finalité: catalyser de nouveaux marchés pour le déploiement de batteries destinés à des réseaux énergétiques avancés afin d’aider les pays en développement à élargir leur accès à l’électricité, améliorer la résilience des réseaux et passer à une nouvelle génération de technologie énergétique. A la demande du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, le président de la République Française, Emmanuel Macron et le Premier ministre de Jamaïque Andrew Holness sont  les chefs de file sur la finance...

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Solar energy is Botswana’s new efforts to a greener environment
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Solar energy is Botswana’s new efforts to a greener environment

Solar energy is Botswana’s new efforts to a greener environment Meekaeel Siphambili Gaborone, Botswana Botswana is to set up solar energy plants to cut down on emissions from the current coal-fired power station. The 100MW Solar Power Plant will augment Botswana’s   power supply and reduce the country’s carbon footprint and help conserve the environment. Botswana has one of the highest solar energy ratings globally, the mostly sunny days gives the country the potential to greener energy. The sun is free, in abundance and inexhaustible. Solar technology converts the sun’s radiation directly into electricity with no pollution or damage to the environment. The panels can generate enough power to run stoves, pump water, light clinics and power televisions. Botswana is a semi arid country with mostly sunny days, one of the best climates for this type of energy.   The investment in the 100MW Solar Power Plant sets the stage for more fully exploiting this natural resource that the country has in abundance and begins to deliver on the nation’s Vision 2036 commitment and Botswana’s national commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement for a significant percentage of our energy to be sourced from renewable green sources.   This development is part of fulfilling expectations of the Paris Agreement, which Botswana signed to increase green energy mix by 25percent within the next seven years. Consequently Government has implored its first steps into a greener environment through the employment of solar power plant projects in rural areas. Tobela village is currently benefiting from green energy during the day and powered by Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) through night. Botswana is currently getting her power from the coal-fired Morupule Power Station located in central Botswana.   Twenty remote located villages are to benefit from solar energy plants, with Seronga village, near the Zambia border being the first village to be electrified with green energy. The solar power plants follow a 1.3MW power station in Phakalane in Gaborone.   “Botswana has pledged to establish 250MW on solar capacities by 2025 as a way of reducing carbon dioxide emission to zero by the year 2036 .As the corporation, we have taken the bold step to ensure that government attains its aim as we are currently embarking on building solar power plants to electrify more rural areas. The project includes the construction of a 100MW Solar Power Plant next year as well as the electrification of more rural areas,” says .Botswana Power Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer Stefan Schwarzfischer   The BPC chief executive officer says the development has motivated the enhancement of specific sectors to include agriculture, mining, agronomy, energy, waste management through the economic diversification drive...

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