Come meet us at COP25

Key activities of Perspectives at COP25 in Madrid

We invite you to join our experts at several COP25 side events in Madrid:

The role of CDM in decarbonizing cities and its co-benefits (CDM Executive Board, UNFCCC)
Monday, 2 December 2019, 13:15–14:45, Room 1
This side event provides a unique opportunity to showcase CDM projects implemented in cities. The side-event will also highlight the potential for implementing mitigation project in cities as well as the co-benefits which can be achieved from such projects. Axel Michaelowa will discuss the example of Delhi Metro as a lighthouse project cluster for the transport sector in the CDM.

Generating trust in carbon markets: Insights from academic research (University of Zurich)
Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 11:30–13:00, Room 4
The side event will present research on the principles that should guide an international carbon market. Based on experiences with the Kyoto mechanisms and regional ETS, the event explores approaches to generate trust and to guard the integrity of the market mechanism under the Paris Agreement. Axel Michaelowa will present new research on how additionality determination should be undertaken under Article 6, especially in the context of crediting of policy instruments.

Leading the Article 6 implementation: Examples from the JCM and other mechanisms (IETA)
Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 12:00–13:30, IETA Business Hub
This session covers concrete examples and lessons learned from schemes and activities under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. The presentations will analyse the latest developments in the Japan’s Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and other international carbon offset schemes. Axel Michaelowa will join the panel discussion.

Ensuring credibility of Article 6 as a means to promote ambition in climate change mitigation (University of Applied Sciences Zurich)
Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 14:30–16:00, EU Pavilion
Based on the experiences with the Kyoto mechanisms and regional ETS, the event explores approaches to generate trust and to guard the integrity of the market mechanism under the Paris Agreement. Key market and regulatory challenges of past and present research will be discussed and Axel Michaelowa will discuss the role of credible baseline methodologies and additionality testing to generate trust in Article 6.

Business Dialogue on Carbon Markets and Article 6 (IETA)
Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 16:00–18:00, IETA Pavilion
The dialogue will focus on carbon pricing and carbon market development, particularly in Latin America. Axel Michaelowa will join the panel in the session on the status of Article 6 and discuss first observations learned from Article 6 piloting, and present first results on work on linking of ETS under Article 6 in three Latin American countries.

Progressing Climate Adaptation – Standards, Metrics, Footprinting and Mainstreaming (Wuppertal Institute)
Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 14:30–16:15, EU Pavilion, Room Brussels
This side-event will discuss the importance of metrics for increasing the adaptation ambition of NDCs. Axel Michaelowa will present the existing gaps in adaptation components of NDCs and discuss the need to differentiate clearly adaptation projects from pure development projects. The importance of developing proper methodologies to assess adaptation benefits, including the definition of baseline and project scenarios and the use of metrics, will be highlighted.  

Korean ETS – Role of regional carbon markets in the framework of Article 6 and environmental integrity considerations (IEA)
Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 16:00–17:15, Korean Pavilion
In this Side-Event, South Korean and international technical experts and Article 6 negotiators will discuss the interaction and role of domestic carbon pricing policies, Article 6 and international co-operation to reach the Paris Agreement climate mitigation goals. In particular, discussions will be focused on how the South Korean ETS and Article 6 can play a role in supporting the country’s NDC target to reduce emissions by 37% from the BAU level by 2030. Axel Michaelowa will present on the implications of the transition from CDM to Article 6 in the context of the Korean ETS.

Emerging questions on Negative Emission Technologies (Liechtenstein, Climate Strategies)
Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 18:30–20:00, Room 1
Removal of CO2 or “Negative Emissions (Technologies)” are increasingly relevant in light of the net-zero emissions goals for achieving Paris targets. However, experience with actual implementation is very limited and many questions on the economic, technological and social viability, desirability and governance requirements, remain open. Matthias Honegger will present on the provisions the Paris Agreement offers with regard to planning for- and implementing Carbon Dioxide Removal.

MRV for CTF funded projects in energy and transport sectors  Linkage to the NDC and implementation of the Paris Agreement in Vietnam (Vietnam, ADB)
Thursday, 5 December 2019, 09:00–10:00, MDB Pavilion
The event will present the key findings, outcomes and lesson learnt from the CTF funded TA in Vietnam and serve to exchange lessons and experiences in developing project MRV and sectoral MRV in the linkage with national MRV frameworks for NDC implementation. Axel Michaelowa will present on the key lessons learned developing an MRV system for CTF public transport and energy efficiency projects in Vietnam.

International carbon markets under the Paris Agreement: status, stakes and implications for development finance institutions (International Development Finance Club, Perspectives Climate Group)
Thursday, 5 December 2019, 11:00–12:30, IDFC Pavilion
This side event will update participants on the most important stakes related to Article 6 and discuss the role of development finance institutions in international carbon markets. The first part of the event will provide background information on the evolution of international carbon markets from Kyoto to Paris and then focus on the current status of the emerging landscape of Article 6 pilots and provide practical lessons from West Africa. The second part of the event will discuss the roles of development finance institutions in carbon finance under the Paris Agreement with experiences from Asia and Nordic countries. Axel Michaelowa will moderate the event and Igor Shishlov will present the evolution of international carbon markets from Kyoto to Paris.

Achieving the NDCs through energy transition acceleration (Tunisia, Perspectives Climate Research)
Thursday, 5 December 2019, 18:30–20:00, Room 6
This side event discusses how to foster energy transition in developing countries. Governments, NGOs and academia will discuss the approaches to be adopted to raise ambition in the energy sector while respecting environmental integrity, transparency and robust accounting. Axel Michaelowa will moderate the event.


Adaptation actions with mitigation co-benefits and economic diversifications (Qatar)
Friday, 6 December 2019, 13:00–15:00, Qatar Pavilion
In this side event representatives of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy discuss how to harness mitigation co-benefits from adaptation actions undertaken in Qatar. Axel Michaelowa will present on methodological aspects of assessing mitigation co-benefits of adaptation actions.


Negative Emission Technologies: the landscape and debate (Climate Strategies, Perspectives Climate Research)
Friday, 6 December 2019, 14:00–15:00, Nordic Pavilion
There are few examples of the enabling frameworks that would achieve carbon dioxide removal at a significant scale to contribute to achieving net-zero in time for limiting warming to well-below 2°C or 1.5°C. Join us as actors from across the carbon removals debate share their perspective on the role of governance in scaling up negative emissions. Matthias Honegger will kick-off the discussion by introducing carbon dioxide removal and possible starting points for governance.


Envisioning a net-zero emissions world (C2G, IASS, Perspectives Climate Research)
Monday, 9 December 2019, 14:00–16:00, IASS Reflection and Dialogue Space
This dialogue and reflection session will seek to spark among participants collective envisioning of a net-zero emissions world, in which any residual emissions after dramatic reductions are counterbalanced by various natural and technological removals. Achieving this world will require change across much of societies’ functioning and a strong collective will that is backing decisive policy action and far-reaching innovative governance measures. To get there, we need to start by imagining it. Janos Pasztor and Matthias Honegger will jointly facilitate the session.


Harnessing synergies between carbon markets and climate finance for achieving ambitious NDCs (Perspectives Climate Group)
Thursday, 12 December 2019, 12:00–14:00, IETA Pavilion
The event presents initiatives from African countries that develop innovative synergies between market mechanisms and climate finance. Senegal showcases how these activities support in achieving their NDC targets as well as readiness preparations for next generation carbon markets under Article 6. Stephan Hoch will moderate the event and introduce the IKI-funded Climate Finance Innovators project.

The role of carbon markets and climate finance for NDC implementation in developing countries (Climate Net, Seoul International Law Academy)
Friday, 13 December 2019, 13:15–14:45, Room 5
The event presents key lessons learned and recommendations from research on how future carbon markets can be designed and blended with climate finance in order to mobilize finance for NDC implementation in developing countries and LDCs. Axel Michaelowa will moderate the event and Stephan Hoch will discuss how developing countries can prepare for Article 6 while building on lessons learned from the CDM.


Perspectives staff present at COP25

The following colleagues will be in Madrid and available for your questions:

Find us at our exhibit with Climate Net on Wednesday and Thursday, December 11th and 12th, at Booth No. 28.

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Perspectives staff at COP25
Perspectives staff at COP25
Great panel discussing on how to raise NDC ambition through the energy sector. Left to right: Afef Jaafar (ANME Tunisa), AxelMichaelowa (Perspectives), Nathalie Lazaric (CNRS, France), Hanh Dang (VNEEC, Vietnam) and Mohamed Zmerli (UNFCCC Focal Point)