December Newsletter

Updates on key projects and latest events 

Perspectives shapes discussion of Net-zero emission targets and carbon dioxide removal
Through publications and presentations, Perspectives has sought to advance conceptual clarity and a message of urgency relating to net-zero emissions, future carbon markets, and CO2-removals, whereby the team has consistently been highlighting their interdependencies. In a German-language report the team outlined the different and often contradictory conceptions of 'net-zero’ or ‘climate neutral'. Another report outlines the need for political leadership to deliver on NDCs including by charting a path forward on CO2-removal technologies. A policy brief offers a summary and emphasises the necessity for early and inclusive deliberation. A recent academic article highlights the problematic projection of carbon dioxide removal in integrated assessment models and urges for greater stakeholder involvement in the choice of assumptions going into the models. In the first study of its kind, Perspectives projected scenarios of the cost and potentials of CO2-removal approaches as part of the net-zero ambitions of the city and region of Zurich. And in a webinar hosted by the British Embassy to Finland  Perspectives contributed to sharing on-the-ground experiences with carbon removal initiatives, while a recent Zurich Carbon Market Association meeting co-hosted by Axel Michaelowa offered a critical discussion of net-zero targets and the role of carbon dioxide removal. Furthermore, Perspectives is actively involved in the ongoing discussion about the role of nature-based removals, for instance in a recent IETA webinar on this topic.

Matthias Krey joins the Consultative Group of the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets 
In a private-sector led investigation, initiated by Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance Advisor to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference. The TSVCM explored the roles of various stakeholders and assessed the market integrity before presenting next steps to legitimise offsetting and innovate infrastructure. Matthias contributed to the Consultative Group offering expertise and constructive Paris aligned VCM advice. We are glad to contribute by advising on corresponding adjustment, the legitimate use of carbon credits for offsetting. The full report can be found here.

Stephan Hoch and Ruth Kassaye contribute to The Climate Finance Innovators project 
Together with the Eastern Africa Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance (EAA), and UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre Kampala (RCC Kampala) had organized a virtual workshop on Article 6 negotiation from 17th-19th of November 2020. The dialogue was hosted by GIZ Global Carbon Markets Programme supported by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The main purpose of the workshop was to strengthen East African negotiators’ capacity to effectively engage in the international climate change negotiations relating to Article 6.

The online workshop brought together public experts from EAA member countries, including Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Sudan working on Article 6 negotiations. Over three days the workshop covered key topics such as the status quo of Article 6 negotiations, the risks and opportunities of CDM transition in East Africa and the various ways of communication positions and forming alliances.

Various interventions to promote Piloting Article 6

Perspectives Expert Stephan Hoch joined Sandra Greiner, Ousmane Fall Sarr and Moubarak Moikaila to 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 NDC’s. The panel drew from past research to investigate the next generation of carbon markets. This event was complemented by Stephan’s interventions at the IETA Virtual Pavillion on Carbon Markets where he expanded on the pilot landscape and the pitfalls and successes of the implementation of Clean Development Mechanisms before joining the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and Rocky Mountain Institute to explore how to transform our energy consumption patterns before we pass any crucial tipping points. 

In addition to this, both Axel and Stephan contributed to the Innovate4Climate Webinar looking at Long Term Strategies as a tool to raise climate ambition, with a specific focus on Africa. The full recording of this event can be found here.

Guiding voluntary carbon market actors in uncertain times

Perspectives Climate Group, in partnership with FutureCamp, is supporting the German Development and Climate Alliance in developing guidance for actors on how to engage in voluntary carbon market activities in line with principles of the Paris Agreement (as enshrined under its Article 6), how to consider contributing to NDC implementation of the host country and how to avoid double-counting when offsetting own emissions through voluntary carbon markets. Watch out for the report that will be published soon on our website!

Upcoming ECBI guide on key issues in Article 6 negotiations

Axel Michaelowa and Aglaja Espelage are working with the European capacity building initiative (ECBI) on building capacities of climate change negotiators with regard to future rules on international cooperation under the Paris Agreement, operationalizing Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. After discussions of key ‘crunch issues’ in Article 6 negotiations with senior negotiators (read the report here), Axel and Aglaja are now updating last year’s laypeople guide to Article 6 negotiations. Watch out for the new version that will be published on our and ECBI's website soon!

Upcoming webinar on Non-Market Approaches to International Cooperation under the Paris Agreement

We invite you to join our upcoming webinar on operationalizing Articles 6.8 and 6.9 of the Paris Agreement on December 8, 2020, from 15:00-17:00 CET.

Often overlooked, Articles 6.8 and 6.9 affirm the importance of non-market approaches (NMAs) in international cooperation and establish a framework for holistic climate action in the direction of sustainable development. Perspectives Climate Research is currently carrying out a research project on behalf of the German Environment Agency (UBA) on “Development of guidance for non-market-based approaches in the Paris Agreement”.

As part of this project, we are conducting a virtual seminar to discuss the status of negotiations with regard to NMAs in international cooperation as well as concrete proposals for the operationalization of the NMA work programme and framework under the UNFCCC. Please register for the event by completing this form in order to obtain the dial-in information.