Proposing a “ladder” towards accountability on climate commitments
10 November – 2.30 pm – 4.00 PM – EU Pavilion, Blue zone – Room Brussels
Venue : COP22, Marrakech, Bab Ighli site, Morocco
With : CDP
Companies, cities, and regions have made thousands of ambitious climate commitments, for example setting targets for science-based emissions reductions and renewable electricity consumption, or committing to deforestation-free supply chains and responsible policy engagement. How can we know whether these commitments are in line with a transition to a 2 degrees pathway? In this event we propose that corporate reporting against climate commitments climbs a “ladder” of accountability that consists of four iterative steps: measurement, reporting & transparency, commitment and accountability. We will explore how these steps can be operationalised and the challenges and co-benefits involved, from the perspective of the data gatherer, the non-state actors and the policymakers.
The side event wii:
- Show that the steps to increase measurement, reporting & transparency; commitment, and accountability can be operationalized.
- Discuss the challenges in doing so and the co-benefits they create for participants, through the view of data gatherers, non-state actors and policy makers.
Round-table – Speakers
- Mr François Moisan, Executive Director of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)
- Pedro Faria – CDP Director
- Marjorie Doudnikoff (DGEC)
- Patrick Oliva (Michelin)
- Cameron Reid (AGL)
As the Paris Agreement enters into force on 4 November 2016, countries will start negotiating technical provisions for its implementation. One of the key points will be the rules for carbon accounting under Article 6 that provides for the possibility of international transfers of mitigation outcomes (ITMOs). However, given the currently insufficient ambition of the sum of counties’ mitigation pledges and the resulting ‘hot air’ against the 2°C trajectory, the carbon accounting framework under Article 6 must take into account key lessons from past experience. Article 6 could greatly benefit from building upon the successes and failures of the CDM and JI at all stages of the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) process. Furthermore, the new flexibility mechanism(s) must avoid the mistakes of the CDM and JI that led to compromised environmental integrity in some cases. Moving forward, a stringent, yet flexible, carbon accounting system is pivotal to ensuring the environmental integrity and the contribution of Article 6 to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
Public stakeholder consultation
The objective of the consultation is to collect information from a wide audience on different aspects of Horizon 2020 implementation.