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Progress on national climate action plans for the Paris conference: "Climate action? - It's better to join in than to be out!"

Blogpost by Rixa Schwarz, October 2015

At the United Nations Climate Conference in Lima in 2014, it was decided that all countries should submit their national climate action plans to the United Nations in the course of 2015. These so-called intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) will be an important basis for the new global climate agreement to be concluded in Paris in December 2015. Shortly after the 1 October 2015 deadline for countries to submit their plans, the European Commission and the Government of Morocco convened the INDC Forum in Rabat from 12-13 October 2015. >> mehr
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What to expect of India's INDC in comparison to the EU's climate contribution?

By end September 2015 most countries will submit their climate contributions (INDCs) for the new climate agreement to be adopted in Paris this December. The EU has already announced its contribution of at least 40 percent emission reduction by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. In India, the preparations for the INDC have been finalized, too. What is expected of the Indian INDC? What would be equitable? >> mehr
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Developing criteria to align investments with 2°C compatible pathways

The German government, through the German Federal Environment Agency, commissioned a consortium consisting of NewClimate Institute, Germanwatch, and the 2° Investing Initiative to explore criteria to measure the alignment of investment and financing with the 2°C limit. The project focuses in particular on development finance institutions. >> mehr
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Opportunities and restrictions for public participation in European transmission grid projects

A legal report submitted to the BESTGRID Project

This report describes the planning and licensing process for extra high voltage transmission lines under EU and national law regulatory framework. It is shown that the TEN-E Regulation 347/2013 introduces binding priorities (PCI, Projects of Common Interest) into national planning processes, shifting participation requirements to the EU level. The comparison between the German and the UK system of planning and permitting displays the different approaches: while the regulatory system is much more refined in Germany, granting much access and public participation, the participatory approach in the UK is more open, and access to justice is easier. >> mehr
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Energy and development: exploring the local livelihood dimension of the Noor I CSP project in Southern Morocco

This study conducted by Germanwatch and the Wuppertal Institute explores how the social pillar of sustainability at the local level could be met in low-carbon energy projects. For this purpose, it evaluates the livelihood dimension of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology based on a case study conducted on the 160 MW pilot CSP plant Noor I in Ouarzazate, Morocco. >> mehr
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Climate Finance Advisory Service (CFAS): Daily Briefings from the 10th Green Climate Fund Board Meeting

6th to 9th July 2015 in Songdo (South Korea)

The Daily Briefings - produced at key meetings and negotiations by the Climate Finance Advisory Service (CFAS) expert team - try to provide a concise, informative update on key discussions that have taken place at each day of the meeting and give an overview of substantive points of action or progress. Please note that these are independent summaries by CFAS and not officially mandated by the GCF Board or Secretariat. >> mehr
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Morocco's INDC - A leading climate action commitment from the Arab region

A new wave of climate leadership is coming from the African continent. On 5 June, Morocco became the third African nation, following Ethiopia and Gabon, to submit its climate action commitment (or Intended Nationally Determined Contribution - INDC). With its timely submission, the host of the upcoming UN climate summit in 2016 also is the first Arab country to put forward its plan to transition its economy from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This is an important step towards the new global climate agreement, due to be signed in Paris this December. >> mehr