B4E, the Business for Environment Global Summit, is the world's leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment. The summit addresses the most urgent environmental challenges facing the world today. Important topics on the agenda include resource efficiency, renewable energies, new business models and climate policy and strategies. CEOs and senior executives join leaders from government, international agencies, NGOs and media to discuss environmental issues, forge partnerships and explore innovative solutions for a greener future.
Guy has been involved in the energy sector since 1984 working initially in the oil and gas industry as an exploration geologist for Amoco before joining the newly formed PowerGen in 1990. At PowerGen Guy worked initially in the UK core business before transferring to be part of the International expansion of developing conventional power stations in Portugal, Germany and Eastern Europe.
Pete is the Programme Director for Transport at the European Climate Foundation, where he has worked since 2011. Prior to that, he spent 10 years analysing and reporting on politics, business and markets for the international newswire Reuters. Since 2008, he has been living in Brussels, focusing on the European politics of climate and energy. He has published several books and papers on ecology, travel and communications.
Aled has 15 years’ experience in the development of regional sustainability policies and programmes in the UK and Europe. He started his career in local government working on the EU Structural Fund programme for West Wales and the Valleys before moving to the Wales office in Brussels as a policy adviser on regional and environmental policies. He returned to the UK to work for the Regional Development Agency for the West Midlands on its low-carbon development projects.
This article was originally published on The Climate Group and is republished with permission.
In May, The Climate Group in partnership with the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity, launched the EP100 campaign, a global initiative that supports influential businesses pledging to double their energy productivity. EP100 also aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative and is an action of We Mean Business. Head of Energy Productivity Initiatives, Jenny Chu, explores the key aspects of the campaign and how increasing energy productivity can help businesses maximize the economic benefits that come with better energy use.
What is energy productivity and why does it matter?
The concept of energy productivity aligns energy efficiency more directly with business growth and development. Energy productivity builds on the progress we have made with energy efficiency, and focuses on maximizing the economic benefits of every unit of energy we consume.
Companies that implement plans to increase their energy productivity can enjoy multiple benefits: from reducing energy costs, enhancing profits and overall competitiveness to cutting their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, creating new jobs, and improving energy security.
Essentially, energy productivity is a new paradigm that allows businesses to capture the plethora of economic and environmental benefits that are achievable from optimizing energy use.
And as the International Energy Agency points out, global energy use is set to increase by one-third by 2040, so to meet the climate targets set in Paris, energy productivity will have to improve by 3% annually until 2050. It is therefore crucially important for the private sector to commit to improving their energy productivity.
How can companies double their energy productivity?
Businesses can improve their energy productivity by investing in energy efficient technologies and practices - such as LED lighting or more efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems – and also managing their energy consumption in a smarter way and driving behavioral changes within their operations.
Companies that join the EP100 initiative will be part of a global platform that includes peer-to peer learning and sharing on the most cost-effective methods for improving energy productivity. Through a series of expert-led webinars and bi-annual roundtables, companies will also receive technical advice and guidance to overcome typical barriers and challenges to higher energy productivity.
What are the benefits of investing in energy productivity?
The economic benefits are clear: in the United States alone, doubling energy productivity by 2030 could save US$327 billion annually in energy costs and add 1.3 million jobs to the American economy, while carbon dioxide emissions would be cut by approximately 33%.
Furthermore, energy productivity will reduce the cost of related decarbonization efforts by up to US$2.8 trillion, as illustrated in a report from ClimateWorks and Fraunhofer ISI, keeping us on the right pathway to achieving the 2°C target detailed in the Paris Agreement.
The business case for energy productivity in the private sector is also undeniable. For Johnson Controls, one of the first companies to join EP100, energy productivity improvements have contributed to a 41% GHG emissions intensity reduction and over US$100 million in annual energy savings.
The Indian group Mahindra & Mahindra, which pledged to double energy productivity by 2030 on a baseline of 2009, stated that most of their energy efficiency projects to date have already achieved, on average, a remarkable 24% return on investment.
At this year’s Climate Week NYC, The Climate Group will host a joint event with EP100 and RE100 on September 20, which will show how energy productivity, when combined with renewables, can provide the least-cost decarbonization pathway for leading businesses and help keep the world well below 2°C.
This article was originally published on Jakarta Globe and is republished with permission.
Jakarta. In preparation of the next United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 22nd Conference of Parties, the COP 22 for short, the European Union and France launched Climate Diplomacy Week in Jakarta on Tuesday (13/09).
As Indonesia is one of the 179 countries that have signed the Paris Agreement, the event highlighted Indonesia’s progress with climate change mitigation, and the EU’s commitment in supporting sustainable development in the country.
"The Paris Agreement should not be considered as an outcome, but simply the beginning of the way towards a genuinely carbon-free world that the states have agreed upon in December," French ambassador to Indonesia Corinne Breuzé said.
As France is already well underway on its final process to ratification, she said the French COP presidency will fully support similar efforts in developing countries, including Indonesia.
"We are also advocating the Action Agenda, and strongly support the efforts from developing and emerging countries to put into action their NDCs [nationally determined contributions]," Breuzé said.
She also vouched for climate financing and said France will fully support Indonesia’s path to sustainable development by financing renewable energy through foreign finance institutions and donors.
With Indonesia already pledging to reduce carbon emissions by 29 percent and 41 percent through international aid by 2030 , the EU said it will provide help in three main sectors: education, spatial planning and forest management.
"On peatland management, we already have €25 million ($28 million) earmarked for a project with Asean and Germany for Indonesia and Malaysia," EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guérend said.
Guérend said Indonesia is on the right path to sustainable development, having secured a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) certification on timber.
The EU's FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003 with an aim to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting trade in legally produced timber.
Indonesia has been in the spotlight for illegal logging over the past decades ever since palm oil became a boom commodity and the number one cause of deforestation. Plantations often clear land for new oil palm fields by lighting up forest fires, leaving Indonesia as one of the world's leading carbon emission contributor and taking major chunks of the country's rain forest at one fell swoop.
But the archipelago is currently catching up to meet the standard of climate change frameworks. Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Minister, Siti Nurbaya, said that forest governance on palm oil will follow, as the government intends to put a stop to deforestation.
"Forest land allocation is the cause of the trouble, and we are dealing with that by taking control of the licensing, as license is the instrument for control," Siti said.
The minister said a team from her ministry has been lobbying with the parliament and the government, and will continue talks this week.
This article was originally published on ECOFYS and is republished with permission.
Cologne, 15 September 2016 – Zero-emission vehicles need to reach a dominant market share by around 2035 for the world to meet the Paris Agreement’s lower warming limit of 1.5°C—and even that could be too late to avoid the need for significant negative emissions, according to new analysis by the Climate Action Tracker (CAT).
This transformation of the passenger transport sector would also have to be accompanied by a decarbonisation of the power sector to ensure the electric vehicles (EV) are truly emissions free.
In the first of its decarbonisation series, the CAT analysis looks at transport, a sector that is key to achieving the deep cuts in emissions required by the Paris Agreement.
In this series the CAT will examine specific energy-intensive sectors, and how emissions can be reduced to be in line with the Paris Agreement’s long term warming limits, namely, to keep global temperature rise “well below” 2°C, and to “pursue efforts” to limit warming to 1.5°C.
The CAT’s latest analysis shows that if governments were to double fuel economy standards in new passenger cars by 2030, and achieve a 50% EV uptake by 2050, then most get close to—or even reach—a 2°C warming pathway. But a 1.5°C pathway requires more action.
“Emissions standards only get the transport fleet to a certain point—it is clear that in order to get to the Paris Agreement’s lower temperature goal of 1.5°C, the world needs to make a paradigm shift to zero emissions vehicles,” said Markus Hagemann of NewClimate Institute.
“Attention must also be paid to the recent discovery that some car manufacturers have been deliberately manipulating emissions tests,” he noted.
“Perhaps a positive outcome of this scandal is that it has brought to light major shortcomings in the emissions tests themselves, sparking a move towards more realistic tests, hopefully leading to smaller discrepancies between laboratory and road emissions intensities.”
“Aside from much-needed shifts in transport behaviour, for the transport sector to decarbonise there is no choice but to adopt zero-emission vehicles. For electric vehicles this would mean that they also need to be powered by renewable electricity,” said Yvonne Deng of Ecofys.
To avoid exceeding a 1.5°C warming trajectory, zero global aggregate emissions would need to be reached around the middle of the century, implying that the last fossil gasoline or diesel-powered passenger vehicle would have to be sold around 2035 (assuming a new car would be on the road for an average of 15 years).
“Even a date of 2035 or so for the last new fossil-fuel powered passenger car could be late: the earlier we decarbonise the transport system, the less we will need to rely on negative emissions that largely require technologies still awaiting large-scale deployment,” said Michiel Schaeffer of Climate Analytics.
The analysis looks at two scenarios comparing a range of big emitters: the EU, China, US, Japan, India, Mexico and Brazil. Scenario 1 would see a doubling of new car fuel economy standards by 2030, and Scenario 2 a doubling of new car fuel economy standards by 2030, plus 50% (zero emission) EV’s by 2050.
In the EU and the USA, the increased deployment of EVs would keep overall emissions on a downward trend in line with a 2°C pathway.
In India, the projected rise in vehicle numbers (activity) is so high that absolute emissions from passenger cars would keep rising even under Scenario 2. However, this would still be in line with the IEA’s 2°C pathway for India, which foresees a similar rise in emissions, reflecting this strong expected growth.
The situation in China, Brazil and Mexico lies between these two cases, with emissions under Scenario 2 stabilising as the effects of increased activity and reduced intensity approximately balance out. The resulting decreasing emissions trend is just enough to comply with a 2°C pathway.
Overall emissions are expected to decrease most strongly in Japan (in both scenarios), partly due to declining activity levels.
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