Climate-KIC at the 19th UN Climate Change Conference (COP19)

A Climate-KIC delegation was present at the 2013 19th UN Climate Change Conference (COP) in Warsaw and organised a number of workshops and debates.

The side events covered a range of topics from greenhouse gas emissions monitoring through to the latest research developments on energy storage technologies.

More broadly, the discussions focused on the future of mitigation and adaptation and the progress that Europe’s main climate innovation initiative has made so far.

Renewables

The first event took place on Monday 11 November and focused on the transition towards low carbon energy systems, which is reliable and affordable, yet will introduce new challenges for balancing supply and demand.

Opportunities from, and barriers to, deployment of energy storage technologies globally were key topics.

Monitoring

On Wednesday 13 November the Climate-KIC provided a an overview of its greenhouse gas measuring activities

This session highlighted the need for effective monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, critical for tracking progress towards the achievement of emission reduction targets.

Climate-KIC supports this by connecting a mature, unique and pioneering cluster of organisations that collaborate to develop innovative monitoring, reporting and verification solutions.

Workshops

Building on this, Climate-KIC representatives organised two workshops on Saturday 16 November which included speakers from Climate-KIC partners National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and South Pole Carbon, the UNFCCC CDM Secretariat, CDC Climat, Gold Standard, and VCS.

The first workshop looked at accurate and ease-of-use greenhouse gas monitoring, reporting and verification tools that can contribute to efficient policy making, empower local authorities in urban planning and help showcase mitigation achievements at city scale.

Challenges and needs

Experience was shared on how to best to assess greenhouse gas emissions, and how this can contribute to the definition of new approaches and standards for the future. The second workshop looked at challenges and innovation needs during which different sectors were explored.

The workshop participants also looked at different gases and scales where innovative technologies for estimating greenhouse gas emissions have a competitive advantage compared to the procedures that are currently applied in carbon markets and the climate economy.

Waste management, land use and industrial abatement projects were used as case studies, as well as the wider monitoring, reporting and verification agenda.