Well, now DIREC’s over we’re starting to gear up to COP16 in Cancun and I’ve got some info on a conference taking place during the middle weekend, plus thinking ahead to 2011 with an event in Johannesburg.

How confident are you on our response to Climate ChangeClimate change is a lasting change in weather patterns over long periods of time. It can be a natural phenomena and and has occurred on Earth even before people inhabited it. Quite different is a current situation that is also referred to as climate change, anthropogenic climate change, or ...?

As mentioned by my colleague in the last post, HSBC has recently published it’s annual Climate Confidence Monitor report for 2010 [PDF, 894kb]. 16% of respondents globally reported Climate Change as their highest concern, third behind global economic stability and terrorism (both 17%). Large variations exist from country to country, though, 57% of people in China strongly agreeing with the statement ‘Climate change and how we respond to it are mong the biggest issues I worry about today’, with the equivalent percentage 18 in the USA and just 16 in the UK.

When asked about the most important actions individuals could take on climate change, energy efficiencyUsing less energy/electricity to perform the same function. Programs designed to use electricity more efficiently - doing the same with less. scored highly. 24% replied ‘reducing home heating or air conditioning’, and a further 23% ‘energy saving home improvements’.

The role of energy efficiencyUsing less energy/electricity to perform the same function. Programs designed to use electricity more efficiently - doing the same with less. in our response to climate change will be one of topics under discussion at the World Climate Summit, timed to take place during, but not clashing with, COP16 (Sat & Sun 4-5 December, Cancun, Mexico). Other topics covered will include renewable energyRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil. and building the green economyA green economy is a economy or economic development model based on sustainable development and a knowledge of ecological economics. The management are unchaining me from my desk for COP16 and I’ll also be representing REEEP at this event, so I hope to see you there.

Capacity building the Carbon MarketsA system in which Carbon is given an economic value, allowing people, companies or nations to trade it. If a nation bought carbon, it would be buying the rights to burn it, and a nation selling carbon would be giving up its rights to burn it. in Africa

A recent survey of international finance and carbon professionals by Green Power Conferences to establish the factors which will have the greatest positive impact on the growth of the carbon marketA system in which Carbon is given an economic value, allowing people, companies or nations to trade it. If a nation bought carbon, it would be buying the rights to burn it, and a nation selling carbon would be giving up its rights to burn it. in Africa identified the most important factor as development of institutional capacity and skills. This is unlikely to come as a surprise as it has always been a significant obstacle to the development of the African carbon market.

The Results:

  • Improvement and development of institutional capacity and skills – 44.8%
  • Government-led regulatory reform and incentivisation schemes – 20.9%
  • Simplifying the CDMDefined in Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol, the CDM is intended to meet two objectives: (1) to assist parties not included in Annex I in achieving sustainable development and in contributing to the ultimate objective of the convention; and (2) to assist parties included in Annex I in achieving ... registration process – 19.4%
  • Identifying and leveraging a source of core finance for African projects – 14.9%

In an attempt to overcome this problem, the Carbon Markets & Climate Finance Africa Conference and Exhibition (Johannesburg, South Africa, 25-26 January 2011) will feature two pre-conference workshops on the means of building capacity and a keynote address from Dr. John Kilani, Director of Sustainable DevelopmentThe concept of sustainable development was introduced in the World Conservation Strategy (IUCN 1980) and had its roots in the concept of a sustainable society and in the management of renewable resources. Adopted by the WCED in 1987 and by the Rio Conference in 1992 as a process of change in ... Mechanisms at the UNFCCC on the role of the carbon market in the development of African economies. Join the delegation at Carbon Markets & Climate Finance Africa to make your contribution to the debate, meet key investors and developers and help turn Africa into a major player in the global carbon markets.

More events soon!

James Smith, REEEP Community Facilitator

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