WWF Webinar - How to produce long-term decarbonisation strategies

We are pleased to invite you to join our WWF MaxiMiseR webinar, How to produce long-term decarbonisation strategies, to be held on Wednesday, October 18th 2017, from 15:00 - 16:00 CEST.

Register here

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There will be 3 short presentations followed by a Q&A.

Speakers:

  • Ophelie Risler, Head of Climate Change department at the French Ministère de la Transition Écologique et Solidaire
  • Marianne Karlsen, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, Department for Climate Change
  • Adam White, Senior Research Coordinator,  WWF European Policy Office 

    Moderator:

    • Dr Tamara Inkster-Draper, Policy Project Manager, The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group/ University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership 

    Beyond government: bringing stakeholders together on 2050 climate strategies

    Getting citizens and businesses involved in long-term climate plans can make a huge difference to their success. That was the resounding message to come out of the MaxiMiseR project’s second round-table, on stakeholder involvement, which took place on 26 September

    Photo: WWF

    Photo: WWF

    “Research from OECD countries shows that where there is good public participation in policy development, the outcomes are far improved and the cost of implementing those policies is reduced”, explained Dr. Gillian Nelson, Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network International.

    But to ensure this participation occurs, the process must be clearly outlined from the beginning and communicated throughout, said Imke Lübbeke, Head of Climate and Energy at WWF European Policy Office.

    This was a lesson learned by the German government, according to Luisa Rölke, Head of Division  at the German Permanent Representation to the EU. She explained that her government’s recent consultation on its 2050 climate plan revealed that citizens and local communities were not familiar with the consultation process. So, while some groups agreed on specific measures, they were unaware that the input from other stakeholder groups, and the transformation into a government  strategy meant some of their ideas were not taken up.

    But including the public in the development and implementation of these plans is not just a nice-to-have, it is part of citizens’ rights under the Aarhus Convention, explained Marta Toporek, Lawyer and project leader at ClientEarth.

    “Under the Convention, the public should be consulted early in the process of developing plans, have reasonable time to participate, and due account must be taken of the outcome of the consultation”, she explained.  

    One way of reaching citizens is setting up actions closer to home, for example at local or city level. Cities around the world have become leading actors on climate change, with over 1,000 already having put forward 2030 climate & energy saving plans and set emissions reductions targets, pointed out Alix Bolle, EU Affairs Manager at Energy Cities.

    Canddie Magdelenat , Sustainable Cities Officer at WWF France, agreed. She gave the example of Rouen in France, which set targets for emissions reduction in sectors, such as buildings and transport with the help of stakeholder groups WWF France set up.

    At EU level, the Energy Union governance proposal is a key chance to strengthen national climate strategies for 2050, and push for guidance to be provided for Member States on what their strategies should contain, pointed out WWF’s Imke Lübbeke. The proposal will be put to a first Parliamentary vote on 28 November.

    For more information and upcoming events contact Leia 

    Photo: WWF

    Photo: WWF

    Join the call for strong 2050 climate strategies!

    Businesses, civil society, investors, public authorities and trade unions are joining the call for strong 2050 climate strategies!

    They all believe that tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face today. If we do not act urgently and ambitiously, the impacts will be catastrophic.

    The Paris Agreement asks all countries to produce ‘long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies’. The European Commission has sought to reflect this in its proposal on Energy Union Governance.

    Those supporting the joint statement believe that these long-term strategies are an essential part of the EU’s response to the climate change challenge.

    They agree that these strategies should provide long term policy certainty for investors. The strategies should guide a cost-effective and just transition to prosperous, carbon neutral economies that provide sustainable business opportunities, good jobs, cleaner air and better health for all. 

    The statement calls on the EU and its Member States to ensure that their 2050 strategies are as strong as possible, in a number of ways. Read the full statement.

    26 Sep, event: Ensuring all voices are heard

    How to involve stakeholders in the development of 2050 climate strategies

    Photos: Kateryna Kurakina

    Photos: Kateryna Kurakina

    You are invited to a round-table on stakeholder involvement in 2050 climate strategies on Tuesday, September 26th from 9:30am-11am CEST at our offices (Rue du Commerce 123, 1000 Brussels). 

    Register now to attend the event by emailing Leia Achampong
    Register now for the livestream

    The event will focus on the benefits and challenges that stakeholder involvement can bring to a strategy’s development and implementation process. Experiences from countries and cities will  be shared.

    Speakers:

    • Dr Gillian Nelson, Climate Action Network (International), Policy Coordinator
    • Marta Toporek, ClientEarth, Lawyer/Project leader
    • Luisa Rölke, German Permanent Representation to the EU, Head of Division 
    • Canddie Magdelenat, WWF One Planet City Challenge, Sustainable Cities Officer, France
    • Alix Bolle, Energy Cities, EU Affairs Manager

    Moderator:

    • Imke Lübbeke, WWF European Policy Office, Head of Climate and Energy

    This roundtable is possible due to funding from the EU LIFE Programme for the Environment and the MAVA Foundation. Register now.