Under2 Coalition to support regional governments to track emissions and plan pathways with new global project

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25 September 2018

LONDON: The Under2 Coalition secured its second multimillion dollar grant this month, delivering on its promise to move from commitment to implementation. The project is part of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) and will support governments in emerging economy regions to track emissions and plan pathways to achieve their climate targets.

The Climate Group, as Secretariat of the Under2 Coalition, is partnering with The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) as primary REDD+ knowledge partner for this project to help regions build Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and long-term deep decarbonization pathways. States and regions in Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia and India will be considered for tailored capacity building support through the project, starting in early 2019.

“Three years after its inception, the Under2 Coalition has 222 members representing 1.3 billion people and 43% of the global economy. These are impressive statistics but the challenge lies in making expertise and resources available to states and regions around the globe so they can live up to their climate ambition. Projects like this are paramount if the Under2 Coalition is to deliver on its massive emissions reduction potential.” said, Tim Ash-Vie, Director of the Under2 Coalition Secretariat at The Climate Group.

2050 Pathways 

Completing a ‘2050 Pathways analysis’ is an essential component of a government’s climate strategy, helping to ensure that today’s actions are consistent with achieving long-term goals.  Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit, which took place in San Francisco earlier this month, the Under2 Coalition challenged its members to complete a 2050 Pathways analysis within the next two years. Nine governments in the coalition took up the challenge including Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Drenthe (Netherlands), Lombardy (Italy), and São Paulo State (Brazil).

Governments in the Under2 Coalition overwhelmingly consider pathways development and MRV improvements a priority. However, they need support in overcoming common barriers and resource constraints. With this announcement, even more regions will be able to identify important decisions to be taken in the near and medium-term allowing them to deliver on their long-term ambition.

Knowledge sharing

To encourage knowledge sharing between levels of governments and the entire Under2 Coalition, The Climate Group will also form a knowledge partnership with the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), including Winrock International. This will help disseminate knowledge across the LEDS GP's network of leaders from over 300 institutions including government agencies, technical institutes, international agencies, and NGOs.

“We want to empower target regions through enhanced MRV capacity and decarbonization planning to reduce emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and land use, and inspire similar action from other Under2 Coalition members.

Many regions are currently identifying the policies and approaches that can deliver their climate ambition. The challenge is to bring together relevant ministries, the private sector and other stakeholders around a shared vision of what is needed. This project will provide more accurate data points, technical capacity and help inform assessments and dialogues on the pathways available” said Jean-Charles Seghers, Head of Climate Transparency, The Climate Group.

This new project, along with a recent announcement of German government funding for states and regions to improve their emissions accounting, will enable the Under2 Coalition to ramp up the level of international state to state cooperation and support.

Find out more about our Transparency and Pathways work.

You can view the grant agreement here. 

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