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Energy and Thermal Efficiency in Government-Subsidised Housing in South Africa: A Case Study on Implementation

The objective of this study is to isolate the factors that lead to the implementation of interventions that may have an impact on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in developing countries. This case study is part of a series looking to colle...

Reflections and Learnings from Co-Impacts Assessment under the MAPS Programme

The authors acknowledge two key underlying contextual considerations in this analysis that frames the work that underpins this paper. Firstly, the existence of a dominant approach to climate mitigation work in developing countries which implicitly...

The Impact of Stranding Power Sector Assets in South Africa Using a linked model to understand economy-wide implications

The potential impacts of stranded power sector assets in South Africa is highlighted in this paper, using a partially linked energy and economic model to examine the effect of increased mitigation targets for the risks of stranded assets and there...

The (Missing) Link : Climate Change Mitigation and Poverty

"The purpose of this paper, that focuses on the gaps between poverty reduction and climate mitigation, is fourfold: The first task is to remind us why, even under conditions of extreme poverty, climate mitigation cannot be ignored or overlooked. ...

Operationalising an Equity Reference Framework in the Climate Change Regime Legal and Technical Perspectives

"This paper identifies legal, architectural and technical options for the operationalisation of the ERF in climate change regime. Section 2 of this paper outlines the design of the process by which the ERF, which contains technical and diplomat...

European Experiences with Burden Sharing in Climate Change Lessons Learned for the Post-2020 Negotiations

"Substantial differences exist between the situation around the 1997 EU burden sharing discussions and the current discussions on international climate change agreements for 2020. Here we discuss the main differences that are relevant for the iden...

Information for a Developmental Approach to Mitigation : Linking sectoral and Economy Wide Models for Brazil, Chile and Colombia, Peru and South Africa

In this paper, the central methodological challenge addressed is that of linking detailed models of sectors with economy wide models. Combining the two approaches holds promise of addressing short and long term technological change as well as eco...

Information for a Developmental Approach to Mitigation Linking Sectoral and Economy Wide Models for Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa

"Policy-­makers in developing countries are concerned with charting the development path of their economy and society. Providing information on the potential socio-economic benefits of a transition to a low-carbon society requires improved tools...

Thoughts on the Choice of Form of an INDC

Countries have to choose a specific form with which to express their contribution in the context of adopting the new climate agreement under the UNFCCC in 2015. The form and the way it is communicated and visualized, is distinct from the scale of ...

Geneva was Quick – but How Deep Will Paris Go?

In this blog, the climate negotiation process and following agreements were briefly discussed. Ideas on key areas by all delegates/negotiators were put on the table – on mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology, capacity‐building and transpare...

How Low Can you Go? Climate Talks in Lima

The meetings in Lima, Peru took place from 1 to 12 December 2014 being the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP10). It was formally the 20th session of the Conference of th...

Towards an Understanding of the Variables that affect Implementation of Mitigation Actions

"One key focus of current climate discourse is the need to raise the level of ambition of collective emission reductions in order to protect the climate (UNEP, 2012). Any emission reductions outlined, however, remain hollow gestures unless transla...

Guidelines for the Selection of Long-Range Energy Systems Modelling Platforms to Support MAPS Processes

"A number of countries in South America, including Peru, Brazil, Chile and Colombia are collaborating on long-term national climate planning through the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) platform. Under MAPS, countries explore different...

Mitigation Actions in South Africa

"The country study aims to deepen our understanding of mitigation activity in South Africa, particularly with regard to how the country approaches, describes and defines mitigation actions. It considers three main areas of enquiry from a bottom-up...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Hunger, Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change Mitigation

This paper outlines some key reflections from the Development and Mitigation Forum, hosted by the MAPS Programme in Cape Town in January 2014. The paper argues that the mitigation community needs to shift towards putting development first in o...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Adressing Land Use Change in South Africa

For many years in the climate change discussions and policy making processes, the impacts of land use changes on climate variability have been overlooked. Given the significant impact of land use change on livelihoods, it is high time that the is...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Transport

Reflections on Transport Development is being given in this short paper. Specifically : How it was portrayed in the forum on Development and Mitigation and the ways in which it is argued differently in the ‘sustainable transport’ field. The focus ...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Cities

Briefly summarized in the first section of the note is the current discourse on city development, indicating both the importance of cities to climate mitigation as well as the fact that climate mitigation is increasingly seen as a key component...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Employment

A central theme of the Forum was to address the problem of the climate change mitigation and development debates taking place in separate silos. Most of the participants were working primarily on climate change mitigation but were clearly awa...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Trade and Industrial Policy

Competitiveness can be summarized as the area of trade and industrial policy. Industrial policy operates on a continuum of definitions, largely determined by the scope and range of the country’s plan for industrial development. Industrial policy ...

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