TERI at COP16
United Nations Climate Change Conference Cancun - COP16 and CMP6

  
  
  
TERI at COP16

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, which was held in Cancun, Mexico from 29 November to 10 December 2010, served as the sixteenth Conference of Parties (COP16) and the sixth Conference of Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The meeting continued discussions of both the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), regarding the future commitments for industrialized countries as well as the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which aims to achieve a comprehensive implementation of the Convention. Core issues of developed country commitments, financial support, technology transfer, and capacity building support for developing countries, as well as the REDD mechanism were deliberated upon. While the negotiation sessions have progressed somewhat slowly since COP15, cautious optimism was renewed following the COP16 decisions known as the 'Cancun Agreements' on the above areas, which would serve as an important platform for COP17 in South Africa, 2011, reinvigorating the multilateral process.

As with previous COP events, TERI's active ongoing work and wealth of experience in the climate change negotiations saw the Institute have a strong presence in COP16. In addition to TERI's exhibition booth and its own proposed side event, the Institute leant its expertise to partner other international organizations on their side events, on a range of critical climate change issues. A summary of each of TERI's main activities during COP16 is given below.


Side events and other participation information

TERI's side event
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
16:45-18:15, Monarca Room
Contact: Mr Sasanka Thilakasiri
National and international policy responses to the carbon budget approach: an Indian perspective
This event presented research on the carbon budget approach. Dr R K Pachauri, TERI, emphasized that principles of equity must be enshrined in any global framework and explained the role of the carbon budget approach. Read more...

Other side events involving TERI
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
20:15-21:45, Pitaya Room
Contact: Ms Priyanka Kochhar
India State of Play: reporting on sustainable buildings and climate change mitigation
The IPCC states that the emission reduction potential in the building sector exceeds the combined emission reduction potential in forestry, industry, and transport. This event informs of India's initiatives through building energy efficiency and sustainable building activities. This side-event is co-organized by TERI in India, Center for the Built Environment, Kolkata, and the United Nations Environment Programme's Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative.

Friday, 3 December 2010
20:15-21:45, Jaguar Room
Contact: Mr Prosanto Pal
Climate technologies: research results and policy options for development and transfer
The negotiations on technology transfer have made some progress since Copenhagen. This side-event reviews national and international policy options to enhance technology development and transfer. It draws on new empirical research by ECN (Netherlands) and the Sussex Energy Group (UK), and analyses key options such as low carbon innovation centres. This side-event is co-organized by TERI in India, Industrial Energy Efficiency Divisions, and the University of Sussex, UK.

Friday, 3 December 2010
15:00-16:30, Mamey Room
Contact: Ms Neha Pahuja
A global registry for NAMAs: linking mitigation, technology, finance, and sustainable development
More than 150 participants attended the side event on 'A global registry for NAMAs: linking mitigation, technology, finance, and sustainable development', which was jointly organized by TERI and the Centre for Climate Science and Policy, Linkoping University. The event proposed design elements for a balanced, fair, and inclusive design of a registry for NAMAs, addressing institutional and governance issues in operationalizing principles of national appropriateness, MRV, and sustainable development. Read more...

Friday, 3 December 2010
20:15-21:45, Jaguar Room
Contact: Prosanto Pal
Climate technologies: research results and policy options for development and transfer
The negotiations on technology transfer have made some progress since Copenhagen. This side-event reviews national and international policy options to enhance technology development and transfer. It draws on new empirical research by ECN (Netherlands) and the Sussex Energy Group (UK), and analyses key options such as low carbon innovation centres. This side-event is co-organized by The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) in India, Industrial Energy Efficiency Divisions and the University of Sussex, UK.

Saturday, 4 December 2010
11:30-13:00, Mamey Room
Contact: Ms Priyanka Kochhar
Building sector energy use: new directions, new priorities
The event brought together seven distinguished panelists to talk about the urgent need for the world to focus on the building sector, which is responsible for 40% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While the EU decision to have all buildings constructed after 2020 nearly carbon neutral is a giant step forward, the panelists showed that there is still much progress to be made in this field. Read more...

Papers Presented
India’s energy security new opportunities for a sustainable future
National and international policy responses to the Carbon Budget Approach - An Indian perspective
Redefining voluntary sectoral crediting mechanisms through nationally appropriate mitigation actions - The missing link in the post-2012 climate change framework
Mitigation talks - Series on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA Newsletter)
Climate Modelling activities at TERI
TERI Exhibit

Bright Green Expo
12-13 December 2009
Coordinator: Mr Sasanka Thilakasiri and Mr Manish Shrivastava

TERI maintained its continual presence during the two weeks of COP16 with its exhibition booth. The booth showcased the broad range of its multidisciplinary work relating to climate change with posters, publications, and audio-visual material being made available. The 2010 exhibition showed TERI's work on the interplay of local and state-based initiatives with national and international policies, highlighting developing country challenges and was highly popular amongst conference delegates with the majority of the dissemination material being acquired.

Exhibition Booth at COP16
TERI's exhibition booth at COP16

 

For general information, please contact For media queries, please contact
Mr Sasanka Thilakasiri and Manish Kumar Shrivastava
Associate Fellow and Research Associate
Centre for Global Environment Research
Climate Change Division
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Darbari Seth Block,
India Habitat Center
Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003
E-mail sasanka.thilakasiri@teri.res.in, mshrivas@teri.res.in
Mr Rajiv Chhibber
Manager(Corp Commn.)
Communications Group
Sustainable Development Outreach Division
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Darbari Seth Block, India Habitat Center
Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003
Mobile: +91 9810426698
E-mail rajivc@teri.res.in
Date: 29 Nov - 10 Dec 2010 Theme: Climate Change
Location: Cancun, Mexico
Category: Conference
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