TERI at COP 14
The COP 14 (Fourteenth session of Conference of the Parties) to the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change and the MOP 4 (Fourth meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol) took place in Poznan, Poland, during 1-12 December 2008. This Conference was an important milestone on the road to Copenhagen in strengthening international action on climate change for the processes which were launched under the Bali Road Map.
Like every year, TERI actively participated in various activities related to the Conference. TERI organized its own side event and its presence was felt at various other side events. Besides, TERI also put up an exhibition to showcase its ongoing climate related activities. There were seven viewpoint papers disseminated on various issues, all of which hold importance in the light of current negotiations. These include papers on the following.
Climate change and technology: building capabilities
GHG emissions from international aviation bunkers: issues and concerns
GHG emissions from international marine bunkers: issues and concerns
Strengthening the CDM: a bird's eye view
Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation
Financing mitigation: case for clean energy investments
TERI's side event focused on the study undertaken on Low carbon pathways: challenges and technological options for India. The study examined the feasibility of four scenarios (reference, evolution, resolution, and ambition) concerning India's energy supply sector. The central argument of the study revolved around the need for India to rely on renewable energy and the shift from coal, in order to achieve desirable emission reductions; that is, the resolution or ambition scenarios. However, it cannot be achieved without the substantial financial and technological support from the developed countries, much larger than the international community is currently considering. The event was well attended and the study was lauded for putting numbers to speculations. It also highlighted the difficult tasks that lie ahead, not only for India, but for the global community as well. Many interesting questions added to the discussion and led to an enriching debate around India's options for climate change mitigation.
TERI also had and an exhibition at the venue to showcase its ongoing climate related activities and its consistent interventions on critical issues during the past COPs.
Besides its own set of activities that were being pursued, TERI's presence was also well represented at other side events, which were organized by various institutes working on related areas. These include the following.
Presentation on Successful governance mechanisms for an integrated approach in the agriculture sector: key issues in the Indian context at the side event on 'Towards integrated adaptation and mitigation measures in agriculture' organized by Asia-Europe Environment Foundation.
Panel discussant at the side event on Rewarding Transportation Co-Benefits in the Future Climate Regime: possibilities and priorities, organized by Institute of Global Environmental Strategies.
Presented on Adaptive Policy Making: case examples of adaptive policies in India at the Development and Climate Days co-organized by IIED, IISD, SEI, and The Ring Alliance of Policy Research Organization.
Panel discussant at the side event on the World Energy Outlook 2008, organized by International Energy Agency.