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  UNFCCC - COP5 Negotiations Friday, 29 October

Interview with Ramakrishna

Kilaparti Ramakrishna (center), Woods Hole Research Center, with Lavanya Rajamani and Peter Doran, ENB. In a wide ranging interview Ramakrishna addresses AIJ and CDM, compliance, the forthcoming programme of work leading up to COP-6 and the prospects for a successful outcome.

Decisions on AIJ and CDM

Work programme leading up to COP-6

Prospects for success at COP-6

Compliance and CIEL proposal for a Compliance Fund

How Industry Makes Investment Decisions and Transfers Environmentally Friendly Technologies

This side event, convened by the International Energy Agency and the Business and Industry Advisory Committtee to the OECD addressed the important role that the transfer of technology will play in achieving emissions reductions and enhancing the participation of economies in transition and developing countries in the sustainable development process.

The side event highlighted the lessons to be learned from the private sector's investment experience in developing countries together with the implications for the design of the CDM as well as achieving the transfer of technology under the Convention and the Protocol.

Kristi Varangu of the International Energy Agency comments on the IEA and industry interests in JIA and CDM processes, underlining the importance of private sector involvement, shared resources, and transfers of technologies.
Klaus Kohlhase of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, summarizes private sector involvement in the transfer of technologies, maintaining sound business flows, and influence in policies dealing with labour, the environment, and sustainable development.
Olivier Appert, EIA
Thomas G. Burns, Chevron Corporation

The Global Environment Facility and its capacity-building for the technology transfer programme

Since 1991, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its three implementing agencies (UNEP, UNDP and the World Bank) have assisted developing countries and countries in transition in promoting energy-efficiency and renewable-energy technologies. GEF strategies for such assistance have evolved to meet national development goals and global climate change objectives.

This side event focused on GEF's role in building capacity for the transfer of technology, one of the key areas of action addressed in the Buenos Aires Action Plan.

Alan Miller, Team Leader of the Climate Change and Ozone Depletion division (right), outlines the Global Environment Facility's capacity building program and notes that projects need to be country driven in order to remain consistent with national priorities and local needs. During the question and answer session following his presentation, Miller comments on GEF's work on CDM.

Isaias de Carvalho Macedo, Copersucar
Hutton G. Archer, GEF

Lessons learned from the AIJ pilot phase for the design of the CDM: experiences with projects in developing countries

This event was sponsored by the German delegation in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft f�r Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Peruvian delegates Patricia Iturregui, Rosa Morales and Alberto Pasco-Font (National Council for the Environment, Peru, left) gave a presentation on UNDP capacity building in CDM project activities, highlighting two potential CDM projects, on boilers and taxis.

They highlighted the criteria for choosing a CDM project, including project and sustainable development criteria, and selected mitigation options for both boilers and taxis. They cited financial barriers and the current economic recession as obstacles. The presentation also explored CDM and JI project baselines in the form of a baseline proposal, which compares CDM/JI project emissions with Annex I average emissions for the same category of projects (multi-project baseline) in order to calculate CERs.

Present and future trends of CO(2) concentrations, accounting for the trajectories of the sinks and economic growth

During this event, sponsored by the Global Dynamics Institute, Alberto Di Fazio, Astronomical Observatory of Rome (e-mail: difazio@oarhp1.rm.astro.it), gave a presentation on deforestation. He argued that the IPCC fails to take account of deforestation in its work on sinks. He also presented a model for improved understanding of global temperature increases.

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