The second day of the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference convened in Marrakech, Morocco, on 15 November 2016. Held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP22), the conference discussed issues around sustainable cities and built environments, and low-carbon transport.
In the morning, participants addressed sustainable cities and the built environment through panel discussions on: local climate action: strategies and implementation; smart low carbon and sustainable cities; and sustainable construction: energy efficiency and sustainable materials. These panel discussions aimed to enhance understanding of the role that cities play in global climate action. Panelists also assessed different approaches for creating “smart cities” and the challenges and opportunities this presents for low-carbon development. The final morning panel provided an overview of progress and innovation in sustainable materials, construction innovations, increased energy efficiency, and adaptation and resilience in the built environment.
In the afternoon, participants addressed low-carbon transport. Sessions on this topic included: introduction to mobility challenges and innovation in the transport sector; electric and hydrogen mobility; low-carbon fuels; and low-carbon freight and shipping. These panels addressed how to innovate in and transform the transport sector in moving towards low-carbon and zero net emission economies. They investigated innovations in electric and fuel cell vehicles, and explored options for scaling up deployment, including across the maritime and aviation sectors. The panels also explored sustainable liquid fuels and the least emitting means of shipping, and reviewed the challenges and solutions to decarbonizing freight on a global scales.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage from the COP 22 Low Emissions Solutions Conference. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary report of the conference, which is available in HTML and PDF.
Photos by IISD/ENB | Liz Rubin
For photo reprint permissions, please follow instructions at our Attribution Regulations for Meeting Photo Usage Page.
(L-R): Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability; Maryke Van Staden, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability; Leszek Drogosz, Director of Infrastructure Department, City of Warsaw, Poland; Antoine Faye, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Dakar, Senegal; William Sisson, United Technologies Corporation; and Gao Xiang, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, China
Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability
Maryke Van Staden, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability
Leszek Drogosz, Director of Infrastructure Department, City of Warsaw, Poland
Antoine Faye, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Dakar, Senegal
Gao Xiang, Center for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, China
(L-R): John Thwaites, Director, Green Building Council of Australia; Jennifer Layke, World Resource Institute; Peter Moonen, Canadian Wood Council; Nev Hyman, Founder, Nev House; Karen Scrivener, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; and Marcel Cobuz, CEO, LafargeHolcim Morocco
Ahmed Baroudi, CEO, Société d’Investissement Energetique, Morocco
Michèle Pappalardo, Coordinator, Vivapolis
Datuk Hj Kamarudin bin Md. Shah, CEO, Melaka Green Technology Corporation, Malaysia
Peter Moonen, National Sustainability Manager, Canadian Wood Council
Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, Canada
Nev Hyman, Founder, Nev House
Karen Scrivener, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Akiko Miura, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Sylvia Parienté, CEO, Exochems Environment, Switzerland
John Thwaites, Director, Green Building Council of Australia