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The Emissions Gap Report 2014

The Emissions Gap Report 2014

UNEP’s Emissions Gap Reports inform governments and the wider community on how far the response to climate change has progressed over the past 12 months, and thus how far the world is currently positioned to meet the internationally agreed 2˚C limit to global warming.

This 5th edition comes at a particularly crucial time for climate and energy policy. By the end of the first quarter of 2015, governments are expected to submit their national contributions towards the global climate agreement expected in Paris in December 2015. The discussions in Lima next month are a crucial milestone towards this agreement.

This year’s Emissions Gap Report gives particular attention to the global carbon dioxide emissions “budget” for staying within the 2˚C limit by the end of the century, benefitting from the findings from the latest IPCC reports. It highlights the need to achieve global carbon neutrality by 2055-2070 and reminds that early action towards this goal will decrease both costs and risk. It also updates on the 2020 emissions gap and provides an estimate of the emissions gap expected for 2030.

Please click on this link to access the full report and supporting materials: http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgapreport2014/

Brussels Launch of UNEP’s 5th Emissions Gap Report

Brussels Launch of UNEP’s 5th Emissions Gap Report

UNEP launched its latest Emissions Gap Report in Brussels on 19 November. The event was hosted by the ECF.

UNEP’s Emissions Gap Reports inform governments and the wider community on how far the response to climate change has progressed over the past 12 months, and thus how far the world is currently positioned to meet the internationally agreed 2˚C limit to global warming.

This 5th edition is launched at a particularly crucial time for climate and energy policy. By the end of the first quarter of 2015, governments are expected to submit their national contributions towards the global climate agreement expected in Paris in December 2015. The discussions in Lima next month are a crucial milestone towards this agreement.

This year’s Emissions Gap Report gives particular attention to the global carbon dioxide emissions “budget” for staying within the 2˚C limit by the end of the century, benefitting from the findings from the latest IPCC reports. It also updates on the 2020 emissions gap and provides an estimate of the emissions gap expected for 2030.

Speakers at the event included:

• Jacqueline McGlade, Chief Scientist, UNEP
• Tom van Ierland, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Climate Action, European Commission
• MEP Nils Torvalds, Member of the EP ENVI Committee, Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
• Delia Villagrasa, Attachée, Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the EU
• Michel den Elzen, Lead Author, Senior Climate Policy Analyst at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
• Joeri Rogelj, Lead Author, Research Scholar with the Energy Program at IIASA
• Bert Metz, Fellow, European Climate Foundation (Moderator)

The full report as well as supporting materials can be found here: http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgapreport2014/

Shutting Down Old Coal Power Plants Can Help Germany Meet Its Climate Targets

Shutting Down Old Coal Power Plants Can Help Germany Meet Its Climate Targets

Shutting down old and CO2-intensive coal power plants in Germany can help the Federal Government to still meet its climate targets and improve the situation on the German electricity market at the same time. This is the main message of a study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), which was commissioned by the ECF and the Heinrich Böll Foundation and presented to the media on 19 November.

By switching off the oldest and most inefficient coal power plants, the price of electricity would rise moderately. Power generation through gas power plants which are essential for a successful energy transition would thus pay off. The EEG-surcharge would drop due to an increased wholesale electricity price.

According to the calculations made by DIW Berlin 23 million tons of CO2 could be saved if hard coal-fired power plants with a capacity of three gigawatts and lignite-fired power plants with a capacity of six gigawatts were taken from the grid in the coming year. The German Federal Government has set a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 by 40 percent compared to 1990. In order not to miss this target, additional emission reduction measures going beyond those already planned are urgently needed.

Building the Future: Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Making Homes Energy Efficient

Energy-Bill-RevolutionHigh energy bills are causing considerable financial hardship in the UK, with millions of people living in fuel poverty. One of the biggest causes of the fuel poverty crisis is the poor condition of the UK housing stock, which is one of the least energy efficient in Western Europe. Improving the energy efficiency of UK homes is an effective way to bring down energy bills, and offers a long-term solution to fuel poverty. In addition, it is important to drive carbon emissions reductions, with buildings responsible for almost 37% of all UK carbon emissions. At the same time, the building insulation market contracted by 22% in 2013, as the installation of cavity wall insulation fell by 46%, the installation of loft insulation fell by more than 87%, and the installation of solid wall insulation fell by 30%, compared with the number of measures installed under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) in 2012. The Energy Bill Revolution is calling for a radical new approach to home energy efficiency. They are calling for all low income homes to be given measures, by 2025, to bring them up to Band C on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and for all other households to be offered 0% interest loans to improve them to an equivalent EPC standard by 2035; delivered as part of a major infrastructure investment programme. This report has undertaken detailed modelling to assess the economic, fiscal, and environmental impacts of this programme. It concludes that the economic case for making the energy efficiency of the UK housing stock a national infrastructure priority is strong.

  • Download the report here
  • Read the press release is here
“Europe’s Low Carbon Industries: A Health Check”

“Europe’s Low Carbon Industries: A Health Check”

A new report by EY (Ernst & Young) assesses the market development and state of innovation of a selection of Europe’s low carbon industries compared to those in the rest of the world. Political direction and a targeted industrial strategy can help Europe to maximize its opportunities in these markets that will be worth hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the decade.

  • Download the report here
  • Download the summary here

Launch of the European Climate Foundation’s Energy Price Monitor

The new Energy Price Monitor displays the latest developments of the overall consumer prices for energy in Germany. The index is published on the website of Agora Energiewende on a monthly basis.

When it comes to climate policies, energy prices are one of the central economic drivers. They account for more then one tenth of the living costs. Nevertheless, there still is no generally accepted and easily accessible indicator to measure the development of energy prices.

This prompted the European Climate Foundation (ECF) to develop an energy price monitor, which is based on official surveys. It observes and analyses the development of German households’ energy prices on a monthly basis.

More information: www.agora-energiewende.de/energiepreismonitor

European Green Growth Summit III

The Green Growth Platform organises its third European Green Growth Summit in Brussels, on Wednesday 15 October 2014.

The Summit will bring together distinguished keynote speakers such as EU Energy & Climate Ministers, EU Commission & UNFCCC officials, Business Leaders, Investors and Experts to discuss the International Context, a Low Carbon Energy Union, recent analysis undertaken by the Green Growth Platform and the results of the New Climate Economy Project. Moreover, the new Parliamentary Green Growth Group will also be officially launched during the event, completing the trio of Ministerial, Business and MEP Green Growth Groups which make up the Green Growth Platform.

Speakers include:

  • Edward Davey MP, Energy and Climate Secretary, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Federico Ramos de Armas, Secretary of State for Environment, SPAIN
  • Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
  • Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD
  • Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

The Green Growth Platform consists of a Ministerial, Business and MEP Green Growth Group. The Ministerial group is made up of a group of like-minded EU Energy, Climate and Environment Ministers from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Norway as an associate member. These Ministers seek to explore, promote and pursue the economic opportunities that EU low carbon ambition can offer Europe. In particular, they want to reach out to a wider business, investor, economist and political audience to raise the level of debate in order to deepen our collective understanding of what the EU’s low carbon transition offers economically, how best to exploit the opportunities and how we can effectively manage the challenges.

Senior Associate, International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI)

The European Climate Foundation

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative promoting climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and help Europe play a stronger international leadership role in mitigating climate change. The ECF is funded by major multi-year commitments from donors in Europe and the United States. The ECF is part of the international ClimateWorks Network (CWN) that shares goals, strategies and resources to address the global challenge of climate change mitigation as part of a global network of aligned organisations.

The International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI) is co-funded by the European Climate Foundation, the ClimateWorks Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and aims at catalysing greater ambition on climate change through activities and processes taking place at an international level. It is designed to help philanthropy identify opportunities for international collaboration, develop joint strategies, pool and align grant making to achieve greater overall impact towards an ambitious 2015 Paris agreement.

The position

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) is recruiting a full-time Senior Associate to work on the International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI).

The main functions of the position will be:

  • Management of the national and international diplomacy grant portfolio made by IPPI to NGOs and research organizations, including building grants and working in-depth with grantees, preparing performance evaluation and reporting
  • Scoping the political landscape around climate national and international diplomacy and advocacy with a strong focus on the UNFCCC negotiations and the 2015 Paris agreement
  • Providing strategic advice towards the IPPI Programme and being deployed to achieve IPPI outcome
  • Outreach around EU and international Policies.

Your profile:

  • University degree or similar qualification
  • International expertise in climate policies and excellent knowledge international institutions and the political decision-making process
  • Strong network in governments, not for profit organisations, NGOs acting in the international climate field
  • Five to seven years of related experience including grantmaking
  • Excellent English. Knowledge of other languages would be an advantage
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for working in a team
  • Proven commitment to environmental protection

What we offer:

  • Work in a highly motivated, dynamic, international team on a topic of highest relevance for the environment and climate protection
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Duration: Employment until December 31, 2015

Starting date:

As soon as possible for the candidate.

Location: Berlin or Brussels.

To apply: Please send your CV and cover letter to employment@europeanclimate.org, to the attention of Ms. Mathilde Mansoz. Indicate “Recruitment – Senior Associate IPPI” as the email subject line. Candidates need to be in the possession of a work permit if applicable.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application deadline: 26 October 2014

For more information on the ECF and IPPI, please visit: www.europeanclimate.org

Survey Shows French & German Business Leaders Supportive of the Energy Transition

The European Climate Foundation has commissioned the first-ever survey of French and German business leaders on the energy transition under way in both countries. A representative sample of 1,000 CEOs and high level managers of all German and French companies above 10 employees reveals a converging sense of urgency on the need for the energy transition (for 84% and 87% of French and German respondents respectively) and the economic opportunities it presents, with for instance 74% of French private sector leaders seeing the energy transition as having positive impacts on growth and the opening of new markets. French and German business leaders also agree that Germany, of the two countries, is the one best set up currently to succeed in its energy transition effort, when only 16% of French respondents believe that the French government has put in place adequate instruments and 78% feel they are not sufficiently involved in policy debates, unlike their German counterparts, who, in their large majority, feel that their recommendations and wishes are listened to.

  • Download the report here [French].
  • Download the press release here [French].