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July 7, 2023

Workshop

Supplementary indicators towards climate targets

Date

July 7, 2023
09:00 - 16:00

Location

Elinor Ostrom Hall
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin

Speakers

Jesse Scott, Bipashyee Ghosh (University of Sussex, University College London), Xiliang Zhang (Tsinghua University), Martijn Verdonk (RVO), Djoko Suroso (Institut Teknologi Bandung), Yong Gun (Korea Environment Insitute), Stefania Relva (E+ Energy Transition Institute), Sebastian Oberthür (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Ümit Sahin (Istanbul Policy Center), Tim Lancaster (cloud at Digital Space), Gireesh Shrimali (University of Oxford), Manish Kumar Shrivastava (The Energy and Resources Institute), Sophie Behr, Xi Sun, Merve Küçük, Karsten Neuhoff

In the lead up to COP28, particularly with the global stock take underway, it becomes important to consider additional indicators and targets toward the achievement of an inclusive transition to climate neutrality. We would like to discuss, if this could deliver a set of benefits:

First, many climate targets only monitor broad sectoral level emission reductions. They focus on the political discussions on the efforts or burden required for emission reductions, rather than on the opportunities, for example of modernization of industry with circularity and clean processes to enhance resilience and job security, improved housing with insulation and modern heating systems, or attractive transport and urban developments with a shift to electric mobility and public transport.

Second, emission targets may not provide sufficient information to policy makers and societies about progress in the green transition because not all sensible climate policy measures reduce emissions directly. For example, to create the conditions for significant emission reductions through renewable energy, infrastructure like transmission lines need to be expanded and storage capacity and load-shifting capacity is required.

Third, measures that reduce emissions in the short term might not be fully compatible with climate neutrality. In the building sector, simple renovations reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the short term, but more extensive renovations are necessary later on. Thus, this short-term measure is not optimal in the medium term.

Building on recent work by DIW Berlin, Ecologic, and Client Earth, practices established by the UK Climate Change Committee, and global tracking such as the IEA Tracking Clean Energy Progress reports, and as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) project “Strengthen national climate policy implementation” (SNAPFI) we want to explore the idea of supplementary indicators to climate targets. How would they be formulated to be effective and attractive to support an inclusive and just transition to climate neutrality in different countries?

Presentations

Gireesh Shrimali, Credibility of Transition Plans (PDF, 272.83 KB)

Bipashyee Ghosh, Innovations for sustainability and transofrmative outcomes (PDF, 1.69 MB)

Djoko Suroso, Experiences with Indicators and Targets for Governance in Indonesia (PDF, 0.87 MB)

Jesse Scott, Energy Transition (PDF, 369.62 KB)

Martijn Verdonk, Monitoring climate policies in the Netherlands (PDF, 0.97 MB)

Stefania Relva, Role of targets in Brazilian Energy Transition (PDF, 1.89 MB)

Ümit Sahin, Climate POlicy in Turkey and possible additional indicators (PDF, 0.83 MB)

Zhang Xiliang, The targets, indicators and sub-indicators associated with addressing climate change in China (PDF, 195.32 KB)

Yong-Gun Kim, GHG Indicators: Experience in Korea (PDF, 107.58 KB)

Contact

Sophie Behr
Sophie Behr

Research Associate in the Climate Policy Department

Xi Sun
Xi Sun

Research Associate in the Climate Policy Department

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