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1 Ricardo-AEA Working groups: Negotiations in seeking the harmonised interpretation and implementation of climate change policies Richard Eaton Senior Carbon Markets Consultant 14 October 2014 Berlin, Germany

2 2 Agenda Introduction Role of working groups Examples of working groups in practice EU ETS Compliance Forum UNFCCC climate change negotiators: skills and training Information Matters Good practices in working groups Working groups for new and linked ET systems

3 3 Introduction Ricardo - AEA is one of the world s leading energy and climate change consultancies, with over 220 climate change and sustainability experts, providing analysis and solutions for major environmental challenges worldwide. We have worked at the heart of ground breaking technical and policy developments across the environmental spectrum for the last 40 years, and continue to play a lead role as advisor to governments, international institutions and major corporations. Heritage 1950 s - Air quality and clean air policy 1970 s - Energy efficiency and consequences of oil crisis 1980 s - Climate change and sustainability Present day - Resource efficiency and resource productivity Domain expertise Climate change, energy, water management, resource productivity and security, air quality, waste and recycling, chemical risk and sustainable transport Services Strategic consultancy, economic modelling, project leadership and data management

4 Development / linking pathway 4 Role of working groups Working groups roles and aims in negotiations: Multilateral discussions Negotiation platform Development of joint proposals Seek agreement, consensus or a majority view Evaluation Continuous refinement / improvement Share views/experiences Aid common understanding/implementation Development of joint (improvement) proposals Harmonisation, developing trust in the system and between participants Working groups features: Topic specific High level policies through to technical details / mechanics Link / interface with other stakeholders

5 5 EU ETS Compliance Forum Set-up and endorsed by the CCC in January 2009 Governance: European Commission Chair Working groups on: Steering Committee Rolling Member State representation Monitoring and Reporting Accreditation and Verification Aviation Electronic reporting Carbon Capture and Storage EU ETS Compliance Forum Secretariat (Ricardo-AEA, 2014) Support the Steering Committee and Task Forces Support the organisation of the 5 th EU ETS Compliance Conference (Nov 2014) Organisational support of other Compliance Forum Events (e.g. A&V Forum, Nov 2014)

6 6 UNFCCC climate change negotiator training Project for CDKN delivered by Ricardo-AEA and UNITAR Purpose (Qatar and Peru): To support the delegations preparations to be both negotiators and COP President at the events in Doha (2012) and Lima (2013) (Sudan and Columbia): To support the delegations preparations to be COP negotiators. Delivered through: Face-to-face pre-cop workshops in Qatar and Peru In-country workshops in Sudan and Columbia

7 7 UNFCCC climate change negotiator training The workshops delivered negotiator training and preparedness around: Communications Good practices Understanding / Preparedness Media communications Pitching expectations (under promising and over delivering) Communications with the secretariat and parties How to avoid frustration (negotiations) Guiding documents How to prepare a Submission Keys to success Barriers to action Key roles of the COP Presidency and how to use the presidency

8 8 Information Matters Capacity Building for Ambitious Reporting and Facilitation of International Mutual Learning through Peer-to-Peer Exchange BMUB-GIZ Project Working closely with: International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP) Ricardo-AEA Aim: strengthen the in-country capacities for enhanced climate reporting Countries: Chile The Dominican Republic Ghana The Philippines

9 9 Information Matters Working groups Post-support workshop; all four partner countries Share experiences Assess levels of maturity around climate reporting and the systems, tools and institutional arrangements that facilitate reporting Regional GIZ workshops Asia, Africa and Latin America Share experiences, discuss regional topics / barriers / issues Analytical Tool to Support Identification of prioritized Action for National MRV Systems including LEDS and NAMAs ICA (international consultations and analysis) process Review and verification of UNFCCC biennial update from developing countries Highlight possible improvements and best practices

10 10 Working group good practices (1/2) Governance Assigning a working group chair Impartiality of the chair Clear Terms of Reference Secretariat support and liaison with the governing body / bodies Workplans / roadmaps Roadmap to a desired goal (e.g. linked ETS) Clear scope of work Reviewed and adapted frequently

11 11 Working group good practices (2/2) Activities Principles Tools to aid common understanding Technical papers Presentations on participant implementation practices and/or processes Round-tables Restricted groups Open and honest discussions Knowledge sharing Inviting outside speakers Feeding back on experiences, good and bad Inclusiveness Surveys Round tables

12 12 Working groups for new and linked ET systems Working groups play a pivotal role before, during and long after the design of an ETS or the linking of two or more ET systems The EU ETS has been in operation for nearly 10 years. Although the EU ETS is not a linkage of ET systems it does bring together EU Member States (28) and 3 EEA-EFTA countries that have: Distinct legal frameworks Separate institutional set-ups Historically interpreted the EU guidelines / regulations differently Further harmonisation is still being sought today Experience in the EU ETS has shown that quality assurance / quality control of an ETS or linked ET systems is an continuing task long after inception

13 Thank you for your attention Richard Eaton Ricardo-AEA Ltd The Gemini Building Fermi Avenue Harwell, Didcot, OX11 0QR T: E: W:

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