ERC researchers Jesse Burton, Andrew Marquard and Bryce McCall have analysed the future of South Africa's coal sector, its implication for economic development and international climate policy goals.
Andrew Hibberd from UCT’s Energy Research Centre passed away after a battle with cancer that had lasted more than a year.
Tracking progress of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) is a central feature of the Paris Agreement and its rule-book. ERC authors have published a policy brief on tracking progress on mitigation. The modalities, procedures and guidelines (MPG) were agreed at COP 24 in Katowice.
We consider chapter III on the mitigation components of NDCs. We suggest that tracking involves tracking mitigation targets in NDCs, using self-selected indicators as well as reporting domestic mitigation measures that contribute significantly to reducing emissions. The structured summary is an important tool to track progress, linking transparency, mitigation accounting and markets. We suggest an approach in which each country tracks progress to the best of its abilities.
The good news is that we can reduce poverty and emissions at the same time in highly emissions intensive developing economies. We can only do it, however, if we take everyone along, the rich and the poor. Everyone needs to get their piece of the cake to have an incentive to change pathways.