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.
10 March 2019
It was with great sadness that we at the Energy Research Centre learned that our former colleagues, Max Thabiso Edkins, passed away in a fatal plane crash. We remember Max for his passionate and excellent research into renewable energy during his time at ERC from 2009 to 2011. You can find publications by Max published on renewable energy policy, technology and external costs on our web-site (see here). Max contributed to research on climate change mitigation scenarios; continued this work when he moved on to work with the World Bank. Our condolences to his family – this must have been devastating news. Max’s untimely passing is a loss for us at ERC, the country, continent and planet.