Technical Assistance to the South African UNFCCC Delegation on Climate Finance and Market-Based Mechanisms

  • Year: 2012

Official project name: Technical support on economic modelling of impacts of international policies and mechanisms on markets, sectors, climate finance and technology on South Africa / GIZ Project: DEA Climate Change Support Program

Client: Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Chief Directorate - International Climate Change Relations and Negotiations

Funder: Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Duration: 15 April 2012 - 31 March 2013    

Summary  

TIPS was contracted in 2012/2013 by GIZ to provide technical assistance to the DEA on three topics in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations:

  • The use of (carbon) markets to improve the allocative efficiency of mitigation efforts;
  • The use of (carbon) finance to reduce the cost of developing country mitigation and adaptation actions; and
  • The use of sectoral mechanisms (to extend the coverage of mitigation commitments and to raise finance for adaptation and mitigation).

As part of this project, TIPS produced a comprehensive report for the South African delegation to the UNFCCC on Markets, Sectoral Approaches and Finance, including specific recommendations on negotiation positions.

TIPS also developed a spreadsheet-based Integrated Assessment Model, dubbed Basic Assessment Tool of the Impact of Climate Action (BATICA), which aims to demonstrate the impacts of markets, non-market mechanisms (such as carbon price floors and ceilings), financial support and innovation on the cost of global climate action and the distribution of this cost among countries or sectors).

In addition to the continual engagement with DEA officials, TIPS ran workshops to present the findings of the report and the model to the delegation members and government officials.

TIPS also provided on-going and on-site support to the South African delegation at the Bonn Climate Change Conference (AWG-KP 17, AWG-LCA 15 and ADP 1) in Bonn, Germany (14-25 May 2012), the Bangkok Climate Change Conference (informal additional sessions of the AWG-LCA, AWG-KP and ADP) in Bangkok, Thailand (30 August - 5 September 2012) and the Doha Climate Change Conference (COP 18 – CMP 8) in Doha, Qatar  (26 November – 7 December 2012).

TIPS also provided support to DEA during two BASIC Experts Forums – one in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2012 and one in Beijing, China just prior to 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18).

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