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Climate Compatible Growth Programme:
CO27 Side Events


Africa–Asia: a just transition to low-carbon development
Decision-making Tools | Finance | Transport

07 November to 11 November
Sharm El Sheikh and online
Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino

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Event Timetable

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CCG is co-organizing five days of side events during COP27 bringing global experts and policy practitioners together for discussion. The broad theme is Africa-Asia: a just transition to low-carbon development, and the event will include sessions covering decision-making tools, finance, transport, and more. CCG is pleased to be joined by two programmes funded by UK Aid, Modern Energy Cooking Services and High Volume Transport.

Speakers will join from an array of important international organizations (including ADB, AfDB, Climate Parliament, ESCAP, GIZ, IEA, SE4All, UNOPS, WB, WRI) research institutions (including Imperial College London, University College London, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford) and policymakers from Kenya, Lao PDR, Costa Rica, and Bolivia.

Side events will include discussion on CCG’s work with the UK Government’s Energy Transition Council, the Green Grids Initiative, E-mobility in Africa, Materials, Macro-economics, Policies for co-benefits, modelling for decision-making, gender quality and social inclusion, and more. These will be done in coordination with the negotiation process, the Africa Pavilion and the themes of COP27 itself.

The objective of the programme will be to create a platform to explore the interlocking themes related to low-carbon and resilient transition against a backdrop of rapidly transforming technological and economic landscapes in energy, transport, industry, and other economic growth sectors. The side-events will debate concerns and priorities in a post-Paris climate change regime with a view to foster meaningful policy dialogue on each of the identified themes. This will culminate in a one-day event, ‘Transport Day’, which will look into the various features of interconnected low carbon infrastructure. The programme is designed to bring together policy makers, researchers and practitioners to debate the evidence base on what works and identify gaps for improving policy and investment decision-making for low carbon actions and planning.

The side-events will take a variety of forms, depending on what’s appropriate for the sub-theme. All are intended to be highly interactive


Themes

A strong consensus has emerged among scientists, policymakers, and development practitioners that climate change poses complex challenges to the sustainable development plans of countries in Africa. At the same time, this offers an opportunity to revise the development agenda to make it more proactive to climate-resilient development objectives.

The themes of CCG’s COP27 Side Events explore these challenges and opportunities, and are described below. As the sessions develop and discussions are held, we will update these key messages.

Africa–Asia: a just transition to low-carbon development

In general, discussion on Africa and Asia will consist of debates/discussions around national ownership of development processes, creating and enhancing shared knowledge assets, bridging the gap between policy makers, practitioners (including the private sector), and the research community. The theme will also address the integration of key sectors for development such as agriculture, water, transport, urbanization, and – in particular – energy. All this must be done in the context of a just transition, both in terms of adequate support for development in low-income countries and in terms of making sure all groups of society are benefited.

Key Messages

  • Energy sectors (and other infrastructure) still need development. The energy future of Africa and Asia will need strategic infrastructure investment that takes a holistic approach.
  • Finance models need to bring public and private sector finance together.
  • However, climate financing is notoriously difficult, particularly for Africa. This challenge must be addressed and new, co-created solutions and approaches found.
  • Enabling environments need to be created to strengthen individual and institutional capacity for sustained climate action.
  • Strong partnerships, both national and international, are critical if Africa and Asia are to achieve their development objectives.

Decision-making Tools

Integrated planning models and qualitative analyses are critical for developing actionable energy and transport system pathways targeted at country-specific development priorities. The theme will present and showcase the tools and analyses for wider sector interactions with energy and transport systems and evidence to inform the development of policies and programmes focused on climate compatible growth.

Key Messages

  • Research must be ‘demand-led’ and focused on ‘real-world’ processes.
  • The evidence-base for this research must be strengthened, as must the promotion of evidence uptake in policymaking and investment decision-making.
  • Co-creation and ownership of research products is critical if strategies are to be effective and bought into by multiple stakeholders.

Finance

Financing climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts can simultaneously address poverty reduction and sustainable development concerns in Africa. Climate finance can be the catalyst for leveraging private and public resources, opening new economic opportunities, promiting technology deployment, and transforming development pathways.

Key Messages

  • Finance must be easier to access for lower-income countries.
  • This will have global climate and development benefits.
  • New tools and processes must be co-designed by multiple stakeholders to ensure the success of mitigation and adaptation projects.
  • Just transition principles and ownership inclimate finance is critical if it is to have a lasting societal impact.

Transport

Transport is responsible for a large share of GHG emissions, and this trend is expected to increase with rapid urbanization. Meeting growing transport demand while reducing emissions is both an imperative and an opportunity that will consist an array of strategies around more efficient transport systems and vehicles, changes in travel behaviour, use of cleaner fuels, and new low-carbon vehicle technologies. The theme will discuss how climate compatible technology and development, such as electromobility, can deliver important co-benefits, in addition to GHG emission reduction, such as improving air quality, improving energy infrastructures, new jobs, and opportunities for local value creation.

Key Messages

  • Successful and resilience transport policies require integration with other sectors.
  • There are potentially significant benefits to the electrififcation of transport in Low- and Middle-Income countries, but the barriers to this must not be ignored.
  • Finance, technology transfer, and effective governance will all be needed if low-carbon transport is to be achieved.

CCG COP27 Side Events Timetable
November

All times in local Egyptian time (UTC+2). Click the day or session to scroll to further details.

Mon 7thTue 8thWed 9thThur 10thFri 11th
Transport Day
09:00–10:30No SessionMaking Investment Work Hard to Achieve Greener, More Resilient TransportThe Green Grids Initiative-One Sun One World One Grid: Green grids accelerators and the role of research, parliamentarians and civil societyNo SessionNo Session
10:30–11:00COFFEE BREAKCOFFEE BREAKCOFFEE BREAKCOFFEE BREAKCOFFEE BREAK
11:00–12:30How to Build Modelling Capacity for Low-Carbon and Resilient PathwaysMacroeconomic Uncertainty Meets Climate Perils: How should policymakers respond?Financing Low-Carbon CookingMaterial Implications of Low-Carbon Transitions Including Climate Mitigation and AdaptationUnlocking a Pathway to Low-Carbon Transport in African Cities Without Compromising Economic Growth
12:30–14:00LUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCH
14:00–15:30Data Kits to Undertake Systems Analysis and Scale, Accelerate, and Build CapacityNo SessionETC Rapid Response Facility (RRF)No SessionTools and Research towards a Paris Alignment: Moving transport towards carbon net zero?!
15:30–16:00COFFEE BREAKCOFFEE BREAKCOFFEE BREAKCOFFEE BREAKCOFFEE BREAK
16:00–17:10A Capacity Building EcosystemResearch Dialogues: Climate research for policy and practiceAfrican Energy PathwaysThe Power of Inclusion: Designing equitable energy systems across social divisions (17:20 end)Role of e-mobility in Africa: Towards an inclusive low carbon transition
17:10–17:30BREAKBREAKBREAKBREAKFireside Chat
What’s in for sustainable transport at COP27?
 17:10-17:20
17:30–18:30Scaling Electric Cooking as Part of Decarbonization Strategies: the Kenyan eCooking strategyAchieving Climate Action Through Integrated Policies for Co-benefitsOpportunities for African Cities to Meet Their Transport & Urban Planning Needs in a Greener, More Sustainable WayGreen Hydrogen: making sense of discussions at COP27
(Confirmed
17:40 start)
Accessing Climate Finance for Transport: Lessons from project preparation facilities and MDB climate action (18.45 end)
18:30–19:30IPCC: What’s in it for Africa? [Updated time slot]LCEDN at the COP: Voices from the frontlineNo SessionReport launch: “Resource efficiency in Lao PDR industry: guidelines for a sustainable industrial development” & lessons for LMICs(18.45 Start)
Transport – Reception (GIZ)

COP27 Event Details
Day 1

 
How to Build Modelling Capacity for Low-Carbon and Resilient Pathways
[Link to watch on YouTube]
Day 1 | Mon 7 Nov | 11:00–12:30 UTC+2 

 

 
Data Kits to Undertake Systems Analysis and Scale, Accelerate, and Build Capacity
[Link to Watch on Youtube]
Day 1 | Mon 7 Nov | 14:00–15:30 UTC+2

 
 

 
 
A Capacity Building Ecosystem
[Link to Watch on YouTube]
Day 1 | Mon 7 Nov | 16:00–17:10 UTC+2

 
 

 

Scaling Electric Cooking as Part of Decarbonization Strategies: the Kenyan eCooking Strategy
Day 1 | Mon 7 Nov | 17:30–18:30 UTC+2

 
 

 
IPCC: What’s in it for Africa?
Day 1 | Mon 7 Nov | 18:30–19:30 UTC+2 [Updated time slot]

 

 
 

COP27 Event Details
Day 2


 
High Volume Transport (HVT) Applied Research Programme Logo

Making Investment Work Hard to Achieve Greener, More Resilient Transport
Day 2 | Tue 8 Nov | 09:00–10:30 UTC+2

 
 

 
Macroeconomic Uncertainty Meets Climate Perils: How should policymakers respond?
Day 2 | Tue 8 Nov | 11:00–12:30 UTC+2   

 

 
 

 
Research Dialogues: Climate Research for Policy and Practice
Day 2 | Tue 8 Nov | 16:00–17:10 UTC+2 

 

 
 

 
Achieving Climate Action Through Integrated Policies for Co-benefits
Day 2 | Tue 8 Nov | 17:30–18:30 UTC+2

 
 

 

LCEDN at the COP: Voices from the Frontline
Day 2 | Tue 8 Nov | 18:30–19:30 UTC+2

 
 

COP27 Event Details
Day 3


 

The Green Grids Initiative-One Sun One World One Grid: Green grids accelerators and the role of research, parliamentarians and civil society
[Link to Watch on YouTube]
Day 3 | Wed 9 Nov | 9:00–10:30 UTC+2

 
 

 
Modern Energy Cooking Services Logo

Financing Low-Carbon Cooking
Day 3 | Wed 9 Nov | 11:00–12:30 UTC+2

 
 

 
The logo for the Energy Transition Council
 
ETC Rapid Response Facility (RRF)
[Link to Watch on YouTube]
Day 3 | Wed 9 Nov | 14:00–15:30 UTC+2

 
 

 
African Energy Pathways
Day 3 | Wed 9 Nov | 16:00–17:10 UTC+2

 
 

 
High Volume Transport (HVT) Applied Research Programme Logo

Opportunities for African Cities to Meet Their Transport and Urban Planning Needs in a Greener, More Sustainable Way
Day 3 | Wed 9 Nov | 17:30–18:30 UTC+2

 
 

COP27 Event Details
Day 4


 
Material Implications of Low-Carbon Transitions Including Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
Day 4 | Thur 10 Nov | 11:00–12:30 UTC+2

 
 

 
 
The Power of Inclusion: Designing equitable energy systems across social divisions
Day 4 | Thur 10 Nov | 16:00–17:20 UTC+2
[Link to Watch on YouTube]
 
 
 

 
Green hydrogen: Making sense of the discussions in COP27
Day 4 | Thur 10 Nov | 17:40–18:30 UTC+2

Session now confirmed

 
 

 
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) | Green Growth Knowledge Platform
Report launch: “Resource efficiency in Lao PDR industry: guidelines for a sustainable industrial development” and lessons for other LMICs
Day 4 | Thur 10 Nov | 18:30–19:30 UTC+2

 
 

COP27 Event Details
Day 5
Transport Day


 
High Volume Transport (HVT) Applied Research Programme Logo

Unlocking a Pathway to Low-Carbon Transport in African Cities Without Compromising Economic Growth
Day 5 | Fri 11 Nov | 11:00–12:30 UTC+2

 
 

 
Asian Development Bank Logo
 
Tools and Research towards a Paris Alignment: Moving Transport towards carbon net zero?!
Day 5 | Fri 11 Nov | 14:00–15:30 UTC+2

 
 

SuM4ALL logo
 
Role of E-mobility in Africa: Towards an inclusive low-carbon transition
Day 5 | Fri 11 Nov | 16:00–17:10  UTC+2

 
 

 
What’s in for sustainable transport at COP27?  
[Link to Watch on YouTube]
Day 5 | Fri 11 Nov | 17:10–17:20  UTC+2

 
GIZ logo
 
Accessing Climate Finance for Transport: Lessons from project preparation facilities and MDB climate action
Day 5 | Fri 11 Nov | 17:30–18:45 UTC+2

 
 


Registration & Directions
COP27 Side Events

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Transport

Two travel between the main pavilion and CCG’s COP27 Side Events a taxi or shuttle bus is recommended:

Shuttle buses – Take shuttle bus SH1, SH5, SH4 or SH6 from the COP venue and get off at Ghazala stop. Keep walking 100m in the same direction as the bus. Our venue, Maritim Jolie Ville Congress Center, is on your right. Shuttle buses run every 5 minutes.
Taxis – Sharm is a small city so you should not be paying more than 300 LE return anywhere in the city. The hotel taxi’s are usually safe, clean, on time, have a/c, drivers less likely to increase the price of the journey and you have come back via the hotel if there is a problem.

Our Side Event are being held at the Maritim Jolie hotel Conference centre in the Nuweiba room. There is lunch and refreshments between sessions.

The conference room is visible from the entrance on ground floor, and is indicated by a CCG banner.

Google Maps Directions from the Main COP27 event (Tonino Lambourghini Convention Center) to the CCG events (Maritim Jolie Resort)

Please note, our conference venue is on the other side of the road of the Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casinio, about 100m further South.



Knowledge and tools for low-carbon investment and finance
Webinar [Zoom]:

Thursday 27th October 2022
12:00–13:30 GMT | 13:00–14:30 BST


The scale of climate investments needed to achieve a low-carbon transition is huge. Costed needs provided in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for developing countries puts this figure at nearly $6 trillion up to 2030. African countries alone will need about $3 trillion to achieve their NDC targets. But the gap between the targets and where we are today is significant, and the global distribution of finance is unequal, with Africa and South Asia accounting for less than 10% of the global total $632 billion disbursed over the 2019/2020 period.

Part of the challenge is that the data and analytical tools to generate the type of knowledge that helps inform investment decisions are simply not there. Understanding how the finance landscape behaves and the character of the investment ecosystem in order to translate financing ambition into tangible projects will be important. This will be a critical theme at the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

This webinar brings together some of the leading academics and practitioners to share their insights on the knowledge and information needed to bring together the range of actors in the finance ecosystem and create transformative investment environments that can address multiple development and climate challenges. We expect the webinar to be solution-oriented, and it will take the form of an informal moderated conversation with high level of involvement from participants.

Registration

Register now on Eventbrite [opens new tab].

Discussion Points

  • Why has it been so difficult for developing countries in Africa and South Asia to mobilize finance, especially private finance?
  • What does a good ‘enabling environment’ for investment look like?
  • What type of investment ecosystems will be needed for scaling up finance flows for low-carbon investments? What type of knowledge is required to incentivize private finance actors and build ‘investment’ confidence?
  • How do we build ‘compromises’ between meeting the social and economic development agenda of national actors and the profit maximization motives of private investors? What incentives and instrument can best help navigate these seemingly irreconcilable positions?
  • What role can knowledge institutions play to help maintain momentum, and help lay the foundations for more ambitious climate and development actions?
  • Finance for mitigation accounts for 93% of the total global finance disbursed in 2020/21. Why is finance for adaptation so difficult? Are there instruments or analytical tools (frameworks) that would help to address this imbalance? Would resilience framing help?

Confirmed Speakers

Mark Howells | Director of the Climate Compatible Growth Programme, Loughborough University and Imperial College London
Patrick Nussbaumer | United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Alex Money | Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Robin Kaenzig | Transport Economist
Yann Tanvez | International Finance Cooperation


Africa’s road to COP27: Expectations and Opportunities
Webinar [Zoom]:

Thursday 13 October 2022
12:00–13:30 GMT | 13:00–14:30 BST


This event has now ended – the recording is available on YouTube.

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.  COP27 is described as Africa’s COP and promises to offer the opportunity to articulate Africa’s priorities for building transformative adaptation, limiting emissions rise, accessing appropriate finance and addressing loss and damage. Much has happened since COP26 at the global stage that may create hurdles in the negotiations in Egypt. COP27 is taking place in the shadows of mounting energy and food prices and climate-related disasters such as scorching heat waves, droughts and floods in different parts of the world.

This high-level webinar will gather thought leaders and decision makers to engage in a dialogue to unpack the opportunities and challenges for African countries at COP27, and look beyond the COP. The webinar will present perspectives from different stakeholders on this pivotal COP to shed light into expectations and the opportunities for Africa. It will take the form of an informal moderated conversation with high level of involvement from participants. 

Discussion Points

  • What has Africa achieved in the past few COPs, and what are its expectations at the Egypt COP?
  • What are the critical components that must be addressed for COP to be a success, and what strategies will be adopted?
  • What is the role of the private sector, NGO community, and Civil Society groups at COP?
  • How must Africa engage with the low carbon transition, given that the region’s historic emissions are low?
  • What lessons are to be learnt in the wake of the COVID pandemic and war in Ukraine?
  • Why did Africa receive little climate finance? What are the major drivers and bottlenecks of climate finance flows including policies and needs? How can sources of private finance be mobilized?
  • What role can knowledge institutions play to help maintain momentum, and help lay the foundations for more ambitious climate and development actions?

Confirmed Speakers

Kevin Urama, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President for the Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Complex, African Development Bank
Fatima Denton, Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)
Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Mark Howells, Director of the Climate Compatible Growth Programme, Loughborough University and Imperial College London
Yacob Mulugetta, Climate Compatible Growth and University College London

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