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Sixth Meeting of Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Focal Points, Bangkok, Thailand, 27-28 March 2012

At this meeting, the participants will discuss the activities for the next 6 months to kick start Phase 2 of the Network. SEAN-CC Phase 2 will continue to support national Climate Change offices in dealing with the pressing adaptation and mitigation needs as well as participating in and implementing UNFCCC’s decisions.

Tips for Adaptation Fund submissions

The Adaptation Fund launched in 2007 to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries recently published tips for submissions. Potential funds available to the end of 2012 are estimated between USD 270 million and USD 400 million. The remaining deadlines for submissions in 2012 are April 18th and July 11th.

CDM Catalogue of Decisions

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has released a new tutorial that explains how to use the enhanced Catalogue of Decisions. The catalogue enables users to search through over 2,000 CMP and CDM Executive Board meeting documents to find specific text.

Outcomes of the Durban Conference

The Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa in December 2011 made considerable progress in deciding the fate of a global deal to fight climate change: the Kyoto Protocol and its flexible mechanisms are extended, a global agreement of establishing a climate deal involving all countries by 2015 as well as advanced decisions to implement initiatives such as Green Climate Fund, the Technology Executive Committee and the Adaptation Committee. Several analyses of the outcomes at Durban have been published, including a recent report produced by CDC Climat, a research center based in Paris.

Highlights



Since the network was founded in 2009, SEAN-CC has:

Supported the climate change offices from the 10 member countries to prepare their participation to UNFCCC negotiations (CoP 15 and CoP 16) and strengthen their capacities in conducting GHG inventories, elaborating National Communications and developing programmatic CDM projects.

Promoted action on energy efficiency through climate technology trainings, feasibility studies and market assessments for the harmonization of standards, and the development of Energy Efficiency technology manuals.

Promoted south-south cooperation for intraregional climate technology transfer through developing and engaging in regional initiatives, organizing regional workshops and meetings, and online engagement.

Strengthened communication, collaboration and synergies between Climate Change offices and energy institutions for joint action on mitigation and low carbon development.

Produced a series of regional analyses and reviews, and targeted analysis documents on key climate change issues of mutual interest for Network members.

Supported a number of country-led initiatives presenting high potential for relevance and/or being replicable in other contexts, as a response to direct requests from member countries.

Established partnerships with a number of regional institutions and centres of excellence for the promotion of energy efficiency and climate technology transfer.

Snapshot of the Region

Home to more than 563 million people, Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world and has a fast growing energy demand driven by economic and demographic growth. The region’s global share of GHG emissions (estimated at 12% in 2000) is likely to increase significantly especially in view of its very large growth in energy demand to fuel electricity generation, industrial processes, transport, and households: it more than doubled, from 230 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 1990 to 490 Mtoe in 2007, of which fossil fuels accounted for 74%. The region has been identified as highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. According to ADB, continuing ‘business as usual’ emissions increases are expected to trigger a loss of 6.7% combined GDP by 2100 in ASEAN countries.

The region’s energy sector is the fastest growing contributor to emissions and holds vast, untapped potential for mitigation. ADB estimated that renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives could mitigate up to 40% of the region’s combined energy related emissions by 2020.

The Network in a Nutshell

Working primarily through the UNFCCC National Climate Change Focal Points designated in each country and mobilizing other key actors, the Southeast Asia Climate Change Network (SEAN-CC) – a UNEP initiative funded by the Government of Finland - aims to guide ASEAN countries making sound policy, technology, and investment choices that lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and potential co-benefits, with a specific focus on promoting action on energy efficiency and energy conservation (EE&C); and clean and renewable energy sources.

 

In line with the priorities identified and agreed with the national climate change focal points or responding to direct country requests, SEAN-CC activities cover technical assistance (including policy advice), capacity building, and knowledge generation and information sharing with a view to:

• Strengthen coordination and collaboration amongst decision makers for low carbon development.

• Address the capacity gaps of energy professionals in the region and support countries to strengthen energy institutions for designing, implementing and monitoring mitigation activities.

• Expedite development of good policies to accelerate the transfer of climate friendly technologies.

• Engage the private sector in national and regional efforts for low carbon development.

• Improve the development of knowledge, disseminate best practices and foster interactions and exchange of experiences among climate change professionals in the region.

 


Through the Network, policymakers are able to:

• Interact and exchange experiences with climate change profesionals in the region and international experts

• Gain a better understanding of the benefits of low carbon development an related tecnologies options

• Engage with energy professionals and the private sector to jointly respond to the climate change challenge

Project Brochure

View the SEAN-CC Network Brochure
For more information on the SEAN-CC, view the introductory powerpoint below or view the network brochure, here.





Introductory Presentation