The Week Ahead: Climate Negotiations Continue in Warsaw; California to Hold Fifth Carbon Auction


United Nations climate negotiators from more than 190 countries are expected to wrap up talks Nov. 22 in Warsaw aimed at crafting a treaty to be signed in 2015 in Paris that will limit greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The deal is meant to come into force in 2020.

However, as covered in a Nov. 14 Energy and Climate Report article, the talks started amid a continuing disagreement between rich and developing countries over how to account for past levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

Brazil, China and other nations introduced a proposal that would use greenhouse gas levels dating back to the industrial revolution to help set future emission limits. The U.S., European Union, Australia and Canada rejected the proposal, claiming that such a scenario would present the opportunity for some developing countries to forego limiting future emissions even if feasible.

California to Hold Auction, Board Meeting

The California Air Resources Board will hold its fifth auction of greenhouse gas emission allowances Nov. 19.

As detailed in an Aug. 21 article, during its fourth auction, CARB sold nearly 13.9 million greenhouse gas allowances for $12.22 each, down from the May 16 auction, when the state sold 14.5 million allowances for $14 each.

One allowance allows the holder to emit one metric ton of carbon dioxide or its equivalent.

On Nov. 21, CARB will hold a board meeting in Sacramento. The agenda includes a proposed resolution by Santa Barbara that its 2013 Sustainable Communities Strategy meets CARB greenhouse gas emission targets for 2020 and 2035.

The board will also consider a research proposal developed to support California's Advanced Clean Cars program and to investigate potential emission reductions from passenger cars.

Department of Energy Webinars

The Energy Department's office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will hold two webinars in the week ahead. A Nov. 20 webinar will cover "Jobs and Economic Development Impacts of Offshore Wind." A Nov. 21 webinar will cover "Tools for Designing and Implementing Better Clean Energy Finance Programs."

Other Energy, Climate Events

On Nov. 18, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will hold an event in Washington on "Turkey's Energy Strategy: Weathering Uncertainties." Memduh Karakullukçu, president of the Istanbul-based Global Relations Forum, will discuss how energy markets will shape Turkey’s approach to new energy technologies.

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute will hold a briefing Nov. 20 in Washington on "Energy Efficiency: A Win-Win." Speakers will discuss how businesses can cut energy use and how energy-efficient products are being designed for buildings and the industrial sector.

On Nov. 20, the Alliance to Save Energy will hold an event in Washington on "A Path to Double Energy Productivity: State and Local Success Stories."

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation will hold an event Nov. 20 in Washington on "Next-Gen Data Centers: Bringing Energy Efficiency to Government."

From Nov. 17–20, the 2013 Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conferencewill be held in Sacramento, Calif. The conference is being sponsored by the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the California Institute for Energy and Environment.