The Week Ahead: U.N. to Hold Second Climate Change Financial Workshop


The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will host its second workshop on long-term financing of climate change initiatives Oct. 1-3 in Cape Town, South Africa.

As detailed in a Aug. 28 World Climate Change Reportarticle, the workshops are part of a wider effort to scale up financing for poor countries' efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Starting in 2013, countries are expected to ramp up climate finance efforts to reach the level of $100 billion per year starting in 2020.

Head of UNFCCC to Speak in Washington, D.C.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretrary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is among the featured officials scheduled to speak in Washington D.C., at the "Carbon Forum North America 2012" Oct. 1-2. The event, organized by the International Emissions Trading Association,  also will feature other leading policymakers, regulators, and analysts, including Adam Sieminski, Administrator for the U.S. Energy Information Administration; Gilbert Metcalf, deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy for the Department of the Treasury; and Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board. 

Several Climate, Energy Webinars on Agenda

The Interior Department, along with the American Sustainable Business Council, will host a webinar Oct. 4 on “Renewable Energy, Water Conservation, Climate Change, Land Use & More.”

On Oct. 2, the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program will hold a webinar on how the General Services Administration conducts Energy Efficiency Expert Evaluations (E4) and how agencies pursue recommendations.

The California Energy Commission will host a webinar Oct. 1 to solicit public comments on the calculated amount of new renewable generation required to meet policy targets for 2020 of having 33 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources.

The Renewable Energy Markets Association will hold a webinar Oct. 4 on “Renewable Energy Credits Claims Through the Ownership Chain.” RECs, which are production tax credits, provide owners of renewable energy projects such as wind, biomass, hydroelectric and solar facilities with a credit for each megawatt hour of electricity generated.