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2020 Webinar Series: Enhancing NDCs by Sector

To set the course for a net-zero emissions future, the Paris Agreement established a goal of limiting warming to well below 2 degrees C, and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. The initial national commitments that countries put forward are not enough to avoid these temperature thresholds. However, under Paris, countries agreed to prepare and communicate updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs) every five years to reflect progress toward their highest possible ambition.

The 2020 process of enhancing NDCs offers opportunities for policymakers to take stock of their initial commitments and identify meaningful, novel ways to enhance climate action in ways that seemed improbable just five years ago. This webinar series, co-hosted with NDC Partnership, UN Development Programme and other partners, focuses on the most promising and effective solutions to achieving low-carbon transformation at the sectoral level. Register to participate in our webinars or watch the recordings on-demand by clicking the links below.

Enhancing NDCs: Transport Sector

February 27, 2020
10—11 AM ET | 3—4 PM GMT

Limiting warming in line with the Paris Agreement goals requires deep cuts in transport emissions, even as demand for transport continues to grow. This webinar focuses on opportunities to strengthen climate action in the transport sector, drawing from this recent publication.

Speakers: Representatives from NDCP, SLoCaT, UNDP, WRI

Co-hosted with Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership


Enhancing NDCs: Power Sector

March 25, 2020
9-10 AM EDT | 1-2 PM GMT

Taking stock of progress in power sector transitions since the first NDCs were developed in 2015 reveals that while increasing zero-carbon energy supply is fundamental, merely increasing renewable energy targets is no longer enough to enhance ambition in the power sector. This webinar highlights four foundational strategies as essential to be in place for further transformation of the power sector to happen. These include planning for enhanced grid flexibility, addressing existing coal assets, necessary institutional changes, and tapping synergies between the power and end-use sectors, highlighted in from Enhancing NDCs: Opportunities in the Power Sector.

Speakers: Representatives from IEA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory/LEDS GP, WRI


Enhancing NDCs: Short-lived Climate Pollutants

April 8, 2020
9—10 AM EDT | 1—2 PM GMT

This webinar will focus on the health and development priorities that can be simultaneously be achieved by focusing on SLCPs in enhanced NDCs, highlighted in Strengthening Nationally Determined Contributions to Catalyze Actions That Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants  and Opportunities for Increasing Ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions through Integrated Air Pollution and Climate Change Planning: A Practical Guidance Document.

Speakers: Representatives from CCAC, SEI, WRI, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria

Co-hosted with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition


Enhancing NDCs: Agriculture

April 16, 2020
7:30 AM—9:00 AM EDT | 11:30 AM—1:00 PM GMT

This webinar will focus on opportunities to foster more productive and more inclusive farming practices, which can also reduce emissions and improve climate resilience, drawing from the publication Enhancing NDCs: Opportunities in Agriculture.

Speakers: Representatives from CCAC, FAO, Oxfam, Uruguay, Vietnam, WRI

Co-hosted with Climate and Clean Air Coalition and Oxfam


Enhancing NDCs: Forest and Land-Use

April 23, 2020
9:30—10:30 AM EDT | 1:30—2:30 PM GMT

This webinar illustrates rationales and opportunities to integrate and enhance forest-sector solutions in NDCs. It will provide specific options for enhancement from Enhancing NDCs: Opportunities in the Forest and Land-Use Sector and share experience from countries.

Speakers: Representatives from Ecuador, NDCP, UNDP, WRI


Look for upcoming webinars focused on NDC enhancement in the water and waste sectors.

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