Looking back at COP20 in Lima
SNV attended the 2014 20th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP20) in Lima, Peru. The high-level conference aimed at setting the agenda for climate change strategy at the international level, an objective shared by SNV given our commitment to reducing emissions and promoting low-carbon growth in the areas of Agriculture and Renewable Energy.
The conference was a critical platform to showcase SNV’s activities in relation to climate change mitigation, and clarified many issues pending from previous sessions. It was attended by Andy Wehkamp, Managing Director for Renewable Energy, Richard McNally, Global Co-ordinator REDD+, Sarah Simons, Global Sector Coordinator for Agriculture, Jose Segovia, Country Representative SNV Peru, Manuel Espinoza Condemarín, Renewable Energy Advisor SNV Peru, Anh Tran Tu, Senior Advisor Climate Change, and Keshav C Das, Senior Climate Finance Advisor.
Some of SNV’s highlights at COP20 included:
A side event citing SNV’s ADB-funded Mekong gender & climate change in renewable energy project;
A booth at the Global Landscapes Forum which brought together more than 1700 people from 90 countries;
Invitation to an event on carbon footprint of export companies, a project implemented by the SNV RE team in Central America;
Participation in a high-level side event on Sustainable Production and Consumption systems during which SNV presented lessons from clean cooking experience;
Inclusion in the Center for International Forestry (CIFOR)’s key publication on sub-national REDD+ initiatives.
In addition, SNV had speaking opportunities in a number of side events. At the Voces del Clima venue, SNV made several presentations including productive uses of energy, renewable energy learning and knowledge transfer. At the NAMA press conference attended by partners, the SNV Burkina Faso-led biomass energy NAMA was announced as a winning project and the first NAMA in an LDC.
As a key takeaway, SNV expects to play an important role in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which could be a new area of collaboration for SNV with host countries. By supporting them to develop INDCs and implement them, we expect to put our expertise at the service of countries to help them determine goals and contributions that fit their circumstances.