July 25 2016 at 18:38
The COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference
by Cop22 Marrakech
“Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions”
November 14-16, 2016, Blue Zone, Marrakech, Morocco
Context of the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference
The COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference is a direct follow-up to key commitments in
the Paris agreement. In the agreement, every country is responsible for producing a
Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030 as well as a Low-Emission
Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050 (Article 4, paragraph 19). The Solutions Conference
will assist nations in the technical preparations of their NDCs and LEDSs by bringing
together technical experts, world-leading scientists and engineers, and sectors from
business, academia, and civil society. The Solutions Conference will be aimed at problem
solving, brainstorming, and global co-creation, without the pressures of inter-governmental
negotiations or formal agreements. The goal will be to share knowledge, exchange
information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices, and prioritize future research.
This is the first time in COP history that a large-scale technical-solutions conference is being
organized for country delegations, placing innovative technological solutions at the heart of
the meeting. The hope is that the Solutions Conference at COP22 will be the first of a series
of similar annual events at future COPs.
• The Government of Morocco, through the Ministry of Environment, will host the
overall conference, provide space and logistics, and arrange official invitations and
• The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the network of
universities and research centers, which is led by the Special Adviser to the UN
Secretary General, Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, will take the lead on organizing academic
participation, in collaboration with other academic entities.
• The World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the network of
the most influential companies in the world, which is chaired by Mr Paul Polman, CEO
of Unilever, will take the lead in organizing the global business participation with other
business organizations such as the International Chamber of Commerce, the World
Economic Forum, and the UN Global Compact.
• The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the network of
cities, under its Secretary General, Mr. Gino Van Begin, will organize the participation
of mayors of cities and presidents of regions in collaboration with other city
organizations such as UCLG (United Cities and Local Government), R20, and C40.
• Preparing content for the Solutions Conference will also involve other partners
including UN agencies, international organizations (ITU, WTO, UNIDO, UNEP,
UNDP, IEA), industry associations (GSMA for ICT, for IPIECA oil and gas, etc.), the
Global e-Sustainability initiative (GESI), and others.
Anticipated Outcomes of the Conference
The main idea of this conference is to support a collaborative brainstorming and solutionsoriented
mode to the Paris Agreement, with the following specific objectives:
• Strengthen the technical capacities of the 196 signatory governments of the UNFCCC
to design and implement long-term low greenhouse-gas emissions development
strategies as called for in the Paris Agreement (NDCs and LEDSs)
• Chart key technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems, based on publicprivate
• Create an intensive global dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on
innovative solutions for a low-emissions future
• Enhance global exchange and partnerships for technology solutions between
governments, businesses, academia, and civil society organizations.
The agenda will be built around the Low-Emission Development Strategies highlighting the
• Design of NDCS and LEDs
• Cities and Energy Efficiency in Buildings
• Low-Emissions Transport
• Low-Emissions Power Generation and Distribution
• Public policies and regulations needed to support deep decarbonization of energy systems
Around 600-800 participants are expected, including:
• Delegates from each of the 196 countries signatory to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change. Each country should send a team of 2-3 technical
experts with senior responsibility in the design of NDCS and LEDs.
• In addition to the country delegations, there will also be a high-level representation
from the private sector including, but not limited to, the generation and distribution of
energy, transport, construction, agriculture and land use, automotive, aviation,
utilities, and ICT.
• Academic experts in energy systems, climate resilience, and related topics
• Cities and municipal leadership.
• Influential NGOs and other relevant sectors for the successful design and implementation of NDCS and LEDs.
On the same site of the COP22 inside the “Blue Zone.” The exhibition of innovative solutions
will be in the “Innovation Village.”
Mobilization before the conference
Before the conference, scientific and technical work will be conducted on the reconciliation of
the ICT sector with climate action. Specifically, the following two projects are planned:
• Strengthening the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project
(http://deepdecarbonization.org/) with an ICT dimension as a major axis of the
solution to global warming
• Enrich the WBCSD’s LCTPi study (http://www.wbcsd.org/) with a 10th pillar dedicated
to ICT (http://lctpi.wbcsdservers.org/)
The results of this scientific work will be presented at the conference, and therefore these
elements are an integral part of the preparation.
In order to mobilize the academic community, all the Moroccan universities and schools of
engineering, both public and private, should become members of SDSN, the largest network
of universities working together on sustainable development.
Regions and cities are important for the implementation low emissions strategies. Through
ICLEI, these actors will be important participating in the Solutions Conference.
In addition to the academics and cities, innovative companies will be mobilized. Their
contributions will include active participation in the conference and the exhibition of
Particular focus on the role of ICT
The telecoms and ICT industries, according to GSMA, have the potential to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions for other industries at a degree five times larger than the
reduction in its own emissions. In this context, and at the Mobile World Congress 2016, the
largest flagship event industry, GSMA, technology manufacturers, policy makers and telecom
operators announced industry mobilization for climate and around COP22. Three projects
have come out of this collaboration:
1. Agreement in principle to augment the work conducted by SDSN in the Deep
Decarbonization Pathways Project (http://deepdecarbonization.org) that traces the
technological trajectories of a decarbonized economy as well as the transformations
necessary in each sector, but doesn’t include the role of ICT.
2. Industry participation in the "COP22 Low Emissions Solutions Conference" to ensure
that ICT is on the strategic agenda of the countries when they consider 2050 and
climate change resilient economies. Participation can be through interventions,
demos, and sponsorship.
3. Enrich the WBCSD’s LCTPi study (http://www.wbcsd.org/) with a 10th pillar dedicated
to ICT solutions for the climate (http://lctpi.wbcsdservers.org/). The advantage is that
LCTPi already includes nine focus groups on vertical industries including biofuels,
forestry, Carbon Capture and Storage, smart agriculture, forestry, energy efficiency in
buildings, cement, renewable energy, low carbon freight in addition chemicals.
Adding the ICT dimension will help strengthen the partnership and technology
collaboration with other sectors.
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