Alex Obregón - The Climate Group


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Alex Obregón´s presentation at the Regional Development Conference, 14 June 2011, Östersund,Sweden. Topic: The role of the Climate Group in the framework of flagship initiatives of the EU.

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Alex Obregón - The Climate Group

  1. 1. “Regional development conference” Luc Bas Alejandro ObregónÖstersund, Jamtland, Sweden, June 14th, 2011
  2. 2. OVERVIEW • About TCG • Programmes: LED project and SMART 2020 • Market changes: Global Alliance of Corporations • EU policies: the need for ambition. • States and Regions Alliance
  3. 3. ABOUT US • World’s first international NGO focused solely on the low carbon economy • Focus on building confidence in the ‘clean revolution’ amongst the world’s most influential leaders • Partnerships with multinational companies, cities, regions and states to support leadership on climate policy and technology • Ninety staff, in the EU, USA, China, India, Australia • Independent with diverse, primarily philanthropic funding base – Foundations, Individuals, Companies, Governments
  5. 5. The Climate Group | Our GoalsPresent a compelling vision of aprosperous, clean energy future.Engage the 1,000 most influentialgovernment and private sectorleaders to accelerate thedeployment of low carbonsolutions.Catalyse market transformation inkey clean technologies to cut globalemissions and accelerate a cleanindustrial revolution.
  6. 6. TCG MARKET TRANSFORMATION PROGRAMS Bring technologies with large mitigation potential to commercial scale Work with our network on fast-start deployment Support development of standards and policy Establish global trials in commercializing new technologies Develop and disseminate templates to finance scale-up Raise awareness and prove concepts 6
  7. 7. MARKET TRANSFORMATION: LED LIGHTING Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps, combined with smart controls, can cut CO2 emissions from lighting 50-70% by 2020 • The LightSavers programme is piloting LED street lighting products with a group of world cities • 10 cities including Toronto, New York, Calcutta, London, Tianjin, Guiyang • Unique global product trial, moving to financing and policy support for scale up • 1,000 Village Campaign (China) – bringing LED/solar lighting to rural areas around major Chinese cities through donated product from LED companies – Launched by Tony Blair and Jet Li in Guiyang, 2009 7
  8. 8. CORPORATIONS• Alstom At a power plant in West Virginia, Alstom is burying the carbon emissions from a power plant 8,000 feet underground. According to Alstom, this process can capture as much as 90 percent of the CO2 from a plant’s emission stream.• Tesco The company has a target of being zero carbon by 2050 with an interim target of reducing its emissions by 50% by 2020. This includes all the energy used in stores such as refrigeration and other equipment reducing the environmental impact of leaking refrigeration gas, which can contribute up to 25% of the emissions of a typical store.
  9. 9. CORPORATIONS• PSA-PEUGEOT CITRÖEN10/26/2009 PSA Peugeot Citroën is actively working to add more low-emission vehicles to its product lines. The has introduced low-emission technologies, electric vehicles in 1995, HDi diesel engines in 1998, and particulate filters in 2000.• PHILIPS Philips is working with St. Helens Council to trial LED street lighting in St Helens, a large town in Merseyside in northwest UK. The project is part of the pan-European project, which aims to help shape an energy-efficient street-lighting strategy for Europe.
  10. 10. SMART 2020•Smarter technology use could reduce globalemissions by 15% and save global industry €500billion in annual energy costs by 2020.
  11. 11. Cities contribute more than70% of global emissions50% of world’s population living in cities today80,000 people added to the urban populationevery day5 billion mobile phonesubscriptions globally2 billion in Asia alone
  12. 12. — “SMART 2020 for Cities” report— “ICT for Sustainable Homes” report— “SMART 2020: Five Years On” report— 10 Leading demonstration projects— Workshops in 10 cities with ICT and other corporate partners
  13. 13. FLAGSHIP INITIATIVES Smart Growth programs Innovation « Innovation Union » EDUCATION INNOVATION Education « Youth on the move » DIGITAL ÑKWDASOKD Digital Society SOCIETY « A digital agenda for Europe »
  14. 14. More ambitious EU renewable energy and energy efficiency policies • To enhance EU-energy security • To ensure EU-competiveness in the global low carbon economy • To create millions of jobs in the low carbon economy Ambitious, stable and additional policy needed
  15. 15. Energy securityDeutsche Bank forecasts that oil prices could hit US$175 by as early as 2016.The bulk of European gas imports come from Russia, Norway and Algeria andimports are expected to increase from 61% in 2008 to 73% by 2020.EU Oil import bill increased by 70 billion US$ in 2010 !! There is no high-carbon low-cost future for Europe
  16. 16. Ensuring EU competitiveness in the global low carbon economy China and the US led the world in new clean energy technology and infrastructure investment in 2009. Latest UNEP report sees China surge in investment. Out of $119 billion invested worldwide by the financial sector, $33.7 billion took place in China, up 53% from 2008. Europe was down 10% at $43.7 billion.
  17. 17. EU wants to move to a low carbon prosperous futureRenewables accounted for 60 per cent of newly installed powercapacity in Europe in 2009; (50% in the US)German government is an early mover with 278,000 workersemployed in renewable energy, more than in conventional energy.By 2020, it is estimated this number could increase to between353,500 and 400,000.
  18. 18. More ambitious EU renewable energy policies • More ambitious EU GHG emission reduction target by 2020 • Need for an agreed political 2030 target on the road to 2050 • Binding Energy saving targets( call from EP) • New Financial Framework deliberations= opportunity • ....
  19. 19. THE CLIMATE GROUP Taking into account these facts and figures is fostering change in the political realm: STATES AND REGIONS ALLIANCE
  20. 20. THE CLIMATE GROUP •The Climate Group launched the states and regions climate alliance based on the commitments made by sub national governments in the Montreal Declaration in 2005. •The alliance focuses on practical solutions to climate change, in particular sharing best practice on effective policy implementation. •The Climate Group works to strengthen the alliance and drive the process forward through meetings, briefings and publications, such as “Low Carbon Leader: States and Regions”
  21. 21. THE CLIMATE GROUP Examples of regional government action • Scotland’s Climate Bill includes a legallly binding commitment on all future Scottish governments to deliver at least 80% cuts in emissions by 2050 and a goal of 50% total renewable energy generation by 2020. • Catalonia is implementing cleaner transportation policies and tax incentives to promote cleaner, less polluting vehicles. • North Rhine Westphalia is undertaking an initiative aiming to achieve a 20% reduction in overall primary energy consumption across the economy by 2020 compared to 2006
  22. 22. THE CLIMATE GROUP• The Basque Country’s Climate Action Plan, with renewables set to provide some 12% towards total energy consumption by the end of 2010. The region is also pushing for a 21% improvement in the efficiency of its transportation sector by 2012.• Bavaria has set the goal of doubling its primary energy consumption from renewables – from 8% to 16% - by 2020.
  23. 23. REGIONS AND CITIES• VITORIA Vitoria has been awarded European Green Capital 2012 due to an ambitious plan with eco- friendly measures such as The Green Belt creating a number of different environments of high ecological and landscape value around the city.• LONDON London has set itself the target to reduce emissions by 60% by 2050. Specific targets within this include generating at least enough power from renewables for 100,000 homes by 2010.
  24. 24. REGIONS AND CITIES• WALES Wales is pursuing an aggressive low-carbon policy for residential and commercial construction, with strict requirements for energy efficiency, water consumption, and use of sustainable materials.• AMSTERDAM The City of Amsterdam is offering individual grants for the purchase of electric vehicles and for fleets buying 20 or more EVs. The city will also cover 50% of the cost difference between an conventional gasoline car and a comparable electric model.
  25. 25. REGIONS AND CITIES• BRITTANY Brittany pushes for land and sea-based wind farms, tidal energy and biomass and aims to produce 20% of energy from renewable resources by 2020 (currently at 7%).• UPPER AUSTRIA Upper Austria’s has committed to generate 100% renewable electricity by 2030. It has the programme "Save electricity now" where biomass energy is playing a bigger role.
  26. 26. More ambitious EU GHG emission reduction targetEuropean Commission’s assessment to get to 30% 2020-target• Costs (investments) for 20% target down from €70 billion perannum in 2008 to an estimated €48 billion today.• 30% target now would “cost” €33 billion(0,2% GDP) more (projectedagainst cost 2 years ago for the 20% target this is only 11billion• Reduced imports of oil and gas (€40 billion saving)• Health benefits from improved air quality (€3.5-8 billion saving).
  27. 27. Business call for 30% GHG emissionreduction EU-target •Endorsement given to the 30% target by Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Sweden and the UK • A win-win-win for Europe. • Numerous economic and social benefits • Will spur innovation and investment thus creating millions of new jobs in a low carbon economy • Maintain its leadership and competitiveness in the global low carbon economy estimated to be worth over €3,5 trillion and growing rapidly. • Ensure energy security through greater low carbon energy investments
  28. 28. Business call for 30% GHG emissionreduction EU-target risk of needing to engineer a • Avoid high carbon ‘lock-in’ and the financial rapid shift away from stranded assets • Recession has made emissions cuts easier and cheaper but market incentives are required to spur action Over 60 companies support the call and still growing: Acciona, Adolfo Dominguez, Allianz, Alpro, Arjowiggins, graphic, Arkadin, ASDA, Atkins, Barilla, Better Place, BNP Paribas, Boralex, British Telecom, BSkyB, Capgemini, Carrefour, Centrica, Climate Change Capital, The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Hellenic, Crédit Agricole, Danfoss, Danone, DHV Group, DONG Energy, Elektrolux, Elopak, Eneco, Eurostar, F&C Asset Management, First Solar, Google, H&M, If P&C Insurance Company Ltd., IKEA, InterfaceFLOR, John Lewis Partnership, Johnson Controls Inc, Kingfisher, Lafuma Groupe, MANGO, Marks and Spencer, National Grid, Nestlé, Nike, Nokia Siemens Networks, Novo Nordisk, Philips, PUMA, Rockwool, RSA, Scottish and Southern Energy, SKAI Group of Companies, Sony Europe, Standard Life, Sveaskog, Swiss Re, Thames Water, The Co-operative Group, Tryg, Unilever, United Biscuits, Velux, Vestas, Vodafone and WSP Group
  29. 29. States and Regions Alliance Aragon Ontario Baden Württemberg Poitou Charentes Basque Country Prince Edward Island Bavaria Quebec British Columbia Quintana Roo Brittany Queensland Burgenland Rhône Alpes California São Paulo Carinthia Saskatchewan Catalonia Scotland Connecticut South Holland Fatik Region South Australia Flanders Tuscany Île de France Upper Austria Jamtland Vermont Maine Victoria Manitoba Wales New Brunswick Wallonia New South Wales West-Australia Newfoundland and Labrador Western Cape New York Wielkopolska North Rhine Westphalia Yukon Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut
  30. 30. States and Regions responsibilities Enacted vehicle efficiency or tailpipe emissions standards, low carbon fuel standards and massively increased investments in public transport. Brought in sustainable urban, rural and forest protection land‐use policies. Established fiscal policies to expand the market for new low carbon technologies. Invested in partnerships between developed and developing country regions. Recognition or the role of subnational governments in Cancun agreements
  31. 31. Examples of Regional governmentaction EU regional governments call for a 30% GHG emission reduction target Endorsed by: Baden-Württemberg Bavaria Brittany Cornwall Ile de France Rhone-Alpes Scotland Upper Austria Wales
  32. 32. Thank you all for your attention!