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Call for Response: National Climate White Paper

CALL FOR RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT’S NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE WHITE PAPER

Introduction
Climate change is a major potential threat to sustainable growth and development in South Africa and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The potential impacts of climate change, in terms of diminished natural resources, increased flooding and drought, reduced agricultural production, worsening food insecurity and spreading diseases, are already evident in our country, with many of our poor communities with the fewest choices and least access to resources bearing the full brunt of these challenges. The potential risks and challenges of climate change for the country and future generations are potentially colossal; needing urgent mitigation and adaptation measures. The need for all South Africans to have a shared understanding of climate change and the mechanisms for transforming its threats into opportunities for sustainable development cannot be over-emphasised, particularly as South Africa has the unique opportunity to host the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in November /December 2011, in Durban.

 Background
The Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa held public hearings, in March 2011, on the National Climate Change Response Green Paper 2010 that was released for written comment by Ms. Ednah Molewa MP, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, in Government Gazette 33801 Notice 1083 of 2010, dated 25 November 2010.  The substantive insights offered at these hearings provided departmental officials an opportunity to incorporate substantial changes to the Green Paper and formulate an informed and improved White Paper.

Invitation to Public Hearings
The Portfolio Committee invites all interested stakeholders to submit written comments on the National Climate Change Response White Paper by not later than 16h00, on 20 October 2011. Public hearings are targeted for October/November 2011 and will probably commence around 25 October to 11 November 2011, with the Departmental briefings taking place on 18 and 19 October 2011.

Kindly note that the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs retains the right to regulate its own proceedings, including the right to decide whether to allow oral representations in respect of any submission, and the format, procedure and duration of any oral representation.

For professional assistance with facilitating submissions and participation in the public hearings, kindly please contact ETHICORE Parliamentary on the details provided.


The document is also here: http://www.ethicore.co.za/parliamentary/public-comment/

Pioneering SA’s Climate Innovation Centre


ETHICORE supports establishment of South Africa’s 1st Climate Innovation Centre

As the South Africa’s push towards a ‘green economy’ trajectory advances and gains momentum under the auspices of government’s ‘New Growth Path’ economic strategy and in the build-up to to the 17th session of the United Nations Conference of the Parties climate negotiations (i.e. COP-17) in Durban (28 November – 9 December 2011); ETHICORE Consulting and Advisory Solutions continues to forge new ground as an African thought-leader in sustainability services. This includes strategic innovative strategy, consulting, advisory and project-based service (e.g. research, business intelligence, policy and regulatory affairs, communications, stakeholder management, training and capacity building) in the areas of sustainability, green-economy, climate innovation, sustainable consumption and production, resource management and efficiency.

Supporting pioneering South Africa’s first climate innovation centre

Since July 2011, ETHICORE Managing Director Abdul Waheed Patel has been appointed as lead consultant by the World Bank for the establishment of the South Africa’s first climate innovation centre. Know as the ‘Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre’ the centre is being developed and will be hosted at The Innovation Hub Management Company (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Blue IQ Investment Holding company of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development.

About the Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre

The Innovation Hub is pursuing the Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre in collaboration with infoDev – a public-private partnership in the World Bank Group. infoDev has a dedicated Climate Technology Program.

The Climate Innovation Centre aims to provide financing and other business development services to help South Africa pro-actively and profitably develop, transfer and deploy climate smart technologies. In particularl the Climate Innovation Centre aimed to provided targeted and dedicated support to small and medium enterprises operating in the clean-tech and climate smart technology sector.

In so doing, the Climate Innovation Centre will help achieve the Gaunteng province’s and the country’s ‘New Growth Path’ objectives of job creation, industrial development and improved environmental performance and a shift to a ‘Green Econom’, in line with South Africa and Gauteng’s emerging green economy strategies.

The Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre will become part of a global network of 30 similar centres being supported by the World Bank’s infoDev unit, and will become a national anchor South Africa’s climate innovation activities. Through this network the Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre and the companies that it supports to participate fully in the globalised clean and climate technology. The first centre is to be launched in Nairobi, Kenya in 2011, with other current being developed in India, Ethiopia, Morocco and Vietnam, in addition to South Africa.

Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on the Design of the Climate Innovation Centre

The Innovation Hub and the World Bank will hold a national stakeholder consultative conference to engage relevant stakeholders on the design of the centre, to develop a deeper understanding of particular circumstances in South Africa in the climate technology and innovation sectors and to seek input from relevant actors on their understanding of the climate tech/innovation ecosystem and needs in South Africa. The details of the workshop are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 6 October 2011

Time: 08h30 – 17h000

Venue: The Innovation Hub, 1 Mark Shuttleworth street, Pretoria

Should you wish to like to register for the conference, kindly please send your interests and request, together with your personal and organisational particulars to: cic@theinnovationhub.com and CC: cicgauteng@ethicore.co.za

Kindly find a full release, project overview, conference invitation and draft conference agenda below for download:

ETHICORE Supports Gauteng CIC_2Oct201

CIC flyer (08 Sep 11)_FINAL

Gauten CIC Conference RSVP Invite(19Sept2011)

Draft agenda for Gauteng CIC Conference (04 Oct 11)

Gauteng CIC Working Groups Overview_FINAL

The Innovation Hub_Map & Directions

For more information and enquiries, contact Abdul Waheed Patel on:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 422 2985

Mobile: +27 (0) 79 888 0452

Email: awpatel@ethicore.co.za

Climate Investment Forum 2011

“South Africa must be change agent for climate change investment & innovation”

Climate Investment Funds 2011 Partnership Forum and Associated Meetings
June 21 – 26, 2011 – Cape Town International Conference Center
Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa

This week (21 – 26 June 2011) Cape Town plays host to the 2011 Climate Investment Funds Partnership Forum and Associated Meetings. The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) are a pair of funds to help developing countries pilot low-emissions and climate-resilient development. With CIF support, 45 developing countries are piloting transformations in clean technology, sustainable management of forests, increased energy access through renewable energy, and climate-resilient development. The CIF are channeled through the African Development Bank Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, and World Bank Group.

The Partnership Forum is a chance for CIF stakeholders to be heard. Tell share with the CIF partners and global colleagues how CIF is working in participating beneficiary countries, what you feel is most effective and how it can be expanded or improved, discuss on-the-ground achievements and challenges, share knowledge, and help other CIF stakeholders apply lessons learned.

All stakeholders—representatives of governments, civil society, indigenous peoples, local communities, private sector, and others— have been encouraged to attend and help chart the path for climate-smart development. If you’re unable to join and participate in the CIF Partnership Forum and Associated Meetings in Cape Town, please join online for this exciting event through live webstreaming and online moderation. Highlights include:

  • Plenary sessions featuring stakeholder perspectives, experiences, and reflections on CIF strategic directions, results and impacts;
  • Open panel discussions that explore ways to maximize CIF impact at the country and sectoral level;
  • A learning symposium on the latest developments in climate science and technology;
  • A poster session for CIF’s 45 pilot countries to showcase their evolving CIF programs and projects.

The timing of this important multistakeholder climate change forum on South Africa’s shores is highly relevant and significant as South African prepares to host the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties international climate negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP-17. It also coincides with the coming to fruition of a number of strategic policy responses and developments impacting on South Africa climate response and climate leadership role within Africa and developing nations of the worlds. This includes:

  • The National Climate Change Response Green Paper (2010)
  • The New Growth Path economic strategy and its focus on the ‘green economy’
  • The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2010) for energy
  • The National Planning Commission’s ‘Vision 2030’
  • The South African Code of Responsible Investment
  • Minister for the National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel’s appointment as joint chairperson of the Green Climate Fund, alongside Mexican Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero Arroyo and Kjetil Lund, state secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. The Green Fund was created soon after an agreement was signed at the 2010 COP-16 climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico. The fund comprises of a 40-member committee and is commissioned to raise and distribute R674-billion (U$100-billion) a year by 2020 in order to safeguard poor countries against the influences of climate change and be of assistance when it comes to low-carbon development. The committee will get together four times in 2011 to put together a written report on the fund. The report will be presented to around 190 countries due to attend the COP-17 conference in Durban from 27 November – 8 December 2011.

In the post global economic recession and financial crisis environment, all countries, governments, development organisations and multilateral institutions are being confronted (albeit to varying degrees) with the dual challenge of developing and implementing responsible financial strategies, whilst continuously leveraging finance for developmental purposes. This duality includes the challenge of financing and investing in climate change adaptation, mitigaton and innovation.

As host of COP-17, its growing geo-political stature as the mostly newly inducted member of the fast emerging economy bloc of BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and having a major impact on Africa’s economic and resource governance and sustainability, South Africa has a major role to play as a change agent in climate innovation. As proudly African company rooted in South African, and with a focus on developing and implementing ethically focused sustainability services and solutions through our sustainability practice area, ETHICORE Consulting and Advisory Solutions will be actively participating in the 2011 CIF Partnership Forum and Associated Meetings with a view to:

  • Acquiring new knowledge, information, trends and practices.
  • Sharing our views and experience on climate change financing.
  • Networking and developing relations with our peers in the sector.
  • Promoting and positioning our sustainability climate offerings and services.

We will hope to utilise the platform offered by the hosting of the CIF on our shores to strategically position ourselves to help strengthen and enhance South Africa’s role as a change agent in climate innovation, through our collaboration and partnership with key roleplayers and primary stakeholders in government, business, civil society and the international community.

We would like to encourage you to utilise the space provided by the opportunity of commenting and responding to this blog and its social media feeds to share you thoughts, concerns, ideas, experiences and suggestions on climate innovation and investment with us. Feel free to bring to our attention issues which you believe we should raise during the CIF forum or which you would like to see us provide further information on. Similarly, if you believe we have be of service and assistance to you in the area of climate innovation and investment or as a collaboration partner …. drop us a line.

We hope to publish a further blog post and report on the 2011 CIF Partnership Forum. Below is a Schedule of Meetings and side events, as well as links to information on related CIF events are provided below:

Meetings of the CIF governing bodies

Consultations on the selection of members for the SCF Sub-Committees

Pilot Country meetings

Download the draft program here: Climate Investment Funds 2011 Partnership Forum and Associated Meetings