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COP23

The Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), one of South Asia's leading policy research institutions, is pleased to invite you to its events at the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 17 November 2017.
CEEW EVENTS SCHEDULE

1. Diffused Leadership and the Paris Agreement: The India Story (Press Briefing)

Organised by: CEEW
6 November I 2.30 PM-3.00 PM | Press Room 2
This Press Briefing will bring together experts to discuss the leadership and significance of India in the climate regime, its domestic and international climate actions and ambitions — critical for meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Speakers:
Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW)
Diffused Leadership in the Climate Agreement: India’s Renewable Energy Ambitions, Challenges, and the Road Ahead

Mr Sanjay Seth, Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat Division, TERI
India’s Transformational Energy Efficiency Initiatives and Policies

Mr Jake Schmidt, Director, International Program, NRDC
Criticality of Leadership and Ambition in India and Other Emerging Economies


2. Pool Risks to Push Clean Energy: CRMM Showcase (COP23 Endorsed Event)
Organised by: CEEW
7 November I 03.45 PM - 04.45 PM | Fiji Pavilion
This event will showcase the Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism, a multilateral market platform designed to leverage billions of impact capital to catalyze USD 1 trillion of domestic and international private institutional capital - over 1TW of solar power generation capacity by 2030 in low and middle-income countries.

Speakers:
Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW)
Mr Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General, International Solar Alliance
Ms Ségolène Royal, Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Poles, Government of France
Mr Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India


3. Leadership in the Climate Regime without the U.S. Federal Government
Organised by: CEEW, University of Texas
10 November I 02.00 PM - 04.00 PM | German Development Institute (DIE)
At this event, international experts highlight perspectives from India, China, EU, and the US on leadership in the climate regime, ongoing climate actions, and national and regional ambitions.

Speakers:
Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW)
Dr Joshua Busby, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas- Austin
Dr Sander Chan, Researcher, German Development Institute
Dr Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Yale-NUS College
Dr Axel Michaelowa, Head, International Climate Policy, University of Zurich
Ms Aimee Barnes, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Office of the Governor of California


4. Enhanced Transparency Framework for Climate Actions
Organised by: CEEW, Brown University, CIGI
11 November I 04.30 PM - 05.45 PM | WWF Pavilion
At this event on the enhanced transparency framework and accountability mechanisms within the Paris Agreement, developing countries' viewpoints will inform recommendations for common Modalities, Procedures and Guidelines, and the potential of new technologies for measuring emissions will be highlighted.

Speakers:
Ms Jane Ellis, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, OECD Secretariat
Mr Kevin M. Adams, Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute
Ms Nella Canales, Research Associate, SEI/ Climate Finance Group for Latin America and the Caribbean
Ms Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director, International Legal Research Program (ILRP), CIGI
Ms Patrícia Galvão, Law Foundation of Ontario Scholar, University of Windsor
Mr Vaibhav Gupta, Senior Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW)


5. Transparency, Governance, and Accountability for Mitigation and Adaptation
Organised by: CEEW, Brown University, SEI
11 November I 11.00 AM - 01.00 PM | German Development Institute (DIE)
This event aims to highlight common themes that transcend mitigation and adaptation, and which can feed into recommendations for the enhanced transparency framework and the Paris Agreement Rulebook.

Speakers:

Mr Ian Tellam, Director, Adaptify (Netherlands)
Mr Vaibhav Gupta, Senior Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (India)
Ms Tania Guillen, Climate Finance Group for Latin America and Caribbean (Nicaragua)
Ms Masroora Haque, University of Waterloo (Bangladesh)
Ms Yamide Dagnet, Senior Associate, International Climate Action, World Resources Institute (United States)
Dr Mizan Khan, Professor and Director, External Affairs, North South University (Bangladesh)


6. Indian Railways on a Low-Carbon Pathway
Organised by: Ministry of Railways, Government of India, CEEW, TERI
14 November I 03.00 PM - 05.00 PM | India Pavilion
This event will highlight the various initiatives taken by the Indian Railways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and emerge as a role model for low carbon transportation in India.

Speakers:
Dr Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Research Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW)
Ms Sakshi Chamola, Senior Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW)
Mr Alok Kumar Tewari, PEDEnHM, Ministry of Railways, GoI assisted by Ms Tarini Baswal
Mr Ravi Jain, GM, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd.
Mr Sudhir Kr. Saxena, CEO-REMCL
Mr Abhay Bakre, Director General, BEE
Mr Pierpaolo Cazzola, Manager-Transport Program, International Energy Agency (IEA) Paris
Mr Antoine Rothey and Mr Philippe Lorand, Business Development Director, Asia, SNCF


CEEW SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Challenges and Way Forward in Climate Action: Perspective from Indian Industry
Organised by: Confederation of Indian Industry
6 November I 03.00 PM - 05.00 PM | Indian Pavilion
CEEW's Dr Arunabha Ghosh will be speaking on 'Technology governance architecture and capacity building requirements for low-carbon growth in the Indian Industry.'

Transforming the Industry: The Case for Transparency and Ambition in Markets and NDCs
Organised by: Federation of German Industries (BDI)
9 November I 03.00 PM - 04.30 PM | Meeting Room 7
CEEW's Dr Arunabha Ghosh will be moderating the session.

Making our Impact Measurable and Transparent: Contributions of the Chemicals Sector to the SDGs
Organised by: German Chemical Industry Association (VCI)
9 November I 03.00 PM - 04.30 PM | Meeting Room 4
CEEW's Dr Arunabha Ghosh will highlight the role of non-Party stakeholders in enhancing transparency.

Sharing the Climate Action Platform - Equipping Non-State Actors to Participate in the Energy Transition
Organised by: WWF, REN21
10 November I 01.00 PM - 03.00 PM | WWF Pavilion
CEEW's Kanika Chawla will be speaking on the role of non-Party stakeholders in scaling up renewable energy.

International Solar Alliance Founding Ceremony Curtain Raiser
Organised by: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
13 November I 12.00 AM - 01.00 PM | India Pavilion
CEEW's Kanika Chawla will be speaking about the Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism, an instrument that will help diversify and pool risks on mutualized public resources and unlock significant investments.

Recent CEEW Research and Engagements

Powering Primary Healthcare through Solar in India: Lessons from Chhattisgarh

This first-of-its-kind report, funded by Oxfam India, finds that solar systems could significantly improve in-patient services, out-patient services, emergency care, delivery services, and laboratory services in primary healthcare centres (PHCs) across rural India. Read the study here.

Shining the Light on Climate Action: The Role of Non-party Institutions

This paper, part of the CIGI Fixing Climate Governance Series, examines the role non-party stakeholders can play in climate reporting, developing national inventories and technical assessments, and as observers and advisers in the enhanced transparency mechanism of the climate regime.

Read the paper here.

Decarbonising the Indian Railways

Indian Railways could draw up to 25% of its electric power needs from renewables and achieve the target of 5 GW of solar by 2025, according to CEEW's study released by Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister Piyush Goyal. Read the study here.

Hindustan Times, The Hindu Business Line, Mint, and others covered the study.

Building the Paris Agreement Rulebook

CEEW issue briefs on 'Enhanced Transparency Framework' and 'Global Stocktake' offer a roadmap to operationalise the Paris Agreement. They identify areas where the existing transparency framework can be enhanced, and capture the view of developing countries on the periodic Global Stocktake (GST).

Both briefs are open to public comments.

Can Asia Change the Climate?
"On climate politics, there is not one but three Asias," said Dr Arunabha Ghosh (CEO, CEEW) while delivering a lecture on 'Can Asia Change the Climate?: Risks, Responses and Leadership for Climate Action' organised by the Society for Policy Studies in association with the India Habitat Centre. Read the complete transcript here, and an excerpt published as a column in The Times of India.

Phasing Down HFCs in India

Shri Gyanesh Bharti, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) recently released CEEW studies on 'Developing an Ecosystem to Phase Out HFCs in India: Establishing an Research and Development Platform' and 'Can India's Air Conditioning Sector Turn Climate Friendly?: Evaluating the Skill Gap' for phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in India.

Women in Sustainability

In June 2017, CEEW along with the United Nations in India launched the 'Women in Sustainability' (WiS) initiative. WiS seeks to promote greater participation, inclusiveness, and visibility of women in all levels of the sustainability public policy workforce. Find out more, here.

Read Kanika Chawla and Lekha Sridhar's opinion pieces 'Her Career Matters' and 'Supporting Women who Support the Environment' published in The Hindu and Business World respectively.

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