Climate Equity Webinar

Climate Equity Webinar

**Cancelled - new date to be confirmed**

Hosted by Energy Centre Future Energy Leaders

The objective of this webinar is to provide insight into the multi-faceted nature of climate equity at international, national and local levels; the obstacles it presents to climate change mitigation and adaptation; and to offer solutions on how climate change can be tackled without exacerbating inequality.

Themes

The following are the themes to guide the discussion during the webinar:

  • How to prevent climate policy aims from disproportionately affecting the poorest of society (e.g. fuel/carbon tax hikes).
  • The difficulties developing countries face in accessing climate finance.
  • Political barriers to climate equity, e.g. how do we achieve fair burden-sharing of emissions reductions given the voluntary nature of the Paris Agreement?
  • How to deliver unpopular but necessary technological solutions for climate change mitnigation?
  • Is climate equity a consideration in Integrated Assessment Models and IPCC scenarios?
  • The desired discussion is not limited to the above points, but we hope that speakers can address one or more of these questions during the webinar.

Motivation

The Paris Agreement ushered climate change into mainstream global political discourse. Consequently, debates have ensued on the technological and policy solutions that need to be implemented to meet the target set out within the Paris accord.

Many countries have enacted policies to further climate change mitigation, including carbon taxation and the provision of incentives to encourage investment in low-carbon energy sources. The Paris riots that ensued after the announcement of new green taxes, and Canadian provincial withdrawals from emissions reductions initiatives, are just two examples of backlashes to climate policy in the developed world.

The countries most vulnerable to climate change impacts are generally the least responsible for the problem. Additionally, the responsible countries have the greatest capacity to protect themselves from its impacts. Unmitigated climate change will therefore disproportionately disadvantage poorer regions and exacerbate equity challenges. Given the limited resources available in developing countries, achieving economic growth while addressing climate change will prove challenging.

Agenda

08:00—08:15
Introduction by member of FEL — discuss what is climate equity and motivation for the webinar.

08:15—09:15
15-minute presentation by each of the four speakers.

09:15—10:00
Questions from the audience.

Confirmed speakers

To be confirmed