MRV of non-GHG aspects of mitigation actions: developing an approach in the South African context

 

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dc.contributor.author Dane, Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-07T09:21:32Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-07T09:21:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Dane, A. (2012). MRV of non-GHG aspects of mitigation actions: developing an approach in the South African context. Measurement and Performance Tracking Project. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16820
dc.description.abstract Climate change mitigation actions compete with other developmental actions for scarce resources, however climate change mitigation and sustainable development should not be seen as mutually exclusive or competing objectives. Mitigation actions in developing countries need to be prioritized based on least cost actions that maximize developmental benefits. MRV of mitigation co-benefits is important in this regard. This case study considers how to include the MRV of non-GHG impacts of mitigation into the domestic climate change Measurement and Evaluation (M&E) system currently being developed in South Africa. It considers the rationale behind MRV of non-GHG impacts, assesses options for measuring non-GHG impacts and proposes a potential framework for the development of such an approach specifically within the South Africa context. A framework is developed based on a literature review, an assessment of South Africa’s developmental goals and inputs obtained from key stakeholders. Stakeholders interviewed included representatives from national government departments, the private sector, civil society and the South African Designated National Authority. The conceptual approach and preliminary results were presented to the climate change M&E Technical Working Group (a collection of representatives from national government departments, government research institutions, academia, business and NGOs responsible for developing the M&E system in South Africa) for their inputs. The key drivers for measuring non-GHG impacts of mitigation were found to be the alignment of mitigation actions with national developmental objectives, meeting international requirements under the UNFCCC (or an alternative framework) and requirements or preferences of buyers of carbon credits and funders of mitigation actions. There are two distinct opportunities for MRV of non-GHG impacts in the context of these drivers: MRV in the planning and prioritizing of mitigation actions (projections and benchmarks); and MRV of the impacts that measure effectiveness in achieving objectives and inform future decision-making. Critically, significant resources are required to MRV non-GHG impacts of mitigation. Investment in MRV therefore needs to be done on a case-by-case (or category-by-category) basis depending on MRV requirements, the objective of the mitigation action and the extent to which the benefits of MRV will outweigh the costs. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en_ZA
dc.source Energy Research Centre en_ZA
dc.subject.other Climatic changes
dc.subject.other Greenhouse gas mitigation
dc.title MRV of non-GHG aspects of mitigation actions: developing an approach in the South African context en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-02-04T07:32:41Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords mitigation actions en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords south africa en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.department Energy Research Centre en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Dane, A. (2012). MRV of non-GHG aspects of mitigation actions: developing an approach in the South African context. <i>Energy Research Centre</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16820 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Dane, Anthony "MRV of non-GHG aspects of mitigation actions: developing an approach in the South African context." <i>Energy Research Centre</i> (2012) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16820 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Dane A. MRV of non-GHG aspects of mitigation actions: developing an approach in the South African context. Energy Research Centre. 2012; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16820. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Dane, Anthony AB - Climate change mitigation actions compete with other developmental actions for scarce resources, however climate change mitigation and sustainable development should not be seen as mutually exclusive or competing objectives. Mitigation actions in developing countries need to be prioritized based on least cost actions that maximize developmental benefits. MRV of mitigation co-benefits is important in this regard. This case study considers how to include the MRV of non-GHG impacts of mitigation into the domestic climate change Measurement and Evaluation (M&E) system currently being developed in South Africa. It considers the rationale behind MRV of non-GHG impacts, assesses options for measuring non-GHG impacts and proposes a potential framework for the development of such an approach specifically within the South Africa context. A framework is developed based on a literature review, an assessment of South Africa’s developmental goals and inputs obtained from key stakeholders. Stakeholders interviewed included representatives from national government departments, the private sector, civil society and the South African Designated National Authority. The conceptual approach and preliminary results were presented to the climate change M&E Technical Working Group (a collection of representatives from national government departments, government research institutions, academia, business and NGOs responsible for developing the M&E system in South Africa) for their inputs. The key drivers for measuring non-GHG impacts of mitigation were found to be the alignment of mitigation actions with national developmental objectives, meeting international requirements under the UNFCCC (or an alternative framework) and requirements or preferences of buyers of carbon credits and funders of mitigation actions. There are two distinct opportunities for MRV of non-GHG impacts in the context of these drivers: MRV in the planning and prioritizing of mitigation actions (projections and benchmarks); and MRV of the impacts that measure effectiveness in achieving objectives and inform future decision-making. Critically, significant resources are required to MRV non-GHG impacts of mitigation. Investment in MRV therefore needs to be done on a case-by-case (or category-by-category) basis depending on MRV requirements, the objective of the mitigation action and the extent to which the benefits of MRV will outweigh the costs. DA - 2012 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Energy Research Centre LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2012 T1 - MRV of non-GHG aspects of mitigation actions: developing an approach in the South African context TI - MRV of non-GHG aspects of mitigation actions: developing an approach in the South African context UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16820 ER - en_ZA


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