#OnePlanet Summit: Translating talk into real climate action

#OnePlanet Summit: Translating talk into real climate action

PARIS, 12 December – On the second anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and World Bank President, Jim Yong King, invited over 50 Heads of States and Governments, as well as 4,000 participants representing the private sector, civil society and academia, to discuss climate action and announce real commitments.

The One Planet Summit was focused on three key objectives: taking tangible and collective action, innovating, and supporting one another. The various topics discussed were: scaling up finance for climate action; greening finance for sustainable business; accelerating local and regional climate action; and strengthening policies for ecological and inclusive transition.

According to Christophe Yvetot, who represented the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at the Summit: “The One Planet Summit is a great initiative by the French President Emmanuel Macron to accelerate climate action worldwide. UNIDO is responding to this call for action with 10 ClimActs that will boost real action on the ground at the level of industries in developing countries.”

UNIDO has a long track record in the fight against climate change. For instance, UNIDO has implemented 1,400 projects with industrial sectors in developing countries to avoid greenhouse gas emissions under the Montreal Protocol for a total amount of $849m. The Organization has also implemented 88 projects with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for a total amount $278.4m that helped leverage more than $800m from public and private investors.”

UNIDO’s ten new climate actions - “ClimActs” - prepared especially for the One Planet Summit reflect the Organization’s focus on energy and the environment as a fundamental element of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) and include the following actions:

Scaling up finance for climate action

UNIDO ClimAct 1: The Private Financing Advisory Network, hosted by UNIDO, will scale up its efforts to mobilize public and private investments for climate and clean energy in developing countries with a target of nearly $1bn in 2025.

UNIDO, in collaboration with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), hosts the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) network, a multilateral public-private partnership, which has already raised $1.2bn for 101 projects, representing an annual reduction of 3.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, and 802 MW of clean energy capacity. Together with PFAN and REEP, UNIDO will double the initial achievement and mobilize an additional $1bn for clean energy in the next few years. 

Greening finance for sustainable business

UNIDO ClimAct 4: “UNIDO will mobilize financial institutions, businesses, governments and civil society to double the pace of energy efficiency gains in industries around the world by 2030.”

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, convened by UNIDO, the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), is an initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, which aims to help double the global rate of improvement of overall energy efficiency by 2030. Through the Platform, UNIDO and its partners will mobilize commitments from both governments and industries, and create a collaborative network with NGOs and other international organizations to provide industry with tools, resources and best practice information for action.

Accelerating local and regional climate action

UNIDO ClimAct 7: “By 2020, UNIDO will support the climate-related capacity of more than 100 developing countries with the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres.”

UNIDO coordinates the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and other regions, in cooperation with various regional economic communities and organizations. These Centres will benefit more than 100 developing countries and respond to the urgent need for increased regional cooperation and capacities to mitigate existing barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency investment, markets and industries.

Strengthening policies for ecological and inclusive transition

UNIDO ClimAct 9: “By 2020, UNIDO will increase its support to the establishment of sustainable cities in developing countries, through climate resilience in industries, urban planning and management, green technology innovations and partnerships.”

The GEF launched the Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot (SC-IAP) to help cities address the challenges posed by mega-trends and global environmental degradation in an integrated way. The goal is to promote sustainable urban development through better integrated models of urban design, planning, and implementation. The programme aims to promote among participating cities an approach to urban sustainability that is guided by evidence based, multi-dimensional and broadly inclusive planning processes that balance economic, social and environmental resource considerations. UNIDO is already implementing projects related to sustainable cities, together with China, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Malaysia, Senegal and South Africa, for a total of $42.7m that should leverage co-financing around $300m.

Finally, in order to continue the mobilization for climate action after the One Planet Summit, UNIDO commits under its ClimAct 10 to “regularly mobilize governments, industries, civil society and academia at the Vienna Energy Forum to review progress made on implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy”. Indeed, the next Vienna Energy Forum will take place on 14 and 15 May 2018 and will prepare the review of SDG7 implementation by the UN High Level Political Forum in New York, 9-18 July 2018.    

For more information, please contact:

Christophe Yvetot, UNIDO Representative to the European Union: c.yvetot@unido.org

Tareq Emtairah, Director of the UNIDO Energy Department: t.emtairah@unido.org