Presentation Title

Integration of clean energy actions that bring health co-benefits in the National Determined Contributions submitted to the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change

Faculty Mentor

Cristina Tirado

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

15

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

At the core of the Paris Climate Agreement are the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by signatory parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which lay out national plans with actions to reduce Green House Gas emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last assessment report (AR5) highlighted opportunities to achieve co-benefits from actions that reduce emissions and improve health, such as reducing local emissions of climate-altering air pollutants, improved energy efficiency, and a shift to cleaner energy sources. This study analyzed the integration of mitigation actions related to clean energy and energy efficiency that bring co-benefits to health in the submitted documents such as NDCs. A systematic analysis of policy documents submitted to UNFCCC databases from 183 parties as of July 2019 was conducted. A coding framework has been developed to obtain information on the integration of clean energy and energy efficiency related initiatives in the NDCs. Coding will be carried out independently by a minimum of two researchers and then compared, to minimize human error. Preliminary results indicated that of the 41 countries currently analyzed (out of 183), only four explicitly connected their mitigation policy shift towards clean energy interventions with health co-benefits. Embrace of renewable and clean energy as a mitigation policy measure was observed in 34 countries. This study is ongoing and will continue to analyze the 142 remaining documents from signatory parties. The periodic revision of the NDCs offers an opportunity for signatory parties to strengthen the climate commitments made in the NDCs, decrease air pollution and bring health co-benefits, by integrating clean energy and energy efficiency into climate action plans.

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Integration of clean energy actions that bring health co-benefits in the National Determined Contributions submitted to the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change

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At the core of the Paris Climate Agreement are the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by signatory parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which lay out national plans with actions to reduce Green House Gas emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last assessment report (AR5) highlighted opportunities to achieve co-benefits from actions that reduce emissions and improve health, such as reducing local emissions of climate-altering air pollutants, improved energy efficiency, and a shift to cleaner energy sources. This study analyzed the integration of mitigation actions related to clean energy and energy efficiency that bring co-benefits to health in the submitted documents such as NDCs. A systematic analysis of policy documents submitted to UNFCCC databases from 183 parties as of July 2019 was conducted. A coding framework has been developed to obtain information on the integration of clean energy and energy efficiency related initiatives in the NDCs. Coding will be carried out independently by a minimum of two researchers and then compared, to minimize human error. Preliminary results indicated that of the 41 countries currently analyzed (out of 183), only four explicitly connected their mitigation policy shift towards clean energy interventions with health co-benefits. Embrace of renewable and clean energy as a mitigation policy measure was observed in 34 countries. This study is ongoing and will continue to analyze the 142 remaining documents from signatory parties. The periodic revision of the NDCs offers an opportunity for signatory parties to strengthen the climate commitments made in the NDCs, decrease air pollution and bring health co-benefits, by integrating clean energy and energy efficiency into climate action plans.