Core Group Meeting of the Practitioners' Dialogue on Climate Investments

22 - 25 October 2016 | Prien am Chiemsee, Germany

From 22-25 October, the “Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments” (PDCI) met for its final 2016 event at Lake Chiemsee in Bavaria.

55 practitioners and experts from 18 different countries, namely the PDCI Core Group, met again in order to facilitate exchange on how to design innovative solutions which scale up financial flows in low-emission development and unlock private sector investments in climate-resilience measures.

In 2016, this PDCI Core Group jointly developed project ideas that were or are to be implemented in their respective organizations and companies and drafted policy briefs in the following four focal areas:

1. Implementing climate resilience measures in industry
2. Creating markets for off-and mini-grid renewable energy solutions
3. Promoting sustainable and green banking regulations
4. Fostering energy efficiency in industrial production

For more information on PDCI prototype ideas and policy briefs please see here.

During the PDCI Core Group Meeting, participants:

  • Exchanged about best practices in prototype implementation;
  • Discussed and finalized policy briefs in each working group;
  • Identified opportunities to integrate results of the selected prototypes & policy brief recommendations into a country’s NDC implementation process;
  • Jointly planned next steps of the prototype replication & dissemination of policy briefs;
  • Developed formats to continue further exchange and cooperation within their working groups;
  • Participated in open space and training sessions that were mainly prepared by participants themselves;
  • And last but not least evaluated the overall PDCI process and develop recommendations for future processes.

In an open space format on 25 October, participants presented different hands-on insights about their work on private climate investments. Find out more about the open space session on “Energy Transition for Developing Countries: Possible Strategies and Action Plans” moderated by Wei-nee Chen and Chuluunkhuu Baatar here. The day continued with practical capacity development in the form of training sessions on “Business & Financing Models for Prototype”, “Climate Finance options” and “Private Sector Entry Points for Climate Action”.

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PDCI break out session at the SEED Africa Symposium

29 September | SEED Africa Symposium | Side event

Enabling Replication: Boosting Private Sector Action for the Paris Climate Agreement

From 28 – 29 September 2016, the SEED Africa Symposium took place in Kenya, Nairobi. Around 450 entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners, investors, policy makers and representatives of civil society gathered in Nairobi and discussed this years’ topic “From Innovation to Imitation”: How to utilize the replication of business models in order to successfully contribute to green growth and sustainable development in Africa.

 The SEED Africa Symposium is an annual international forum for sharing knowledge and experience, establishing partnerships, and developing solutions to stimulate the growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship across the African continent.

On 29 September, the Practitioners' Dialogue on Climate Investments enrolled in the SEED Symposium and organized a session on “Enabling Replication Boosting Private Sector Action for the Paris Climate Agreement”. The workshop’s objective was to enable replication for private sector action with regards to the Paris Agreement, which was adopted in December 2015 by 195 counties. 

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2nd Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments (PDCI)

23 - 25 May 2016 | Bundeskunsthalle & Leoninum | Bonn, Germany

Translating the Paris Climate Agreement into action: Engaging the private sector

During the 2nd Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments, the PDCI facilitated a dialogue between policy-makers, investors and entrepreneurs on how to effectively make use of the momentum of the Paris Climate Agreement. Practitioners from developing and emerging countries as well as from Germany discussed the relevance of countries’ NDCs for the private sector and worked in teams in the four PDCI focal areas in order to further exchange ideas on best practices and to take prototype ideas & policy briefs to the next level.

 

23 May 2016

The evening event “Translating the Paris Climate Agreement into action: Engaging the private sector” took place in the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. Approximately 150 private representatives from government agencies, the private sector and research institutions as well as UNFCCC delegates followed an exciting panel discussion on the relevance of countries’ NDCs for the private sector.

 

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24 May 2016

The 2nd Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments took place in the Leoninum in Bonn on 24 May. The objective of the event was to translate the Paris Climate Agreement into action by bringing together our PDCI core group and European practitioners from the PDCI focal areas. Divided up into the four working groups, approximately 100 participants from 35 different countries engaged in discussions on effective policy measures, financial regulations and products that foster low-carbon and climate resilient businesses. Throughout the day, participants presented ideas for solutions and jointly developed policy recommendations in the focal areas. At the end of the day, PDCI closed its workshop with an award ceremony on the most fruitful and innovative ideas, followed by a networking dinner and a Rhine river boat tour.

 

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25 May 2016

On 25 May, PDCI participants had the opportunity to attend a training session on “Climate Change Risk Reporting & Disclosure” in Bonn, organized by our partner, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Parallel to this, PDCI organize an excursion with a closed group to UNESCO’s world heritage, “Zeche Zollverein” in Essen.

 

 

The lead-up to the 2nd PDCI

Building on the results of the dialogue in 2015, the PDCI 2016 focuses on the design, analysis and implementation of concrete prototypes of policy instruments, cooperation models and strategies to unlock private climate investments. 60 practitioners from governments and the private sector from 18 countries formed working groups and developed concrete prototypes aiming at initiating a process of change in their respective organization within four focal areas:

  1. Incentivizing climate resilience measures in local industry
  2. Creating markets for off-and mini-grid solutions
  3. Promoting sustainable and green banking regulations
  4. Fostering energy efficiency in industrial production

PDCI Break-out session at the 5th GRI Global Conference

18-20 May 2016 | RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tackling Climate Risk: Data and Decision Making for Business and Government

During the 5th GRI Global Conference from 18-20 May, the Practitioners' Dialogue on Climate Investments organized a break out-session on ’Tackling Climate Risk: Data and Decision Making for Business and Government’ at the 5th GRI Global Conference.

Climate change and other global sustainability challenges present significant financial and non-financial risks for all stakeholders, including companies and investors.  Parallel to this, governments seek to address vulnerabilities to climate change through adaptation and mitigation measures, strengthening resilience to current and future impacts of climate change. A joint and multi-stakeholder approach is necessary to effectively overcome this challenge. This session will highlight the process of corporate disclosures on climate and other linked sustainability issues, including how generation and use of robust data has a central role to play in the business and government response to tackling climate change.

Speakers:

  • Wim Bartels, Partner & Global Head of Sustainability Reporting and Assurance, KPMG
  • Kris Douma, Director Reporting and Investor Practice, PRI
  • Greg Lowe, Executive Director of the Capital, Science and Policy Practice, Willis
  • Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP
  • Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

 

For more information visit the website of the 5th GRI Global Conference.


PDCI break out session at the SEED Cleantech Investment Forum Asia

22 April 2016 | The Lalit Hotel | Mumbai, India

New trends in low carbon and clean tech business models: Can SMEs tap into the increased interest in environmental services and products?

During the SEED Investment Forum, the Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments (PDCI) organized a side event focusing on low carbon and clean tech business models for SMEs.

Rural electrification, renewable energy, climate smart agriculture — governments are increasingly focused on turning towards a sustainable development path and to attracting investments from the private sector to address climate mitigation and adaptation. How does this impact the SME sector? Are there new business opportunities because of government investment or regulation? How can SMEs tap into these growing markets?

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Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments at the SEED South Africa Symposium 2016

15-18 March 2016 | Pretoria, South Africa

In cooperation with its long-term partner the SEED network, the Practitioners’ Dialogue on Climate Investments (PDCI) organized the 2016 PDCI kick-off workshop, following the SEED South Africa Symposium.

The four day event took place at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria. On 15-16 March, participants of the PDCI joined the SEED South Africa Symposium which focused on how to successfully unlock capital and boost eco-entrepreneurship in South Africa. During 17-18 March, the core group of the PDCI engaged in an interactive workshop, providing a platform for exchange within the four different working groups of the PDCI 2016 process. Participants introduced and further developed policy briefs and prototype ideas in the four focal areas of the process.

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Video: Why private climate investments matter