Multi-level action and ambition loop: implementing the Glasgow Climate Pact to keep the 1.5 alive
First panel: the loop of ambition in action
The first panel, moderated by Helen Clarkson, our CEO, showcased the Ambition Loop in action across the globe through its four high profile panelists:
- Faustin Munyazikwiye, Rwanda’s Chief Negotiator and Deputy Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority;
- Eduardo Trani, Undersecretary for the Environment, State of São Paulo;
- Secretary Karen Ross, Secretary for Food and Agriculture, California;
- Prabodha Acharya, Head of Sustainable Development, JSW Group.
Each panelist highlighted the importance of bringing together subnational actors around a common agenda, as well as civil society and private sector organizations, to develop inclusive and equitable solutions to reduce emissions. Eduardo Trani from São Paulo presented his new 2050 Climate Action Plan, open to civil society consultation to identify actions aligned with 1.5 for the municipality of São Paulo.
Secretary Ross and Faustin Munyazikwiye both spoke about the value of financial incentives and quality investments to spur action at the industry level. In California, for example, state governments have successfully supported its dairy industry with “dairy digester” projects to capture methane emissions and convert them into renewable energy. It is part of an overall goal to reduce emissions of methane – a short-lived but potent greenhouse gas – by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels. introduced tax incentives for zero-emission vehicles and recently launched Ireme Invest: a new green financing mechanism to stimulate quality investment in the sector.
Prabodha Acharya of JSW Group stressed the need to act “here and now” to reduce emissions in hard to reduce sectors such as steel and concrete. This forces companies to move away from focusing on short-term gains and broaden their horizons towards longer-term planning. Such a culture shift will require considerable commitment from CEOs, but will reap long-term rewards, both for profits and for the climate.
Second panel: the role of data in raising awareness and accountability
The second panel, chaired by Lekha Sridhar of ClimateTRACE, explored the role of data in raising climate awareness and accountability. It consisted of:
- Amaia Barredo, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Government of the Basque Country;
- Samanta Della Bella, Superintendent of Sustainability and Climate, Government of Pernambuco;
- Sassan Saatchi, PhD, Founder of CTrees and NASA Research Scientist.
Despite a number of challenges related to data accessibility and deployability, particularly for emissions monitoring, the panel agreed that continued technological advancements are key to achieving progress.
They cited the Under2 Coalition’s ongoing State and Regional Remote Sensing (STARRS) project, which works with governments to identify high-polluting sectors with a view to subsequently reducing their emissions. Dr Saatchi highlighted the wider use of data in monitoring forest fires, deforestation and land degradation, and expressed optimism about the evolution and increasing accessibility of the technology. in this domain.
Overall, the panel made it clear that by expanding access to data and integrating emissions tracking into how multi-level actors assess and act on harmful emissions, we can expand the use of specific technologies to scale up and implement climate action.
Without measuring emissions, it is not possible to mitigate them.
Helen Clarkson closed the event with a final word on the importance of COP27 showing progress from last year. While impressive commitments have been made, now is the time to show significant progress – particularly when it comes to using the Glasgow Climate Pact as a blueprint for real action to cut emissions.
Together, the two panels bore witness to the ambitious action being taken at different levels of government and industry around the world, and the growing opportunities available to those who act now.