Event: University of Leeds at COP20, Lima

10th December 2014, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Research Fellows Sarah Colenbrander and Faye McAnulla from the University of Leeds will speaking at the THE ECONOMIC CASE FOR CLIMATE ACTION: SUB-NATIONAL LEADERSHIP side event at the COP 20 in Lima. 

Sub-national governments around the world are moving forward to develop a new generation of policies to deploy clean energy technologies, increase energy efficiency, unlock private investment, and build greater climate resilience. Collectively, these governments are demonstrating that there are economically viable initiatives that lead to emissions reductions now. Hear from the cities and states who are demonstrating in practice a clear economic case for climate action, and join a discussion on how to address ongoing challenges of financing and institutional capacity building.  The side event is jointly organized by The Climate Group, nrg4SD and the University of Leeds.


For event queries and information, contact Sarah Colenbrander S.Colenbrander@leeds.ac.uk or go to http://unfccc.int/meetings/lima_dec_2014/meeting/8141/php/view/seors.php


Please see an agenda below. 


11:30 Welcome , Anwar Choudhury, UK Ambassador to Peru 

11:35 Introductory remarks, Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Government of Ontario

11:40 The case for low carbon interventions at a sub-national scale

  • Faye McAnulla, Research Fellow, University of Leeds – Presentation: Economic case for the City of Lima: multicriteria and co-benefits
  •  Sarah Colenbrander, Research Fellow, University of Leeds – Presentation: Economic case for climate action globally at city and regional level

12:05 Moderated panel with Regional Government Leaders 

Moderator: Mark Kenber, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group


  • David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change,Government of Québec
  • Mike Mabuyakhulu, MEC: Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Government of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Josep Enric Llebot, Secretary for Environment and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia
  • Abeywardena Mulacharilage Sunil Abeywardana, Governor's Secretary to the Western Provincial Council,Government of Western Province

12:35 Questions and interactive discussion

Moderator: Mark Kenber, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group

Interventions from:

  • Eduardo Durand, Climate Change Director, Peruvian Ministry of Environment
  • Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Government
  • Bernard Soulage, Vice-President for Europe and International Relations, Government of Rhône-Alpes
  • More tbc

12:55 Summary and Session End


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