Capacity Development Workshop on Fossil Fuel and Renewable Energy
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted in 2015, the issue of energy transition is becoming ever more central to both national and global agendas. The Sustainable Development Goal 7 (Goal 7) advocates universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. It aims for a substantial increase in the share of renewables in
the global energy mix, while increasing affordability of energy and doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
In line with its capacity development mandate, and in response to requests from Member States, UNDESA and its UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) have supported the organisation of training workshops on Fossil Fuel to Renewable Energy (FFRE) transition policies and fiscal reforms. A first one-week workshop was hosted in Mauritius in May 2014 for the benefits of policymakers of ten island states, mostly from the Indian Ocean basin. The event also provided the opportunity to develop a FFRE capacity building and collaborative policymaking methodology, already re-used with other regional groups, notably in Nairobi for East African and South Asian countries in October 2014.
In a spirit of continuity in integrating more sustainable energy-related activities in its portfolio and considering the growing interest generated by such UNOSD-supported activities, UNOSD has pledged to continue its efforts supporting Goal 7, including the transition of fossil fuel towards renewable energy. Accordingly, as part of its 2017-18 Work Plan approved by its Steering Committee in May 2017, UNOSD is planning to implement a FFRE workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean region, with 20 to 30 participating countries. UNOSD is therefore working in collaboration with the Costa Rica Ministry of National Planning and Economic Policy (MIDEPLAN) and the UN Country Team of Costa Rica to host a bilingual (Spanish and English) FFRE workshop in that country in November 2018.
Dr. Yoon Jong Soo (Head, UN Office for Sustainable Development)
N.N. (Government of Costa Rica)
Day 1 (November 12, 2018) "Introduction to Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and Renewable Energy Transition"
Session 1: Linking sustainable development to fossil fuel subsidies
"Converging sustainable development crises and the energy question"
Jean D'Aragon (Senior Sustainable Development Expert, UNOSD)
"Scale and impacts of fossil fuel subsidies - impacts on climate, environment, economy and fiscal management globally and at regional and local levels"
"Cases of fossil fuel subsidy reform processes in participant’s countries"
Presented by selected participants
Session 2: Policy instruments for energy transition (part 1)
"The concept of energy transition as a key to moving away from fossil fuel subsidies"
"Policy instruments for energy transition: The example of Germany"
Group discussions: Energy transition strategies and policies in participant’s countries
- "Instrumentos de política utilizados para alcanzar porcentajes elevados de energías renovables en la matriz energética de Uruguay" Vanessa Labadie Bianchi (Dirección Nacional de Energía Ministerio de Industria Energía y Minería Uruguay)
- "Régimen de fomento al desarrollo de energías renovables" Victoria Mainini (Coordinadora de Fideicomisos de Energías Renovables Subsecretaría de Energías Renovables)
Session 3: Policy instruments for energy transition (part 2)
Reporting of selected group results:
Renewable energy policies in participants’ countries
Summary and conclusions:
SWOT analysis with the group looking at the advantages, disadvantages and potentials of specific instruments
Day 2 (November 13, 2018) "The Political Economy of Energy Policy"
Session 4: Energy policy and governance: addressing the concerns of stakeholders in the energy sector
Stakeholder analyses – each group to focus on a specific set of stakeholders
Presentation of results by stakeholder, discussion and conclusions
Session 5: Dismantling fossil fuel subsidies in the energy sector: Developing a concrete policy proposal for the fictional country of NIRA (part 1)
Policy Proposal for the fictional country of NIRA
Mapping stakeholder interests and presenting the case for subsidy phase-out while dealing with their concerns
Session 6: Dismantling fossil fuel subsidies in the energy sector: Developing a concrete policy proposal for the fictional country of NIRA (part 2)
Presentation of results:
Delivering a memo to a minister
Plenary and round-up
Session 7: Environmental Fiscal Reform
"Introduccióna la Reforma Fiscal Ambiental"
Case studies of EFR – to include environmental taxes, fees and charges, emissions trading
- "Green Fund and Green Fund Levy" Hannibal Anyika (Senior Sustainable Energy Development Analyst, Renewable Energy division, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries Trinidad and Tobago)
- "Impuestos Verdes en ChileJulio Cuadra Stipetich" Julio Cuadra Stipetich (Jefe División Acceso y Desarrollo Soci)
Day 3 (November 14, 2018) "The transport sector"
Session 8: Fossil fuel subsidy reform in the transport sector: The fictional case of MURUNDI (part 1)
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Strengths, weaknesses and contradictions in Murundi’s transport policy
Brief plenary discussion:
General lessons for your country
Developing a reform proposal for the transport sector in Murundi
Session 9: Fossil fuel subsidy reform in the transport sector: The fictional case of MURUNDI (part 2)
Presentation of results
Plenary and round-up, general lessons learned
Day 4 (November 15, 2018) "Designing Robust FFRE Policies"
Session 10: Designing robust and feasible FFRE policies in participants’ countries (part 1)
Designing robust and feasible FFRE policies
Participants work with the other members of their group, with the support of the facilitators, to develop an FFRE action plan for their country
Session 11: Designing robust and feasible FFRE policies in participants’ countries (part 2)
Day 5 (November 16, 2018) "Peer review of FFRE policies"
Session 12: Presentation and peer review of policy proposals
Participants present their proposals in the plenary
Session 13: Presentation and peer review of policy proposals (continued)
Participants present their proposals in the plenary
Session 14: Personal action plans
Participants develop personal action plans
Museum visit to review the personal action plans in the plenary
You can find meeting pictures here.