When: Thursday, 6 December, 18:00 – 20:30
Where: Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) Hub, RYSY Meeting Room 24 (Area E)

The transitions needed to reduce carbon emissions are unique to the circumstances of a given region and country. The transition may involve adopting new clean energy technologies, such as with Indonesia’s biogas sector and the development of Kenya’s geothermal energy sector. They may also move away dirty technologies, such as in the Polish coal power sector. Finally, they may adapt technologies that have significant unwanted environmental and social-economic impacts, such as with Kenya’s transition from unstainable charcoal production to a more sustainable charcoal supply chain.

This side event at COP24 will illustrate these three areas using a range of case studies conducted under the Transition Pathways and Risk Analysis for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies (TRANSrisk), European Union Horizon 2020-funded research project studying the risks and uncertainties within low-carbon transition pathways. The project’s focuses on the ways in which transitions can be implemented in ways that are technically, economically and sociably feasible.

The session will explore capacity building in energy transitions in various countries and at various scales, addressing issues that pertain to the household level, sectoral level and high-level policymaking. SEI Senior Research Fellow Mbeo Ogeya will present “Clearing the Smoke: Capacity building for energy planning processes and policy development”, an analysis of TRANSrisk findings on Kenya’s charcoal and geothermal sectors; and SEI Research Associate Takeshi Takama will present “Capacity building ++ for green business with farmers: co-development of models for scaling-up policies”, an analysis of work on the biogas sector in Indonesia.

The event, led by the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex on behalf of the TRANSrisk project, will include presentations on: capacity building at the local level; capacity building for an inclusive, just energy transition in the context of Poland’s coal and renewables sectors; and a discussion of policy practices for integrating local priorities and approaches in energy transitions and climate action.

Other speakers at the event will include: Marzena Chodor, co-chair of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB); Jenny Lieu of the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex; Aleksander Szpor, of the Institute for Structural Research; Zsolt Lengyel of the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy.