Overview of Network Activities

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Network Activities

All of the CLEAN partners collaborate on a set of core activities. In addition where there is an alignment of interests, individual members cooperate on supplementary initiatives. These core and supplementary activities include:

  1. Activities Inventory: Develop an inventory of activities that CLEAN partners are conducting at country, regional, and global levels to support low carbon development assessment and plans. This inventory will be made broadly available through the CLEAN web-site and will be used to promote coordination of activities and to enhance the quality of support provided to developing countries.
  2. Information, Tools, and Knowledge Sharing: Develop common forums for sharing of data, tools and methods, experiences and best practices with low carbon development analysis and plans among developing and developed countries officials and experts. This may include on-line forums, regional networks, and information exchange meetings. Make available technology data and analysis methods and tools to each other and to developing country stakeholders.
  3. Methods Development and Harmonization: Cooperate on improving analysis methods and tools to support low carbon plan preparation. This includes evaluation of clean energy and other technology potentials and dissemination of this data, incorporation of development priorities, multi-criteria impact analysis and economic benefits assessment, prioritization of technologies and options, and policy analysis.
  4. Collaborative Training and Technical Assistance: Coordinate across members training and technical assistance programs on low carbon technology assessment and planning that will transfer knowledge and skills to developing countries. This includes engaging common regional developing country technical institutions, conducting joint training workshops and on-line forums, and tapping a roster of experts across CLEAN members to provide technical assistance.
  5. Harmonized Country Support: Enhance implementation of assistance to specific countries by integrating delivery of assistance to countries among CLEAN partners. This could also include cooperation among CLEAN partners (and other international organizations) in piloting new programs, methods, and tools with countries.

Working Groups and Collaborative Activities

Comparison and Decision Guidance for Climate Compatible Development Tools: CDKN is funding and providing technical leadership for a project led by Ecofys and IDS to compare tools available to support climate compatible development. The team will produce a decision guide document and web application to guide users through the process to choosing tools for climate compatible development depending on differing needs and circumstances. A number of other CLEAN partners are serving on the Steering Group for this activity.

Development Impact Assessment: NREL, ECN, IISD and GIZ are exploring ideas to develop a tool that could integrate results from models that assess development co-benefits of individual LEDS measures. This would result in a visualization that clearly communicates the primacy of development goals under LEDS to supplement the cost and carbon focus of traditional MAC curves. Such a visual expression of development and carbon mitigation co-benefits will be helpful in enabling countries to better prioritize policy actions, characterize the development benefits of LEDS, and educate key stakeholders of such benefits.

Database and Web Portal Integration: Building on the outcomes of a recent workshop led by CDKN, GIZ and PIK for Climate Knowledge Brokers, REEEP and NREL are leading an activity to promote further integration of web portals and databases related to climate and development. This will include targeted outreach activities to expand usage of linked open data for this purpose and implementation of database integration projects amongst CLEAN partners.

Capacity Building and Training: CLEAN has started to develop an inventory of LEDS training resources and a calendar of upcoming LEDS-related capacity building events. UNEP-Risoe, IRENA, MAIN, WRI and NREL, among others, will further develop these resources and begin to assess gaps and opportunities for collaborative capacity building activities.

Monitoring, Reporting and Verification: GIZ is leading a group of CLEAN partners interested in exploring MRV issues related to LEDS planning. Current discussions are based around sharing MRV experiences and lessons.

Climate Technology Center and Network: UNEP, ECN, UNDP, WRI and NREL will develop a paper further exploring options and functions of the CTC&N. This work will build on a related paper published by UNEP, ECN and NREL in 2010.

Linking International Climate Instruments: Based on the outcomes from a CLEAN webinar on linking international climate instruments such as LEDS, TNAs, NAMAs and roadmaps, JIN is leading development of a paper to further explore how these instruments might be related and linked. This will also include information on how linkages between these instruments are occurring on the ground amongst various implementing organizations.