The first Coalition meeting was held to present progress and seek views from partners on the way forward. It was decided to keep the structure of the coalition lean and efficient, and focus on producing a useful and credible first report of the Coalition ahead of COP21.
- Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada presented an overview based on the Framework document and provided an update on the activities of the Coalition: Timeframe for regional meetings and events, including a regional meeting in Santiago, Chile on 30 June; and
- Producing the first Report from the Coalition and launching it at COP 21 in Paris.
Dr. Ould-Dada also highlighted the benefits of joining to the Coalition Partners.
- The following questions, remarks and suggestions were made by various partners present: Many activities are already happening in developing countries which are helping to reduce emissions, but these are going unnoticed. This is where the 1GtC could add value.
- There are challenges with data and methodology but the 1GtC should aim to get the best estimates possible, and make necessary assumptions. Collection and documentation of the data by the 1Gt Coalition would be very helpful. Partners noted that this is good timing for the 1GtC to add value, as countries are submitting their INDCs which might contain information on the energy sector.
- Partners welcomed the ability of the 1Gigaton Coalition to help build the capacity for countries to collect data that complies with the specific requirements of what the Coalition is looking for in order to calculate emissions savings from activities on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Multiple partners also commented that there is a strong need to strengthen MRV capacity in developing countries, and this was an area where the 1Gigaton Coalition could assist. Partners suggested coordinating with others, including the UNFCCC Secretariat to explore synergies to support capacity building for MRV.
- Some partners asked for clarification of what is meant by ‘donor supported activities’ and how the 1GTC intends to work with other organisations. It was explained that this refers to bilateral and multilateral initiatives and activities, in addition to national programmes. The 1GTC would like to enter into a dialogue with relevant partners to jointly develop methods that can be applied on the ground.