MRV-ing GHG Emissions Under Existing and Developing Pricing Mechanisms (June 2014)

The PMR and the Climate-KIC Research Programme on MRV jointly organized a one-day conference dedicated to MRV procedures and practices in carbon pricing mechanisms. This event took place on June 3, 2014 in Bonn, immediately following the Carbon Expo and before the 40th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies.
Jun 03, 2014
Bonn, Germany
June 3, 2014
8:30 Registration
1. Opening and Introduction
Chair Luis Muñozcano, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
Benoit Leguet, CDC Climat Research
Article: MRVing Carbon in Practice
2. MRV in Established Carbon Pricing Initiatives
This session had three parts. The first part was an overview of the MRV research program: MRV implementation and innovation across scales.
Nicolas Stephan, CDC Climat Research
Goals and Structure of the Project
MRV Requirements, Costs, and Barriers at the National, Facility, and Project Levels
What are the MRV requirements and associated costs?
Are requirements adapted to the amount of emissions at stake (i.e., materiality)?
Are there incentives to reduce uncertainty?
What tradeoff for reporting entities between uncertainty and costs?

These questions will be addressed in light of an in-depth analysis of the existing and established carbon pricing initiatives and GHG accounting frameworks around the world. These include GHG inventories at the national (UNFCCC) and sub-national levels (Covenant of Mayors), Emissions Trading Schemes (EU, California, and Australia), sector-based (REDD+) and project-based (CDM/JI, VCS etc.) pay-for-performance mechanisms, and voluntary corporate reporting frameworks (Carbon Disclosure Project).
Igor Shishlov, CDC Climat Research
MRV Incentives: Theory and Practice - the CDM experience
Valentin Bellassen, CDC Climat Research
Accounting for Carbon: MRV emissions in Practice
Guillaume Jacquier, CITEPA
MRV Requirements in ETS Worldwide
Marco Loprieno, European Commission
11:00 Break
Case Studies and Possible Improvements through Innovative Technologies
- Cost / precision analysis for several densities of sensors at city, regional or national level
- Realizing the value of mitigation actions in new of under-represented sectors
- Realizing the value of innovative monitoring technologies
- Business case new MRV solutions
Ally Barker, UK National Physical Laboratory
Accuracy and Uncertainty of Monitoring in Carbon Offsetting Projects
Patrick Bürgi, South Pole Group
Innovative MRV Approaches in Transport Sector
Lin Wu, Climate and Environment Sciences Laboratory (LSCE)
Atmospheric Monitoring of CO2 Emissions: an Innovative Solution for Cities
Massamba Thioye, UNFCCC
13:00 Lunch
3. MRV in Emerging Carbon Pricing Initiatives: Developments and Challenges
The first part in this session presented PMR supporting MRV in emerging domestic carbon pricing policies. The second part focused on examples of country MRV practices and actions. Country representatives presented MRV procedures and infrastructures in some new and emerging carbon pricing initiatives supported by the PMR, with a specific focus on their similarities and differences with established mechanisms. The challenges encountered when setting up these new MRV procedures were presented in the format of case studies.
Pierre Guigon, PMR Secretariat
Building Readiness for Carbon Pricing
Duan Maosheng, Tsinghua University
MRV in China’s ETS Pilots
Brian Mantlana, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
South Africa’s Capacity to Monitor and Report on GHG Emissions
Luis Muñozcano, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
MRV in Mexico
Hui-Chen Chien, Environmental Protection Administration, Taiwan
MRV in Taiwan’s Voluntary Reduction Target and Measures
16:30 Break
4. Building Credible, Consistent, and Compatible MRV Infrastructure to Support Global Mitigation Action
Participants discussed opportunities and challenges for building credible, consistent, and compatible MRV infrastructure across the world to support global mitigation action.
Emelia Holdaway, Ricardo-AEA
Valentin Bellassen, CDC Climat Research
Pierre Guigon, World Bank
Duan Maosheng, Tsinghua University
Brian Mantlana, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Luis Muñozcano, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
Hui-Chen Chien, Environmental Protection Administration, Taiwan
18:00 Wrap up
End of event