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The EIB at the UN’s COP 20 climate conference

The EIB at the UN’s COP 20 climate conference

  •  Date: 01 December 2014 - 12 December 2014
  •  Location:
    • Lima
    • Peru

The EIB has observer status at COP 20, where global nations will negotiate and shape their contributions to vastly reduce carbon emissions before a global agreement in Paris at the end of 2015.

This year the EIB delegation to Lima consists of high-level experts and is headed by the Vice-President Jonathan Taylor, responsible for Climate Change and Environment.

Partnering with UNEP Climate Action and with the World Climate Summit, the EIB will highlight its role as catalyst mobilizing finance for climate action investments. The EIB innovative climate finance products will be showcased together with the Bank’s unique expertise.

The EIB will also be featured at several side events and will have an exhibit booth providing opportunities to learn more about its climate action activities.

Selection of open events featuring EIB delegates

Global Landscapes Forum

EIB speaker: Jane Feehan, Natural Resources Specialist
When: 7 December, 11:15 - 12:45
Where: Westin Hotel and Convention Center, Room Limatambo 1 & 2, Lima
What: Minding the research-practitioner gap: the implementation of integrated landscape approaches

This interactive session will address the gap between the theory and practice of the implementation of integrated landscape approaches to land use planning and management.

It is increasingly acknowledged that sectorial approaches to land management are no longer sufficient to confront persistent challenges of biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation, and deforestation while also ensuring adequate food production. Land management strategies at landscape scales have been documented within the literature since at least 1965. A number of frameworks have been produced in subsequent years each seemingly having the potential to meet these global challenges. And yet while this has led to a wealth of theoretical knowledge, we remain struggling for evidence of successful landscape-scale interventions on the ground.


EIB speaker (moderator): Jane Feehan, Natural Resources Specialist
When: 7 December, 18:00 - 18:40
Where: Westin Hotel and Convention Center, Room Limatambo 1-5, Lima
What: Closing Dialogue I:Financing sustainable landscapes

This part of the closing session will look at current initiatives to scale up finance for sustainable landscapes. Land use sectors such as forestry and agriculture are key in international efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Up to 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions stem from land use sectors and land use change, mainly driven by the expansion of agriculture at the cost of forests. At the same time, agriculture and forestry provide the basis of livelihoods for 70% of the world’s poorest people. In Sub-Saharan Africa, these sectors make up more than a third of countries‘ GDP.

Developing countries require financial assistance to make the transition from business-as-usual scenarios to strategically strengthening land use sectors‘ adaptive capacity and lessen their impact on climate change. Climate finance can come from public and private sources, through voluntary and compulsory mechanisms. For developing countries, it is important that sources are predictable, sustainable and easily accessible.

Sustainable Innovation Forum

EIB speaker: Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President, responsible for Environment and Climate Action
When: 9 December, 11:50 - 13:00
Where: Westin Hotel and Convention Center, Lima
What: Sustainable Investment Strategies

Enabling innovative sustainable technologies to attain financing and development for separate mitigation and adaptation solutions; understand economic trade-offs for investment, specifically the immediate localised benefits of adaptation and the longer-term global benefits of mitigation; case studies of resourceful financing from across the value chain; how the growth of sustainable stock exchanges, investor-led initiatives and environmental, social and ethical criteria can encourage responsible investing.


EIB speaker: Matthias Zoellner, Head of Division, Environment, Climate and Social Office, Projects Directorate
When: 9 December, 13:00 - 13:10
Where: Westin Hotel and Convention Center, Lima
What: Climate Leader Insight

In this 10-minute keynote, directly after the panel discussion, the EIB will profile in practical terms one of its flagship projects, highlighting the benefits of a nexus approach (climate-nature-people). The EIB value added in the project preparation and implementation will also be showcased.

World Climate Summit

EIB speaker: Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President, responsible for Environment and Climate Action
When: 10 December, 16:50 - 18:00
Where: Hilton Hotel, Lima
What: Plenary 4 - Moving on the Road to Paris

The Road to Paris is an initiative in which business, finance, regions and cities are taking the lead in mobilizing a bottom-up platform for climate solutions. This session will focus on engaging stakeholders to be action-oriented, and showcase the actions and initiatives already happening now.


EIB speaker (moderator): Christopher Knowles, Head of Climate Change and Environment, Operations Directorate
When: 10 December, 15:00 - 16:15
Where: Hilton Hotel, Lima
What: Plenary 3 - Effective Approaches to Public-Private Partnerships for Climate Change Solutions

In order to finance and secure the necessary infrastructure to combat climate change, regional and national governments will need to increasingly engage in public-private partnerships. This session will outline the necessary framework for successful PPPs, based on lessons learned, a deep understanding of all stakeholders involved, and the possible opportunities and challenges.

How to finance the global climate agreement

EIB speaker: Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President, responsible for Environment and Climate Action
When: 10 December, 13:00 - 15:00
Where: EU Pavilion, Lima
What: How to finance the global climate agreement

An adequate mobilisation of climate finance will be essential for a successful international agreement next year at COP21 in Paris: how can the significant investments needed to achieve international climate policy goals be leveraged? The side event will focus in particular on additional, innovative and alternative financial sources, examining for instance the possibility of using revenues from market based instruments and the role of private finance, in addition to public financial sources.


Related Documents

      EIB: Climate Action in Latin America, as published in RTCC
      The European Investment Bank, unlocking finance for climate action, by Jonathan Taylor at Climate Action
      Green Bonds: engaging investors for the climate, by Bertrand de Mazières at RTCC
      Interview with VP Jonathan Taylor during the Sustainable Innovation Forum (video)



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