The Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019 #GETJO2019

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#Climate&CO2 #Business #International

By Clean Energy Wire – jornalism for energy transition

We are inviting: Journalists, journalism networks and journalism funders

07 Apr – 08 Apr 2019 Berlin


SIGN UP NOW: The story of the energy transition cuts across borders and beats. One major angle is how businesses are transforming in response to the climate crisis. This is why we’re making business and the energy transition the focus of our second Global Energy Transition Journalism conference (GETJO). Clean Energy Wire CLEW is offering fellowships to the event for five members of the CLEW Journalism Network. Apply before 22 February to be considered.

Why hold a  conference?

Business reporters often cover how companies are meeting new emission standards, or how they are innovating to fulfill the demands of the energy transition. But just how business and the energy transition are related to the climate crisis is often overlooked. And journalists who focus on climate change may also neglect the business angle.

After a first successful conference on the sidelines of last year’s COP23 in Bonn (check out the GETJO17 highlights here and the conference programme here), we will hold the second Global Energy Transition Journalism conference on 7 – 8 April 2019 in Berlin. The gathering will bring together journalists and other media professionals, foundation representatives and journalism researchers to address these questions:

  • What do businesses do to fight the climate crisis?
  • How are old, established industries transforming themselves?
  • Who are the innovators? Who is leading,  lagging or even working against the transition?
  • How do companies act and shape the transition across borders?
  • And what questions should journalists be asking to get to the bottom of the story and inform their readers?

Attending the conference

The conference is free of charge. Participants must pay for their own travel and accommodation.

Five CLEW Journalism Network members will be selected to receive fellowships covering travel costs (reimbursement) and accommodation (07. – 09.04). To be eligible, you must:

  1. Be a member of the CLEW Journalism Network. If you haven’t joined yet but would like to do so, sign up here now.
  2. Submit the registration form above.
  3. Send your idea on how business journalism should tackle the energy transition to: Perhaps you can draw from your own work as an example, you know an outlet in your region that already does great work on this, or you  have a future vision of what best practices should be.

The registration deadline for the CLEW Journalism Network fellowships is Friday, 22 February.

All other registrations will be handled on a first-come-first-serve basis. We aim to process your application as soon as possible.

This page will be updated shortly with the conference programme and speakers. Stay in the loop  by following us on  Twitter and Facebook.

#GETJO2019 will take place back to back with the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

If you would like more input from ministers and global business leaders, you can stay on for two extra days: The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), held at the German Foreign Office on 9-10 April 2019, brings together 1,500 experts on all aspects of the energy transition. Check their website for programme updates and how to seek accreditation.

The German Development Agency (GIZ) is also planning to offer a limited number of fellowships for international journalists travelling to the BETD. We will share their call for applications when it’s available.

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UK CO2 emissions down 37% since 1990

Photo: Gerry Machen

A final report of the UK’s carbon emissions from 1990-2017 has found that CO2 levels have fallen again.

07 February 2019, by Rachel Cooper, Climate Action

The report, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that overall, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 42 per cent since 1990.

The UK has domestic targets for reaching greenhouse gas emissions under the Climate Change Act known as carbon budgets, the figures revealed that the country met the second carbon budget, covering 2013-2017 emissions.

The report found that carbon emissions fell by 2.7 per cent in 2017, compared to the previous year. It follows a 5 per cent cut in overall greenhouse gas emissions in 2016.

The transport sector was the biggest contributor of emissions, contributing to a massive 27 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

Yesterday, the Government announced a £48 million investment to drive down bus emissions in the UK. This money will fund new green vehicles and infrastructure to drive forward government plans to clean up the air in towns and cities.

After the latest figures were released, Friends of the Earth released a report calling for the implementation of a free bus system to ensure emissions are reduced accordingly.

Transport emissions were followed closely behind by energy supply, contributing to 24 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Coal use for electricity fell by 27 per cent to a record low, following the closure of two major plants.

This follows a report that found immediate phase-out of fossil fuels is crucial to meet current climate targets.

The report said that if current carbon intensive technologies were replaced with carbon free alternatives, carbon emissions would steadily decline, dropping to near zero in 40 years. This would result in a 64 per cent chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Last month, Carbon Brief released analysis which showed that in 2018, UK electricity generation dropped to its lowest since 1994.

Read the final figures for 1990-2017 here.

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Brumadinho, Brazil: and the siren did not touch… (again!)

An aerial view shows flooding triggered by a dam collapse near Brumadinho. Photo: AP

By Antonio Carlos Teixeira, Publisher of the TerraGaia blog

In Mariana, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2015, the sirens of a collapsed dam of the mining company Samarco (controlled by the Brazilian mining company Vale), loaded with waste and mud were not triggered. The result of this lack of prevention was what the whole global society witnessed: 19 people killed, one missing, one community destroyed, raved local fauna and flora and the Doce River seriously compromised.

In Friday, January 25, 12.7 million cubic meters of iron ore tailings plumed from a height of 87 meters from dam 1 of the bean stream mine complex, dragging everything ahead and destroying Vale’s facilities (the owner of the dam), a hostel and several houses in the community of Vila Ferteco, located in the city of Brumadinho, Minas Gerais.

And the sirens, once again, were not triggered…

I can not believe that both the administrative centre of the Vale How many houses stayed soon below and in the route of the dam, classified as a category of “low risk” (low risk?), but with high potential for damage.

Siren actuating devices must be installed in all key places of a dam, even remotely so that employees are triggered. Siren triggering for accident prevention in dams is so important that it should be installed at the table of the President of the company.

Hard to understand as the president of Vale, Fabio Schvartsman, was not informed of the situation of the dam or its devices for triggering the sirens. To say in a press conference that did not know whether or not the sirens had been triggered demonstrates, at the very least, ignorance or lack of what happens in the company that commands.

Where he was at the moment of the breakup? What about your advisors and directors? There was no communication between these executives and its president? As a president of a company like Vale goes to an interview without being aware of all necessary information to answer and give explanations to society in the face of such a serious accident?

Where’s the contingency plan and accident prevention? A pity not to associate risk licensing, Hiring Insurance and prevention.

And the prevention and monitoring measures against dam collapses considered as high risk or high potential for damage generation and disruption?

And the creation and communication of regional maps of active and inactive dams, effective monitoring, plans to escape and evacuation of people and domestic and wild animals, as well as the restoration of communities, fauna, flora, biomes and local ecosystems?

The Brazilian Federal Government must be rigorous in the inspections and licensing processes and in the revisions and updates of protocols and parameters for the creation and handling of dams.

For example: the environmental licenses to the minings shouldn’t establish a minimum distance (10km, 15km, 20km…) between dams and communities? The building and buildings of the company should be built in locations distant from the considered vulnerable or on the tailings route in an eminent dam disruption?

Why not install sensors on the wall and/or the base of the dams capable of detecting craks that jeopardize the integrity of the reservoir and automatically trigger the siren?

Or the generation of audio and video device systems installed in the vicinity and in the vicinity of local communities, capable of monitoring dams 24 hours a day?

Or the construction of safety tanks around the dams, capable of withstanding and/or absorbing tailings, In the hypothesis of the main reservoir is broken?

Both in the cases of Mariana and in Brumadinho are clear the signals of imprudence, neglect, lack of zeal, care and prevention to safeguard human lives, rom domestic animals and species of fauna and flora and to conserve biomes and local ecosystems.

In the case of Brumadinho, unfortunately, worsened with the record of 157 dead people and 182 missing until the end of that Thursday, February 7.

The new Brazilian Federal Government now has the hardening of the rules governing the supervision and licensing of dams.

After two lamentable social and environmental tragedies – Mariana, 2015, and Brumadinho, 2019 –, the administration of the President Jair Bolsonaro has the obligation to map such types of reservoirs with high risk potential and dictate new rules for the National Dam Safety Plan.

And, hope, that the sirens works, if necessary, to minimize tragedies such as the bad ones events of Mariana and Brumadinho.

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Brumadinho, MG: e a sirene não tocou… (de novo!)

Localização da barragem 1 do complexo da Mina do Córrego do Feijão, na região de Brumadinho, MG: devastação que deixa um sem-número de mortos e de desaparecidos. Foto TV Globo Minas

Por Antonio Carlos Teixeira, editor do blog TerraGaia

Em Mariana (MG), em 2015, as sirenes de uma barragem colapsada da mineradora Samarco (controlada pela Vale), carregada de resíduos e de lama não foram acionadas. O resultado dessa falta de prevenção foi o que toda a sociedade global presenciou: 19 pessoas mortas, uma desaparecida, uma comunidade destruída, fauna e flora locais devastadas e o rio Doce seriamente comprometido.

Na última sexta-feira, 25, 12,7 milhões de metros cúbicos de rejeitos de minério de ferro despencaram de uma altura de 87 metros da barragem 1 do complexo da Mina do Córrego do Feijão, arrastando tudo pela frente e destruindo instalações da Vale (a dona da barragem), uma pousada e várias casas da comunidade da Vila Ferteco, localizada na região da cidade de Brumadinho, Minas Gerais.

E as sirenes, mais uma vez, não foram acionadas…

Não dá para acreditar que tanto o Centro Administrativo da Vale quanto várias casas ficavam logo abaixo e na rota da barragem, classificada como categoria de “baixo risco” (baixo risco?), mas com alto potencial de dano.

Os dispositivos de acionamento das sirenes precisam estar instalados em todos os lugares-chave de uma barragem, até mesmo remotamente para que sejam acionados por funcionários. Acionamento de sirene para prevenção de acidentes em barragens é tão importante que deveria ser instalado na mesa do presidente da companhia.

Difícil de compreender como o presidente da Vale, Fabio Schvartsman, não foi informado da situação da barragem ou de seus dispositivos para acionamento das sirenes. Dizer em entrevista coletiva que não sabia se as sirenes haviam ou não sido acionadas demonstra, no mínimo, desconhecimento ou descaso do que acontece na própria empresa que comanda.

Aonde ele estava no instante do rompimento? E seus assessores e diretores? Não houve comunicação entre esses executivos e seu presidente? Como um presidente de uma companhia como a Vale vai para uma entrevista sem estar ciente de todas informações necessárias para responder e dar satisfações à sociedade diante de tão grave acidente?

Cadê o plano de contingência e prevenção de acidentes? Uma lástima não associar licenciamento a risco, contratação de seguro e prevenção.

E as medidas de prevenção e de monitoramento contra colapsos de barragens consideradas como de alto risco ou de alto potencial de geração de danos e de rompimento?

E a geração e comunicação de mapas regionais de barragens ativas e inativas, monitoramento efetivo, planos de fuga e de evacuação de pessoas e de animais domésticos e silvestres, bem como de recomposição de comunidades, fauna, flora, biomas e ecossistemas locais?

Casas e construções foram arrastadas e destruídas pelo colapso da barragem, que gerou uma correnteza de lama e rejeitos de minério, causando a morte e/ou desaparecimento de mais de 350 pessoas e de dezenas de animais domésticos e silvestres. Foto: TV Globo Minas

É preciso que o Governo Federal seja rigoroso nas fiscalizações e nos processos de licenciamento e nas revisões e atualizações de protocolos e parâmetros de criação e manuseio de barragens.

Por exemplo: as licenças ambientais para mineradoras não deveriam estabelecer uma distância mínima (10km, 15km, 20km…) entre barragens e comunidades? As edificações e prédios da empresa não deveriam ser construídos em locais distantes dos considerados vulneráveis ou na rota de rejeitos num eminente rompimento de barragem?

Por que não instalar sensores no paredão e/ou na base das barragens capazes de detectar rachaduras que coloquem em risco a integridade do reservatório e, automaticamente, acionar as sirenes?

Ou a geração de sistemas de dispositivos de áudio e vídeo instalados no entorno e nas imediações das comunidades locais, capazes de monitorar barragens 24 horas por dia?

Ou a construção de cavas em volta de barragens, capazes de suportar e/ou absorver os rejeitos, na hipótese de o reservatório principal se romper?

Tanto nos casos de Mariana quanto no de Brumadinho ficam cIaros os sinais de imprudência, negligência, falta de zelo, de cuidado e de prevenção para resguardar vidas humanas, de animais domésticos e de espécies de fauna e flora e para conservar biomas e ecossistemas locais.

No caso de Brumadinho, infelizmente, agravado com o registro de 60 pessoas mortas e 292 desaparecidas até o fim dessa segunda-feira, 28.

Resta agora ao Governo Federal o endurecimento das regras de fiscalização e de licenciamento de barragens.

Após duas lamentáveis tragédias socioambientais – Mariana, 2015, e Brumadinho, 2019 -, a Administração do presidente Jair Bolsonaro tem a obrigação de mapear tais tipos de reservatórios com alto potencial de risco e ditar novas regras para o Plano Nacional de Segurança de Barragens.

E, Oxalá, que as sirenes funcionem, caso sejam necessárias, para minimizar tragédias como os lastimáveis acontecimentos de Mariana e de Brumadinho.

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Environmental Governance and ​​2030 Agenda

Progress and Good Practices in Latin America and the Caribean

This document of Cepei and UN Environment presents an analysis of the main trends in the institutional arrangements and legal instruments that promote the integration of the environmental dimension of sustainable development. By identifying concrete experiences, innovations and ongoing challenges, this document also intends to promote a regional discussion on how to strengthen the inclusion of environmental considerations in sustainable development planning and management and, in particular, the 2030 Agenda and other international agreements adopted with this objective.

The main conclusions show the need to strengthen the coherence between institutions, policies and processes to avoid conflicting or duplicated efforts and contribute in an orderly manner to closing the gaps in the implementation of sustainable development. On the other hand, it is required to involve and coordinate a variety of sectors and stakeholders: decision makers, civil society and the private sector, as well as different levels of action, from local to global. This demands adequate legislative and institutional frameworks, especially the promotion of the rule of law in environmental matters.

The Latin American and Caribbean region has begun a process of strengthening environmental governance in accordance with global environmental agreements and has been closely involved in the promotion of sustainable development at the national level. This has strengthened the capacities of the environmental sector and laid the foundations for more effective incorporation of this dimension in the current implementation of the 2030 Agenda. However, the full inclusion of sustainable development at the operational level has not yet been achieved, reflecting a persistent tendency to maintain approaches in closed management structures. Thus, despite the multisectoral nature of the environment, considerations of this kind are still not taken into account structurally in all national development planning.

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Governanza Ambiental y la Agenda 2030

Avances y buenas prácticas en América Latina y el Caribe

Este documento de Cepei y ONU Medio Ambiente presenta un análisis de las principales tendencias en materia de arreglos institucionales e instrumentos legales que avanzan en la integración de la dimensión ambiental del desarrollo sostenible. Al identificar experiencias concretas, innovaciones y desafíos pendientes, pretende promover una discusión a nivel regional alrededor de cómo fortalecer la inclusión de consideraciones ambientales en la planeación y gestión del desarrollo sostenible y, en particular, la Agenda 2030 y otros acuerdos internacionales adoptados con este fin.

Las principales conclusiones muestran la necesidad de fortalecer la coherencia entre instituciones, políticas y procesos para evitar esfuerzos contradictorios o duplicados y contribuir de manera ordenada a cerrar las brechas en la implementación del desarrollo sostenible. Por otro lado, la necesidad de involucrar y coordinar a una amplia variedad de sectores y partes interesadas: tomadores de decisiones, sociedad civil y sector privado; así como niveles de actuación que van desde lo global a lo local. Esto requiere marcos legislativos e institucionales apropiados, entre los que adquiere especial relevancia la promoción del estado de derecho en materia ambiental.

La región de América Latina y el Caribe ha desarrollado un proceso de fortalecimiento de la gobernanza ambiental en concordancia con los acuerdos globales en materia de medio ambiente, que ha estado estrechamente ligado a la promoción del desarrollo sostenible a nivel nacional. Esto ha fortalecido las capacidades del sector ambiental y sentado las bases para una mejor incorporación de esta dimensión en la actual implementación de la Agenda 2030. Sin embargo, aún no se ha logrado la plena inclusión del desarrollo sostenible en los niveles operativos. A pesar de la naturaleza multisectorial del medio ambiente, las consideraciones de este tipo todavía no son tenidas en cuenta, de manera estructural, en toda la planificación del desarrollo nacional.

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EU to be carbon-neutral by 2050

The European Commission has announced a new long-term strategy for the EU to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

by Rachel Cooper, Climate Action

The European Commission has announced a new long-term strategy for the EU to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

The European Commission notes the importance of partnership in achieving this target. The long-term strategy aims to create a vision for stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs, and citizens alike to develop new and innovative industries, businesses and associated jobs.

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said: “The EU has already started the modernisation and transformation towards a climate neutral economy. And today, we are stepping up our efforts as we propose a strategy for Europe to become the world’s first major economy to go climate neutral by 2050. Going climate neutral is necessary, possible and in Europe’s interest. It is necessary to meet the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement.”

The role of the transport sector was also noted as being important in achieving this ambitious target.

Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, said: “All transport modes should contribute to the decarbonisation of our mobility system. This requires a system approach with low and zero emission vehicles, strong increase in rail network capacity, and a much more efficient organisation of the transport system, based on digitalisation; incentives for behavioural changes; alternative fuels and smart infrastructure; and global commitments. All this driven by innovation and investments.”

The Commission adopted its strategic vision yesterday, ahead of the COP24 which takes place from 2nd to 14th December in Katowice, Poland. During the conference, the EU will host over 100 side events at the EU Pavilion, including several events on long-term climate perspectives and strategies.

The European Union has said there needs to be a debate among member states about how to achieve the goal. To align with the Paris agreement, the EU will submit the ambitious strategy to the United Nations by early 2020.

This news follows the European Parliament approving a single-use plastic ban that is set to be put into place in 2021.

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