COP27 Daily Update: Cutting Carbon is Key for the Future

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During this year’s climate conference, UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered a message:

This statement draws even more attention to tomorrow’s theme of decarbonization, and during the lead up to COP27, many sectors pledged to put policies in place to reduce their carbon footprint, with the goal of achieving eventual decarbonization. The three most emissions-intensive industries are oil & gas, steel, and cement. One of the most eagerly-anticipated outcomes of this year’s conference will be the extent to which plans and policies have been translated into meaningful action.

According to the World Economic Forum, concrete, steel, aluminum, and chemicals – as well as the ships, planes, and trucks that transport them – are currently responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, and that is projected to grow. In order for these global sectors to transition to decarbonization, there must be a focus on driving down the prices of clean methods and technologies, compared to the carbon intensive conventional techniques.

The agricultural sector can also contribute to decarbonization by placing greater emphasis on regenerative and indigenous methods of farming, and by adopting a less industrialized approach to growing crops and raising livestock.

Tomorrow’s theme of decarbonization should encourage those monitoring the proceedings in Sharm El-Sheikh to consider the necessity of ensuring that any commitments made on the path to net zero are not merely bold, but also credible and achievable.

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Yesterday, AOSIS Fellows Chandra Legdesog, Tiffany van Ravenswaay, Lisana Dyer, Isaac Ryan, Jeremy Raguain and Zachary Phillips were at The Extreme Hangout Pavilion to share the experiences of SIDS with facing the adverse effects of climate change. The panel was moderated by our partner Racquel Moses, CEO of Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA) and UNFCCC Race To Zero Global Ambassador.

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Today's island-related events

How the integration of local knowledge can enhance climate adaptation and mitigation solutions, resilience and preserve biodiversity?
Date & Time: 10 November, 2:30 – 3:30 PM (Egypt)
Location: Pavillon France, COP27
Organization: FRIENDSHIP France, SMILO
Operationalising finance for loss and damage: examples from Africa and the Caribbean

Date & Time: 10 November, 3:00 – 4:30 PM (Egypt)
Location: Memphis Room
Organization: Stockholm Environment Institute

FISHING FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE: Unlocking the collective potential of vulnerable, coastal communities for climate action
Date & Time: 10 November, 9:00 – 10:15 AM (Egypt)
Location: UNFCCC COP27 Blue Zone
Organization: GLISPA & Rare
Leveraging the Ocean Decade to Build the Next Generation of Ocean Professionals

Date & Time: 10 November, 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone 
Organization: Peace Boat in partnership with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Youth Voices for Sustainable Oceans, Energy Commonwealth Secretariat

Date & Time: 10 November, 4:00 – 4:55 PM (Egypt)
Location: Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion, Blue Zone

Peace Boat Press Conference – Capacity Building for Youth on the front lines of the climate crisis

Date & Time: 10 November, 1:00 – 1:30 PM (Egypt)
Location: Press Conference Room – Luxor Taba Area
Organization: Peace Boat

Climate Finance Needs of Developing Countries

Date & Time: 10 November, 12:15 – 1:45 PM (Egypt)
Location: Room Thebes, International Convention Center
Organization: UNFCCC 

Climate Finance Needs of Developing Countries

Date & Time: 10 November, 12:15 – 1:45 PM (Egypt)
Location: Room Thebes, International Convention Center
Organization: UNFCCC 

Utilising expertise of the youth to bridge the science-policy divide and improve access to finance

Date & Time: 10 November, 6:30 – 8:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: Osiris Side Event Room, Blue Zone
Organization: Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and more

Localised Solutions to Reduce Climate Induced Loss & Damage for the Most Vulnerable
Date & Time: 10 November, 11:30 – 1:30 PM (Egypt)
Location: Memphis, Blue Zone and online
Organization: Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism

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