Sixth MAIN LAC Dialogue

10.27.14 - 10.29.14

CCAP hosted the Sixth Latin American Regional Dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) from October 27-29, 2014.  This sector-focused dialogue emphasized the role of transportation in climate mitigation and sustainable development. It convened representatives from developing and contributing country governments, the private sector, multi-lateral institutions and civil society to share information and enhance efforts to integrate Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), low-carbon development policies and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). This dialogue focused in particular on the transport sector, and was sponsored by Germany’s International Climate Initiative, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Belgian FPS Health, Food Chain Security and Environment.

Inter-ministerial country teams from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, and Uruguay learned about recent developments regarding the Green Climate Fund and efforts to develop ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to a 2015 climate agreement. Participants listened to transport and finance experts, shared best practices for NAMA development, and discussed strategies for designing NAMAs that are attractive to funders and investors.

Policymakers discussed a potential regional Latin American effort on passenger vehicle efficiency. Such an effort could leverage countries’ combined market power‎ and cut GHGs from the rapidly growing vehicle fleet. Among the options that were discussed were adopting a Latin American vehicle standard based on US or EU standards and/or designing “feebate” programs that combine ‎fees and rebates. Participants decided that, while this regional effort would be a major undertaking, it is worthy of pursuit.

Participants also identified significant needs and opportunities for reducing GHGs from heavy duty vehicles such as trucks and buses, where efficiency improvements can yield major co-benefits on air quality, health and black carbon reduction. Understanding best practices for mitigating GHGs from cars, trucks and buses – and their strong economic benefits — will help inform partner country NAMA proposals, INDCs and low-carbon development plans. Additional key takeaways included:

After hearing about TOD initiatives in Latin American and the U.S., participants toured a successful example in Washington, D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, and were encouraged about exploring the opportunities and challenges in their countries, emphasizing the importance of public-private partnerships and the added value of climate finance.

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Participants at the Sixth MAIN LAC Dialogue in Washington, D.C.

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