Civic society commitments are well recognised as contributing to the global momentum and pressure leading up to the 2015 Paris Agreement (COP21).  

Support from these so called ‘non-state actors’ continues to influence the international process and is often summarised as leadership and influence from leading NGOs, Companies, Cities and Municipal Authorities. However, through a variety of roles and work, IEMA members themselves also form a unique cohort for action on Climate Change. Their influence is also now making an important contribution.

IEMA has recently submitted evidence into the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue, now underway in Bonn.  COP21 decided to convene a facilitative dialogue among Parties in 2018 to take stock of the collective efforts of Parties (states) in relation to progress towards on long-term climate action (the goal) and to inform the preparation of nationally determined contributions. The approach is one of built in review and contributes a dialogue mechanism towards ‘ratcheting up’ future action and commitments.  Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The purpose of Talanoa is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good.

What points are made within the IEMA submission?

As professionals, IEMA members are well placed to understand the Climate Change ‘transformation agenda’ through their work with organisations across all economic sectors. They informed IEMA’s Climate Change Position Statement, recent consultations with Government and also international developments.  Key points include;

•          Mandatory GHG Reporting –  this is an important policy lever to extend internationally. In  the UK, there is profession-based support for a mandatory requirement to all large businesses.
•          Policy uncertainty by governments and international bodies can be a barrier to ‘non-state actors’. The long-term state level commitments (COP21) need to be matched by similar longer-term policies and approaches for businesses operating between countries,
•          Confidence around future carbon values is a concern,
•          Important voluntary reporting initiatives  - a need exists for consistency in terminology and avoiding duplication,
•          The need for accurate and reliable emission factors internationally,
•          Capacity building and skills internationally for energy management, GHG accounting, climate change adaptation and resilience,
•          Transparent and credible claims – the need for standards and guidance

 You can view IEMA’s submission to the current Talanoa dialogue here

About the Author

Policy & Engagement Lead at IEMA, Vice Chair of ISO Task Force on Climate Change Coordination and Fellow of IEMA (FIEMA) having multi-sector senior experience within NGOs, Local Government and Consultancy.