Pacific Alliance countries launch national studies on the MRV of Mitigation Actions

The Technical Subgroup on MRV and Climate Change (SGT-MRV) of the Pacific Alliance (PA) has commenced a series of technical baseline studies across each of the PA countries. These studies are being prepared by national experts to synthesize the current status of the monitoring, reporting and verification systems (MRV) for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation activities in each PA country. The analyses describe the challenges and opportunities for achieving the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement in each country. The project is benefiting from the technical and financial support of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

The Baseline Analysis of the MRV of Mitigation Activities in Colombia, Peru, and Chile have been recently published. Mexico is currently analyzing to conduct a similar report. To support the dissemination of the results, public webinars are being organized in each country, with the key participation of additional national ministries, public institutions, private entities, and civil society organizations. The webinars for Colombia, Peru and Chile are available.

In a complementary, similar initiative to advance towards the harmonization and alignment of Climate MRV systems in the Pacific Alliance, the SGT-MRV is concurrently launching a series of technical baseline studies on the MRV of Climate Finance and the MRV of GHG Emissions and Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) Inventories in the countries of the PA.

The Pacific Alliance is a trade bloc for regional integration, comprised of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Among the multiple sectoral goals of the PA, there is an explicit commitment to the environment and green growth and to address the drivers and challenges of climate change. With the Cali Declaration in 2017, the Pacific Alliance reaffirmed its support for the Paris Agreement, and committed to intensify efforts to strengthen MRV systems of GHG/SLCPs in the region.

Likewise, the Presidents of the Pacific Alliance have recently expressed their full support to the Chilean presidency for the success of the upcoming 25th Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Santiago Chile in December 2019. The Pacific Alliance is committed to continue advancing the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Katowice Package for the Climate adopted at COP 24— increasing the ambition to reduce levels of GHG emissions and the ability to adapt to climate change, within the framework of the 2019 Lima Declaration.

The Technical Sub-group on MRV and Climate Change (SGT-MRV) was created by the countries of the Pacific Alliance, with the principal objective to strengthen and advance the harmonization and alignment of Climate MRV systems for the reduction of GHG and SLCPs. The SGT-MRV reports to the formal Working Group on Environment and Green Growth (GTAMCV) of the PA.

The SGT-MRV will continue exchanging knowledge at the regional level, and strengthening capacities at the national level in order to advance the creation and implementation of effective climate policies.

For more information on the Pacific Alliance MRV Technical Subgroup please contact the SGT-MRV Coordinator: Francisco Pinto