Location: Hybrid meeting at UNCC in Bangkok and Zoom
Date/Time: 1 November 2022, 1300 – 1600 (Bangkok time, ICT)
The Seventeenth Policy Consultation Forum of the SINGG was organized with the theme "Accelerating Collaborative Efforts to Achieve Carbon Neutrality in Asia and the Pacific". The Covid-19 pandemic had far-reaching impacts on energy demand in 2020, reducing global CO2 emissions by 5.2%. However, the world has experienced an extreme, rapid economic recovery since then, driven by unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimuli. The IEA's projections show global CO2 emissions from combustion energy and industrial processes rebounded in 2021 to reach their highest ever annual-level increase rate: 6% increase from 2020, pushing CO2 emissions to 36.3 Gt.
The IPCC 6th Assessment Report is clear in its message that human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world. The world will face multiple unavoidable climate hazards over the next two decades, even global temperatures will only increase by 1.5°C. If current trends continue, the number of disasters per year globally may increase from around 400 in 2015 to 560 per year by 2030. The number of extreme temperature events per year is also increasing and based on current trends, will almost triple between 2001 and 2030.
As a follow-up to the Paris Agreement, which keeps signatories committed to reaching carbon neutrality in emissions in the second half of the 21st century, 137 countries have committed to carbon neutrality. This is tracked and confirmed by pledges to the Carbon Neutrality Coalition and recent policy statements by governments. In the Asia-Pacific region, 40 countries have made climate neutrality pledges, and several have advanced in developing national laws, strategies and implementation plans aligning those with NDC commitment and long-term low emissions strategies. Most member states of ESCAP have pledged to achieve Carbon Neutrality.
The seventeenth Policy Consultation Forum of the SINGG provided member States with a chance to understand the regional trends for carbon neutrality and identify opportunities to apply relevant strategies in their own country. In addition, the Forum aims to accelerate cooperative efforts with other member countries and sectors such as businesses to realize carbon neutrality in their country.
- Strengthened understanding on the importance of green, carbon-neutral recovery strategies to overcome the downturn induced by the COVID-19 and respond to climate change
- Enhanced cooperation for accelerating carbon reduction and spreading best practices for carbon neutrality in the Asia-Pacific region