December 4. Katowice, Poland. Amongst many events taking place at COP 24, UNFCCC Global Climate Action (GCA) hosted a lively event organized by the Ministry of Environment of Chile and its Carbon Neutrality Initiative - Huella Chile.
Huella Chile is a free, voluntary and online program, through which participating organizations can quantify, report and manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are responsible for the phenomenon of climate change. In addition, organizations can opt for a Recognition System for their participation and action.
The event featured special guests from the carbon neutrality schemes of Costa Rica (one of the oldest programmes in Latin America), Peru (in an implementation phase) and Climate Neutral Now. It was the continuation of a collaboration meeting between the above-mentioned schemes carried out in Santiago de Chile the week of November 19 - 23, 2018. During that week, representatives explored areas of collaboration and synergy and set the stage for a future international alliance moving towards international recognition. At the same gathering, by the Minister of Environment of Chile H.N. Mrs. Carolina Schmidt, Huella Chile offered the recognition and award ceremony held at the Historic Moneda Building, where recognitions were awarded for the quantification of GHG emissions generated by participating organizations in 2017.
The key objective of the Katowice event was to share experiences and achievements of the above-mentioned carbon management programs. The presentations of the panelists were full of interesting news: one of the main points was the announcement of an alliance towards international recognition of their beneficiaries. Further, the Development and Climate Alliance of the German Government will join forces with the UNFCCC secretariat and its Climate Neutral Now initiative to promote the mobilization of funds to support emission reduction projects and recognize the organizations that support them.
Speakers at this event included: Mr. Carlos Ruiz-Garvia, Team Lead, UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre Panama; Ms. Jenny Mager, Head of Mitigation and GHG Inventories, Ministry of Environment, Chile; Mr. Lorenzo Eguren, Coordinator of NDC Project, Ministry of Environment, Peru; and Ms. Andrea Meza, Director of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica. Two videos were presented as well, one on Huella-Chile and another on Climate Neutral Now.
The event was held in close collaboration with the Global Climate Action UNFCCC team that brought together important carbon footprint schemes to share their experiences with a view to establish a partnership for mutual recognition – and to that end, it was a success.
Huella Chile was developed with the support of UNDP (initially through its Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme and now by the NDC Support Programme) and is funded by the European Union and the Governments of Germany and Spain .