COP27 side event: The prospects and challenges of the Enhanced Transparency Framework as a driver of climate ambition

“Measure what you treasure” the saying goes. If what we treasure is ambitious climate action, how then should we go about measuring it? The Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) of the Paris Agreement contains a detailed set of reporting and review provisions that aim to make visible how countries perform vis-à-vis their climate targets.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Tue 15 November 2022 16:45 to 18:15

Room Room Tutankhamun, COP27 venue, Sharm El Sheik

The prospects of this new transparency framework are substantial. Repeated reporting and review cycles may result in learning and trust-building between countries. Moreover, domestic data collection and processing may improve policy making and stakeholder engagement. The Enhanced Transparency Framework can also be an important building block for a successful Global Stocktake.

Yet, demanding reporting and review provisions also come with serious challenges. Capacity constraints might prevent developing countries from collecting and reporting information. Moreover, the transparency framework could collapse under its own weight, if information is not prioritized and synthesized to bring to light most pertinent issues. Perhaps more importantly, will more information help to catalyse climate action in the context of highly political debates around who should take responsibility and when?

With the ETF becoming operational in 2024- and with hopes pinned on transparency, it is timely and important to explore diverse perspectives on the promises and perils of the ETF. Speakers will cover various topics including transparency in relation to mitigation, adaptation, finance, gender, and equity.

Presentation: The power of transparency: assumptions versus realities

Prof. Aarti Gupta (Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University) will give a presentation titled: The power of transparency: assumptions versus realities

Below a small teaser to her presentation: “There are many assumptions associated with transparency and its link to more ambitious actions. But we do not really have much empirical data on whether this link is being realized in practice. For transparency to foster ambitious action in practice depends on why we might seek transparency, and from whom, and about what. I flag some insights on each of these three aspects briefly, in terms of the ETF.”

Other speakers are:

  • Transparency and the Global Stocktake: Mr. R. R. Rashmi, The Energy and Resources Institute
  • Transparency and capacity building: Dr. Masumur Rahman, South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme
  • Transparency and finance: Dr. Romain Weikmans, Finnish Institute of International Affairs & Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Transparency and gender: Dr. Laode M. Syarif, The Partnership Kemitraan
  • Transparency and equity: Dr. Britta Rennkamp, University of Cape Town

    The link to the online session is not yet available