Argentina is one of a few countries that have revised their NDC after COP21 in 2015. The current version was submitted in 2016 and is based on an updated methodological approach for the GHG inventory and a more comprehensive set of mitigation measures in key sectors. The current NDC presents unconditional and conditional absolute emissions targets of 483 MtCO2e and 369 MtCO2e in 2030, respectively, including the forestry sector. To reach the proposed targets, Argentina developed sector action plans for six key mitigation sectors: Energy, Transport, Forestry, Industry, Agriculture and Land-use, and Infrastructure and Territory. These sector action plans present strategies to implement Argentina’s NDC. We argue that a reduction in investment costs of key mitigation technologies should not lead to savings, i.e. implementation of the same sector action plans at a reduced cost, but ideally would be used as a stepping-stone towards increased ambition. [See project summary]
A preliminary analysis of renewable energy targets and investment cost reductions in Argentina shows that the absolute emissions level of Argentina's conditional NDC target could be reduced from 369 MtCO2e to 351-356 MtCO2e in 2030, based on technology cost progressions alone. [See preliminary analysis]
We aim to work closely with country stakeholders throughout the project to verify the data, strengthen our results and inform discussions around the NDC revision process. Due to COVID-19, we are not able to host an in-country workshop, as planned. However, we will carry out virtual bilateral meetings and a joint webinar in the second quarter of 2020 to discuss our findings and their implications in more detail.
We would like to invite interested people from the three target countries and beyond to provide valuable expertise and feedback on our research activity by sharing their comments on the draft analysis for Argentina via email or by participating in the bilateral meetings and/or webinar. The following questions are of interest for us:
- Are there gaps in the data underlying our analysis? How realistic are the assumptions?
- Are energy sector planners aware of cost progressions and are these being considered in energy sector planning and RE target setting?
- Is your country planning to increase RE targets? If not, what are the main barriers? At which stage is your country in th NDC revision process? Are cost progressions considered in the NDC revision process?
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Marie-Jeanne Kurdziel, email@example.com
Leonardo Nascimento, firstname.lastname@example.org
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