Climate Tagger: Automatic Tagging for Climate Knowledge Platforms launched

REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) has joined forces with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism, to launch the Climate Tagger. This new tool, which automatically scans, labels, sorts and catalogues data and document collections, will help knowledge-driven organizations in the climate and development arenas streamline their information resources, and connect them to the wider climate knowledge community. It is part of a set of “shared tools” of the “Climate Knowledge Brokers Group” – an emerging alliance of around 50 of the leading global, regional and national knowledge brokers specialising in climate and development information.

Climate Tagger is the result of a shared commitment to breaking down the ‘information silos’ that exist in the climate development community, and to providing concrete solutions that can be implemented right now, anywhere,” said REEEP Director General Martin Hiller. “Together with CTCN we’ve gone a long way toward our goals, and have laid the foundations for a system that can be continuously improved and expanded to bring new sectors, systems and organizations into the climate knowledge community.

Climate Tagger is based on the tried and true reegle Tagging API, first introduced by REEEP in 2011 to help its network better catalogue and connect data, and backed by the expansive Climate Compatible Development Thesaurus, developed by experts in fields ranging from climate mitigation and adaptation to economy and green growth, and even specific areas such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).

The release of Climate Tagger marks a remarkable step for us in our role as a principal facilitator and promoter of development and transfer of climate technologies,” said Jukka Uosukainen, Director of the CTCN. “Not only will Climate Tagger directly improve the effectiveness of our own knowledge resources, but it will also help our global network to catalogue and connect their data sets together. In the end, it means better collaboration and better outcomes for technology transfer.

The development process drew on the combined expertise and ingenuity of dozens of subject matter experts from the field, as well as the technical knowledge of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which assisted in testing and implementation of the tool. “At the very foundation of sharing knowledge is the need for a common language to categorize information. Climate Tagger is a bridge spanning gaps in language and technology to enable more efficient and accurate sharing of information”, said Jon Weers, who leads NREL’s Open Energy Information platform.

REEEP Director General Martin Hiller and CTCN Director Jukka Uosukainen will be talking about Climate Tagger at the COP20 side event hosted by the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group in Lima, Peru, on Monday, December 1st at 4:45pm.

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REEEP invests in clean energy markets in developing countries to lower CO2 emissions and build prosperity. Building on a strategic portfolio of high impact projects, REEEP works to generate energy access, improve lives and economic opportunities, build sustainable markets, and combat climate change.
REEEP understands market change from a practice, policy and financial perspective. We monitor, evaluate and learn from our portfolio to understand opportunities and barriers to success within markets. These insights then influence policy, increase public and private investment, and inform our portfolio strategy to build scale within and replication across markets.
REEEP is committed to open access to knowledge to support entrepreneurship, innovation and policy improvements to empower market shifts across the developing world.

About the CTCN
The Climate Technology Centre & Network facilitates the transfer of climate technologies by providing technical assistance, improving access to technology knowledge, and fostering collaboration among climate technology stakeholders. The CTCN is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and 11 independent, regional organizations with expertise in climate technologies.

Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy – a short review

Energy technologies in the future will need to be based on renewable sources of energy and will, ultimately, need to be sustainable. The Springer book “Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy” by Otto Andersen provides insight into unintended, negative impacts and how they can be avoided. In order to steer away from the pitfalls and unintended effects, it is essential that the necessary knowledge is available to the developers and decision makers engaged in renewable energy.

Unintended consequences have also been described as “unintended outcomes” due to the implementation of a policy, technology or initiative. This is what this well researched book looks into in terms of the increased uptake of renewable energy. Such consequences can become apparent at a later time in the future or at a different place other than where implemented – which can make it difficult to determine them. “Murphy’s Law” is also thought to play a role in this-  if there is more than one way to do a thing and one of them will end up in disaster, somebody will do it that way. Continue reading “Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy – a short review”

What about carbon sinks?

 We emit increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every yearcarbon sinks are either natural or artificial reservoirs that can remove CO2 from the atmosphere. This process is known as carbon sequestration.  The Kyoto Protocol promotes their use as a form of carbon offset and has also increased public awareness of their important contribution in the mitigation of climate change.
Put simply, a carbon sink is anything that absorbs more carbon that it releases. The opposite is a carbon source which releases more carbon than is absorbed.

Natural carbon sinks work by the absorption of carbon dioxide by the oceans via physicochemical and biological process or via photosynthesis by terrestrial plants. Therefor natural carbon sinks include forests and vegetation, soil, atmosphere and  oceans.  Carbon moves between them in a continuous cycle. Land-use changes and burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil are major sources of carbon. Coal contributes the largest share of CO2. In the last ten years, China has overtaking other regions such as the US and the EU and is now the largest emitter. This is a cool world view map from the global carbon atlas shows exactly where most carbon emission are emitted. Still, when considering the amount of emission per capita, the US is still leading by a fair margin. Farming is also contributing a lot as a carbon source – improvements in farming practices could help to reverse this. Continue reading “What about carbon sinks?”

CDKN Policy Brief – How can the Green Climate Fund initiate a paradigm shift?

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) recently launched a new policy brief How can the Green Climate Fund initiate a paradigm shift? that explores the measures that will be needed for the Green Climate Fund to fulfill its ambitions.

A global decision through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreements paved the way for the establishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Copenhagen (2009) and Cancún (2010). The GCF is therefor  a fund within the framework of the UNFCCC and a mechanism to transfer money from the developed to the developing world, in order to assist the developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. The GCF is based in the new Songdo district of Incheon, South Korea. Main objectives are to limit global warming to below 2°C and also to make the planet and its inhabitants more resilient to the expected impacts of climate change. Continue reading “CDKN Policy Brief – How can the Green Climate Fund initiate a paradigm shift?”

Climate services and M&E now part of reegle Tagging API

You are probably aware of our free Tagging API which is a reegle service to automatically tag your web resources that deal with clean energy and climate change issues.

In an explosively growing online world, it is critical to make large independent databases more ‘searchable.’ Tagging the information in individual documents makes them much more accessible, but the actual process of tagging documents is both time-consuming and inconsistent when done manually. On top of this, there is often no consistent set of tags to cover a specific field such as clean energy. Continue reading “Climate services and M&E now part of reegle Tagging API”

Doha youth activism

Doha has been extra generous at COP 18: It has flown in and is paying around 600 students from developing country universities to work in the gigantic convention center during the talks. Furthermore, it paid for 100 Arab climate activists to attend a demonstration. They’re staying in a five-star hotel.

These young activists bring energy and urgency; they want to change the world quickly. But international diplomacy needs patience. Some of them have known COP to happen since they were born, and they feel there isn’t enough to show for. Continue reading “Doha youth activism”

New visualization about national action on climate change

The global climate-action-map is a cool application making use of publicly available datasets to visualize which countries are actively engaged in the fight against climate change. It has been released by the Climate Institute.

All major emitting countries are implementing policies to reduce emissions, drive clean energy investment and improve energy efficiency. This is driven by a range of factors including the need to reduce local and global air pollution, avoid environmental degradation, improve energy security and build new industries and employment opportunities. This map provides a summary of high-level national actions on climate change and a good point to start researching the facts. Continue reading “New visualization about national action on climate change”