Wanted: host countries for climate projects

In March, ECN signed a contract with the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The German government has commissioned Ecofys Germany and ECN to collaborate  with five developing countries on an element of a new climate regime. The 2-year project, which has been named Mitigation Momentum, has a budget of 2 million euros.

Climate protection

At the basis of Mitigation Momentum lies the intention of Western countries to help developing countries reduce their CO2 emissions by means of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). These NAMAs were introduced during the 13th climate conference on Bali in 2007 and they have been a core theme in the international climate negotiations ever since. Western countries aim to support developing economies and at the same time protect the climate by means of these NAMAs.

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From 2007 onwards, the outlines of NAMAs as international policy instrument have been sketched. The starting point is that the host country determines which actions are given priority.  For example, a country can opt for large-scale distribution of environment-friendly cook stoves, the construction of a hydropower plant, the subsidising of wind turbines or the set-up of electric public transportation.  NAMAs can help developing countries obtain support for these actions. In many developing countries, governments are busy drafting proposals for NAMAs. These governments are looking for donor countries who can offer financial support in implementing the NAMAs, allowing them to create favourable preconditions for climate-friendly investments in their countries.  

Aim of the project

The aim of Mitigation Momentum is to help advance NAMAs in practise, by taking proposals for national actions one step further. Up to now, not a single NAMA has been sufficiently detailed to become eligible for funding. The project consists of two parallel tracks. In one track, the aim is to engage with the community of practice and assist in timely knowledge building, for example through the publication of the Annual Status Report on NAMAs. The other track has the ambition to make the NAMAs as concrete as possible together with five host countries to obtain finance and to enable their implementation.

Five host countries

ECN and Ecofys Germany are currently discussing with governments of five “host countries”, who are willing to become front runners in preparing a NAMA proposal for implementation.  The idea is that ECN and Ecofys collaborate closely with policy makers and local experts.

Visit the programme website.

Take a look at the Annual Status Report on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA's).

Would you like to get more information? Please contact Xander van Tilburg.