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Phnom Penh, Cambodia – December 19-20, 2016 – The Global Green Growth Institute’s (GGGI) Director-General, Dr. Frank Rijsberman, met with high-level government officials at the GGGI office in Cambodia to discuss the strategic direction for GGGI’s vision of Green Growth in Cambodia.
Dr. Rijsberman met with H.E. Dr. Eang Sophalleth, Under Secretary of State of the Ministry of Environment, together with representatives of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC) National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD), to discuss Cambodia’s green growth potential and challenges, particularly related to green city development. Discussions included key strategic objectives for Cambodia to address sustainable growth challenges.
H.E. Dr. Sophalleth praised GGGI’s strategy and approach in Cambodia, noting preparations for the Green City Strategic Plan for Phnom Penh and the pipeline of 48 green city investment projects. H.E. Dr. Sophalleth and Dr. Rijsberman agreed on the need to prioritize three projects: decentralized wastewater treatment; development of a pilot fund for energy efficiency for SMEs, and the development of a large solar PV project in Kep.
GGGI utilizes National Finance Vehicles (NFVs), similar to the Cambodian Ministry of Environment’s recently established Social and Environment Fund, to mobilize investments for green growth around the world. GGGI assists its Member countries in accessing domestic and international climate finance by building NFVs and a pipeline of bankable projects. Additionally, GGGI recognizes the important role of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and supports countries to develop GCF proposals and achieve GCF accreditation. Currently, the RGC is working to become accredited as a National Implementing Entity.
To further enhance green investments, on December 20, GGGI and NCSD co-organized a consultative workshop on the development of a pilot fund for energy efficiency for small and medium-sized entrepreneurs (SMEs). The proposed pilot fund is the first green city investment project of the 48 projects in the pipeline. Through the creation of a guarantee mechanism, this fund aims to increase access to finance for SMEs to invest in energy efficiency in garment manufacturing, brick manufacturing, rice mills, and hotels.
Dr. Rijsberman’s visit contributed to strengthening the commitment and collaboration between the RGC and GGGI for implementing a green growth agenda, particularly in the areas of green secondary cities and national planning for green growth. GGGI and NCSD will undertake a joint technical mission to Kep to scope the bankable solar project in early 2017 and will continue to work on the development and financing of priority green city projects for Phnom Penh. GGGI will also support a range of secondary cities in Cambodia with green city development planning in 2017.
About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote green growth. The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly, are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. To learn more about GGGI, see http://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
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The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) partnered with the Government of Uganda to support with mainstreaming Green Growth into Uganda’s Vision 2040 and the 5-year National Development Plan II (NDPII) through the Green Growth Pathways Project. GGGI has been working with the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and The New Climate Economy (NCE), and the Ugandan Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) to conduct a macro economic analysis on the potential of Green Growth in Uganda. The report focuses on the economic potential and the affordability of Green Growth in Uganda, as well as recommendations for action.
Uganda has seen an average of 7% annual economic growth over the last two decades. This has resulted in a reduction in headcount poverty, from 56% in 1992-1993 to 20% in 2012-2013. Additionally, around half a million jobs have been created annually and access to basic services has improved. To build on this progress, Uganda will need to place an even greater emphasis on diversifying the economy and overcoming a number of constraints to development that could limit future prosperity for a growing, young, and increasingly urbanized population. This is critical as the country strives to reach upper middle-income status by 2040, realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and deliver on its international commitment to low-carbon economic growth as part of the Paris climate change agreement.
Uganda’s leaders understand that they will need to reconsider its growth model to deliver economic and social outcomes at the same time as protecting natural capital, managing the impacts of climate change, and using environmental policy to actually drive growth: a “green growth” model. This green growth model will require a continued focus on macroeconomic stability, improving the investment climate, and investing in health and education. It will also need to include an enhanced focus on improving the productivity of agriculture, developing high-value services and industry, providing access to modern energy, and harnessing the opportunities from urbanization. All are features of the development priorities outlined in the NDPII, and the President’s strategic priorities for 2016-2021.
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GGGI recently published a report titled ‘Vanuatu Energy Demand Projections: Business As Usual Scenario’. This report was prepared to give an analysis of energy demand in the key sectors of Vanuatu and feed into development of energy efficiency targets. The business as usual (BAU) report estimates energy consumption for key sectors in Vanuatu between 2015 and 2030 under a BAU scenario in order to establish a baseline and enable identification of the impacts of activities recommended in the Vanuatu National Energy Roadmap (NERM).
The Council of Ministers of Vanuatu endorsed the NERM in June 2016 as the overarching policy framework for developing Vanuatu’s energy sector. Recognizing the importance of energy efficiency initiatives and their centrality to meeting the Government of Vanuatu’s vision for the energy sector, energy efficiency is a key element of the NERM. Additionally, there is an emphasis on the need to increase implementation of renewable energy technologies in the national energy mix. If the NERM goals for use of renewables are met, the higher usage of renewable energy in grid electricity generation and rural electrification through renewable energy projects will mean a reduction of imported fuel volume for electricity from 29% in 2010 to 6% in 2030.
The report collected up-to-date data on energy consumption by end-use, identified energy usage data gaps, analyzes baseline data, reviewed the status of on-going planned and/or financed energy projects, and analyzed the potential impacts of non-achievement of the NERM 2013–2020 targets on projected energy consumption. This report is based on relevant assumptions and develops models to estimate energy demand projections between 2015 and 2030 for the three main forms of energy (petroleum, biomass and electricity).
Overall, energy consumption in Vanuatu is expected to double in the coming 15 years. If Vanuatu does not achieve the targets for renewable electricity generation set in the NERM or the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, petroleum consumption projections will increase compared to the BAU scenario. In summary, the annual petroleum consumption for electricity would increase by 24% between 2015 and 2030, instead of the 62% decrease currently projected under the BAU.
The Director of the Vanuatu Department of Energy, Mr. Antony Garae, said about the report: “On behalf of the Government of Vanuatu, the Ministry of Climate Change, and the Department of Energy especially, I wish to extend our sincere thanks to GGGI for their kind and continuous assistance in setting the foundation for the NERM review. GGGI has helped to determine how far Vanuatu has gone in terms of its achievement after the NERM 2013 launch and the trend we are currently heading towards in a BAU scenario.”
Read the full report here