croppedDAKAR, SENEGAL – April 14, 2017 – The Republic of Senegal and Global Green Growth Institute today signed a Host Country Agreement (HCA) in support of Senegal’s sustainable development. The signing ceremony was held in the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was presided over by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mankeur Ndiaye. Addressing the audience, which included H. E. Ms. Hyo-eun Kim, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Senegal, and Mrs. Yvette Nyombayire Rugasaguhunga, Second Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Senegal, His Excellency outlined GGGI objectives in promoting sustainable development in the least developed countries (LDCs), the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change:

“Environmental sustainability is undoubtedly one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Climate change is an imminent danger to the entire humanity and calls for global and concerted action. Unfortunately, the injustice behind its consequences is that it affects the world most deprived populations, those who are the least responsible of the greenhouse gas emissions.”

“I would like to highlight that GGGI has positioned itself as strategic partner of Senegal to accompany in its evolution towards green growth, through the supports development and implementation of strategies on poverty reduction and social inclusion based on environmental sustainability and green growth sustained by an economy that is sober in carbon,” added the Minister.

In pursuing these development goals, the Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined that Senegal relies on an organization such as GGGI, through relevant choices and approach to strive, not only, for renewing thoughts on suitable development model, but to contribute to the mobilization of state and non-sate actors to uptake new means of production based on an enlightened and consolidated view of a resilient world with green, inclusive and strong growth.

GGGI Country Representative, Mr. Mahamadou Tounkara, also addressed the audience and emphasized the ambition of GGGI to accompany Senegal in its transition towards a green growth model. The cooperation between GGGI and Senegal will help contributing to bring lasting solutions to the challenges related to urban development, land use, green governance and access to green investments.

Attending the ceremony were representatives and members from the Cooperation framework steering committee comprised of the ministries of Environment, Finance, Local Governance, Energy, Planning, Transport, Agriculture, Employment, Industry, those ministries in charge of research and hydraulics, the Economic Social and Environment Council, the Association of Mayors of Senegal, the private sector (COPERES), and the Civil Society (CONGAD).

The signing ceremony was followed by a press conference covered by broadcasters Soleil, RFM and the national television RTS1.

A report on ‘Vanuatu Energy Demand Projections: Business As Usual Scenario’ was officially launched on the 20th of April, 2017 at Holiday Inn Resort by the Acting Director of Department of Energy, Mr. Christopher Simelum and the Global Green Growth Institute’s (GGGI) Representative for Fiji and Vanuatu, Ms Katerina Syngellakis.

This report was prepared with support from GGGI to give an analysis of energy demand in the key sectors of Vanuatu and fed into development of energy efficiency targets in the Updated Vanuatu National Energy Road Map (NERM).

Read the full article at the Vanuatu Daily Post. 

 

AwardOn April 21, GGGI’s Country Representative to Mongolia, Mr. Jon Lyons, was awarded the Environment Ministerial Certificate of Merit for outstanding contributions to Mongolia’s development and natural resource stewardship.

The Award was presented by H.E. Batbayar Tserendorj, Vice Minister for Environment and Tourism, together with key technical Director-level partners and GGGI’s country team.

This high-level award may be issued by Cabinet members to recognize outstanding contributions to the policy and development goals of a given sector. In Mongolia, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism is charged with leading the implementation of the National Green Development Policy, which forms the foundation of the country INDCs to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“This award recognizes the outstanding collaboration and effective contributions to Green Development of GGGI in Mongolia under Mr. Lyons’ leadership,” said Vice Minister Batbayar. “The Ministry of Environment and Tourism looks forward to further deepening its collaboration with GGGI.”

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is GGGI’s primary government counterpart in Mongolia, overseeing all technical and advisory services for green development implementation as well as participating as a Member in the GGGI Assembly.

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Mr. Lyons has served as GGGI’s Country Representative to Mongolia since October 2014. In this role he has lead the development of the five-year country strategy, delivery of advisory support, and initiation of investment services in Mongolia.

Initially embedded at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, GGGI’s country program has expanded to partner with key sectoral and municipal agencies—such as the Energy Regulatory Commission and the Capital City Governor’s Administration—as well as private sector stakeholder groups, particularly the Mongolia Bankers Association and the Business Council of Mongolia.

Learn more about GGGI’s work in Mongolia here.

re-sizedNEW YORK – April 4, 2017 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment announced today at the SEforALL Forum in New York, that they will work closely together to scale up solar PV development in Cambodia.  As part of the announcement the Ministry and GGGI unveiled plans to develop solar PV projects to enhance green growth.

Speaking during the SEforALL Forum, H.E. Mr. Sophalleth Eang, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, highlighted the significant potential for solar PV in Cambodia.

“Cambodia has made great strides in expanding electrification and energy access through solar home systems over the last few years.  Cambodia is now working to scale up solar PV investment and has significant potential for private sector investment in this sector.’’

H.E. Mr. Sophalleth Eang also spoke of the positive impact that solar PV development will have on the Cambodia energy landscape, including the energy mix and as part of Cambodia’s efforts to promote eco-tourism.

‘Cambodia is developing biodiversity corridors to drive economic activity towards eco-tourism and protect Cambodia’s forests. We want to see development of solar PV energy in Cambodia as part of our overall eco-tourism efforts.  Cambodia needs to use its energy sources wisely to drive our economic growth as well as our sustainability’.

With strong support from the Government of Cambodia, GGGI plans to develop rooftop solar PV projects in the capital Phnom Penh, and ground-mounted PV projects in Kampot and/or Kep. Ground-mounted solar PV development is in an infant stage, with the Government having issued its first tender for solar PV development in 2016. Rooftop solar PV development is taking place in the informal sector, and the Government hopes to bring it into mainstream.

Fiona Lord, GGGI’s Cambodia Country Representative, expressed her enthusiasm for this partnership with Cambodia.

“Cambodia has strong potential to rapidly increase investment in Solar PV, as an affordable source of sustainable electricity supply.  Cambodia is currently on the cusp of unlocking private sector investment in the solar PV market, for both industry and households, through development of an improved regulatory enabling environment for grid-connected solar PV.  GGGI’s support to design bankable solar PV projects, will demonstrate both the affordability and reliability of solar PV at scale”.

Suki Atwal, GGGI’s Principal Investment Specialist, moderated the SEforALL session “Get It Together – Integrating Centralized and Decentralized Energy Systems”, in which H.E. Mr. Sophalleth participated. Mr. Atwal reiterated the importance of the Government’s support and its commitment to solar PV development in Cambodia.

Moving forward, GGGI will consult with the Government on and finalize the different options for development, by examining issues such as land/site acquisition, grid capacity and connectivity, offtake agreements, and financing.

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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Darren Karjama

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Global Green Growth Institute

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Mikko1-IMG_2083_CroppedADDIS ABABA – April 3, 2017 – An Ethiopian financial mechanism, established with support from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), recently mobilized millions to finance rural sustainability projects. The 29th Adaptation Fund board meeting held in Bonn, Germany on March 14-17 approved a USD 9.98 million project developed by Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Facility to support climate-smart integrated rural development.

The approval marks a further enhancement of the Adaptation Fund’s response to assist a rising number of vulnerable communities in developing countries with urgent adaptation needs.  The CRGE Facility will utilize the resources to increase rural communities’ resilience to recurring droughts. GGGI played a key role in the operationalization of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation’s (MoFEC) CRGE Facility.

“The technical support provided by GGGI and other partners was instrumental in the accreditation of the CRGE Facility to the Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund,” said H.E. Mr. Kare Chawicha, State Minister of Environment, Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MEFCC).  “The Government of Ethiopia does look forward to continued collaboration with GGGI in the implementation of the CRGE and GTP II.’’

GGGI played a key role in the establishment of the CRGE Facility, developing the Facility’s Operational Manual, Monitoring & Evaluation Systems, and Fast-Track Investment guidelines and priorities among others. Currently, GGGI is embarked on an on-going heightened support to the Facility in the realization of its mandate.

‘’We would like to thank GGGI for its continued support through assigning technical advisors during the course of project proposal preparation to the Adaption Fund, as well as swift and timely responses to the comments and suggestions of reviewers,“ said Zerihun Getu, CRGE Facility Coordinator, MoFEC, in his announcement of the Adaption Fund’s approval.

The Climate Smart Integrated Rural Development Project aims to increase resilience to recurrent droughts in 7 agro-ecological landscapes in Ethiopia. An integrated water, agriculture and natural resource management approach will be adopted to achieve the desired outcomes.

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“The resources needed to implement the Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy are enormous and the bulk of GGGI’s focus in Ethiopia of the coming years is to help plug this resource gap,” said Robert Mukiza, GGGI’s Country Representative in Ethiopia. “This announcement strengthens GGGI’s commitment to supporting Ethiopia’s climate finance resource mobilization efforts, and will only strengthen our partnership and our collective efforts to implement the CRGE Strategy.’’

GGGI has been supporting Ethiopia transition to climate-resilient, green growth since 2010.

 

About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization that supports developing country Governments transition to a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI delivers programs in 25 partner countries with technical support, capacity building, policy planning & implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects. To learn more about GGGI, see http://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Robert Mukiza

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Global Green Growth Institute

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In Mongolia, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) signed a MoU with the Global Green Growth Institute to improve energy conservation.

In a combined statement, the ERC said its MoU with GGGI will allow joint implementation the country’s Energy Conservation laws to improve the adoption of energy efficiency and clean energy resources.

Read the full article at the Metering & Smart Energy International.

re-sizedULAANBAATAR – March 20, 2017 – GGGI and the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (ERC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on green growth cooperation. The ERC is cooperating with GGGI in implementing Mongolia’s Energy Conservation Law and unlocking green growth opportunities through targeted energy savings.

During the MoU signing ceremony, Mr. Tleikhan Almalik, Director-General of the ERC, highlighted the potential advantages of energy savings for businesses, households, and government entities alike.

“International cooperation with GGGI and other development partners has the potential to accelerate Mongolia’s implementation of energy saving measures, while avoiding the challenges faced in other countries,” stated Mr. Almalik. “Every energy user has the potential to put money back in their pockets through targeted energy upgrades to buildings and equipment as well as simple behavior changes.”

In December 2016, ERC announced the first batch of so-called “designated entities” whose consumption of heat and, or electricity exceeded the threshold set by the government for conservation potential. Under the Energy Conservation Law, the ERC is responsible for monitoring the efforts of designated entities to undergo energy auditing and report on energy reduction measures implemented.

Under Mongolia’s Green Development Policy, State Policy on Energy, and INDCs to the Paris Agreement, Mongolia has targeted 40% reductions in building heat loss and 43% reduction of electricity transmission losses by 2030.

Under the MoU, GGGI will support the ERC through technical and advisory services across four key areas, including:

  • Formulation of the National Energy Conservation Programme 2017-2020 (NECP);
  • Preparation of bankable green energy projects, beginning with industrial energy efficiency;
  • Development of incentives for renewable energy, energy conservation, and energy efficiency; and
  • Sharing and dissemination of institutional knowledge and experience.

The NECP is a first-of-its-kind policy instrument in Mongolia intended to increase the competitiveness of industry as well as generate savings for small businesses and households. Critically, energy efficiency measures are an important component of the Government’s efforts to reduce urban air pollution, stemming largely from the combustion of raw coal for household and small business heating.

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To highlight the multi-stakeholder effort to tackle Mongolia’s air pollution crisis and shift to a green growth model, GGGI in collaboration with the Government of Mongolia produced a short-film. Mongolia’s Stories of Change film showcases how the landlocked nation is working to transform its economy for sustainability and inclusion. The Mongolia Transition to Green Development film is the seventh in GGGI’s Stories of Change series.

 

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.

Contact Details:

Darren Karjama

Head of Communications

Global Green Growth Institute

Tel: +82 (0)10 9530 9995

Darren.karjama@gggi.org