September 30, 2021 – As a part of the implementation of the Designing Policy Approaches under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement DAPA project, GGGI Senegal held a kick-off meeting to officially mark the beginning of the second stage of the program. The meeting was chaired by the Director of Environment & Classified Establishments on behalf of the Ministry of Environment & Sustainable Development, with the presence of the Director of Electricity & the GGGI Senegal Country Representative.
The objective of the event was to introduce the project’s second stage program to the sectoral ministries embedded in the process (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Industry…), the private sector, the British Embassy, and the National Committee’s climate change representatives. The agenda showcased several presentations to highlight the second stage of the program.
GGGI Senegal Country Representative shared that the project’s second stage is essentially under the category of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation. The National Committee Climate Change Representative added, “The fact that Article 6 negotiations are still ongoing reflects a crucial interest to raise ambitions and involve the private sector.” The Senegal Government, through the Director of Electricity, welcomed the collaboration between its two departments and shared that access to climate finance will play a crucial role in the transition to renewable energy.
The technical sessions started with remarks from the finance working group president with the historical context of carbon markets and a presentation on the second stage of DAPA which aims to:
o Achieve 5 to 10 million tons of GHG emissions reduction over 5 to 10 years
o Update the eligibility criteria of the targeted policy approaches with a transformational impact beyond the commitments of the NDC
o Enhance the process of selecting policy approaches to lead to a better chance of success
To conclude the Session, Mr. Niane commented on the need to find climate finance to maintain momentum in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Mr. Baba Drame indicated his satisfaction with the quality of the interventions. After remembering the challenges of negotiations at COP, he praised the commitment of the private sector and the diversity of technical and financial partners willing to support the Government of Senegal in the implementation of its NDC.