Support for developing countries to implement national climate mitigation activities
On 6 December, during the climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the United Kingdom (UK) launched the “NAMA Facility” to support partner countries to implement ambitious action against climate change.
The NAMA Facility is designed to support developing countries that show strong leadership in tackling climate change and want to implement transformational Nationally Appropriate Mitigating Actions (NAMA). Transformational NAMAs are projects, policies, or programmes that shift a whole technology or sector in a country onto a low-carbon development trajectory. Developing countries are preparing NAMAs as part of their national strategies.
However, it is difficult to access finance through existing commercial and public channels to finance implementation, particularly for the most innovative NAMAs. By applying a competitive selection process the Facility will improve the value for money and quality of NAMAs and enable their implementation. It is intended that the Facility will support investments across a range of countries and sectors with grant funding as well as loan finance.
Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the UK Edward Davey explained the framework of the Facility, for which Germany and the UK will jointly provide about €70 million of funding. In this context, Mexican National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) President Dr Francisco Barnes presented the first project the Facility intends to fund.
The NAMA project in Mexico will demonstrate the type of work the Facility has been designed for. It will support the Mexican Government in implementing a NAMA programme for sustainable new housing by establishing the necessary framework conditions. The project will pave the way towards a broad implementation of sustainable housing, which focuses on the total energy performance of a building.
Germany’s funding of €40m is coming from the Special Energy and Climate Fund. The UK Government is supporting the Facility with £25m from the International Climate Fund (ICF).