EU4Climate

Project duration

2018-2022

Budget

€8.8 million ( EU Investment: €8 million )

Project Website

EU4Climate
EU4Climate

Brief Description

The programme supports the development and implementation of climate policies by the Eastern Partnership countries, contributing to low emission and climate resilient development, and to their commitments to the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. 

Objectives

The overall objective is to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation,and development towards a low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. 

Specifically, the programme aims to:

  • Strengthen the capacity for domestic implementation of the Paris Agreement
  • Enhance transparency of emissions and climate action 
  • Mainstream climate in other policy sectors, such as energy, transport, agriculture 
  • Achieve the objectives of climate-related provisions of bilateral agreements with the EU and of the Energy Community Treaty through advancing their implementation

Actions in brief

Actions are clustered around seven priority results:

  1. Implementation and update of National Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement 
  • Regional training and knowledge exchange workshops on NDC implementation and reporting to UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
  • Support to NDCs implementation in at least four Eastern Neighbourhood countries
  • Public awareness on NDCs for private sector, academia, NGO community and for other relevant stakeholders
  1. Development of mid-century Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS)
  • Regional training workshops on the LEDS development process
  • National technical roundtables to discuss and set up national coordination mechanisms for the development of LEDS 
  • Development of gender sensitive mid-century, long-term LEDSs in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Georgia based on NDC targets 
  1. Introduction of robust domestic emissions monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) frameworks
  • Regional training workshops on MRV (GHG inventory) systems according to the UNFCCC requirements and aligned with the EU Energy Union Governance Regulation
  • A study tour to learn about the MRV (GHG inventory) system in the EU 
  • Review of the existing MRV systems in the beneficiary countries and proposals for national MRV (GHG inventory) systems
  • Trainings of MRV experts from technical departments of line ministries (i.e. energy, transport, environment, agriculture, forestry) and other relevant government agencies
  • Training materials for private sector stakeholders related to their contributions to national GHG inventories  
  1. Alignment with EU acquis included in bilateral agreements and Energy Community Treaty on Climate Action
  • Workshops in each of the countries on respective EU acquis
  • Analysis of the national legislation and fiscal policies, elaboration of proposals and plans for legislative alignment that is foreseen in the Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, in the CEPA agreement with Armenia, Partnership Priorities with Belarus and Azerbaijan, as well as with relevant decisions of the Energy Community
  • Inputs to relevant Sub-Committee meetings, Platform and Panel discussions, Energy Community meetings and updates to DG NEAR and relevant EU Delegations 
  1. Mainstreaming climate in sectors and sectoral guidelines for the implementation of Paris Agreement
  • Inception and training workshop on CC mainstreaming into sectoral policies
  • Each country develops gender-sensitive mainstreaming recommendations for at least two priority sectors. Energy sector will be a strong priority for this component
  • Three sub-regional sector-based training and knowledge exchange workshops, and a series of national consultations and workshops
  • Sectoral guidelines for the implementation of Paris Agreement
  1. Climate Investment
  • Two regional climate finance forums on investment planning and increased mobilization of climate finance 
  • Training, consultations and capacity building to relevant ministry staff on developing prioritized pipeline of bankable projects and mainstreaming CC into national funding instruments
  • Regional and national workshops on climate finance frameworks engaging the ministries of finance, economy and planning
  • Two national pilot studies on gender-responsive climate finance frameworks, climate budget tagging and integrating CC indicators into national budget planning and reporting systems with the Ministries of finance 
  1. Adaptation planning: adoption and when necessary development of adaptation plans 
  • Support to the national adaptation planning (NAP) in at least 2 countries 
  • Follow up and facilitation of adoption of national and sectoral adaptation plans 
  • Cross country knowledge exchange on NAP development, implementation and reporting to UNFCCC 
  • Workshops involving local and central authorities
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