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NAMA Facility sharing its experiences with the Green Climate Fund

Submission on the GCF Investment Framework

The Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund invited for public inputs on experiences to support the development of the GCF investment framework. An initial investment framework has been agreed during the last meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board which took place in June in Songdo, Korea.

In particular the call for inputs focuses on experiences related to:

  • activity specific sub-criteria and activity-specific indicators;
  • benchmarks for criteria;
  • methodologies for assessing the relative quality and innovativeness of comparable funding proposals in similar circumstances.

Both the GCF and the NAMA Facility seek to promote ‘the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways’. However, within the context of the Facility this is being operationalised as ‘transformational change potential’ and applied only to mitigation actions. Hence, we believe that some of the experiences we have made and lessons we have learned from implementing the NAMA Facility may be valuable for further developing the GCF’s Investment Framework, particularly with regard to the selection process for ambition-based competitive mitigation project proposals.

Please see the full submission here.

 

49 NAMA Support Project Outlines received

The second call for projects of the NAMA Facility closed on 15 July

Between 7 April and 15 July, national governments and delivery organisations were invited to submit NAMA Support Project Outlines to the NAMA Facility. In total, 49 outlines were received. The outlines cover a large variety of sectors and all geographic regions.

The Technical Support Unit will now evaluate the outlines according to the selection criteria. This includes a general check of the eligibility of the outlines as well as an evaluation of the ambition and feasibility of the presented projects.

The results of the second call will be communicated to the submitters of the NAMA Support Project Outlines after the conclusion of the evaluation process towards the end of the year.

 

 

 

Report: Side event on ‘Lessons learned from providing finance for the implementation of NAMAs’ during SB 40 in Bonn

Focus on lessons learned from the first call of the NAMA Facility

The Facility’s side-event during the recent SB meeting in Bonn focused on the lessons learned so far from the first call for NAMA Support Projects. Different stakeholders who were involved in the first call contributed to the event with their specific perspectives and lessons.

For the NAMA Facility, Dr. Karsten Sach (BMUB) and Ben Lyon (DECC) highlighted some key lessons learned from the first call for NAMA Support Projects. They observed an increased motivation in partner countries to invest in the development of NAMAs due to the availability of funds provided by the NAMA Facility. They also reported on an extensive project pipeline being developed across geographical regions and a variety of sectors and highlighted in particular that a large number of NAMAs were being developed in complex sectors such as transport, waste and agriculture. As an area of improvement, Sach and Lyon emphasised the need for the early involvement of financial actors in the design of NAMAs to ensure the bankability of the concepts developed.

For the Chilean Government, Andrés Pirazzoli contributed some early lessons from the implementation of the Self-supply Renewable Energy (SSRE) NAMA that was pre-selected during the first call of the NAMA Facility, and emphasised the importance of data and information and in particular the importance of defining baselines and developing a robust MRV system. In addition, he reported on challenges related to the different implementation timelines of the technical and financial components of NAMA support projects due to the underlying processes and requirements of the NAMA facility.

Sudhir Sharma, representing UNEP Risoe and the NAMA readiness programme FIRM, reported on the potential of the NAMA Facility and its guidelines, criteria and templates to structure national NAMA development processes and decision-making. Referring to discussions within the FIRM project, he recommended that the NAMA Facility provide further clarifications with regard to the concept of transformational change potential. He observed that the work of the NAMA Facility had helped clarify the concept of supported NAMAs, which he defined as the provision of international support to unlock additional national and private sector finance for the implementation of NAMAs.

Ned Helme, President of the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), provided an overview of the recent developments in the establishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and described how the lessons learned from the NAMA Facility had influenced the recent debates of the GCF Board. In particular, he highlighted the attention the GCF board paid to the NAMA Facility’s selection criteria, in particular the concept of the transformational change potential the adoption of which by the GCF board representing a ‘paradigm shift’ in Helme’s view.

Roughly 80 participants contributed to the subsequent debate and raised questions with regard to the selection process and criteria of the NAMA Facility and the inclusion of the private sector at the different levels of NAMA development, and requested additional clarification on the concept of transformational change potential and its operationalisation.

 

Documentation from the event:
Programme
Lessons from the first call of the NAMA Facility - NAMA Facility Board - BMUB/DECC
Lessons from an observer perspective - FIRM Project - UNEP Risoe
Lessons for the GCF - CCAP

 

Side event on "Lessons learned from providing finance for the implementation of NAMAs" during SB 40 in Bonn

 Focus on lessons learned from the first call of the NAMA Facility

We cordially invite you to the UNFCCC SB 40 Side Event on “NAMA Facility – Lessons learned from providing finance for the implementation of NAMAs” organized on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and hosted by KfW.

The NAMA Facility launched a first call for NAMA Support Project Outlines in 2013. This side-event will focus on the lessons learned from the first call of the NAMA Facility and the early stages of project implementation. Different stakeholders of the NAMA Facility will contribute to this event by sharing their experiences and observations.

 

Venue: Room Tram, Ministry of Transport, Bonn, SB meeting

Date: Wednesday 4/06/2014, 1-3 pm

Programme

 

 

Second call for NAMA Support Project Outlines now open

The second call for NAMA Support Project Outlines of the NAMA Facility opened on 7 April 2014

The NAMA Facility is pleased to announce the launch of its 2nd Call for NAMA Support Project Outlines. National governments of developing countries and emerging economies as well as delivery organisations are invited to submit their NAMA Support Project Outlines to the NAMA Facility by 15 July 2014 (12 pm CEST/GMT+2).

It is the objective of the NAMA Facility to support the concrete implementation of highly ambitious and feasible NAMA Support Projects that fit into the context of a broader NAMA and have the potential to catalyse transformational change towards a low-carbon development. The NAMA Facility has no regional or sectoral focus and is open to fund NAMAs across a range of countries and sectors.

With this objective in mind, the founders of the NAMA Facility decided to hold open competitive calls for NAMA Support Project Outlines and to select the most ambitious and promising NAMA Support Projects for funding. During the competitive selection process, NAMA Support Project Outlines will be considered against general eligibility, ambition and feasibility criteria. NAMA Support Projects pre-selected at this stage will enter the second stage of the selection process, where a full project appraisal will be carried out. Detailed project proposals will then be considered by the NAMA Facility Board before a final funding decision is made. This two-stage process is designed to ensure smooth implementation upon the final funding decision.

 

Details of the second call:
Duration: 7 April– 15 July 2014
Available funding: EUR 50 million
Focus: implementation of NAMAs
Country focus: developing countries qualifying for ODA
Sector focus: none
Mode of project selection: open, competitive call for NAMA Support Project Outlines, evaluation against general eligibility, ambition and feasibility criteria

Submission to: contact@remove-this.nama-facility.org
Deadline for submission: 15 July 2014 (12 pm CEST/GMT+2)

 

More information including updated templates and guidance here.

    

Second call for NAMA Support Project Outlines will open in April 2014

Germany and the UK are jointly providing an additional EUR 50 million to support the implementation of NAMAs

As announced during COP 19 in Warsaw, the NAMA Facility will hold a second call for NAMA Support Project Outlines in 2014.

During the competitive selection process, NAMA Support Project Outlines will be considered against general eligibility, ambition and feasibility criteria. NAMA Support Projects pre-selected at this stage will enter a second evaluation stage, where a full project appraisal will be carried out and then considered by the NAMA Facility Board before a final funding decision is made. This two-stage process is designed to ensure smooth implementation upon the final funding decision.

The second call for NAMA Support Project Outlines is possible due to a joint contribution of an additional EUR 50 million by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The call will be from April 2014 to 15 July 2014, 12 pm (CEST/GMT+2). The exact starting date for the call will be announced shortly.

All relevant documents, including an updated template for NAMA Support Project Outlines as well as additional guidance for the submission of outlines during the second call, will be made available on this website once the call is open.

 

NAMA Facility announces second call for projects for 2014

A second call for projects was announced during COP 19 in Warsaw

After the successful completion of the first call and thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response to the new initiative, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) decided to make additional funds available for a second call to be held during 2014.

In total, additional funds of €50 million will be available to fund implementation of NAMA Support Projects during the second call of the NAMA Facility.

Based on the experience of the first call, it is quite clear that additional funding is needed for the implementation of NAMAs. More and more countries are preparing their NAMAs, making use of readiness funding and investing national resources in the preparatory activities. Over time, additional NAMAs will leave the readiness phase and to start implementing their projects. The NAMA Facility aims to facilitate the implementation of NAMAs by addressing a funding gap in international climate finance. At the same time the NAMA Facility is looking for ambitious activities that have the potential to transform the respective sector and contribute to the goal of achieving a low-carbon development pathway.

The second call will take place in mid-2014.

More detailed information with regard to the timeframe, the criteria and the templates for NAMA Support Project Outlines will be made available online early 2014.

 

Side event on ‘Financing the Implementation of Transformational NAMAs through the NAMA Facility’ during COP 19 in Warsaw

Presentation of the NAMA Support Projects selected during the first call

The NAMA Facility Board selected four projects from Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Indonesia for funding based on a transparent and competitive selection process. All projects submitted during the first call were evaluated using pre-determined selection criteria, which ensured that the most ambitious and transformational NAMAs would be selected for funding.

The selected projects were announced during a side-event at the margins of COP 19 in Warsaw in November 2013. Government representatives presented the successful NAMA Support Projects to a very receptive audience. In addition, a representative of the Mexican Environmental Ministry presented the current status of the Mexican EcoCasa NAMA and the progress made over the last year. The Mexican NAMA on Sustainable Housing was announced as a pilot project under the NAMA Facility during last year’s COP in Doha. Its implementation is being supported by KfW and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The joint British-German NAMA Facility was met with great interest by country representatives and practitioners as the first of its kind to offer tailor-made funding for implementing NAMAs and for defining criteria for funding by international donors. During the side-event around 150 participants discussed the individual NAMA activities presented and the processes and criteria of the Facility.

 

Documentation from the event:

Agenda
The NAMA Facility and its first call for NAMA Support Project outlines
Chilean Renewable Energy Self-supply NAMA
Colombian Transit-oriented Development NAMA
Costa Rica Low Carbon Coffee NAMA
Indonesia’s Sustainable Urban Transport Program
Mexican NAMA on Sustainable Housing EcoCasa

 

 

 

The NAMA Facility joins SBI in-session workshop on NAMAs

The NAMA Facility participated in the SBI work programme to further the understanding of the diversity of NAMAs during COP 19

At COP18, a work programme to further the understanding of the diversity of NAMAs was agreed. The work programme will be implemented over the course of 2013 and 2014.

During COP 19 in Warsaw two in-session workshops were held at which country parties, the UNFCCC Secretariat and other relevant institutions reported on the current status of NAMAs.

A central focus has been on the support needs and options for international support. One of the central pillars of the work programme is to match mitigation actions with financial, technology and capacity building support.

This discussion has often focused on the NAMA registry and its use in facilitating support. A presentation on NAMA Facility activities also addressed this issue.

The NAMA registry lists the support available under the NAMA Facility. A core objective of the NAMA Facility is to actively engage in the international climate talks, to provide funding for ambitious NAMAs that are ready to advance to the implementation stage and to encourage countries to develop these kinds of measures.

The workshop proceedings and presentations are available here.

 

Germany and the United Kingdom announce the winning bids for funding of the NAMA Facility

Germany and the UK have announced their financial support for climate protection projects to be implemented in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Indonesia.

The NAMA Facility Board selected four projects from Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Indonesia for funding as a result of a transparent and competitive selection process. All projects submitted during the first call were evaluated against pre-determined selection criteria, which ensured that the most ambitious and transformational NAMAs would be selected for funding. In addition, an external assessment to ensure a rigorous, transparent and unbiased evaluation was conducted (more).

Being some of the most advanced and ambitious NAMAs worldwide, these projects will now enter into an appraisal process which will be conducted by the respective delivery organisations. Upon successful conclusion of the in-depth appraisal, the delivery organisations will submit their NAMA Support Project Proposal.
In Chile, the NAMA in the energy sector will contribute to increased energy security and independence by financing the expansion of decentralised renewable energy systems for self-supply.

The Colombian NAMA supports the transformation of urban development in Colombia by demonstrating how transit-oriented urban development can reduce the growth in car traffic by 25–36% and simultaneously improve air quality.

In Costa Rica, the project implements climate protection measures in the coffee sector, which is the source of 10 per cent of Costa Rica’s greenhouse gas emissions. Project activities will target the whole production chain from fertilisers to milling technologies.

Indonesia’s Sustainable Urban Transport Program will contribute to transforming urban transport in Indonesia by co-funding transport demand management measures, such as building ‘park and ride’ facilities, sidewalks and bicycle networks.

 

The NAMA Facility at the climate change conference in Warsaw

Side Event on “Financing the Implementation of Transformational NAMAs through the NAMA Facility”

We cordially invite you to the Side Event on “Financing the Implementation of Transformational NAMAs through the NAMA Facility” organized on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

BMUB and DECC launched the NAMA Facility during the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha and committed to jointly provide an initial € 70 million to support developing countries and emerging economies that show leadership on tackling climate change and that want to implement transformational country-led NAMAs within the existing global mitigation architecture in the short term. 47 outlines were received in the first call for NAMA Support Project Outlines, which closed in September 2013, all of which were evaluated against the NAMA Facility’s General Eligibility and Ambition Criteria.

This side event will present the results of the first call for NAMA Support Project Outlines. Country representatives whose NAMA Support Project Outlines have been pre-selected for support will be invited to introduce their projects.

Venue: UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Room Vilnius, 1st floor of the National Stadium (EU Side-event room)
Date: Friday 15/11/2013, 1-3 pm

Keynotes:
Pete Betts, Director of International Climate Change, Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK
Norbert Gorißen, Head of International Climate Finance, International Climate Initiative, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Please find the agenda here.

 

 

The First Call for NAMA Support Projects of the NAMA Facility

The first call for NAMA Support Projects was launched in July 2013 and ended on 2 September 2013.

During the first call, 47 NAMA Support Project Outlines were received. As regards geographical distribution, projects are spread evenly across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

With regard to thematic sectors, renewable energy and energy efficiency are the topics most frequently addressed in the NAMA Support Project Outlines, followed by waste and transport.

In a transparent and competitive selection process, all project outlines are evaluated against pre-determined selection criteria, which ensures that the most ambitious and transformational NAMAs will be selected for funding.

 

www.nama-facility.org goes online

NAMA Facility’s website is launched.

The NAMA Facility is glad to announce the launch of its website today. Through this website, the NAMA Facility will from now on provide simplified access to all relevant information and documents and offer comprehensive information on its activities.

The website will provide up-to date information on the recent developments of the NAMA Facility, its calls for NAMA Support Project Outlines and the progress of NAMA Support Projects selected.

The website will also function as an information hub. It will not only provide a list of helpful links with regard to international activities on NAMA development and implementation, but will actively engage in sharing information on lessons learned from providing funding for implementing NAMAs.

 

Technical Support Unit of NAMA Facility started work

The Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the NAMA Facility started its work at the end of June 2013.

The TSU is comprised of staff from KfW Development Bank and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Those two bodies are commissioned by the NAMA Facility Board to implement the NAMA Facility.

The NAMA Facility Board, comprising representatives of DECC and BMUB as founders and funders of the NAMA Facility, is the Facility’s central decision-making body. It takes all key decisions related to strategy, guidelines and the selection of NAMA Support Projects. The TSU functions as the NAMA Facility Secretariat, which supports the Facility Board in all aspects related to Facility management.

This includes evaluating the submitted NAMA Support Project Outlines based on the Facility’s eligibility and ambition criteria. These evaluations, which are subject to an external evaluation to ensure impartiality, support the Facility Board in selecting the most ambitious and well-developed NAMA Support Projects for funding.

Furthermore, the TSU functions as a focal point for partner governments, delivery organisations and other stakeholders. It is responsible for the development of processes and documents with regard to the overall project cycle of the NAMA Facility, financial reporting, the set-up of the M&E Framework, the assessment of NAMA Support Project reviews and reviewing the Facility’s performance.

The TSU can be reached via e-mail (contact@remove-this.nama-facility.org).

The TSU’s postal address is
NAMA Facility
Technical Support Unit
c/o GIZ
Köthener Straße 2-3 (6th floor)
D-10963 Berlin, Germany.

 

 

 

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