Main Changes and Clarifications to the 7th Call General Information Document, (as compared to the General Information Document of the 6th Call)
The General Information Document and application documents (template of NSP Outline und Annexes) have undergone a minor revision for the 7th Call. These revisions build on the feedback provided by and the lessons learnt from previous NSP application and selection processes. The following changes have been introduced:
- The NAMA Facility supports developing countries and emerging economies in their efforts to shift to carbon-neutral development pathways. This new approach raises the NAMA Facility ambition level compared with that of the past, which had targeted support for low-carbon development pathways in partner countries. This landmark decision from Donors taken in January 2020 ensures that the NAMA Facility responds to the increased push to limit global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius. The GID and NSP Outline Template have been amended accordingly throughout the respective sections.
- Once NSPs are approved for the Implementation Phase, they are expected to swiftly begin actual project implementation. In order to ensure that sufficient progress is achieved in the early stages of the Implementation Phase, a phased approach to NSP implementation has been introduced, in which NSPs are expected to secure all relevant contracts for the NSP’s FC and TC operationalisation within the first 18 months. (See section 6 for more details.) At the same time, the eligible implementation time has been extended to 5 ½ years (from 5 years), starting with the approval of the NSP by the NAMA Facility Board.
- The revised NSP Outline Template and Annexes aim to simplify the application and provide more guidance. Changes to these include, among others:
- Annex 4, which covers the Detailed Preparation Phase (DPP), is now split into Annex 4a to describe the DPP concept and activity plan and Annex 4b to provide a detailed DPP budget.
- The former Annex 5 on NAMA Support Organisation(s) has been eliminated. This information will now be requested within the first three months of the DPP.
- In Annex 5 (former Annex 7 on the business model and the financial mechanism), the development of business model scenarios is now optional, while the descriptions of the business model and of the financial mechanism remain mandatory. Applicants are also encouraged to provide their detailed calculation of business scenarios in order to substantiate their choice for the selected financial mechanism and demonstrate that this is the most effective and efficient approach to overcome the financial barrier(s) identified.
- Annex 6 (GHG mitigation potential) has been revised to provide further clarity and guidance and offer a more consistent presentation of the mitigation potential
- The advisory support from the DPP expert pool has been replaced by a general support offer from the TSU during the DPP to engage external expertise. This means that the TSU is prepared to offer NSPs in the DPP support, on an individual basis, for the engagement of external expertise. TSU support could, for example, take the form of drafting the terms of reference for devised assignments or the identification of specific potential experts. (See section 5.2)
Additionally, the following issues have been further clarified:
- On the eligibility of legal entities as Applicants or Applicant Support Partners and NSOs in section 5.1.1., 5.2.1 and Annex 3 of this General Information Document.
- On the exclusion of NAMA Facility funding for support mechanisms to mitigate macro-economic risks in section 4.1.
- On the timeline in figure 5 that includes an extended period between the Call's launch and closure.