Key Features

How the two rounds of Ambition Initiative differ from previous Calls 

The NAMA Facility Ambition Initiative and Ambition Initiative – Round Two feature several new characteristics that distinguish them from previous Calls, targeting an even higher level of ambition in mitigation projects to achieve transformation towards carbon-neutrality and to allow countries to build back greener as they recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The new characteristics of the two rounds of Ambition Initiative include the following:  

  • Focus on enhanced and ambitious first updated or second NDCs as an eligibility criterium (for details please refer to GID, sections 4.1 and 5.1.3)  
  • Focus on NSPs targeting sectors explicitly included in the first updated or second NDCs (for details please refer to GID, sections 4.1 and 5.1.3) 
  • Emphasis on the role of global cooperation in climate change mitigation, in particular on cooperation with the NDC Partnership (NDCP) (for details please refer to GID, sections 4.1 and 5.1.3)  
  • The requirement to ensure contribution to existing national efforts for green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic (for details please refer to GID, sections 4.1 and 5.1.3)  
  • Strengthened emphasis on innovation in the context of raised NDC ambition and consideration of applications for NSPs that require a small sized pilot for novel technologies before moving into a larger scale project. This focus on novel technologies is optional for NSPs (for details please refer to GID, section 6)  
  • Increased upper funding volume of EUR 25 million per NSP (for details please refer to GID, sections 4.1 and 5.1.3) 
  • Disbursement of additional budget for highly successful NSPs (for details please refer to GID, section 6) 
  • Possibility for commercial organisations to serve as Applicants/Applicant Support Partners (ASPs) and NAMA Support Organisations (NSOs) 

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