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Upcoming Events: Good Practices in NDC Update and Implementation (Eastern and Southern Africa)

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Upcoming Events: Good Practices in NDC Update and Implementation (Eastern and Southern Africa)

1-2 September 2021

The Good Practices in NDC Update and Implementation: Challenges and Lessons Learned from Eastern and Southern Africa workshops will take place on the 1st and 2nd of September 2021. These two virtual workshops will provide an opportunity for Sub-Saharan African countries to come together, share their knowledge of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) processes and good practices, provide peer-to-peer support and identify opportunities for cooperation between countries and development partners.

These workshops have been organised by the UNFCCC, Regional Collaboration Centre Kampala and NDC Partnership.

Click here for more details and to register for the events that will take place on 1 and 2 September from 14:00-17:30 East African Time (13:00-16:30 South African Standard Time).

Workshop Series: Strengthening the case for Mini-grids in Africa

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The LEDS GP is pleased to invite you to join the Africa LEDS Partnership virtual Workshop Series on “Strengthening the case for Mini-grids in Africa: Connecting the dots across rural electrification, climate resilience and sustainable development”. 

This is part of a four session virtual workshop series to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing on African mini-grids. 

16 April | 15:30 – 16:30 SAST/ 16:30 – 17:30 EAST 
Session 1
: Introduction to the workshop and 2020 work programme (60 mins).

A private session for AMG-CoP members to catch up, introduce our general work programme (WP) for the year, discuss the current situation, our concept for the workshop, its shift to the virtual space and the planned programme. The AfLP used this opportunity to discuss and consult with members on the current Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on the AfLP work programme for 2020, as well as the emerging regional and country needs. 

16 April | 16:40 – 17:30 SAST/ 17:40 – 18:30 EAST 
Session 2: Making energy access through mini-grids affordable: The role of governments and international climate finance (60 mins).

This session explored the current mini-grid climate finance landscape in Africa and how tapping into available climate finance can strengthen both rural electrification and climate action. We looked at the financing landscape assessment that has been developed by the Finance Working Group, and heard from selected AMG-CoP members, as well as a Climate Fund representative.

Josh Ogada (SouthSouthNorth ) 

Alexia Kelly (Electric Capital) 
Alexander Obiechina (ACOB Lighting) 
Geoff Sinclair (CAMCO Clean Energy)
Alexander Ochs (SD Strategies)

Watch the recording below:

Download the presentations: Introductory Presentation (Josh Ogada); Alexia Kelly Presentation; Geoff Sinclair Presentation.

30 April | 15:30 – 17:00 SAST/ 16:30 – 18:00 EAST
Session 3: Exploring the rural electrification – climate resilience – sustainable development nexus (90 mins).

This session assessed the role of mini-grids in the current NDCs of Sub-Saharan African governments and discussed how a stronger focus on mini-grid-based rural electrification can increase climate ambition while delivering multiple sustainable development co-benefits. The session also delved into the co-benefits of mini-grid-based rural electrification, we heard from NREL about the landscape assessment of mini-grids in NDCs, in addition to perspectives from the ground on the integration of electrification, sustainable development and climate action at project level.

Josh Ogada (SouthSouthNorth ) 

Alexander Ochs (SD Strategies) 
Franz Kottulinsky (Rift Valley)
Ieva Indriunaite (SD Strategies)
Dr Victor Osu (Rural Electrification Agency Nigeria)

Watch the recording below:

The Q&A list can be downloaded here.

Download the presentations: Josh and Alex’s combined slides; Franz Kottulinsky presentation; Ieva Indriunaite presentation

7 May | 15:30 – 17:00 SAST/ 16:30 – 18:00 EAST
Session 4: Exploring the rural electrification – climate resilience – sustainable development nexus (90 mins).

A private session for the AMG-CoP members to discuss their key take-aways from the virtual workshop and share experiences from their countries on how integrated rural electrification-climate-sustainable development planning can be put into practice. The session will conclude with a joint discussion on the next milestones for the CoP and a member survey of key topics of interest for their respective countries and regions.

This is a private session for AMG-CoP members only 

Josh Ogada (SouthSouthNorth ) 

Ieva Indriunaite (SD Strategies) 
Alexia Kelly (Electric Capital) 
Alexander Ochs (SD Strategies) 
Tim Reber (NREL) 
Additional Speakers and contributors TBC 

AMG-CoP members: You will receive a separate invite for the closed Sessions. However please do register for the open sessions using the links provided above

The African Mini-Grid Community of Practice (AMG-CoP) – a collaborative network of 16 African country governments – has identified mini-grids as a central element of developing a decarbonised, climate-resilient energy services sector for the nearly 600 million people across Africa who lack access to affordable, safe and clean energy. Mini-grids answer the call for solutions that deliver climate change mitigation and resilience, while also advancing economic and social development benefits. In 2020, governments around the world are required to submit their revised Nationally Determined Contribution strategies for reducing global carbon emissions. This creates a unique opportunity to strengthen the rural electrification – climate resilience – sustainable development nexus. 

Starting 16 April 2020, the AMG-CoP will convene a virtual 4-session workshop for its members and the broader community of energy access practitioners. This unique event will bring together (in the virtual space) African government leaders, climate finance experts, financial institutions and investors, as well as mini-grid developers and operators. The virtual workshop will assess the role of mini-grids in the current NDCs of Sub-Saharan African governments, discuss how a stronger focus on mini-grid-based rural electrification can increase climate ambition while delivering multiple sustainable development co-benefits, and identify the role of governments and international climate finance in this regard. 

This workshop will explore questions such as: 
• How can the sustainable development objectives of electrification, economic development and climate change mitigation and resilience be more effectively integrated? 
• How can energy access in Africa be advanced through climate finance? 
• How can public-private partnerships deliver enhanced electrification and other key community benefits, while also contributing to a stronger bottom line (economic performance) and more attractive investment environment for the private sector? 

The workshop will be co-convened by the Africa LEDS Partnership (AfLP) as well as the Finance Working Group and the Energy Working Group of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 

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Global NDC Conference Report 2017

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Global NDC Conference Report 2017

Download the full report from the Global NDC Conference 2017, featuring key messages and detailed information on Conference plenary and breakout sessions. 

The ‘Global NDC Conference 2017: integrated governance, finance and transparency for delivering climate goals’ took place in Berlin, Germany, from 2 – 6 May 2017. The conference was jointly organized by the LEDS GP, the GIZ Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme, in collaboration with the NDC Partnership.

The Conference focused on three key themes for NDC implementation: Integrated governance; financing; and transparency. Each theme corresponded to a different day of the Conference, and featured a plenary session and a series of deep dive breakout sessions on various topics within each theme.

This full Conference report summarizes the content of each panel and breakout session, and provides useful hyperlinks to resources and further information for key topic areas. You can read the Key Messages and download the full report here.

The next steps

The following next steps were identified at the event:

  • The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (GIZ SPA), United Nations Development Programme Low Emission Capacity Building (UNDP LECB) programme, International Climate Initiative (IKI) NDC Support Cluster and the LEDS GP will continue to deliver technical support to meet country needs through already existing activities and communities of practice to advance low emission development strategies and NDC implementation and ambition.
  • These programs and initiatives, together with other partners, will organize topic-specific training and regional peer learning workshop throughout the year on topics such as multilevel governance, linkages of short and long term strategies, linkages of mitigation and adaptation, data and transparency, transport, agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) and energy measures, minigrid policies and standards, renewable energy grid integration, and bioelectricity resources assessment and policies, among others.
  • Flexible, short term advisory support is available to countries through the NDC Help Desk and LEDS GP Remote Expert Assistance on LEDS (REAL) service.
  • The LEDS GP Regional Platforms and Working Groups will adjust current work programs to take into account the outcomes of the workshop, so will the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement (PATPA) for its regional groups.

Read the full Conference report here

Photo: LEDS GP

Transport Toolkit

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Transport Toolkit

The newly updated Transport Toolkit, from LEDS GP’s Transport Working Group, helps decision-makers, practitioners and stakeholders involved in the transport sector identify the most effective tools to build and implement transport low emission development strategies (LEDS).

Globally, the transport sector is responsible today for approximately 23% of total energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, and its emissions are increasing at a rate faster than that of any other sector. With countries and cities facing a rising need for transport services over the coming decades, governments have a unique opportunity to meet this demand and enable economic growth while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of comprehensive policies, behavioral change, and adoption of energy efficient technologies for the transport sector.

The toolkit supports development planners, technical experts, and decision-makers at national and local levels to plan and implement low emission transport systems that support economic growth.

It features a tool search, information on the key actions necessary to successfully implement a low emission development strategy for the transport sector; details on the Avoid, Shift, Improve (ASI) framework, and examples of actions to implement policy measures.

Find the toolkit here: Transport Toolkit

The LEDS GP 2017 Work Plan

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The LEDS GP 2017 Work Plan

We’re pleased to share the 2017 LEDS GP Work Plan, which identifies the upcoming activities and opportunities across the Partnership in the upcoming year. 

During a strategic meeting in the margins of the 22nd Conference of the Parties held in Marrakech, November 2016, the LEDS GP Steering Committee discussed ways in which the LEDS GP could deepen impact through to 2020. This annual work program builds on the outcomes of this strategic meeting and identifies pathways for strengthening activities around the financial, political, technological, and institutional capacities of countries in implementing low emission development strategies (LEDS) and nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

LEDS GP is pursuing three outcomes in 2017:

  1. Changes in the influence and capability of practitioners to increase the quality and ambition of LEDS and NDCs and progress in their implementation, through learning-by-doing, innovation, and technical assistance
  2. Changes in the knowledge and attitudes of practitioners through collaboration and exchange of relevant, context-specific knowledge and resources in specific LEDS and NDC areas
  3. Changes in the quality, relevance and usability of the LEDS and NDC evidence base through practitioners filtering, consolidating, and brokering information to address their knowledge and resource needs

We will achieve these outcomes by:

  • Working with national and subnational teams of practitioners to progress specific LEDS and NDC actions that they have identified as priorities
  • Working with groups of early movers and innovators from different national and subnational administrations in cooperation with development assistance agencies and service providers, to pilot innovative approaches and advance their LEDS and NDCs
  • Enhancing access to knowledge through tailored peer-to-peer learning and training events such as webinars and workshops, curated website materials, fellowships, and by linking resources to technical assistance that is provided
  • Assisting countries in applying knowledge, they have assess to, to strengthen their programs and address specific knowledge needs
  • Improving and creating new knowledge products on LEDS and NDC measures
  • Capturing and disseminating good practices from national, subnational, sectoral actions, and from assistance programs.

Access our 2017 Work Plan for more information on what we’re planning for the coming year and how this will be distributed across our Regional Platforms and Working Groups.

Download the LEDS GP Work Plan

Photo: Gerardo Pesantez / World Bank

Africa LEDS Project Factsheet

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Africa LEDS Project Factsheet

The Africa LEDS Partnership is collaborating with the European Commission, UN Environment Program, the LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP), and other partners to strengthen capacity for low emission development planning, modelling, and implementation in the Africa region. Africa LEDS activities with partners in Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are focusing on laying the groundwork for successful LEDS  and NDC implementation through supporting stakeholder-driven LEDS planning processes. With partners in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, and Zambia, efforts are focusing on LEDS modelling to provide strong analytical backing for LEDS and NDC action and implementation. The Africa LEDS project is building on LEDS progress within these partner countries and strengthening existing in-country analytical capabilities to support implementation of impactful actions. As a key component, the initiative is also bringing together countries at the sub-regional and continent-wide level to share lessons and catalyse implementation of key climate actions. Through the sub-regional component, African countries within five regions (Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Africa) are coming together to share lessons and solutions to key challenges related to design and implementation of LEDS and NDCs.

See the Africa LEDS Project factsheet here

Africa LEDS Project Summary Status Report – January 2017

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Africa LEDS Project Summary Status Report – January 2017

The Africa LEDS Partnership and LEDS GP are teaming with the European Commission and UNEP to support practitioners and policymakers in Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, and Zambia with planning, modelling and implementation of LEDS and NDCs. Through the Africa LEDS Project, policy and modelling teams are building knowledge and expertise to formulate, create support for, and realise concrete low emission development policies, plans and actions in the context of their NDCs.

This report is a summary status report of recent progress.

For more information on the Africa LEDS Project, see the website here

AfLP Annual Event Presentations 2016

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AfLP Annual Event Presentations 2016

We’re pleased to share the presentations from the third annual regional workshop of the Africa LEDS Partnership (AfLP), which took place on the 27th June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The workshop, which preceded the Africa Carbon Forum, brought together officials, practitioners and technical institutions from African countries for an interactive and member-driven event, where they engaged in peer-to-peer learning and collaborative planning around LEDS in Africa.

Image credit: CIAT

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