Supporting the Carbon Neutral Strategy of the Maldives
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
The project supported public institutions and private stakeholders in the Maldives in building the expertise necessary for the successful implementation of the national climate-neutrality strategy. The project took a three-pronged approach. Firstly, pilot projects have been set up to demonstrate the benefits of energy-efficiency measures and technologies for generating electricity from renewable energy sources. These projects intended to raise public awareness of current challenges and solutions in the energy sector. Secondly, the project created a learning and training platform for renewable energies and energy efficiency. It is training local experts and decision-makers, while also fostering exchanges with projects in other Asian countries. The project also advised ministries on designing a coherent climate-neutrality strategy and developing tangible plans of action for its implementation. The main focus was on improving the political climate and helping to establish better steering and decision-making structures at the national level.
State of implementation/results
- Project completed
- Two environment-friendly Solar hybrid installations have been installed to be run by partners from the public and private sector on the two islands of Kudahuvadhoo and Ungoofaaru. The installations serve as examples of an up-to-date, appropriate and sustainable energy supply for the given conditions and will help the Maldivian energy utilities to implement additional power generation systems following this model.
- On the policy level, GIZ has helped in close cooperation with the Maldivian government to develop the legal framework conditions for the implementation of a national Low Emission Strategy including the necessary rules and legislation for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
- With an increasing solar PV supplement to the existing diesel based power supply the dependence of the Maldivian government on fuel imports will be reduced tremendously which also reduces the dependence on volatile price developments in global crude oil and petroleum markets and decreases the logistical challenge of distributing diesel to more than 300 small islands with all its potential environmental risks.
- In terms of potential replicability, the pilot installations serve as best practice for renewable based electricity generation under the conditions of small island states. The inclusive process of developing the national Low Emission Strategy including legal framework conditions and legislation with the national partner can be used as best practice for other SIDS that are also working on their respective national climate strategies.