25.09.2015

First phase of "Climate Partnerships with Business" successfully completed

Person kneeling next to solar panels

Training center for Photovoltaic, South Africa. Photo: Sunfarming GmbH

The first phase of the project was funded in the framework of the International Climate Protection Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) with approx. €4 million and implemented by the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG). Altogether 15 individual projects on four continents were supported. Projects were funded which exhibited a high degree of innovation, solid replicability of approach and extensive wide-range impact and multiplier effects. The focus was on energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. As a result, almost without exception, a need-oriented, economically efficient climate protection effect could be demonstrated while the target countries were assisted so that they could better exploit their energy-saving potential in view of rising greenhouse gas emissions.

In order to realise local project ideas, businesses received up to €200,000 and no more than 50% of the project costs. The partner enterprises had to raise the rest of the financing themselves. Altogether nearly €4 million of private funding could be leveraged through the Climate Partnership. If all the technologies supported succeed in the target countries then annual CO2 reductions of 18 million tonnes can be attained.

Already in October 2014, BMUB approved the second project phase for an additional four years. The decision was based on the project's success and the great demand of local partners. While the conditions are the same as those for the previous phase, now the parties involved can draw on important lessons from the first phase. These include e.g. active involvement of the local population and potential buyers from the very beginning or presence of German and European sales entities in the target countries, adaptation of the technologies to the prevailing climatic conditions, training and further education of local technicians in the installation, maintenance and operation of equipment as well as thorough analysis of local conditions and appropriate planning for the implementation period.

DEG published a brochure that provides an overview of the first phase of "Climate Partnerships with Business". Along with the general project conditions, it includes the challenges and successes of individual projects as well as the lessons that will now contribute to the implementation of the second phase.