The European Commission and Germany donate €10 million to UNDP to help countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Low Emission Capacity Building Programme supports efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 25 developing countries

The European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) have each announced a €5 million contribution to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help assist 25 developing countries around the world reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

It is these increasing emissions in the atmosphere that are causing climate change - and the amount of GHGs being released reached a new record high in 2011, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

"There is an urgent need to act now to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. This is a global challenge and requires global solutions. Without effective responses, there is a real risk of reversing decades of progress in lifting people out of poverty. These generous contributions from the European Commission and Germany show a big commitment to addressing the climate crisis." - Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

"This is another example on how developing countries can count on the EU. Also beyond 2012, the EU will continue to support actions to fight climate change. This will benefit us all." - Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action

"We need international cooperative initiatives to limit global warming. The Low     Emission Capacity Building Programme is such an initiative. It is also about encouraging all countries to cooperate and to increase mitigation efforts jointly." - Peter Altmaier, Federal Environment Minister

UNDP's Low Emission Capacity Building Programme - which now has a budget of more than €32 million - was launched in 11 countries in 2011 with contributions from the European Commission and BMU, and expanded to a further 14 countries in 2012 as a result of additional funding from the European Commission and the Government of Australia's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and AusAID.

The Programme supports participating countries by helping them develop low-emission development strategies and nationally appropriate actions to reduce or mitigate GHG emissions.  It also helps these countries design systems for better measuring, reporting and verification of results. The LECB Programme is consistent with and fully integrated within UNDP's broader support to assist countries with their Green Low Emission, Climate Resilient Development Strategies.

The EU funds (€5 million) will be used to create a network of Centres of Excellence (“NAMA-Net") to assist country teams to move beyond designing technically sound Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action concepts, or NAMAs as they are known in the climate talks, to financially mature NAMA proposals that can satisfy the more stringent funding and implementation requirements of the investor community.

The German contribution (€5 million) will primarily be used to address the critical barriers that are hampering developing countries under the Programme from scaling up their mitigation ambitions in a way that also enhances national development goals. Particular attention will be paid to increasing private sector engagement throughout the design and pre-implementation phases of low-emission development strategies and NAMAs, and improving public and private expenditure reporting on climate finance.

For more information, contact:

United Nations Development Programme
Yamil Bonduki, Programme Manager
Low Emission Capacity Building Programme
E-mail: Yamil.bonduki(at)undp.org Tel.: +1(202) 906.6659
www.lowemissiondevelopment.org (external)

European Commission

Michel Van den Bossche, Project Manager & Policy Officer
Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid (DEVCO)
E-mail: Michel.Van-Den-Bossche(at)ec.europa.eu Tel.: +32(2) 296.57.12

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
BMU press office, presse(at)bmu.de