Lithuania’s assistance for climate change mitigation in the developing countries – from Caucasus to Mali2018-01-30
Upon the completion of the tender for the implementation of climate change mitigation projects in the developing countries announced by the Ministry of Environment, the selected three projects will be implemented in Mali, Armenia and Georgia. The aggregate value of these projects is around EUR 1 million. The funds under the Climate Change Special Programme administered by the Ministry of Environment will account for more than half of this amount (EUR 608,000).
These projects will be carried out by our country’s companies engaged in the production of solar energy technologies. The plans are to build four solar power plants in Mali, Armenia and Georgia. Two solar plants should be built on the roofs of the hospital and the university in Bamako, the capital of Mali, and another two will be constructed on the roofs of the National Polytechnic University in Yerevan and the University of Tbilisi. These projects are aimed at presenting Lithuania as the country of innovative energy technologies. It is an excellent opportunity for our companies and organisations to acquire experience in international cooperation and build business connections.
Since 2011 Lithuania has been providing financial assistance to the developing countries in the field of climate change. For example, one fourth of a million euros was allocated for this purpose in 2016. At the end of last year, it was agreed to increase the financial contribution of our country by using public sector funds to attract private funds and, during the period between 2018 and 2020, to allocate assistance of at least EUR 1 million on an annual basis by transferring technologies for the use of renewable resources and other technologies produced in Lithuania.
The increase in the international funding intended for climate change mitigation is very important in order to approve the decisions regarding the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the climate change conference which will be held in Katowice (Poland) this year. Seeking to encourage the developing countries to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the developed countries assumed a joint commitment to allocate USD 100 billion for the funding of measures of climate change mitigation in these countries each year, starting with 2020.
The Minister of Environment announces calls to participate in the tender for climate change mitigation projects in the developing countries on an annual basis. Applications can be submitted by various agencies, institutions or companies. The project promoter must have a partner in the developing country who would help implement the project.
Public Relations Division
30 January 2018