EU4Climate

Project duration

2018-2022

Budget

€8.8 million ( EU Investment: €8 million )
EU4Climate
EU4Climate

Brief Description

The programme supports the development and implementation of climate policies by the Eastern Partnership countries, contributing to low emission and climate resilient development, and to their commitments to the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. 

Objectives

The overall objective is to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation,and development towards a low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. 

Specifically, the programme aims to:

  • Strengthen the capacity for domestic implementation of the Paris Agreement
  • Enhance transparency of emissions and climate action 
  • Mainstream climate in other policy sectors, such as energy, transport, agriculture 
  • Achieve the objectives of climate-related provisions of bilateral agreements with the EU and of the Energy Community Treaty through advancing their implementation

Actions in brief

Actions are clustered around the achievement of seven priority results:

  1. Nationally determined contributions and national mid-century strategies finalised and communicated to UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
  • Support for the finalisation of nationally determined contributions where requested by Partner countries 
  • Support in the process of drafting mid-century strategies and coordination of national process 
  • Targeted assistance for the drafting of policy guidance documents at regional level 
  • Improved public awareness
  1. Ensuring an inclusive process in the development of long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies (long-term LEDS).
  • Regional and/or national high level and technical dialogues between the EU and its Eastern Partners on LEDS
  • Awareness raising activities targeted at the general public to emphasise the potential of a shift towards low-emission economy, such as economic benefits arising from increased energy efficiency, technological innovation and improved public health 
  1. Established or strengthened monitoring, reporting and verification systems, with countries on track with Paris Agreement transparency requirements
  • Support for the upgrade of national greenhouse gas monitoring, reporting and verification in line with EU and Paris Agreement transparency requirements 
  • Targeted, in-depth support to model the costs and benefits of carbon pricing policy options 
  • Building capacity on emissions trading 
  1. Advanced alignment with EU acquis as provided by bilateral agreements with EU and by the Energy Community Treaty
  • Practical assistance to implement climate-related provisions of bilateral Association Agendas and Association Agreements 
  • Support for the alignment with EU climate acquis, as specified in current and future cooperation/framework agreements
  • Support to Parties for adoption and implementation of the EU Acquis stemming from the Energy Community Treaty
  1. Establishment of concrete sectoral guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in each partner country
  • Mainstreaming climate change into sectoral policies
  • Targeted practical assistance to support the drafting, fine-tuning and implementation of sectoral policy documents and legislation on low carbon development, mitigation and adaptation as well as assessments of social and economic impacts 
  1. Increased mobilisation of climate finance (including under NIF/NIP) 
  • Training and capacity building to staff in ministries to enable them to develop a prioritised pipeline of bankable projects 
  • Facilitation of exchanges between EUDs, IFIs and national authorities for the identification and development of bankable projects (e.g. ‘climate finance days’ in each country and at regional level). 
  1. Adoption of national and sectoral adaptation plans 
  • Support in drafting and finalising national and sectoral adaptation plans 
  • Facilitating policies and regulations that would support adaptation activities under the Covenant of Mayors initiative and other actions targeting local authorities and SME investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy 
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