What’s new in the Good Practice Database?
The Global NDC Conference, which took place from 12-14 June 2019 in Berlin, has given new impetus to the debate on how to increase the pace and scale of change to bring NDCs in line with the Paris Agreement. To assist this change, effective tools to learn from country best practices and lessons are needed. The Good Practice Database (GPD) showcases good practices around the world about how climate policies and actions are being effectively designed and implemented. Between April and June 2019, 12 new case studies have been added to the database as part of a joint initiative of PATPA, the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme and the IKI NDC Support Cluster. They show the global spectrum of innovative climate action and may inspire other countries as they revise and update their own NDCs:
- Building climate policies under consensus: Argentina´s National Climate Change Cabinet: Created in 2016, the Argentinian National Climate Change Cabinet brings together various stakeholders at a high political level and has established a participatory working structure to integrate mitigation and adaptation actions into sectoral planning.
- Mainstreaming climate change adaptation into sectoral planning: Learning from Benin´s environmental cells: Benin´s preparation of its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) relies to an important degree on so-called environmental cells. The cells play a pivotal role in the cross-sectoral, scientific and participatory approach to adaptation planning.
- Promoting the Uptake of Electric Vehicles to Reduce Pollution in Beijing City, China: This case study explores how China’s efforts to promote its electric vehicle (EV) market have led to the rapid uptake of EVs and a reduction in air pollution, urban heat, and energy demand.
- Mastering the transition towards energy efficiency in the buildings sector: The European Union’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD): The EPBD represents an exemplary legislative framework to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings among the EU´s Member States. The directive has been created in an utmost transparent and science-based manner.
- Pioneering green finance in the developing world: The Fijian Sovereign Green Bond: As the first developing country to issue a sovereign green bond, Fiji has managed to spur its transition towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. The robust and transparent process set by Fiji is likely to pioneer and establish a roadmap for other developing countries to follow suit.
- Investing in grid-connected solar PV: Structured finance for NDC implementation in The Gambia: The Gambia’s NAMA support project aims to systematically address barriers to private sector investment into solar energy by increasing network capacity, developing public-private partnerships and capacity-building of various stakeholders.
- The Chandigarh Solar City Project: Identifying Synergies and Maximising the Co-Benefits of NDC-SDG Linkages in Climate Policy: The Chandigarh Solar City Project has taken various measures to create an enabling environment for solar energy. Concurrently, the project successfully generates socio-economic co-benefits, which can be used to leverage the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and India’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
- The Lebanon Climate Act: Engaging the private sector to enhance climate action in Lebanon: Through the passing of Lebanon’s Climate Act, the country seeks to strengthen private sector engagement in climate action. As part of this initiative, a guidebook has been prepared to enable and guide Lebanese businesses to develop their own strategy to fight climate change.
- Aligning Mongolia’s NDC and SDGs through its National Green Development Policy: Through the formulation of its national Green Development Policy, Mongolia has created an innovative and all-encompassing policy that integrates its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Initial Experiences of the Community of Practice on Supporting Direct Access to Climate Finance: The Community of Practice serves as a framework for South-South interaction for sharing and learning about direct access to the Adaptation Fund (AF) and Green Climate Fund (GCF). The process has created an enabling environment for developing countries to overcome climate finance barriers, transferring best practices and building institutional capacities.
- Building a strategic framework for reducing climate change risk and vulnerability: Unlocking climate finance to ensure long-term adaptation in Peru: The Peruvian Framework Law on Climate Change and associated efforts enhance the mainstreaming of adaptation measures into sectoral and subnational planning and budgeting. They promote innovative mechanisms for the optimisation of public expenditure to become an effective means for adaptation.
- Harmonising and managing inter-sectorality: The elaboration of ‘Environment and Sustainable Development Sectoral Strategies’ (SEDDs) in Senegal: Senegal´s SEDDs leverage inter-sectoral cooperation and learning by mainstreaming environment, sustainable development and climate change into sectoral policies.
The GPD is jointly maintained by the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement (PATPA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) NDC Support Programme, the IKI NDC Support Cluster, the NDC Partnership and the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP). Over the next few months, further new case studies will be added to the GPD, covering a wide range of topics – from climate finance tracking, ecotourism and carbon taxes to low-carbon development strategies.