Supporting African countries
on their energy data and GHG modelling
for NDC reporting
DISCOVER THE IMPACT OF THE NDC SERVICES IN THIS VIDEO
The NDC Support Center provides support to increase capacity of African countries to improve their National Energy Information Systems and their energy modelling expertise, to prepare climate communication and to improve policy-making in the framework of commitments as set for the Paris Agreement. The objective is to sustainably increase the maturity of African countries on energy statistics, modelling and GHG reporting. From this to draw up an ambitious 2030 and beyond mitigation plan, to help realize the roll-out of CO2-reducing technologies (through a demonstration project) and thereby attempt to map their contribution to future NDCs.
To achieve this the Center focuses on three domains that are supported by four type of interventions:
- Improving the detail and quality of energy statistics;
- Developing an aggregated in-country energy model, to help establish long-term climate mitigation policies;
- Use the enhanced energy statistics to establish Monitoring Reporting & Verification (MRV) frameworks.
The long-term nature of the support offered by the NDC Support Center means it can provide lasting change to countries through a range of support including:
- Designing and providing guidance in running new statistical data collection activities to understand all elements of energy supply and establish full knowledge of energy use;
- Enhance cooperation in government to maximise the use of existing data;
- Improved dissemination and communication of statistics;
- Establishing the correct long-term energy model for each country;
- Training and capability building in energy statistics and modelling;
- Facilitating the demonstration of projects that can be part of the energy transition; and
- Where needed providing resources (such as IT equipment, surveys, model licenses).
NDCs are national climate plans highlighting climate actions, including climate related targets, policies and measures governments aims to implement in response to climate change and as a contribution to global climate action. Central to the NDCs is the concept of national determination.
The Paris Agreement requires each country to prepare, communicate and maintain successive nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that it intends to achieve. Governments pursues domestic mitigation measures, with the aim of achieving the objectives of such contributions. These climate actions determine whether the world achieves the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible.
The Center started operations in early 2021 and will initially run for 3 years. It is implemented by the following three partners:
VITO, a leading European independent research and technology organization in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development. VITO has over 840 highly qualified employees working on sustainable energy, climate planning, agriculture, materials management and land use. VITO’s Energy and Environment modelling team is dedicated to this project. The team has about 25 years of experience in energy and climate statistics and modelling, environment economics and policy advisory, relies on a team of 20 employees, most of them engineers, statisticians, economists, may with PhD’s in Applied Mathematics/energy system modelling with economic or business management skills, including senior experts from international organizations.
African Energy Commission (AFREC), the specialized agency on energy of the African Union. Its core mandate is to design, create and set up an energy continental data base and facilitate rapid dissemination of information among Member States, Regional Economic Communities around Africa, investors, academia and other stakeholders. Since 2012, AFREC has put in place and maintained the African Energy Information System (AEIS), which allows to collect African country energy statistics disseminate these data through publications and datasets available online. AFREC has become the main source of energy statistics data from African Member states, continental and regional African institutions, and International organizations who use this data as their main source of energy statistics.
CO2logic, a carbon and environmental consultancy company. Consisting of 30 motivated colleagues, it provides services to companies and public entities in calculating, reducing and offsetting their carbon emissions. CO2logic facilitates the necessary finance and develops projects mainly in Sub Saharan Africa that reduce carbon emissions, protect biodiversity and bring real benefits for local communities.
The NDC Support Center is only possible thanks to the financial support from the Flemish Government.