Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Project
The Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) project has been designed to strengthening Ghana’s capacity to align its economic development to a low carbon path. It is expected that the implementation of the project will contribute to reduce GHG emissions, directly or indirectly in the economic development of Ghana, and to the overall mainstreaming of climate change into national development.
The following outcomes were expected to be achieved.
I. Two Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) and their associated Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems formulated in the energy sector, in the context of national development priorities.
II. Ghana’s NAMAs Investor Guide promoted with the business community. Emphasis will be given to identifying enabling conditions to attract private capital into the NAMAs investment sectors. Investment organizations will be extensively engaged to create the necessary awareness about the potential NAMA investment opportunities.
III. National system for preparation of GHG inventories strengthened. To realize the GHG national inventory system outcome, the project will seek to build on the experience in designing of project-based MRV for CDM and, where possible, catalyse greater synergies with the national inventory system reforms that are taking place under the Third National Communication (TNC).
In the course of implementation, the project received additional funds to support Ghana’s preparations towards the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. A second phase of the project is starting in 2017 (until 2019) to support the operationalization of Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to UNFCCC.
The LECBP is currently implemented in 25 countries. More information on this website: http://www.lowemissiondevelopment.org/about-us.
● The project contributed to the development of the National Climate Change Policy and the National Climate Change Master Plan (2015-2020), in particular by supporting stakeholder consultations and catalysing technical inputs.
● The project provided the Government of Ghana substantial support for the development of its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) that was submitted to the UNFCCC on a timely manner, determining to unconditionally lower its GHG emissions by 15 percent relative to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario emission of 73.95MtCO2e2 by 2030. MESTI conducted a national roadshow, reaching out to about 1000 people drawn in particular from decentralized agencies and traditional authorities to explain what the Paris Agreement means for Ghana.
● A Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) to increase access to clean energy through establishment of market-based solutions was developed.
● The NAMA Investor Guide Investor Guide to support private sector engagement in climate change investments. The sensitization activities were led by the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), who also established the NAMA Private Sector Platform with members from the NAMA sectors (energy, waste, agriculture, forestry, transport and industries). Its aim is to create an enabling environment for dialogue and partnerships with government and multilateral agencies for NAMA implementation.
● The project contributed to the establishment of the Climate Change Data Hub, which is an online dashboard for Ghana's climate reporting. It serves as a one-stop information sharing portal on facts about Ghana's actions to tackle climate change and the benefits thereof.
● In order to strengthen Greenhouse Gases Inventory Systems, two important documents have been developed: QA/QC Plan and Guidance on Uncertainty Management for National Greenhouse Gas Inventory; National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Manual of Procedures. About 930 stakeholders from various institutions (public, private etc.) involved in the inventory systems have been trained accordingly. Also, a survey to estimate GHG emissions from commercial generators has been conducted, to further improve the national GHG database.
● A detailed common MRV programme for continuous greenhouse gas data collection, estimation and reporting for the electricity subsector was completed. A training workshop was also conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency on the design of plant-specific data collection estimation and reporting for power plants including 14 thermal plants operated by Volta River Authority and Independent Power Producers.
● The MRV System for Climate Action was developed, including the design of a climate data template and a set of workable indicators to collate detailed information on 42 climate change actions. The climate data template has been validated and will now be used to collate data on climate projects in the country.
The project has a total budget of $1,072,558 provided by the Government of Australia, European Union, and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.