The launch of the project took place on 15 th April 2021 in Uganda and 26 th May 2021 in Malawirespectively.The NDC Support Center is an initiative of AFREC and VITO has been established in AFREC tocreate an African Knowledge Center for NDC to enhance the capacities of African countries toproduce and update their own NDC and sustainably increase the capacity of African countries byimproving their National Energy Information Systems.
The centres also aim to enhance countriescompetencies on energy and climate modelling, so they are able to prepare climatecommunications and NDC governance processes. Technical demonstration projects aimed atimproving energy efficiency and supporting renewable energy initiatives will also be applied.
On the onset, the project will be implemented as a pilot for a period of 2.5 years in three selectedAfrican countries represent diversified geographical regions of the continent namely Morocco,Uganda and Malawi, with the aim to extend it to other African countries.
In her address, H.E. Mrs Kitutu Kimono Mary Goretti, Minister of Energy and MineralDevelopment of the Republic of Uganda expressed her gratitude from all partners’ endeavor tolaunch the pilot project and highlighted that Uganda is privileged to be nominated as an initialbeneficiary country for this important intervention.
‘‘Uganda gives its full support stronglyimplement this project so that it comes to fruition, she stressed.Honourable Newton Kambala, Minister of Energy who also spoke during the launch of theproject in Malawi, stated that he is grateful that Malawi has been selected for the initiative of theNDC Support Center.
He underlined that data collection, processing and dissemination is one ofthe key challenges which will be addressed through the Center and that energy statistics andmodelling capabilities will be enhanced, an important action which is vital for determining thecountry’s GHG emissions. He expressed the commitment and readiness of the Government ofMalawi to work with AFREC and the NDC Support Center partners.
AFREC and its partners, VITO and CO2Logic, expressed their commitment to contribute tosustainable solution to Africa’s energy sector through this project to improve energy efficiency,facilitate energy transitions and combat for climate change challenges in Africa. They alsoexpressed gratitude for the trust of the Government of Flanders to grant support through theirinternational climate finance to implement this project in collaboration with local partners andAfrican Member State countries, even more so, recognition to ensure a strong continuation of thepartnership for building ‘the Africa we Want’.
The NDC Support Centre will be established with the financial support from the Government ofFlanders (Belgium) through the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). The NDC Support Center is also benefiting from technical support from CO2Logic, a carbon andenvironmental consultancy company, which is part of the implementing consortium togetherwith AFREC and VITO.About NDCsNDCs 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 acontribution to global climate action. Central to the NDCs is the concept of nationaldetermination.
The Paris Agreement requires each country to prepare, communicate and maintain successivenationally determined contributions (NDCs) that it intends to achieve. Governments pursuesdomestic 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 ParisAgreement and to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible.
About the African Energy CommissionThe African Energy Commission (AFREC) is a specialized agency of the African Union,mandated to implement African energy programmes by coordinating, harmonising, protect,conserve, develop, promote rational exploitation, commercialization and integration of energyresources for all AU Member states.
AFREC functions ensures that its work responds to the future development and transformation ofthe African energy sector, by mapping out energy development, encouraging research, providingtechnical and capacity building, mobilise resources and establish necessary mechanisms relatedto exploitation and utilisation.
AFREC is also entrusted with the responsibility to design, create and set up the continentalenergy database, and facilitate rapid dissemination of information among AU member states,Regional Economic communities in Africa, investors amongst others.