-  01.11.2021 New publication: Is 1.5°C within Reach for the Asia-Pacific Region?
assessment_of_ap_climate_ambition_thumbnail__1635795920.jpgCountries in the Asia-Pacific region are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, yet their climate action commitments are also critical to the achievement of 1.5°C goal. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 30 countries in the region have updated their NDCs and 34 have already pledged to carbon neutrality by 2050 or are in the process of doing that. The question remains: Is this enough? The joint report by UNESCAP, UN Women, UNEP and the greenwerk. takes a closer look at the ambition and potential of NDC commitments of the Asia-Pacific countries. The report provides a scenario-based assessment of the collective NDC commitments of countries in the region, as well as their individual commitments to action including net zero goals, carbon pricing commitments and removal of fossil-fuel subsidies. It also explores the steps countries in the region have been taking to build up capacity to enable more action, such as climate finance budgeting, and monitoring and reporting. Further, based on the level of country climate ambition and national enabling environment, the study provides a series of recommendations on how to drive-up national and regional ambition to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

The publication is available on the UNESCAP Website: Is 1.5°C within Reach for the Asia-Pacific Region?
-  22.09.2021 - We are hiring: Senior Advisor (m/f/d) – International Climate Policy and Climate Finance
We are currently looking for a highly motivated, skilled and communicative individual to support our team in Hamburg as Senior Advisor Climate Policy and Finance (Senior Berater/in (m/w/d) – Internationale Klimapolitik und Klimafinanzierung). We offer flexible and open working surroundings in a dynamic market for climate change mitigation solutions. Please see our latest job posting for details: pdf the_greenwerk_job_posting_senior_advisor_2021-09.pdf
-  30.08.2021 Project completed: Supporting Ghana in the transition towards a Climate Sensitive Government Budget
img-20210617-wa0010__1630350515.jpgDomestic climate finance tracking has been gaining recognition as an important tool to navigate resource mobilisation efforts and to manage finance for climate action most effectively. In Ghana, domestic climate finance tracking has been introduced in 2016, including the development of supportive tools to document climate finance from both public and other sources. Under the ADAPT’ACTION Facility, Expertise France and Agence Française de Développement have been supporting Ghana, among other countries, since 2017 in the institutional, methodological and operational implementation of their commitments in relation with climate change. To further enhance the effective application of climate finance tracking in Ghana, the project “Supporting Ghana in the transition towards a Climate Sensitive Government Budget” has been funded by the ADAPT’ACTION Facility. Implemented from March to July 2021, the project had the overall objective to support the Ministry of Finance of Ghana to monitor and facilitate access to climate change finance by national public institutions, private sector and civil society organisations (CSOs). This involved the following activities: An analysis of the status quo of climate finance tracking in Ghana, including recommendations for a way forward, the development of “Guidelines for climate finance mobilization” with a specific focus on suitable sources for the Ghanaian context and the design and implementation of trainings on both climate finance tracking and climate finance mobilisation for public sector staff (Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA) officers) as well as for representatives from private sector and CSOs. To deliver these activities, experts from the greenwerk teamed up with Germanwatch e.V., KASA Initiative Ghana and local consultant Ms. Lotte Westermann. In addition, the delivery of trainings has been supported by trainers of the Ministry of Finance. In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our trainings were conducted in a hybrid format, involving in-person workshops conducted by our local experts with an integration of virtual inputs by international experts.

Rewatch the trainings on the Facebook page of Kasa Initiative Ghana: Kasa Initiative Ghana
-  04.02.2021 Off-Grid Renewable Energy for Climate Action – Pathways for change
seite-44_figure-10_300__1612456418.pngMichel Köhler & Dr. Philipp Blechinger (Reiner Lemoine Institute) have published an Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) guest editorial on 'Off-grid Renewables’ Smart Local Impact on Communities & Entrepreneurship' and how decentralised solutions support resilience towards crises such as COVID-19.
Editorial builds on findings from our study “Off-Grid Renewable Energy for Climate Action – Pathways for change”, that explores CLEANER, CHEAPER & SMARTER solutions for universal electricity access by 2030 (see figure "Nexus between off-grid RE and livelihoods", the full download is available here). Additionally, the webpage displays electrification scenarios considering investment needs and emission reduction potentials for grid extension, mini-grid deployment and solar-home-system dissemination until 2030 for 52 countries.
-  04.12.2020 Online Seminar: Options for the post-2025 climate finance goal
cfaslogo__1607103379.pngThe formal negotiations on the post-2025 climate finance goal are yet to take off. But taking previous negotiations on climate finance matters into consideration, efforts of navigating all interests towards a satisfying decision should not be underestimated - not to mention the delay already imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this, the online seminar will address key elements that should be considered for the process leading towards the definition of a post-2025 goal. The event will also look closely at the technical nature of the post-2025 goal, while elaborating on the core quantitative and qualitative elements of a new climate finance target and taking into account lessons learnt from the USD 100 billion commitment

With support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Climate Finance Advisory Service (CFAS), of which the greenwerk. is part, will host the online seminar on the topic of the post-2025 climate finance goal on the following date:

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 13:00–14:00 (GMT)
Link for participation: Online Seminar - Options for the post-2025 climate finance goal (MS Teams)
List of speakers:
• Lena Katzmarski, GIZ
• Raju Pandit Chhetri, Prakriti Resources Centre
• Sven Harmeling, CARE International
• Michel Köhler, the greenwerk.
Moderation: Björn Dransfeld, the greenwerk.

The webinar is connected to the forthcoming publication of a policy brief on the topic, which can be downloaded from the CFAS website: CFAS Policy Briefs
-  03.12.2020 New publications: Options for integrating sustainable development and carbon market mechanisms
publikationen_uba_11_2020__1607006064.jpgTogether with the New Climate Institute, the greenwerk. has co-authored two reports on the promotion of sustainable development in carbon market mechanisms for the Federal German Environment Agency (UBA). The first report takes a general look at sustainable development impact assessment in the context of climate change mitigation mechanisms, while the second one focuses on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. The reports are available at the UBA webpage: Indicators for the promotion of sustainable development in carbon market mechanisms and Indicators for sustainable development under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement .
-  23.09.2020 Education for Sustainable Development is key... in all areas
barbados_post__1600846426.jpgBarbados embarked on an energy revolution, moving towards 100% RE supply by 2030 and transforming the country to the first carbon-neutral island state in the world. To achieve this ambitious objective, Barbados requires enhanced capacity of the involved key stakeholders, institutions, and its educational sector. Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the greenwerk. and its consortium partners RENAC AG, GSEC Ltd. and ew-consult are supporting the enhancement of RE related aspects on sustainable energy education in primary and secondary school education as well as in training, certification and licensing of the vocational sector. Furthermore, key stakeholders such as the responsible Ministries, small-scale and large-scale investors, the utility and RE industry will receive trainings by the greenwerk. experts in the upcoming months.
-  31.05.2020 Virtual GCF trainings and stakeholder engagement workshops for West Balkan region
news__1591895205.pngDespite the COVID-19 pandemic and the related travel ban, we are still supporting our partners and clients around the globe in moving forward finding responses to the climate change challenges ahead of us. As many others, we had to move our engagement to virtual interactions though. We have just finished a serious of virtual trainings and stakeholder engagement workshops for identifying priority project for the GCF in the West Balkan region on behalf of UNEP using innovative IT technologies for connecting people. Even in these difficult times, we stand ready to help raising the ambition towards mitigating climate change impacts!
-  13.02.2020 CLIMATE2020 – announcing the 7th Climate Change Online Conference
climate2020_logo__1581602825.jpgFrom 23-30 March 2020, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) will host the 7th Climate Change Online Conference, in short CLIMATE2020. The conference aims at providing a platform for experts from the academic, political, economic and social sectors as well as interested individuals to discuss the latest insights on how to tackle climate change – the greatest challenge of our century. It will inform participants about the latest research published on the matter and showcase best-practice examples from mitigation and adaptation strategies and projects currently under implementation. As it will take place online, participants from all over the world are invited to take part, enabling a truly international dialogue. Our experts Björn Dransfeld and Christine Nettersheim will support the conference with two webinars on the topics of international climate finance and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Follow this link to register and get more information about the programme of CLIMATE2020.
-  07.02.2020 A Comprehensive Strategy towards 100% Renewable Energy in Seychelles and an Innovative Finance Approach
cover__1581088440.jpgRead our new articles in the Seychelles Research Journal: A Strategic Approach towards 100% Renewable Energy in Seychelles and Exploring the Potential of the Seychelles Pension Fund to Finance the Renewable Energy Transition.

The energy systems of Seychelles and other Small Island Developing States rely highly on fossil fuels, which comes with high expenditure for fuel imports. The potential for using renewable energies in Seychelles to overcome this dependence is significant, but which has, so far, been utilized only to a limited extent. This unfavourable situation and the island’s vulnerability towards the adverse impacts of anthropogenic climate change raises the economic rationale for a transition towards renewable energy deployment.

Out first article (A Strategic Approach towards 100% Renewable Energy in Seychelles) summarizes how, under a comprehensive energy and financial strategy, the transition can be facilitated. Seychelles has set some renewable energy targets for the future and the government has articulated a long-term strategy to achieve a 100% supply of domestic energy supply through renewable energies by 2035 under the Seychelles’ 100% Renewable Energy Strategy (SeyRES 100). To achieve this ambitious target, a well-coordinated national energy roadmap is required in order to trigger national action and mobilize international support for an initial phase of the sector transformation. It defines policy measures, technology requirements, finance mechanisms and capacity development necessities for the successful implementation of renewable energies.

A successful transition of the Seychelles’ energy system towards 100% renewables by 2035 will require a substantial mobilization of private capital. Our second article (Exploring the Potential of the Seychelles Pension Fund to Finance the Renewable Energy Transition) assesses the potential of the Seychelles Pension Fund (SPF) to cover the required energy infrastructure investments. It reveals that SPF’s existing institutional set-up and operational structure could mobilize up to USD 60 million of cumulated capital volume for the energy transition by 2030. Under consideration of adjusted contribution rates or benefit payments that would stabilize SPF’s operation in the long term, up to USD 170 million could be allocated. This would equalize more than 40% of the total energy transition investments. A qualitative discussion of related impacts suggests that such SPF investments could address potential conflicts around the energy transition through enabling economic participation and democratization of infrastructure assets. While stable and attractive revenues could reduce investment risks, protect national energy infrastructure and sustain SPF’s operation, a diversification of current real estate investments might also create distributional drawbacks. As precondition for enhanced SPF engagement, the Fund’s operational staff requires more capacity and the Government has to provide a comprehensive enabling environment before substantial investment decisions can be taken.

Read the article here in the current issues of the Seychelles Research Journal
-  20.01.2020 Renewable Energy Off-Grid Explorer - Visualization of Electrification Scenarios until 2030
off-grid__1579530630.jpgUniversal Access to Electricity by 2030 cannot be achieved by grid extension alone. Grid extension is often slow, expensive, provides unreliable service and it increases reliance on fossil-fuel based electricity generation. What we need are CLEANER, CHAPER & SMARTER solutions, if we want to ensure that access to electricity is provided sustainably and universally until 2030. Additionally, we need to strengthen international commitment to implement these solutions on a larger scale. Researchers at the Reiner Lemoine Institute (RLI) and the greenwerk. have developed feasible country-level scenarios for the deployment of off-grid renewable energy solutions that mitigate climate change, are more cost-effective than grid extension approaches and leave no-one behind. The analysis has shown that the realization of these scenarios is accompanied by significant economic and social dividends to those most in need, which can propel development and build resilience to climate change.

Find our report and interactive scenarios for 52 countries at the Renewable Energy Off-Grid Explorer webpage.
-  04.12.2019 New policy brief and webinar on Determining the Needs of Developing Countries
bildschirmfoto_2020-01-11_um_00.43.34__1578700072.jpgCFAS Policy Brief on Determining the Needs of Developing Countries to Implement the Paris Agreement and the Convention. Ever wondered how developing countries may determine their support needs in terms of finance, technology and capacity building? Read the latest policy brief by CFAS.

CFAS Policy Brief on Determining the Needs of Developing Countries to Implement the Paris Agreement and the Convention

We have also discussed our insights during a webinar in late November 2019. Find the recording and accompanying slides here:
WEBINAR: First Needs Determination Report
-  28.11.2019 CFAS Policy Brief - Transparency of Support
bildschirmfoto_2020-01-11_um_00.36.40__1578699444.jpgGetting ready for COP25: Together with our partners from the Climate Finance Advisory Service Hashtag (CFAS), we had a look at the ongoing debate around the development of a new Common Tabular Format (CTF). Read our policy brief to get more insights on the matter.

CFAS Policy Brief - Transparency of Support – Development of the Common Tabular Format
-  25.09.2019 Workshop "Indicators for sustainable development in carbon market mechanisms post 2020"
800px-sustainable_development_goals__1569419314.jpgOn September 20th, the greenwerk. together with the New Climate Institute hosted the workshop "Indicators for sustainable development in carbon market mechanisms post 2020”. On behalf of the German Environment Agency / German Emissions Trading Authority, the greenwerk. and New Climate Institute assesses opportunities to measure and track sustainable development in the context of GHG mitigation projects, through the identification of practical solutions and concrete proposals for the implementation of sustainable development indicators in GHG mitigation activities. At the workshop, intermediate research findings were presented and dbeated with experts and climate negotiators to discuss opportunities and challenges for demonstrating sustainable development under future market mechanisms.
-  12.09.2019 MRV Framework Guidance for District Energy Projects published
image-cover-website-11092019539__1568308166.pngRead our latest publication. This guidance prepared for the UNEP District Energy in Cities Initiative on measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) enables projects and cities to track progress and the impact on city-wide district energy systems (DES). The guidance facilitates the monitoring of projects’ impacts, proposing a broad approach to MRV that addresses 1) greenhouse gas emissions and 2) sustainable development. In particular, city authorities and relevant stakeholders (utilities, private sectors, etc.) shall be able to evaluate planned and implemented projects with regards to mitigation impacts and sustainable development benefits.

MRV is particularly relevant in the context of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) development and implementation, national and local low emission strategies and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as well as other mitigation mechanisms. Hence, the focus of the guidance is on the assessment of emission reduction and sustainable development impacts. The eventual adoption and adaptation of the MRV framework to the city and project specific situation is carried out in an individual MRV Plan prepared based on this guidance.

You can access the guidance on webpage of the District Energy in Cities Initiative: Latest Publication of the District Energy in Cities Initiative or directly MRV Framework Guidance for District Energy Projects
-  New publications on climate finance 29.11.2018
-  the greenwerk. offsets its carbon footprint - 21.11.2018
-  Innovate 4 Climate (I4C) - 19.05.2018
-  Seychelles' 100% Renewable Energy Strategy 23.03.2018
-  Green Banking 14.12.2017
-  20th Sustainable Development Conference 12.12.2017
-  Achieving 100% Renewable Power Supply for Small Island Developing States (#SIDS) 26.11.2017
-  Side event at the #COP23 20.11.2017
-  2nd National Workshop on Innovative Climate Finance Mechanisms for the Financial Institutions in Sri Lanka 10.11.2017
-  Read our Policy Brief on how international climate finance can unlock the potential towards 100% renewable energies 09.11.2017
-  Meet us @ the COP23 07.11.2017
-  New report: Status quo of international Adaption Finance 06.11.2017
-  New report: Transparency of Support Received 20.05.2017
-  the greenwerk. @ the #COP23 03.11.2017
-  Proud to be part of the CTCN 20.10.2017