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ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED JOINTLY (AIJ)
 

UNIFORM REPORTING FORMAT:

NATIONAL PROGRAMME ON

ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED JOINTLY

UNDER THE PILOT PHASE

The Government of

NORWAY

Oslo, June 1997

UNIFORM REPORTING FORMAT:

NATIONAL PROGRAMME ON ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED JOINTLY

UNDER THE PILOT PHASE

The Government of Norway

Oslo, 10 June 1997

List of Programmes

1. Designated national authority for activities implemented jointly 1. A) Please fill in if not already communicated or if changes have occurred.

Item Please fill in if applicable
Name of the national authority : Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Name of the national authority (English): Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Department: Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs
Acronym: -
Acronym (English): -
Function within activity: Governmental authority responsible for commiting financial resources for AIJ projects and approval of AIJ project agreements and reports
Street: Victoria Terrasse
Post code: P.O.Box 8114 Dep
City: N-0032 Oslo
Country: Norway
Telephone: 47 - 22 24 36 03
Fax: 47 - 22 24 27 82
E-mail: -
WWW-URL: -
Contact person (for this activity): Mr Jostein Leiro
Surname: Leiro
First name, middle name: Jostein
Job title: Head of Division
Direct tel: 47 - 22 24 36 08
Direct fax: 47 - 22 24 27 82
Direct E-mail: -
2. Description of programme structure and features:

Involvement in work to develop the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with cost effective mechanisms for the mutual benefit of all Parties is a key element of Norwegian climate policy. Cooperative efforts under mutually beneficial incentive structures may provide promising opportunities for reinforcing environment and development objectives. Specifically, the report on climate policy to the Parliament in 1995 concludes that Activities Implemented Jointly (AIJ) will be given priority as an important supplement to measures implemented domestically. To this end, a Governmental Climate Change Fund, established in 1991 and since then replenished on an annual basis, includes provisions for funding AIJ pilot projects and related methodological work. This fund is established separate from and in addition to the development assistance accounts.

The overriding objective for all Pilot Phase activities is to contribute to the assessment of the possible global benefits and national economic, social and environmental impacts associated with Activities Implemented Jointly. The Norwegian programme, constituting workshops with interested host countries and pilot projects on a bilateral and multilateral basis, aims to catalyze opportunities for broad participation among interested Parties and relevant actors with the view to maximizing learning value. In addition to the Governmental fund, private sector involvement in pilot projects may provide further financial and technological resources and practical experience and potentially enlarge the leverage effect of the mechanism of AIJ.

Currently, projects under the AIJ pilot phase are being implemented with Costa Rica, Mexico and Poland. Early 1997, a regional workshop was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and an MoU for carrying out an AIJ project with Burkina Faso signed. Further projects and regional workshops are under development/preparation for consideration and scheduling in 1997/98.
The Norway-Costa Rica (Reforestation and Forest Conservation) AIJ Project is being implemented on a bilateral basis through a cofinancing agreement whereby Norwegian private sector and Governmental funds enable private landholders to manage their lands in consistency with the objectives of the established Costa Rican Forestry Law. The AIJ projects in Mexico (ILUMEX Efficient Light Bulbs), Poland (Coal-to-Gas Conversion) and Burkina Faso (Land Use/Traditional Energy Management) are being carried out under a Norway-World Bank collaborative programme. The Norway-World Bank programme is established with the view to facilitate participation among interested parties and to examine practical and workable solutions to further operationalizing the AIJ pilot phase criteria. The scope of AIJ as a mechanism for stimulating additional resource flows for the protection of the global climate is explored.

3. Process for obtaining approval 3. A) Brief description of procedure:

Stepwise procedure for project assessment and approval:
1. Individual project proposals are subject to expert reviews and assessed on the basis of the objectives and criteria contained in decision 5/CP.1. Consistency with these objectives and criteria constitutes the eligibility criteria for all projects.
2. Project proposals that are consistent with the objectives and criteria contained in decision 5/CP.1, and require funding in a range which corresponds to the AIJ-funding available, are then reviewed in a broader perspective. Due to the limited size of funding available under the pilot phase, not all projects fulfilling the eligibility criteria can be approved. Portfolio considerations in order to maximize learning value during the pilot phase, thus constitute a decisive factor. The project portfolio is developed with the view to secure a diversified representation in terms of project type (e.g. sectors and technology involved) and geographical regions, both within Annex I and in non-Annex I countries. In addition, private sector participation in order to leverage technology transfer and financing is given high priority.
3. Eligible projects that match with the project portfolio are then presented to an AIJ Project Approval Committee established under the Interministerial Steering Committee for climate change issues. The AIJ Project Approval Committee consists of representatives of the Ministries of Finance, Petroleum and Energy, Environment and Foreign Affairs. Projects approved by the AIJ Project Approval Committee are, subject to comments provided by its members, ready for final negotiation and agreement between the host country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
4. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the Governmental authority responsible for commiting financial resources for AIJ projects and approval of AIJ project agreements and reports, will on the basis of the mandate given by the AIJ project approval committee work with host country authorities to finalize a project agreement.

3. B) List all criteria for national acceptance of an activity implemented jointly:3.B.a) Criteria that support decision 5/CP.1:
Criterion for project portfolio: Securing a broad representation of different types of projects and geographical representation, recognizing that decision 5/CP.1 emphasizes that activities implemented jointly could be conducted in a comprehensive manner covering all relevant sources, sinks and reservoirs of GHGs, on a voluntary basis, with all Parties that so request.
Individual projects must clearly demonstrate that all objectives and criteria contained in decision 5/CP.1 are met, including that funding must be additional to ODA and GEF contributions, that projects must transcend a business-as-usual scenario and provide additional benefits for the mitigation of climate change, that projects must be supportive of national environment and development priorities and strategies and receive host country approval.
3.B.b) Other criteria for national acceptance of AIJ:
Criterion for project portfolio: Maintaining a proper balance between projects executed on a bilateral basis and a multilateral basis. The reason for this approach is to acquire experience with various ways of executing Activities Implemented Jointly and assess their respective pros and cons.
Existing institutional capacity in host country is viewed to be an assett, but does not constitute an eligibility criterion per se.
Private sector participation in order to leverage technology transfer and financing is given priority as an add-on to the funding provided over the Governmental Climate Change Fund established separate from and in addition to the development assistance accounts. It is, however, not an eligibility criteria per se. Recognizing that there are no credits under the pilot phase, private sector are not granted exemptions or refunds of the Norwegian CO2-tax or other national mechanisms or policies for participating in AIJ projects.
4. Summary of activities 4. A) Summary of AIJ projects reported using the uniform reporting format:
Type of projecta) Title of activity Stage of activity Remarks GHGs
CO2 CH4 N2O Other    
Energy efficiency ILUMEX

Efficient light bulbs

(Mexico)

In progress Implemented under the Norway-World Bank collaborative program

X

X

Fuel switching Coal-to-gas boiler conversion

(Poland)

In progress Implemented under the Norway-World Bank collaborative program

X

 
Afforestation and forest preservation Reforest. and forest conserv.

(Costa Rica)

In progress Implemented on a bilateral basis.

Private sector participation and financing.

X

 
Land use/energy management (PDF) Sustain-able energy (58 kB)

(PDF) (Burkina Faso) (58 kB)

Mutally agreed To be implemented under the Norway-World Bank collaborative program

X

 

a) For example using IPCC classification: energy efficiency; renewable energy; fuel switching; forest preservation, restoration or reforestation; afforestation; fugitive gas capture; industrial processes; solvents; agriculture; waste disposal or bunker fuels.

4. B) Non project activities:

In conjunction with the signing of the Burkina Faso-Norway project, a regional workshop was held in Ouagadougou in February 1997. Reference is made to the Report of the African Regional Workshop on Activities Implemented Jointly under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Further similar regional workshops are scheduled for 1997 in conjunction with projects under preparation.

The Government of Norway has during the Pilot Phase contributed financial resources to, and participated in, a number of international AIJ conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as studies related to methodological issues.