State allocates EUR 1.45 million for exporting climate solutions to developing countries

14. September 2020 | 15:48

Starting on 14 September, the Environmental Investments Centre (EIC) will begin accepting applications for projects that will help developing countries mitigate climate change. The deadline for submitting applications is 17.00 on 17 November 2020.

According to Rene Kokk, Minister of the Environment and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the EIC, by doing so Estonia is contributing to international climate cooperation and supporting our undertakings, helping them to export smart green technological solutions to developing countries. In previous years, innovative climate solutions from our undertakings have reached Bangladesh, Myanmar, Grenada, Georgia, Algeria, the Ivory Coast, the Republic of South Africa, Costa Rica and Burkina Faso’, explained the Minister of the Environment.

‘Thus far, Estonian companies in developing countries have stood out with their ingenious innovative solutions – whether it is bringing clothing production residues back into the production cycle, a mobile repair shop for diesel engine power systems or an automated air conditioning system’, said Andrus Treier, Director of the EIC. ‘We need to be even cleverer and plan more extensively this time around, because COVID-19 means thinking about how to carry out our activities over a period of three years. It pays to be resourceful and patient, considering both the movement of goods and keeping in touch with the country of destination; for example, seminars and training can be held online. Thus far, our companies have been very successful in using various digital solutions, and there is definitely an exciting challenge here in every aspect.’   

The EIC is accepting projects that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fields of energy, transport, water and construction, as well as waste management, agriculture and forestry. Applications can also be submitted in the field of information and communications technology.

Two of the projects supported in the previous year have been very specific. For example, last year’s call for proposals resulted in the arrival of a digital solution for measuring timber and managing a data-driven supply chain in Costa Rica. In South Africa, however, the development of building energy management software continued, and a smart solution helped alleviate water scarcity in Burkina Faso. A total of EUR 1.33 million in support for projects has been granted over a period of two years.

Non-profit associations, foundations, enterprises, universities, governmental institutions, and local governments or agencies administered by local governments can participate in the application round. In addition to the desire to share their knowledge related to solving climate issues, the applicant must have a partner in a country that has been listed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as a recipient of development assistance. The minimum support per project is EUR 30,000 and the maximum support is EUR 200,000. The maximum amount of support is 90% of eligible costs and the own contribution must be at least 10% of the eligible costs.

There is no limit regarding the supported fields of activity; however, it is important to ensure that the connection between the expected results of the project and climate change is definable in connection with OECD methodology (so-called Rio markers).

Support can be applied for from 14 September until 17 November 2020 via the E-application environment. The information day for the application round will be taking place online on 22 September. More detailed information on the application conditions and information day can be found on the EIC’s homepage or from the Project Coordinator Ööle Janson (oole.janson [at] kik.ee, Tel.: 627-4191).

 

Background information

The International Paris Climate Agreement calls for developed countries to help developing countries alleviate climate change and adapt to the effects of climate change. Pursuant to the agreement, Estonia has promised to contribute EUR one million each year until 2020 to international climate cooperation and meeting climate policy goals in developing countries. Funding will come from the revenue received from the auction of greenhouse gas emission units on the trading system for reducing the European Union’s emissions.

Support is given for implementing the ‘State Budget Strategy 2019-2022’ measure ‘Estonia’s contribution to international climate cooperation’ and the regulation ‘Terms and conditions for providing support for achieving climate policy goals in developing countries’, issued by the Minister of the Environment. The measure was developed by the Ministry of the Environment.