Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions(NAMA) in Energy Generation and End use sectors in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is highly dependent on imported oil for her energy needs and about 40% of the total Government export earning is spent for oil imports. This is leading to a heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels and increased GHG emissions. National Energy policy of Sri Lanka seeks to diversify the supply mix with increased renewable energy sources to reduce energy demand. Development of renewable energy resources is part of the national strategy to reduce GHG emissions through mitigation actions (NAMA). Energy Management Plan seeks to achieve energy savings through promotion of renewable energy (RE) & energy efficiency (EE) measures. Very often GHG savings and cost benefits of these low carbon interventions and their benefits are not systematically quantified. Therefore it is difficult for sub national entities to assess the impact of their NAMA interventions at the sector and sub sector levels.
In order to fill these gaps this project wish to develop a robust, transparent and functional NAMA framework along with a clear monitoring, reporting, and verification system. Such framework will systematically quantify the GHG savings and benefits of mitigation actions initiated from provincial and sub sectoral to national and sector level.
Furthermore such a transparent framework will open up opportunities to access regional and international climate funding. To test and verify the framework this project will seek to overcome the regulatory, institutional, technical, financial and social barriers for scaling up of RE&EE NAMA through dissemination of 1,000 bio digesters in Uva, North Western, Southern and Central provinces, 1,300 High Efficiency Motors in tea factories and 150 solar PV net metering systems with batteries. Implementation will be with a grant component borne by the project.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) supports this project with the financial assistance of Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment are the executing agencies of the project. Project implementing partners are Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, Climate Change Secretariat and UNDP.