Wednesday, November 13, 2019

First 3 climate projects in 4th NDF round

Matís of Iceland, Orgut in Sweden and Gaia Consulting in Finland are the three companies that have signed agreements for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects under the Nordic Climate Facility’s fourth Call for Proposals (NCF4).

The projects aim to improve food security in Tanzania, give access to energy efficient appliances in Ethiopia and support water economy in Kenya.

Matís is an Icelandic food and biotech research company. Its project tackles fish smoking in Tanzania, which is based on firewood for fuel and contributes to deforestation. Matís plans to reduce deforestation, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, support local livelihoods, food safety and security by improving fish smoking and drying techniques. The NDF grant will provide support for 100 energy efficient smoking units n 14 selected areas on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

ORGUT Consulting from Sweden, together with several Kenyan partners, plans to improve water economics in a holistic manner.

The project works at both local and national levels to improve water measurement, management and water abstraction compliance, water sales and water use efficiency in adaptation to climate change. The project works at both local and national levels to improve water measurement, management and water abstraction compliance, water sales and water use efficiency in adaptation to climate change.

The third agreement has been signed with the Finnish Gaia Consulting and MicroEnergy International of Germany. They aim to initiate an innovative and replicable microcredit mechanism to finance clean energy technologies for households as well as small and medium size enterprises in Ethiopia. The project puts in place a business mechanism and develops the entire supply chain for high-quality, clean energy technologies for low-income markets.

The agreements are the first batch of 12 approved projects that have been selected for funding under NCF4.