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Desert solar farms in Morocco

The Government of Morocco initiated the development of a giant solar power plant, by setting up a public-private partnership with independent power producers. By supporting technology adopters the partnership enabled the procurement of eco-innovation in the shape of pioneering concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. The Noor plant has a capacity of 580 MW and will go a long way to helping Morocco achieve its goal of 42% renewable energy penetration by 2020.

Cabeolica Wind Farm in Cape Verde

The Government of Cape Verde brought large scale renewable energy to the archipelago by setting up a public-private partnership (PPP) to develop, build, finance and operate four wind farms. Debt funding was secured from the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank. The partnership succeeded by setting up synergies and creating an effective model to bring the project from conception to realisation.

Billion Tree Afforestation Project in Pakistan

The Pakistan province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa undertook an ambitious project to promote sustainable forestry management for climate change mitigation, protection of biodiversity, and green growth and jobs. More than 1 billion trees have been planted or protected. By setting up a public-private partnership with local farmers, the project successfully built large networks of nurseries, plantations and enclosures. The necessary human resources capacity building for such an ambitious project was ensured byproviding tailored training to over 7500 farmers and local forestry staff. 

Recycling waste tyres in South Africa

In South Africa, the recycling rate for vehicle tyres increased from 4% to 60% in the space of 3 years after the implementation of a new waste management plan. A new circular economy strategy was developed, whereby used tyres were collected from dealers, brought to dedicated depots, and then transported to processing plants for recycling. All activities were funded by introducing a tax instrument that placed a levy on all new tyres.

Urban NEXUS approach in schools in Tanzania

By setting up synergies between water, energy and food policies, actions were taken to optimise resource use in schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Implementing an Urban NEXUS approach, actors from ICLEI and GIZ brought together a wide range of local stakeholders to achieve consensus on the actions to be taken. The results show the importance of recognising the linkages between water, energy and food, and the benefits that can be achieved through collaboration in these areas.

Metro Vancouver’s Regional Food System Strategy

Metro Vancouver developed a Regional Food System Strategy (RFFS), with the aim of developing a sustainable, resilient and healthy food system. By setting up a public-private partnership and setting up synergies between the individual local governments, the RFFS aims to deliver benefit for residents, support to business and protection of the natural environment. This holistic approach considers the role of stakeholders across the entire food system.

Eco Óleo programme: Recycling waste cooking oil

In Brazil, setting up a public-private partnership has solved the problem of pollution deriving from the improper disposal of cooking oil, instead finding a way for it to be collected and recycled. By raising awareness and creating an infrastructure for oil collection, the Eco-Oil programme has transformed the habits of local businesses and society and contributed to waste reduction, with over 20,000 litres of cooking oil collected each month and sold to a local biodiesel power plant. 

Sittard-Geleen Biomass Boiler Public-Private Partnership

By setting up a public-private partnership with a local entrepreneur, the Municipality of Sittard-Geleen (Netherlands) was able to install a Biomass Boiler plant, which provides renewable heating and electricity to over 1000 homes. As well as being a cost effective way of contributing to the region’s sustainable aspirations, the partnership unlocked a number of synergies and efficiencies.

Greater Manchester Low Carbon Investment Pipeline

In order to deliver better Low Carbon investments in Manchester, a pipeline fund was created, allowing the City to channel investment towards projects with high potential and strategic value. The City gained technical expertise and guidance by establishing a partnership with the UK Green Investment Bank. Together they were able to optimise the use of resources, ensure financing for small projects and avoid duplication of effort in the region. 

The 4BIOMASS Transnational Action Plan for Bioenergy in Central Europe

Seven energy agencies collaborated in order to advise policy-makers on how an integrated and transnationally co-ordinated bioenergy policy should be designed. Through research, knowledge exchange and stakeholder consultations the 4BIOMASS project produced the ‘Transnational Action Plan for Central Europe’, which quickly inspired regulatory changes in participating countries. 

 

How an ancient and cultural capital builds a low carbon city

The Government of Taiwan launched a “low carbon cities” policy in response to the global warming. To facilitate the national sustainable development and the United Nation's goal of carbon emission reduction by 2050, Tainan, as the cultural capital, set up an ambitious plan toward a low carbon city.

The Finnish Government’s strategic programme to accelerate growth in cleantech business

The challenge is the change in the global economy and the decline of traditional industries. In 2012 the Finnish government set a strategic programme, to accelerate the growth in Finnish cleantech business, which has been seen as one tool to enhance business growth in the country.

Fewer natural resources, more added value - Finnish Industrial Symbiosis System FISS

The formation of industrial symbiosis is boosted by new programme. The model developed by Finnish innovation fund Sitra and Motiva brings together the producers and users of residual resources.

Motiva Group: a state-owned specialist in energy and material efficiency

Motiva Group is an expert company owned by the Finnish state promoting efficient and sustainable use of energy and materials. It offers energy auditing and counselling on energy efficiency agreements, material efficiency, renewable energy and international cooperation for various stakeholders such as industry and SMEs, the public sector, schools and private households.

Tenerrdis, a flagship new energy technologies cluster in the Rhône-Alpes region

Tenerrdis is a competitiveness and innovation cluster located in the French Rhône-Alpes region. It specialises in new energy systems, with 150 members from industry (55% SMEs), research and higher education sectors. Its goal is to help maintain and improve their position in the global market for clean energy. 

From Start to Start: the Dutch ‘Circle Economy’ Platform

The Netherlands has recently introduced ‘Circle Economy’, an open member platform striving towards a circular economy and providing targeted support to organisations. The non-for-profit platform is also involved in a new cooperative programme initiated by the Dutch Government, opting for a “Realisation of Acceleration towards a Circular Economy (RACE)”. 

Responsible waste management in Lahti region

Citizens of the Lahti region have been educated for over 20 years on how to separate the waste they generate in their homes. This enables the collection of so called “energy waste”, which includes energy containing materials such as plastics that can be used to produce fuel for combined heat and power production. This has in turn has raised the waste utilisation rate to over 94% in the region.

SymbioCity, Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development all over the World

SymbioCity is the trademarked term for Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development. The overall aim of the SymbioCityApproach is to promote Sweden's knowledge and experience on sustainable urban development internationally – and encourage these developments primarily in low and middle-income countries. 

The Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) for systemic regional development

The Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) are a policy framework by the Mid-West Regional Authority in Ireland, aiming to foster holistic regional development based on sustainability criteria (i.e. environmental, economic and social) criteria. The RPGs include a methodology for evidence-based policy making and consensus on decisions around potentially conflicting issues, such as land use and agriculture, urban infrastructure (water, electricity, etc), transportation routes and so on. 

Contracting private Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to undertake feasibility analyses and implement the necessary technologies to provide guaranteed energy savings for clients.

As an Energy Saving Partner of the Berlin Senate’s Administration for Urban Development and Environment (Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt), Energieagentur Berlin is responsible for providing guaranteed energy savings for a pool of buildings that the Senate governs (e.g., hospitals, day-care centres etc.). The Energieagentur Berlin receives a share of the saved energy, which it can use to refinance investments in energy saving technologies and measures it undertakes as part of the project.

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