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Removing fossil fuel subsidies in Morocco

Over a period of three years, Morocco successfully phased out fossil fuel subsidies, thereby promoting sustainable practices such as energy efficiency and renewable energy production. The Government secured cooperation from citizens by informing them and raising consumer awareness before the subsidies were removed. The change has led to more sustainable consumption of energy, and has significantly reduced the cost to the Government.

Working for Water South Africa

The Government of South Africa provided grant funding for the removal of invasive plant species that were negatively impacting the environment and water supply. A nationwide public works programme helped clear one million hectares of land, contributing to a more sustainable water cycle and increased protection of biodiversity. The measure also contributed to economic and social development.

Innovative water management in Singapore

Singapore has historically suffered from freshwater shortages and water insecurity. In the 2000s the Government of Singapore launched new policies to address this, providing grant funding and support to R&D in public sector and industry, investing in infrastructure to improve water cycle management, including water and wastewater treatment, and raising consumer awareness about water conservation through public information and labelling schemes. This helped increase water independence and establish a thriving and innovative water industry.

Green Food from Green Roofs in Cairo, Egypt

The challenge of securing food for a rapidly growing and urbanised population puts a strain on water resources, land use & agriculture. The Green Food from Green Roofs programme aimed to stimulate urban agriculture in Cairo (Egypt), the largest city in the Mediterranean region, by showing the potential for rooftop gardening. Through pilot projects, and by raising consumer awareness and providing support (advise/consultancy) to locals, the project showed how fresh and healthy food can be grown very efficiently in urban areas, saving water, energy and land.

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.

Thailand National Energy Efficiency Programme

The government of Thailand has embraced energy conservation as a cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country, while also strengthening energy security. A complementary set of policies have been implemented, setting standards for industry and incentivising energy efficient projects across society. Financed through a sales tax on petroleum products, the programme has been a great success, significantly reducing peak demand in the country.

Korea Environmental Technology & Industry Institute (KEITI)

In order to promote the commercialisation of environmental technologies, KEITI - the Korean Environmental Industry & Technology Institute – provides a range of support services, including debt funding and innovation and business consulting, to eco-innovative SMEs in South Korea. Additionally, KEITI looks to build demand for eco-friendly or low-carbon products in Korea through a series of activities raising consumer awareness.

The ASEM Inclusive Eco-Innovation Programme in Cambodia

To accelerate rural electrification in Cambodia, the ASEM Inclusive Eco-Innovation Programme is providing tailored training in solar power technologies to foster the creation of eco-innovate SMEs. By also promoting market intelligence amongst producers, and raising consumer awareness of these solutions, the programme aims to create a sustainable solar market from nothing, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to local communities.

Replacement of incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights in Ghana

By setting regulatory requirements, Ghana was able to successfully phase out inefficient incandescent bulbs, saving 6% of the country’s energy demand. A widespread transition to the responsible purchasing of better Compact Fluorescent Lights was achieved through regulation and standards, complemented by other measures including providing incentives to consumers, and certifying and labelling bulbs.

PROSOL: Financing Solar Water Heating in Tunisia

The PROSOL programme stimulated the market for solar thermal heaters in Tunisia, where 270,000 new systems were installed between 2005 and 2015. The programme enabled consumers to purchase solar water heaters with minimal upfront costs by providing investment subsidies on a loan with a duration of 5 years. The programme worked with banks to reduce their risk by having the electricity utility acting as a debt collector, helping to increase the supply of finance available for the systems.

National Biogas Programme of Ethiopia

In order to provide a cleaner and safer source of energy for rural communities, a national programme was initiated to develop a domestic biogas sector in Ethiopia. By supporting private demand and human resources capacity building, the programme helped stimulate a market whereby end-users were supported to buy biogas plants from private suppliers. Over 13,000 smallholder farming families took the opportunity to install biogas digester plants.

Microfinance for Solar Home Systems

The Bangladesh Solar Homes Programme aimed to expand energy access in the country, in line with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The country has a great number of homes which are not connected to the grid, and decentralised energy solutions were seen as a good way to electrify rural areas. The programme was providing demand subsidies and concessional microloans, making solar energy installations affordable for households. As a result of the programme, Bangladesh has the fastest growing off-grid solar PV home system program in the world.

Live Green Toronto

The Live Green Toronto initiative helps neighbourhoods and citizens reduce their climate change impacts at the local level by promoting sustainable practices. As well as providing support (advise/consultancy) and informing about available grants, it organises engagement events aimed at raising consumer awareness. Citizens can also benefit from a scheme offering discounts on green products and services in the city, promoting sustainable consumption.

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme

Australia has introduced a water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS), in order to promote a sustainable water cycle. Much of Australia faces regular drought conditions, requiring a strategy for saving water. The national scheme introduces a performance standard requiring certain products to be registered and labelled with a water efficiency label, to inform consumers about more water (and cost) efficient products.

Training farmers to use Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems

In Pakistan, solar powered irrigation represents a clean and affordable water conservation solution for the agricultural sector. In order to promote the uptake of these systems a series of training programmes have been organised with farmers to familiarise them with solar powered pumping issues. By betterinforming and supporting technology adopters, the scheme hopes to accelerate the nationwide uptake of solar powered irrigation. 

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. 

Returpack ‘Reverse Vending Machine’ incentivises aluminium and plastic recycling

To simplify and incentivise aluminium and plastics recycling in Hungary, recycling company Returpack devised a ‘Reverse Vending Machine’. The standalone machine, which is placed in public places, offers incentive vouchers to citizens in return for their cans and bottles. 

Plastic waste reduction scheme for sustainable tourism in Cyprus

A sustainability charity teamed up with a tourism company to help reduce plastic waste in the Cyprus by setting up a sustainable strategy in hotels. Changes such as no longer giving out bottled water, or straws, resulted in a large reduction in the amount of plastic waste generated, in addition to positive impacts on both costs and guest satisfaction. 

'EnSURE' Handbook of Energy Efficient Urban Development

To help cities develop their own Sustainable Energy Action Plans, the EnSURE project compiled a ‘Manual of Energy Efficient Urban Development’. Combining the knowledge of project partners from across Central Europe, the manual forms a practical roadmap for policy makers integrating technological, financial and stakeholder engagement measures.

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.

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