The Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), under the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, implements UNDP’s portfolio of projects related to climate change mitigation through energy diversification and efficiency. The SLSEA currently implements two GEF-funded projects which are;
1)Promoting Sustainable Biomass Energy Production and Modern Bio Energy Technologies (Biomass to Energy) in Sri Lanka and
2) Appropriate Mitigation Actions in the Energy Generation and End-Use Sectors in Sri Lanka (NAMA). In addition the SLSEA will be the implementing partner for a new South-South Cooperation Project with China focusing on renewable energy options for agri-businesses and SMEs.
This project will be implemented in conjunction with the GEF- Energy NAMA project in two provinces but coordinated and technically monitored by SLSEA.
Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) of Sri Lanka focus on four main areas;
1. Mitigation 2. Adaptation 3. Loss and Damage and 4. Means of Implementations. Sri Lanka is committed to address global climate change and aims to channel development into a low carbon pathway. Through the INDCs, Sri Lanka puts forward ambitious and progressive delinking of GHG emmissions in its efforts for economic growth. Through the mitigation strategies intended, Sri Lanka aims to reduce the GHG emissions against a Business-As-Usual scenario unconditionally by 7% (Energy sector 4%, and 3% from other sectors) and conditionally by 23% (Energy sector 16% and 7% from other sectors) by 2030. Further the current National Energy Policy (current) targets achieving the country‘s energy requirements as much as possible, through cleaner energy sources such as liquified natural gases and renewable energy like solar and wind. The National Energy Policy of Sri Lanka seeks to diversify supply mix with renewable energy resources whilst seeking to reduce energy demand through demand side management. The Renewable Energy Resources Development Plan seeks to achieve 20% from renewable energy resources by 2020 and 30% by 2030 as part of the national strategy to reduce GHG emissions through appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA). The Energy Management Plan (EnMAP) seeks to achieve energy savings through the promotion of EE measures.
The energy efficiency and renewable energy portfolio of UNDP is prepared to build and develop a strong portfolio of programmatic action and technical advisory support that enables the country to meet these national targets. In this context, UNDP will seek avenues to strengthen its portfolio further to include interventions that potentially look into decentralised management of energy resources and efficient use, new and non-conventional energy from natural resources and waste (municipal waste to energy).
The Biomass to Energy project is designed to reduce GHG emissions from the use of fossil fuel for thermal energy through switching to biomass applications and interventions, and ensuring sustainable supply of processed woody biomass. The goal is set to achieve by means of removing barriers to the realisation of sustainable biomass plantation, increase of market share of biomass energy, energy generation mix and adoption of biomass-based energy technologies in Sri Lanka. The project, jointly managed and funded by UNDP and FAO, so far has been able to progress towards achieving these targets. Through co-financed pilots, the project supported large scale industries to switch from fossil fuel to biomass fuel. The project supports small and medium-scale enterprises to switch to biomass based thermal applications in their production lines. The project also initiated the setup of biomass energy terminals. The project has initiated biomass energy terminals in six districts; Kurunegala, Galle, Ratnapura, Gampaha, Moneragala and Nuwaraeliya. Out of the six, three terminals were commissioned and the rest are targeted to be commissioned in 2017.
Energy NAMA project has successfully commissioned its three pilots for energy efficiency and renewable energy on high-efficiency motors, solar PV net metering sytems and the provincial level bio gas interventions. The project is also exploring the possibility of storing the provincial, sectoral and national inventory and proposed MRV system into the existing EnerGIS system (of Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority) with the required upgrades. The possibility of linking this energy data management system with the future Greenhouse Gas inventory mechanism of the Third National Communication is also under consideration. The project will also invest in developing a marginal abatement cost curve (MACC) as a decision making tool to prioritise RE and EE activities for both supported and voluntary appropriate mitigation actions using the data from the three pilots commissioned.
In addition to these two GEF funded projects, UNDP China directed UNDP Sri Lanka and facilitated a tripartite South South Cooperation (TSSC) grant of USD 01 Million from Ministry of Commerce, China. Under this pilot project, UNDP China, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka will work on the trial and demonstration of renewable energy technologies in particular bio gas and solar in the agro industrial sector. The Chinese support will be a directly implemented project where funds will be disbursed by UNDP to the beneficiaries. However, the overall supervison of project activities is by the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority. The project will be implemented alongside the Energy NAMA project while investing in additional capacity development, knowledge and technology sharing and include development cooperation between China and Sri Lanka. Furthermore, the project includes building capacity of the local stakeholders such as provincial councils and local energy service providers on assessing the carbon footprint and identifying renewable energy technology deployment opportunities. This will include working with provincial authorities and relevant line ministries under Provincial Councils. Therefore, the activities identified in the trilateral project will have strong liason with the Energy NAMA project thus complementing each other and contributing to national targets as one.
The energy projects implemented with SLSEA are currently implemented through seperate PMUs with government and UNDP-recruited staff. Both projects have a single National Project Director, who is a Deputy Director General of the SLSEA and are overseen by a single Project Board co-chaired by UNDP and the Secretary, Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy.
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