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High level dialogue ENERGY

The UN High level dialogue on energy held from the 21-25th of June had the participation of All UN Member States voluntarily committed to the SDGs. The HLDE discussions were deliberated under the following thematic areas;

I. Energy Access (Universal electricity access, Clean cooking, Heating/cooling and other energy services)
II. Energy Transitions (Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Transport including electric vehicles, just transition, including coal phase-out)
III. Enabling SDGs Through Inclusive, Just Energy Transitions (Gender equality, Health and education, Poverty eradication and job creation, Agriculture, food systems, and water, Sustainable production and consumption)

In addition, cross cutting issues were tackled including; Innovation, Technology and Data, Finance and Investment with focus on the Recovering better strategy from COVID-19, Fossil fuel subsidy reform, Green investment, Risk management, and insurance

Here are 10 lessons for Mozambique from the HLDE;

1.It is necessary to formulate actionable plans and compacts that include clean cooking; a viable, robust, fully inclusive, and sustainable clean cooking industry; and making gender a key part of agreements and financing.

2.There is need for the adoption of innovative or non-market solutions for affordability such as waiving taxes or subsidizing clean cooking and household energy; capacity building and support for local manufacturing; research on transition technologies, including hemp or crop wastes; and innovations in financing instruments and business models.

3.Adopting an integrated approach that recognizes the end goal of an electrified economy with electric cooking and electric mobility. Need for better fiscal allocation and targeted financial tools that can support both large and small providers.

4.Increased use of digital tools such as the internet and social media to share information in real time, focusing not only on supply but also demand data. Need for capacity needs assessments as well as efforts to address the needs identified.

5.Government and other relevant stakeholders strongly encouraged to take actions to achieve universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, increase the global share of new and renewable energy, improve the inclusion in energy sector cooperation, where relevant, and increase the rate of improvement in energy efficiency for a clean, low-emission, low-carbon climate-resilient, safe, efficient, modern, affordable and sustainable energy system, given the systemic sustainable development benefits, while taking into consideration the diversity of national situations, priorities, policies, specific needs and challenges and capacities, including their energy mix and energy systems;

6.Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, as such services are an integral part of poverty eradication measures, human dignity, quality of life, economic opportunity, the combating of inequality, the promotion of health and the prevention of morbidity and mortality, access to education, safe drinking water and sanitation, food security, disaster risk reduction and resilience, climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental impact reduction, social inclusion and gender equality, including for persons affected by humanitarian emergencies;

7.There is need for the promotion of an enabling environment for the increased usage of sustainable, cleaner and more efficient cooking and heating methods

8.Relevant stakeholders need to leverage the cost-competitiveness of renewable energy, especially in off-grid areas, in order to achieve universal energy access, such as by establishing policy frameworks for metering and payment systems, requiring cost comparisons between grid extension and off-grid solutions, facilitating investment by domestic and foreign banks and educating students, communities, investors and entrepreneurs on renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, among other activities, where feasible and appropriate;

9.Need for strengthened cooperation at the regional level to promote innovation and facilitate financing, support regional cross-border power grid connectivity, as appropriate, to advance economic integration and sustainable development and share best practices that are responsive to regional needs with regard to Sustainable Development Goal 7 and its interlinkages with the other Sustainable Development Goals, and in this regard encourages Governments to reinforce their energy interconnections, connecting regional energy markets and increasing energy security at the global level;

10.It is only a collective effort that can enable the energy transition at a faster pace. Attainment of SDG7 will require consorted action across the world. There is need to drive ambition and action at home and with greater international collaboration the government can boost investment in clean power and support a faster cheaper and easier transition for all.

UNIDO in partnership with FUNAE and BCI held a virtual event on May 12, 2021, that brought together 25 participants as part of the credit line dissemination activities carried out by the TSE4ALLM project.  The event was vital in raising awareness among renewable energy systems suppliers about the BCI SUPER credit line and sharing generic technical requirements that must be included in the proposals submitted by the potential beneficiaries.  “Participants had the opportunity to clarify certain aspects related to access to the investment capital provided by the BCI-SUPER credit line”
It is worth noting that renewable energy technology suppliers and service providers are eligible to compete for the BCI SUPER credit line and have a fundamental role in the project as they will be called upon to work in three aspects: (i) placing in the market innovative renewable energy solutions developed locally or in partnership with foreign suppliers; (ii) developing and submitting projects in partnership with  (associations, cooperatives, companies, etc.), iii) Offering technical support to fund applicants (potential beneficiaries), including detailed proposals with drawings, equipment prices and specifications for the submission of technical projects with complete information.
Can technology suppliers apply for financing for the acquisition of equipment? 
The acquisition of equipment will only be eligible for financing if it is part of a set of activities targeting a specific intervention in a rural community, where the use of energy will be highlighted. Technology suppliers and service providers must develop and submit projects in partnership with the private sector located in the communities (associations, cooperatives, companies, etc.), with concrete impact on rural areas and in line with the general objectives of the TSE4ALLM project



Inside this issue;
1. TSE4ALLM calls for expression of interest for small and medium size Renewable Energy technology projects
2. Agreement between UNIDO and BCI to finance Renewable Energy in rural Mozambique
3. UNIDO signs Cooperate agreement with UEM
4. Increased crop production and income generation for female smallholder farmers with the use of the solar water pumps

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Quinta Irini, an agricultural and agro-processing initiative located in Mafuiane engages in a wide range of agricultural activities including agro-processing agriculture, fungal beekeeping (mushroom production) and raising small animals, chicken, ducks, rabbits, and goats. The small holder farm largely relies on firewood and charcoal as the largest source of energy used in the process of pasteurizing the substrate for the production of mushrooms. The process consumes large amounts of firewood for cooking with 200-liter drums, but the scarcity of this resource in this area is hindering the business and impends its growth. The Namaacha region where the initiative is based is being affected by a rapid trend of fast deforestation combined with population growth, low agricultural production, poverty, food insecurity, low use (and unsustainable use) of the natural resources available in communities, unemployment, urbanization, uncontrolled fires, among other factors that are contributing to the increased demand for wood fuels.

In the ambit of the TSE4ALLM project implemented by UNIDO, funded by the Global Environment Facility and with oversight from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Quinta Irini initiative intends to turn the situation around by promoting the adoption of alternative sources of energy. The aim of this initiative is to establish measures to change from traditional systems that are detrimental to the environment to more efficient and improved systems, as well as to induce the adoption of other energy options. Changes will ensure the sustainability of the use of the biomass resource, including use of residues to improve the quality of productive soils.

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On December 15th 2020, a memorandum of Understanding was signed between ClimateScience and the TSE4ALLM project with the aim of mutually promoting climate change education, specifically with regards to renewable energy in Mozambique. ClimateScience creates fun and free educational content on climate change, in order to inspire students and professionals to contribute to climate solutions.  ClimateScience’s mission is to make science-based content that is accessible to all, and to help educate individuals and organizations around the world about climate change. Beautifully-illustrated, understandable courses, as well as YouTube videos are created which give learners the possibility to practice their gained knowledge in presenting and debating their findings. 
On the other hand, the TSE4ALLM project’s mission is to move towards sustainable energy for all in Mozambique. Currently, modern energy sources for productive use and private-sector engagement are limited in rural areas. The Project aims to engage the private sector in order to promote the market-based spread of integrated renewable energy systems, which will then help provide the necessary energy to rural areas for productive use. In addition to creating pilot projects to show the benefits of these renewable energy systems, the TSE4ALLM project is also seeking to educate individuals, the public sector and private sectors on the benefits of renewable energy with regards to climate change.
In light of this, information about climate change training modules designed by ClimateScience are being shared with different TSE4ALLM project stakeholders including government agencies, higher education institutions, SMEs, RE technology providers, partner organizations and their target groups, among others, through selected channels.