EU supporting Eastern partner countries in stepping up climate action

EU supporting Eastern partner countries in stepping up climate action

November 8, 2021

A study on ‘NDC preparation and implementation in Eastern Partnership countries’ examining the national pledges of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine under the Paris Agreement, has been presented by the EU4Climate initiative. The study illustrates the six Eastern Partnership countries’ progress in mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects by introducing climate-sensitive policies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

Under the Paris Agreement, countries agreed to develop climate pledges – known as ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’ or NDCs – that taken together will help tackle global warming. 

EU4Climate has assisted Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Azerbaijan in preparing their updated NDCs to demonstrate increased climate ambitions, accelerating actions towards the transition to a more sustainable, resilient, and low-carbon economy. In Georgia and Ukraine, the EU4Climate project assisted with awareness-raising and communicating the revised NDC targets. 

“The EU is at the forefront of international efforts to fight climate change and we are closely working with our Eastern Partners on this... The EU4Climate initiative is helping EaP countries to mainstream climate change on the national and subnational level, for example by assisting with introducing climate policies in the energy sector, which is the largest source of GHG emissions in the EaP region,” says Michaela Hauf, Team Leader for Green and Connectivity, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations.

The NDC study shows that Eastern Partners are making progress towards the Paris Agreement’s goals, and is supplemented with case studies, demonstrating best practices and lessons learned by the countries in the region.

EU4Climate is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. It supports countries in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement and improving climate policies and legislation.

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