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Climate change | Air quality | Energy | Environment

In-country experience

A selection of projects

Energy in Botswana


Capacity building on energy statistics analysis, modeling, and energy planning in Botswana

Climate finance MRV in El Salvador (UNDP)


Design of a Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system for climate finance data for El Salvador, in line with the national approach and architecture for climate finance of the country.

Second Biennial Update Report of Colombia


Technical support for the elaboration of the mitigation chapter of the second Biennial Update Report of Colombia.

International energy consultancy for Lesotho (UNDP)


Main tasks under this assignment are:

  • Designing and implementing an energy survey.
  • Establishing a national energy system, including a national energy database, a national energy balance, and energy indicators, using the data collected under the survey.
  • Incorporating a MRV system to enable tracking of GHG emission reductions.
  • Delivering capacity building regarding the development of energy surveys, energy information systems, and modeling of energy systems (LEAP, TIMES-MARKAL)
  • Assisting in policy formulation for promoting RE sources.

National approach and architecture for climate finance in El Salvador (UNDP)


This project aimed at empowering El Salvador to best position itself for accessing and managing climate finance from various sources. The project includes the development of a proposal for climate finance national architecture and the development of a national strategy for accessing climate finance.

Technical support for the elaboration of a plan in Wallonia on reductions of emissions of air pollutants in 2030 (walloon air and climate agency).


Projections (2025, 2013, 2040 and 2050), elaboration of scenarios of WEM and WAM and evaluation of emission reduction.

Second Biennial Update Report of Mexico


Technical support to elaborate the Sixth National Communication and the Second Biennial Update Report of Mexico to the UNFCCC with special focus on mitigation policies, technology transfer, and support received and needed.

Third National Communication of El Salvador to the UNFCCC.


Technical support to elaborate the Third National Communication of El Salvador to the UNFCCC.

Improvement of the volatile organic compounds (VOC) emission estimates of the national emission inventory of Spain (ministry of environment-government of Spain)

2016 - 2018

Improvement in the methodology for estimating VOC emissions based on the information gathered under the implementation of Royal Decree 117/2003 on volatile organic compounds. Review of national methodologies and proposal of improvements for the national inventory.

El Salvador GHG inventory elaboration – IPPU, Energy and Waste (UNDP)


Capacity building and Technical support for the elaboration of the sectors of waste, energy, and industrial processes of the greenhouse gas inventory for the third national communication.

Review of member states’ emission inventories under the directive on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants


A comprehensive review, including capacity-building, of member states’ emission inventories under the directive on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants

Course on the preparation of inventories and the implementation of REDD+ for Chilean professionals (CONAF)


Training program on AFOLU and REDD+. based on Chilean inventory and REDD+ activities for 50 participants.

Assessment, evaluation and update of Belgian policies and measures (national climate commission of Belgium)

2016 - 2017

Analysis, evaluation, and update of the federal Belgian policies and measures regarding the reduction of GHG emissions, including first estimates on socio-economic impacts.

Support in compilation and reporting of the Spanish emission inventory (TRAGSATEC)

2014 – 2017

Technical support on national emission inventories for its management, maintenance, and updating of the Spanish Inventory & Projections systems.

Colombia GHG inventory review – IPPU and Energy (UNDP)


Technical review and quality assurance of energy and industrial processes sectors of the Colombian inventory and recommendations to implement appropriate institutional arrangements for MRV systems for the third national communication.

Advisory support, data needs, gap assessment, recommendations and capacity building to account, track and update NDC under the climate action enhancement project in Grenada (GGGI/NDC Partnership)


Gauss provided technical assistance, analytical support, and capacity building to the Government of Grenada to assess data collection procedures and available climate change-related data to measure progress towards emissions reduction and other climate goals and support the upgrading and further implementation of NDC. A QA was undertaken of the GHG inventory presented in the Second National Communication of Grenada, data gaps were identified and an improvement plan and an MRV proposed. Mitigation assessments for the 2020 NDC of Grenada were also assessed and recommendations provided to improve the accuracy of the assessments. A set of indicators to track the progress in the achievement of the 2020 NDC were proposed and a capacity building and training program implemented.

Quality assurance of the national systems and the GHG emission inventories of Vietnam, Nigeria, PNG, Philippines, South Africa, Malawi, Armenia, Argentina, Guyana, Angola, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso (UNFCCC)


This project consisted in a quality assurance (QA) exercise focused on the capacity building of the national compilation team. The QA is developed together with the compilation team, identifying areas of improvement of the inventory and providing customised training to the attendees. One of the key outcomes of the exercise is the development of an improvement plan of the inventory. The work involved half a month work by country with in-country capacity building workshop of one week for each country.

Moderation of the UNFCCC forum on MRV and GHG inventories (UNFCCC)


In preparation for the inventory reporting under the enhanced transparency framework of the Paris Agreement, this project covers the provision of continued capacity-building support to the national greenhouse gas inventory compilers for implementing the 2006 IPCC/latest available Guidelines for their greenhouse gas inventory preparation and their GHG inventory systems. The support is provided via a web-based communication platform in sharepoint hosted by the UNFCCC.

Technical support to increase the overall transparency capacities in developing countries under the initiative for climate action transparency (ICAT/UNOPS)


The objective of this grant is to provide technical support and capacity building to developing countries for transparency related to climate actions and policies based on country priorities and needs with the aim of equipping countries with the capacity to effectively assess the impacts of their climate policies and actions and fulfill their transparency commitments under international frameworks, in particular the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement. The technical support is being provided within the framework of the ICAT Strategic Approach and the long-term work program until November 2021. The foreseen technical support is being implemented under the overall country engagement with seven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Chad, Chile, Fiji, Liberia, Eswatini, and Nigeria.

Development of the full project proposal of the capacity-building initiative for transparency (CBIT) for establishing an integrated and enhanced transparency framework for climate actions and support measures in India (UNDP India)


The objective was to lead and coordinate the elaboration of a project proposal for the GEF to strengthen the existing institutional capacity and enable national institutions and organisations to monitor, verify, and report relevant information pertaining to climate reporting to the UNFCCC. This project included the development of an study to assess the gaps in current capacity and the capacity needed in the future to implement the Paris Agreement Enhanced Transparency  Framework and the elaboration of the Biennial Transparecy Reports from 2024.

Technical support for the green climate fund (GCF) readiness in Dominica (UNDP Barbados)


This project was focused on the development of national procedures (such as, but not limited to, the no objection procedure), coordination mechanisms and an operational manual for the NDA of Dominica. This work included a capacity building component on good practices for accessing the GCF and other international climate finance sources.

Update of climate finance strategy, the NDA framework document and the country programme of Dominica for the Green Climate Fund (UNDP Barbados)


This project consisted in a review and update the Low-Carbon Climate-Resilient Development Strategy, the elaboration of the framework document of the NDA and the prioritisation of climate actions in a country programme to develop proposals to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund.

Support Georgia in enhancing its national capacities to track and report on climate finance (UNDP GSP)


The main objective of the assignment is to support the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MEPA) in establishing a climate finance MRV system. This objective included the implementation of a capacity building program to train local experts in the key concepts of climate finance and its tracking.

Emission inventory and projections of SLCPs (Short live climate pollutants) for the NDC revision of Liberia (UNDP Liberia)


The main objective of the assignment was to assess the emission profile of the country, analyse the quantitative data available on SLCP emissions and their forecasts, recommend sector targets to be added in the revised NDC; and to provide capacity building to national stakeholders on the development of inventories and development of policy related to SLCP.

Support to the revision of the NDC of the republic of Tajikistan (UNDP Tajikistan)


This project aimed at supporting UNDP of Tajikistan in the update of its National Determined Contributions, as part of UNDP’s Global Climate Promise Initiative and as part of the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP). Gauss team developed the gender analysis, the sectoral assessments of the transport and infraestructure and industry and construction sectors, and developed a roadmap for the implementation of the NDC. Gauss supported UNDP within this project to position the agency as a lead partner of Tajikistan regarding climate change. On this regard, Gauss developed several position papers describing the addedd value of UNDP in streamling climate change in the development policies of the country.

Update of the impact assessment of existing federal climate policies and measures (PAMs) and development of a methodology for monitoring federal PAMs of the national energy and climate plan 2021-2030 (Federal Government))


This project aims at assessing the impact of existing federal policies and measures in the area of climate policy and to provide technical support for the development of a monitoring methodology of the federal PAMs of the National Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030.

Technical support on NAMA and NDC implementation and update (UNDP Tunisia)


The aim of this project is to provide technical support in the review, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of the “Solar Plan Support NAMA” and in the creation of a favorable environment for private investment to implement and update the NDC in the energy and industrial processes sectors.

Support to the development of a long-term strategy (LTS) for Nepal – net zero emission strategy (UNDP Nepal)


Technical guidance to the Government of Nepal by reviewing and providing substantive inputs to finalize the technical reports related to Nepal’s long-term development strategy or net zero-emission strategy. Gauss provided support to UNDP and Nepal to define the activities needed to guide the climate change efforts of the country in the following 30 years.

Greenhouse gas forecasting in key sectors and impact assessment of climate change mitigation policies and measures for Tajikistan (UNDP Tajikistan))


This project assessed the GHG emission reduction impact of national policies and measures (PAMs), projecting national GHG emissions to 2030 and developing different mitigation scenarios considering different development pathways and the implementation of different PAMs. This project fed the revision of the NDC that will be submitted in 2021 to the UNFCCC.

Low emission development strategy of Georgia (UNDP Georgia)


The overall goal of the assignment is to assist UNDP and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MoEPA) in developing mid-century (long-term) gender-sensitive low emission development strategy (LT­ LEDS) of Georgia aiming at supporting the country to fulfill the commitment taken under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and assisting in Environmentally sound long term planning in the following sectors: Energy, Buildings, Transport, Agriculture, Land-Use Change, Forestry, and Waste Management.

Elaboration of the national greenhouse gas inventory, the national inventory report, and the mitigations actions chapter for the first biennial update report and the third national communication of Cambodia (UNDP)

Elaboration of the national greenhouse gas inventory, the national inventory report, and the mitigations actions chapter for the first biennial update report and the third national communication of Cambodia (UNDP)


The objectives are the estimation of the national GHG inventory for the years 2000 – 2016, and the development of the BUR chapters on the national GHG inventory and mitigation actions. Under this project, CITEPA was in charge of the AFOLU sector for the GHG inventory and Gauss of the Management of the Project, the Energy, IPPU, and waste sectors for the GHG inventory and the mitigation actions and the assessment of their effects.

The main services provided were technical support for the elaboration of the GHG inventory and training program in the development of the national system and institutional arrangements, the elaboration of inventories, and the reporting to the UNFCCC. The study has been included in the First Biennial Update Report and Third National Communication of Cambodia.

Application of the 2006 IPCC guidelines, capacity building and quality assurance of the waste sector of the GHG emission inventory of Peru (ICAT/UNEP-DTU)


This project consisted in a quality assurance (QA) exercise focused on the capacity building of the national compilation team of the waste sector. Gauss performed a QA/QC of the national system and the waste sector of the national GHG emission inventory 1994 – 2019, provided capacity building on the elaboration of the waste sector using the 2006  IPCC guidelines, and developed a QA/QC plan and manual for the waste sector. The QA was developed together with the compilation team, identifying areas of improvement of the inventory and providing customised training to the stakeholders. As a result of this project, Peru updated the waste sector of its inventory to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines. An additional key outcome of the project was the development of an improvement plan for the further enhancement of the inventory.

Description of European experience on MRV GHG inventories to identify potential exchanges with Brazil (GiZ)


The objective is the development of a study to analyse the process of the EU GHG-Inventory and the data collection/system with its member states as well as four cases studies in the Member States that elaborate or use GHG inventories at the subnational level and to identify opportunities to exchange experiences with Brasil, by promoting dialogues between Brazilian and European stakeholders through five webinars.

Disaggregation of the national GHG emissions inventory of Peru in regional inventories (Global Green Growth Institute)


This project had three main objectives:

  • Developing a QA exercise on the latest national GHG emission inventory of Perú (INGEI) for the Energy, IPPU, Waste, and AFOLU sectors.
  • Developing a methodology and a calculation tool for disaggregating the national GHG emission inventory at the regional level. This included the design of a disaggregation methodology, the development of a calculation tool, and the elaboration of reports analysing the resulting regional inventories for the country.

Providing capacity building to national stakeholders on disaggregation methodologies.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting, MRV, and capacity building for the Diamniadio urban pole, Senegal (UNIDO)


There are five main activities developed under the project: i) a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory; ii) a MRV system of the GHG inventory and the NAMA; iii) the development of a climate change action plan and a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA); and iv) the development of a Green Climate Fund (GCF) readiness proposal. Three training workshops of one week were delivered to implement a capacity building program and engage with key stakeholders. An automatic MRV tool was developed to estimate by company and the whole industrial site the GHG inventory, the carbon footprint and the performance indicators to monitor the implementation of the NAMA and presented to all industrial parks of Senegal for its replication.

Greenhouse gas inventory report of Fiji (Ministry of economy of Fiji)


This project aims to enable Fiji to prepare, produce, and disseminate its first BUR to the Conference of Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC according to Decisions 17/CP.8, 2/CP.17, and other guidance provided, in order to fulfil its commitments as a Non-Annex I Party to the Convention. The BUR will update and strengthen information provided regarding National Circumstances, Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Climate Change Mitigation, and information on mitigation actions and domestic Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV).