Swedish Programme for International Climate Change Mitigation
The Swedish Energy Agency is the Swedish national authority for the Kyoto Protocol's Swedish Programme for International Climate Change Mitigation (formerly Swedish CDM & JI programme).
The Swedish Energy Agency has been responsible for the Swedish governmental programme for international climate change mitigation for over a decade. The programme will fund up to 40 million tons of CO2 equivalent emission reductions through the flexible mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol as part of Sweden's national target for 2020. To date, more than half of that volume has already been committed. The programme focuses on direct participation in individual projects and on participation in multilateral funds.
The objectives of the programme is to further develop the flexible mechanisms to help lay the foundation for continued and expanded international climate cooperation, achieve cost-effective greenhouse gas reductions and contribute to sustainable development in the host countries of the projects. The Swedish programme for international climate change mitigation supports projects that demonstrate real examples for a global low carbon development and give rise to other development benefits for their host communities.
The Swedish Energy Agency's own bilateral programme portfolio has been in operation since 2002 when one of the first CDM projects in India was contracted. The portfolio has expanded continuously, first with projects in China and Brazil. To date the Swedish Energy Agency participates in over 80 international climate change mitigation projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. The aim is to further expand and diversify the portfolio to new activities the next coming years.
The Swedish Energy Agency strives to compose a well-diversified bilateral portfolio within the programme for international climate change mitigation, both with regard to project type and host country.
Priority project types include renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste management. Current geographical focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia, underrepresented developing countries and LDCs are of particular interest.