October 2018 – December 2019

By incorporating an off-grid component into the NDCs of developing countries, a pathway is created for the simultaneous advance towards both the climate change mitigation goals as defined by the NDCs themselves, as well as the access to modern energy targets, as set out by the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7).
Evidence and a rationale to promote the adoption of an off-grid RE component into a country’s NDCs is needed, in conjunction with investment-need estimation. Further, the analysis of existing off-grid RE components in NDCs, in terms of their effectiveness and expandability, is also highly valuable for the revision of currently existing NDC targets, as well as for the evaluation of, and the informed decision making on, future policy directions of those countries, which so far have been missing this off-grid RE component.
At the request of the German government (GIZ and BMU), a team of experts from the Reiner Lemoine Institute and the Greenwerk. did a study to quantify the role of off-grid renewables in NDCs and the potential of increased ambition. I am a senior adviser on this project and contributed in depth analysis on the issues of financing and the off-grid sector and enabling environment in Nigeria. The resulting model is accessible here: http://www.reog-x.com/

Project website: https://reiner-lemoine-institut.de/en/off-grid-renewable-energy-opens-up-pathways-for-electricity-access-and-climate-action/

Hans Verolme
Author: Hans Verolme

Hans Verolme is the founder of the Climate Advisers Network and has extensive analytical and advisory experience in Africa, South America and Asia and is widely recognized as an expert across the entire spectrum of low carbon transitions. With over 20 years of international negotiations experience, he has been a valued adviser to governments, foundations and civil society. Prior to setting up the Climate Advisers Network, he advised the British ambassador in Washington, DC, and served as Global and US Climate Change Director of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). All politics is local, climate politics is global. Hans has worked in, amongst others, Barbados, Bhutan, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, European Union, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Myanmar, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States.