GGGI-Ethiopia-Green Growth Strategy Support
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) was founded on the belief that economic growth and environmental sustainability are not merely compatible objectives; their integration is essential for the future of humankind.
GGGI is dedicated to pioneering and diffusing a new model of economic growth, known as "green growth", that simultaneously targets key aspects of economic performance, such as poverty reduction, job creation and social inclusion, and those of environmental sustainability, such as mitigation of climate change and biodiversity loss and security of access to clean energy and water.
GGGI was founded in June 2010 and is headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
National Green Growth Plan for Ethiopia
In 2010, GGGI carried out a first phase baseline analysis of Ethiopia’s green growth opportunities, focusing on three key sectors: agriculture, forestry, and power. The objective of this phase1project was to identify, prioritize and evaluate the opportunities for green growth in Ethiopia in the context of its very ambitious Economic Transformation Plan (ETP) and economic growth targets which state the objective of transforming Ethiopia in a mid-income country by 2025. The key results of the analysis indicate that Ethiopia has a significant opportunity to meet its growth aspiration while at the same time reducing its emissions and laying the foundations for a more sustainable and independent economy, even as its population soars by 75% and GDP rises by 800%, in line with the country’s growth objective.
The output of the project generated an enthusiastic response from the Ethiopian government and prompted the creation of an inter-Ministerial Steering Committee to oversee development of the green growth plan for Ethiopia. The committee is led by Mr. Ato Newai, chief economic advisor to the Prime Minister and the main stakeholder of GGGI’s work in 2010.
The Steering Committee subsequently created a Technical Committee (TC), with a number of sub-technical committees (STCs) staffed by cross-ministerial officials. These TC/STCs have a mission to translate objectives of the GTP concerning climate resilience and green economy into a detailed action plan across the sectors of energy, REDD, agriculture (land use and livestock), building/green city, transport, industry and health.
Current Activities and Future Plans
During 2011, GGGI plans during Phase 2 of its Ethiopia work to assist the Government of Ethiopia to deliver a comprehensive and detailed implementation plan for a Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE). GGGI’s project will cover the six sectors of energy, REDD, agriculture, building/green city, transport and industry, supporting TC/STCs. In comparison with the first phase project conducted in 2010, this project will put more emphasis on knowledge transfer and capacity building of local stakeholders.
The GGGI team will provide technical expertise on major initiatives of abatement levers in six priority, by detailing the required actions (e.g., programs, pilots, policy changes, research), identifying the necessary resources (human, technical and financial), and defining the roles and responsibilities. The focus will be consecutively on embedding the sectoral abatements strategies into a single national implementation plan, that is, the CRGE Plan.
The government of Ethiopia hopes to actively participate in national and international debates on the requirements for climate change adaptation and mitigation, and to present its CRGE Plan at COP17 which will be held in December 2011 at Durban, South Africa.