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12th CTI Workshop on Climate Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the Building Sector Berlin, Germany: October 14-15, 2011

event_archives_12th_CTIWorkshop_DSC_9122The 12th Climate Technology Initiative Workshop was hosted in Berlin by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. With a focus on “Climate Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the Building Sector” more than 50 participants from over 20 countries intensively discussed various dimensions of energy efficiency in the building sector, such as financing instruments, enabling environments, and the relevance of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the building sector.

Agenda and Presentation

Agenda (PDF)
Day 1
Day 2

In his welcoming remarks, the Ministry’s Deputy Director General Franzjosef Schafhausen underlined the relevance of the building sector not only in the context of climate protection, but also with respect to the various objectives behind national development planning in many of Germany’s partner countries. He highlighted energy efficiency in the context of mitigation and sustainable development as a core concern for the German government and the Climate Technology Initiative.

The workshop brought together experts and decision-makers from the public sector, development agencies, financing institutions, scientific institutes as well as the private sector. Participants with different backgrounds, expertise and experiences came together and shared insights and perspectives. Expert presentations were combined with fruitful discussions in smaller working groups.

More specifically, the 12th CTI Workshop aimed at tackling the following four building blocks:

  1. Financing energy efficiency in the building sector: Learn from international developments, identify new opportunities and challenges related to international mechanisms such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)/ Programme of Activities (PoA) and NAMAs.
  2. Success factors for project development in the building sector: Discuss current practice, constraints and opportunities of project development and project financing.
  3. Ideas for country-specific initiatives: Take into consideration international developments, national best practices as well as opportunities and constraints in the enabling environments in order to develop ideas for enhancing funding mechanisms on energy efficiency in the building sector.
  4. Networking: Provide an opportunity for information sharing and enhanced linkages among participants in the field of innovations in building sector energy performance, potential funding sources and technical assistance.

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The workshop was meant to foster exchange on opportunities, challenges and best practice in climate policy and financing instruments related to energy efficiency measures and policies in the building sector. While the first day of the workshop focused primarily on financing approaches and enabling environments for effective climate and energy efficiency measures in the building sector, at the second day participants discussed the opportunities that climate policy instruments such as the CDM, PoA and the currently widely discussed NAMAs pose with respect to planning and financing respective activities. Participants were encouraged to share experiences across countries and to harness ideas and opportunities most relevant to their country’s specific contexts.

In the closing remarks, Dr. Silke Karcher, Head of Division KI I 4, EU Affairs and Bilateral Cooperation ‘Environment and Energy’, highlighted that the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety would continue the fruitful discussions around the building sector started in 2010 and 2011. In this regard, she expressed her hopes that the workshop contributed to building cooperation networks for enhancing activities in the participant’s home countries.