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Regional: Establishing a Support Facility for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50404-001 Status: Active

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), through the proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA), will establish and implement the Article 6 Support Facility (_the Support Facility_). The Support Facility will provide capacity building and technical support to developing member countries (DMCs) to help them to identify, develop and test mitigation actions under the framework of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The TA is included in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) Results-based Work Plan 2018-2019.

Project Details

Project Officer
Duggal, Virender K. Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Establishing a Support Facility for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
Project Number 50404-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9695-REG: Establishing a Support Facility for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Swedish Energy Agency US$ 1.00 million
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety of Germany US$ 1.50 million
Swedish Energy Agency US$ 1.00 million
Swedish Energy Agency US$ 1.00 million
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety of Germany US$ 1.50 million
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety of Germany US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), through the proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA), will establish and implement the Article 6 Support Facility (_the Support Facility_). The Support Facility will provide capacity building and technical support to developing member countries (DMCs) to help them to identify, develop and test mitigation actions under the framework of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The TA is included in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) Results-based Work Plan 2018-2019.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ADB has approved Strategy 2030 to respond to a rapidly evolving Asia and the Pacific. Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability is one of seven operational priorities of Strategy 2030. The Climate Change Operational Framework 2017 2030 (CCOF2030) strengthens ADB's support to DMCs in meeting their commitments under the Paris Agreement, including their nationally determined contributions (NDCs), as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Financing.

The Carbon Market Program (CMP) , established in 2006, is one of ADB's flagship climate change initiatives, providing technical support and carbon finance to mitigation projects in DMCs. Through the CMP, ADB is supporting DMCs to develop and implement market-based approaches under the Paris Agreement and will continue to play a leadership role in the development of post-2020 carbon markets.

The Paris Agreement sets out the long-term goals for all countries to limit the global temperature increase to well below 2oC, while pursuing a 1.5oC target. It requires all countries to contribute through their NDCs, which set out their national post 2020 climate targets and commitments. The bottom up approach, centered on NDCs, respects national autonomy, allowing countries to determine their own mitigation and adaptation ambitions. As of August 2018, 174 Parties have communicated their first NDCs. However, the collective levels of ambition are not sufficient to meet the Paris Agreement goals and efforts are needed by all countries to raise ambitions.

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement enables countries to voluntarily cooperate in implementing their NDCs through market and non-market-based approaches. Article 6 could help countries access cost effective mitigation opportunities and additional climate finance streams through cooperation and form the basis for raising their ambitions over time. The market-based approaches in Article 6 include cooperative approaches under Article 6.2, which allows countries to use "internationally transferred mitigation outcomes" (ITMOs) towards their NDCs, and a new mitigation and sustainable development mechanism under Article 6.4, which will generate mitigation outcomes that could be traded internationally. These parts of Article 6 lay the foundations for post 2020 international carbon markets under the Paris Agreement by allowing countries to use mitigation outcomes from another country towards their NDCs.

Most of ADB's DMCs have submitted their first NDCs, and the majority are developing and implementing national climate plans and policies to support implementation. Almost all DMCs have provided commitments in their NDCs that are conditional (fully or partially) on international support. Cooperation under Article 6 could provide part of this support. Twenty-six countries in Asia and the Pacific have expressed their willingness to use carbon pricing, including international carbon markets, as a key tool for NDC implementation and potentially raising ambitions in the future, and are working to understand the how to engage in mitigation actions under Article 6. For example, Thailand has indicated it will explore the use of such cooperation, Pakistan is reviewing policy considerations in order to further integrate market mechanisms in responding to emerging threats, and Viet Nam and India have indicated that they will use market mechanisms to achieve their NDCs. The Republic of Korea states that it will partly use international market mechanisms to achieve its 2030 mitigation target, while Bangladesh does not rule out the use of market-based mechanisms.

In order to engage in activities under Article 6, DMCs must understand the specific requirements and associated accounting systems that they will need to manage participation. The PA requires countries that engage under Article 6 to promote sustainable development and ensure environmental integrity, transparency and robust accounting. DMCs are, or need to, begin to understand what this means in practice. The guidance, rules, and procedures for the implementation of Article 6 are currently being negotiated, as part of the _Paris Rulebook_, which is expected to be adopted at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in December 2018. However, negotiations have been slow, and the elaboration of many issues is likely to continue well beyond 2018. The complexity and uncertainty created by the ongoing negotiations are challenging for DMCs.

There is growing momentum in DMCs to undertake pilot activities under Article 6. Pilot activities will play a critical role in building the capacity of DMCs to assess the use of cooperative approaches and the new 6.4 mechanism; contribute practical insights on how market based approaches under Article 6 can be designed and implemented; help DMCs begin to develop, the institutional capacity and systems needed; and help DMCs to begin to engage the private sector in mitigation actions under Article 6. Pilot activities could also demonstrate how Article 6 could potentially be used for supporting new activities and/or those outside the scope of the NDC. The lessons learned from pilot activities will also strengthen DMC's ability to participate as important stakeholders in the negotiation and development of the international rules and the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Impact Low carbon development in Asia and the Pacific accelerated (Strategy 2030: Achieving a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Article 6 Support Facility operationalized
Progress Toward Outcome Consultations with participating DMCs' counterpart agencies held to agree on a work plan for the TA to support. Through the TA's support, side events to engage stakeholders and promote Article 6 Support Facility initiatives were undertaken during the Asia-Pacific Climate Week held from 2-6 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Capacity of developing member countries to identify and assess mitigation actions under Article 6 enhanced

Capacity of developing member countries to pilot mitigation actions under Article 6 enhanced

Capacity of developing member countries to undertake robust accounting and reporting of mitigation outcomes strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Ongoing.

Ongoing.

Ongoing.

Ongoing.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Side events to engage stakeholders and promote Article 6 Support Facility initiatives were undertaken during the Asia-Pacific Climate Week held from 2-6 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will recruit individual consultants to provide international and national consulting inputs. An estimated 84 person-months of international consulting inputs (carbon market expert, project manager [mitigation actions], GHG accounting expert) and 190 person-months of national consulting inputs (carbon market expert, technical expert [mitigation actions], GHG accounting expert, research assistant, TA coordinator, and administrative assistant) are required to carry out activities under the TA. ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement ADB will engage the consultants and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Responsible ADB Officer Duggal, Virender K.
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDCD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Oct 2018
Fact Finding 31 May 2018 to 31 May 2018
MRM -
Approval 07 Dec 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2019

TA 9695-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2018 - 07 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2021 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
7,000,000.00 5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,000,000.00 07 Dec 2018 660,046.73

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Carbon Market Expert (Article 6 Pilots) Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Oct 2020 14 Oct 2020
Carbon Market Expert – International and Domestic Carbon Markets Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jun 2020 11 Jun 2020
Carbon Market Expert – Climate Policy Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Jun 2020 10 Jun 2020
Carbon Market Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 23 May 2020 29 May 2020
Carbon Market Expert – Carbon Pricing Individual - Consulting Closed 08 May 2020 28 May 2020
Carbon Market Expert - Climate Policy Individual - Consulting Closed 07 May 2020 13 May 2020
Carbon Market Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Apr 2020 22 Apr 2020
Carbon Market Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Jan 2020 30 Jan 2020
Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Nov 2019 20 Dec 2019
Technical Assistance Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Nov 2019 20 Dec 2019
Carbon Market Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Jul 2019 10 Jul 2019
Carbon Market Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jun 2019 05 Jul 2019
Research Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Apr 2019 22 Apr 2019
Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Mar 2019 29 Mar 2019
TA Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Mar 2019 19 Mar 2019

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

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