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Experts in Riga discussed topics on mitigation of emissions and adaptation to climate change in Baltic States
 

In time period between 30-31 of October, 2017, within European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009 - 2014 Programme "National Climate Policy" in Riga was held international conference "Baltic Pathway Towards Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Development". Conference was organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development. In conference took part experts and representatives from donor countries such as Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, Nordic Energy Research Institute and Bjerkne Climate Research Center, as well as from Baltic States and other Nordic countries. Significantly that experts from several international organizations also participated in conference - Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, European Commission, European Environment Agency, International Energy Agency, etc.

Conference was opened by Norwegian Ambassador to Latvia Steinar Egil Hagen and Deo Saran, Permanent Representative to the European Union and Special Envoy to the UNFCCC. Later high-level representatives of Baltic States Environment ministries informed about challenges and achievements in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in the transition to a low-carbon and climate-sustainable development.

On the first day of the conference participants discussed about most significant CO2 emission producing sectors in the Baltic States - energy, transport and agriculture. There were presented the results of the study on the decarbonisation in Baltic States. Representative from Lithuania presented a plan to limit transport emissions in the near future in Vilnius. One of the topics was how to change people's habits in the Baltic States. Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of the European Commission's Climate Strategy, said: "The small-scale development of carbon is clearly a long-term strategy of the European Union and has already set concrete goals to achieve it." In the end of the day conference participants had an opportunity to watch debate about choice between investments into technologies or into knowledge to solving climate change issues.

On the second day experts and representatives of the institutions discussed topics about adaptation to climate change. Representatives of the Ministries of Environment of the Baltic States presented progress in adaptation policy planning. Jan Rasmussen presented Copenhagen's experience and sustainable solutions for adaptation to climate change in the urban environment. Meanwhile, representative of "Latvijas Valsts meži" Ilga Bērzkala informed about changes in the field of forestry.


Event was financed from the Fund for Bilateral Relations of the EEA Financial Mechanism Programme "National Climate Policy".


Participation in "Environment and Energy 2017" fair
 

Within "Environment and Energy 2017" fair, which took place at the International Exhibition Center in Ķīpsala from 19th to 22th of October 2017, visitors had an opportunity to get acquainted with the European Economic Area Grants Programme’s "National Climate Policy" (hereinafter - the Programme) contribution to the improvement of climate change policy in Latvia.

The implementation of the Programme’s projects was completed in 2017. The significant results of Programme were achieved in the field of adaptation to climate change and climate change mitigation in Latvia.

On October 19 2017, the event was opened by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Rinalds Muciņš. Right after visitors had the opportunity to listen debate on the choice between fighting and adapting to climate change in cooperation with the University of Latvia Debate Club.
 

Event was financed by EEA 2009-2014 Programme "National Climate Policy" to focus public attention on the importance of climate change and Programme's achieved results. 


Most energy efficient building in Latvia 2017
 

EEA Grants programme’s “National Climate Policy” open call’s “Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development” sports hall of Adazi Free Waldorf School wins first place in the Awards Ceremony for the Contest “Most energy efficient building in Latvia 2017” in nomination “Most energy efficient public building in 2017”.

In addition sports hall received a prize “Climate Friend” from Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development as well as sympathy prize from Ministry of Economics for promoting renewable energy solutions and energy efficiency among young people and school children.




EEA Grants programme’s “National Climate Policy” closing conference took place on 7 June 2017

On 7 June 2017 Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MEPRD) organized EEA Grants programme’s “National Climate Policy” closing conference. In the event support of Donor States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) in developing and implementing climate policy of Latvia was emphasised.

The Conference was opened by State Secretary of MEPRD Rinalds Muciņš, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Royal Norwegian Embassy Kristian Svanes and Head of International Section of Norwegian Environment Agency André Kammerud.

During the conference institutions involved in programme implementation shared their views and experiences on the bilateral cooperation as well as results achieved in the programme and lessons learned. Participants were introduced to most valuable achievements of projects and contribution to development of climate policy in Latvia.


Conference guests are introduced with programme results

Introducing guests of the conference with programme results director of Climate Change Department of MEPRD Ilze Prūse emphasised that contribution of programme provided new possibilities in implementing climate policy in Latvia, especially in climate change adaptation and greenhouse gas inventory. Likewise importance of contribution in promoting energy efficiency by building sustainable low energy buildings and developing energy efficient technologies was noted.

The conference was continued with Climate Change and Impact Scenarios of Latvia for year 2100. It was concluded that future climate in Latvia will be warmer and wetter. Especially raising of temperature and precipitation will be visible during winter season.

Norwegian representatives highlighted successful cooperation between both countries and emphasised that in mitigating climate change international cooperation is crucial. Representative of Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection Dag Olav Hogvold also stressed that as a result of climate change natural hazards are more frequent, therefore disaster risk reduction and civil protection become more important.

In the closing part of the conference participants had opportunity to hear exciting debates of representatives of Latvian debate clubs where debaters provided “pro and contra” arguments for the necessity to more rapid Latvia’s transition to renewable energy sources and compared investments in informative campaigns and investments in technologies. Additionally participants were able to take part in creative workshops and try interactive climate stands where it was possible to travel through energy efficiency world, project future climate change and make smart sustainable decisions in your own country to promote climate change adaptation. Creative activities were provided by NGO “Homo ecos” and Ventspils High Technology Park.


Participants take part in creative workshops

In the conference participated also representatives from several Beneficiary States – Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary which are implementing similar EEA/Norway Grants programmes.

Special thanks to more than 100 Conference guests from different institutions in Latvia, Norway and Beneficiary States!

Photo gallery

Conference presentations

 


Norwegian partners welcomes EEA Grants programme’s “National Climate Policy” progress

On 16 February 2017 in Oslo an EEA Grants programme “National Climate Policy” Cooperation Committee meeting was held, where Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MEPRD) with Norwegian Partners – Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Norwegian Environment Agency – discussed programme’s implementation progress. Norwegian partners welcomed projects’ results and expressed satisfaction that 3 of 5 energy efficient buildings which were built with programme’s support are  nominated for the exposition’s “Best building in Latvia of the year 2016” award “Best Public New Building”.
 
 
Cooperation Committee meeting

Meanwhile on 15 February 2017 MEPRD met with representatives of Oslo municipality. During the meeting Oslo municipality representatives introduced with its aims for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and implemented adaptation measures in municipality. While MEPRD introduced Oslo municipality with the possibility to participate in experience exchange events with Latvian municipalities on development of local climate change adaptation strategies and implementation of adaptation measures. After the meeting project for preventing flood risk in Oslo municipality were presented. As a result of the project was restored natural water flow as well as improved water quality and biodiversity thus raising value of surrounding properties. 


Three Programme buildings are nominated for the award “Best Public New Building”

Three EEA Grants Programme “National  Climate Policy” buildings in Ādaži, Ventspils and Aloja are nominated for the exposition’s “Best building in Latvia of the year 2016” award “Best Public New Building” and all three buildings are moved further to the exposition’s second round.  In total six buildings are moved further to second round in this award nomination.

 
Ādaži Free Waldorf School, Ventspils High Technology Park, Aloja City Council

Ādaži Free Waldor School built sports hall which resolved tense problem of lack of premises for sports lessons in school. In Aloja business support centre-library “Sala” was built, which is used for promotion business in the region and facilitate local NGOs. While in Ventspils science and technology museum “Kuzeme Demo Centre” were built, which educates every visitor about climate change and energy efficiency and in attractive way introduces with the technology world. All buildings are energy efficient buildings and level of energy consumption in these buildings will not exceed 15 Kwh/m2/year. These are one of the first public buildings in Latvia with that high energy efficiency indicators, therefore these buildings are also best practice examples for sustainable buildings in Latvia.

Exposition is organized by the Latvian Builders Association and Latvian Association of Civil Engineers. It is supported by Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvian Association of Local and Regional governments, 13 NGOs, several Universities et al.
 



MEPRD informed Latvian municipalities about support conditions for organizing experience exchange events with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein on climate change adaptation

On 12 January 2017 Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MEPRD) organized informative seminar about conditions for organizing experience exchange events with Donor State institutions*. The seminar was also broadcasted in the MEPRD webpage to ensure that information will reach all Latvian municipalities.

MEPRD informed municipalities about possibility to organize experience exchange events with Donor State institutions about development of local climate change adaptation strategies and implementation of adaptation measures. Experience exchange with Donor States will provide possibility to take over best practice examples.

*Within the framework of EEA Grants Programme’s “National Climate Policy” Bilateral Fund

 


Latvian municipalities will be able to take over best practice from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein on climate change adaptation

On 6 December 2016 Government of Latvia supported proposal of Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MEPRD), which provides possibility to all 119 Latvian municipalities to apply for organizing experience exchange events within EEA Grants Programme’s “National Climate Policy” Bilateral Fund. Municipalities will be able to take over best practice from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein (Donor States).

Municipalities in their everyday work are responsible for wellbeing and safety of inhabitants that includes also prevention of climate change threats. Therefore special attention shall be paid to municipalities’ planning documents, including building planning, natural resource management, early warning systems, development of local civil protection system and local climate change adaptation strategies. The maximum financing for one event shall not exceed 10 000 euro and expenditures for beneficiaries are financed in the amount of 100 %, after the event reimbursing eligible costs. Experience exchange events shall be implemented until 30 September 2017.

By the end of 2016 MEPRD sent information to all Latvian municipalities about possibility to organize experience exchange events with Donor State institutions about development of local climate change adaptation strategies and implementation of adaptation measures.


Annual Report 2015 – 2016

The annual report has been published and it shows the results achieved with funding from Iceland Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants. This annual report also shows how the political, economic and cultural ties between the donor countries and the beneficiary countries has strengthened.

The cooperation in the field of environmental protection and climate change mitigation is especially important, because it affects the whole world and no one can escape it.

“In this area it is more effective to work together. The Grants have given us a unique opportunity to work together with our Norwegian partners and learn from their experience,” said Ilze Krieva from the Ministry of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development in Latvia.

The climate programme in Latvia has two Norwegian programme partners. The Norwegian Environment Agency is contributing to the climate change mitigation part of the programme and the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection contributes to the adaptation aspects of the programme (see picture right). Twenty of the 27 projects under this programme have a partner from Norway.

“It is of great importance to have a donor programme partner on board to get Norwegian project partners. They have the networks in Norway and helped us get the relevant partners to come to the match-making session in Latvia. We would not have had so many partnership projects without their involvement,” Krieva said.

The Ministry also sees prospects for future cooperation with the Norwegian partners after the current programme is finalized. This could be funded through a possible new period of the Grants or under EU financial instruments such as the Interreg programme for the Baltic Sea region.

More information can be found here: http://eeagrants.org/layout/set/clean#p=1


Cooperation Committee 9th Meeting

On 23-24 May 2016 in Ādaži Municipality, Limbaži Municipality and Garkalne Municipality an EEA Grants programme “National Climate Policy” Cooperation Committee (CC) meeting and a site visit was held.  

On 23 May in Ādaži participants were meeting Ādaži region council’s mayor/chairman Māris Sprindžuks and Head of Development and Investment division Karīna Miķelsone. During the meeting representatives of Ādaži Municipality provided information for Donor Programme Partners about development of Ādaži region, implemented energy efficiency activities and risks and vulnerabilities caused by climate change.

 

Discussions of representative of Norwegian Environment Agency Trygve Hallingstad (from the right side),
representative of Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection Erling Kvernevik
and Ādaži region council’s mayor/chairman Māris Sprindžuks

Later participants visited the organization "Private Secondary School ABVS" and recently constructed and opened energy efficient sports hall within programme’s open call. Interestingly that during the programme interim assessment seminar on 20 November 2015 Norwegian Partners had possibility to see sports hall during construction process, therefore their appreciation were even higher about successfully implemented project.


Informative plate about EEA Grants support at the sports hall in Ādaži

While on 24 May in Bīriņi CC meeting was held. During the meeting Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development together with Donor Programme Partners – Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Norwegian Environment Agency, as well as Ministry of Finance/National Focal Point, Norwegian Royal Embassy in Riga and State Regional Development Agency discussed programme implementation progress. Most important information about implementation of pre-defined projects, open call projects and small grant scheme projects and results achieved so far was discussed. Additionally participants discussed proposals for promoting implementation of activities within Bilateral Fund and ideas for programme final conference were presented.
 

CC 9th Meeting was held in Bīriņi Castle

Afterwards participants visited Garkalne Art and Secondary school, where representatives of Garkalne Municipality and school very kindly received guests and introduced with implemented energy efficiency project within Climate Change Financial Instrument.
 

CC meeting’s participants in Garkalne Art and Secondary School (photo: Mārcis Bauze-Krastiņš)


EEA Grants programme interim assessment seminar

20.11.2015.

In order to evaluate progress of implementation of the EEA Grants programme “National Climate Policy” (hereinafter – programme) an interim assessment seminar was held on 20th November 2015 in Riga and Ādaži.

The seminar was opened by the Director of the Development Instruments Department of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia Iruma Kravale.  Ms Kravale emphasized the benefits from the programme in the field of Latvian climate policy and the EEA member states cooperation.

In the opening part of the seminar H.E. Ambassador of Royal Norwegian Embassy to Latvia Mr Steinar Egil Hagen, as well as programme Donor partners - representatives from Norwegian Environment Agency and Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection addressed the audience.

Norwegian Environment Agency’s Senior Programme Adviser Trygve Hallingstad stated:” We hope that our experience in developing and implementing climate mitigation and adaptation policies will be a valuable supplement in fulfilling the programme’s objectives and outcomes.” Emphasizing the importance of cooperation between Donor and Beneficiary states.

Also a representative from the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection pointed out the importance of  this seminar being held: “The seminar takes place at a critical year at the international arena: in March, more than 160 States adopted the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030, and in October, the UN General Assembly adopted the sustainable development goals. At last, but not at least: in a few days, COP21 (Paris Climate Conference) will start in Paris. These three global frameworks will together set the direction for what we together can do to reach our common goals, and the "future we want”.

In the first part of the seminar the audience was introduced to the already achieved as well as the planned results. Examples of three small grant scheme “Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences” projects were presented. The participants were introduced to the importance of e-mobility and the need for a sustainable environmental policy promotion activities for small and mid-sized enterprises, as well as the development of the bio-economy model for sustainable use of biological resources.



Baltic Environmental Forum representative: Ingrīda Brēmere

Also, participants were introduced to two open call projects “Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable building and technology development”, giving an insight into efficient running of the construction of a sports hall in Ādaži and innovative biomass gasification technology development for obtaining syngas.

In the second part of the seminar the audience had an opportunity to visit one of the open call project in Ādaži - Ādažu Free Waldorf School energy efficient gyms construction. During the visit the audience had the opportunity to ask questions to the Project Promoter, construction supervisor as well as the building’s architect on the topics related to energy efficiency and the specifics of the construction.

Second part of the seminar at Ādažu Free Waldorf School


Project promoters were informed on the project implementation conditions and Fund for Bilateral Relations

20.04.2015.

On 16 April the State Regional Development Agency organized informative seminar for Project Promoters of small grant scheme “Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences” within European Economic Area Grants programme “National Climate Policy”. During the informative seminar Project Promoters were informed about the project implementation conditions (financing procedures, project contract amendments, public procurement procedures, preparing of reports and payment claims etc.).
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development as the Programme Operator as well participated at the seminar and informed Project Promoters about possibilities to establish/promote cooperation and carry out experience exchange events within Fund for Bilateral Relations.

Detailed information about Fund for Bilateral Relations.

 


Informative seminar for project promoters of open call “Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development”

30.03.2015.

On 26 March the State Regional Development Agency organized informative seminar for Project Promoters of open call “Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development” within European Economic Area Grants programme “National Climate Policy” (hereinafter – programme). During the informative seminar Project Promoters were informed about the project implementation conditions (financing procedures, project contract amendments, public procurement procedures, preparing of reports and payment claims etc.). As well Project Promoters were informed about the monitoring activities that will be carried out by the State Regional Development Agency.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development as the Programme Operator as well participated at the seminar and informed Project Promoters about possibilities to establish/promote cooperation and carry out experience exchange events within Fund for Bilateral Relations.

Detailed information about Fund for Bilateral Relations.


Cooperation Committee 7th Meeting

23.02.2015.

On 17-18 February 2015 in Ventspils and Liepāja an EEA Grants programme “National Climate Policy” Cooperation Committee meeting and a site visit was held.
In Ventspils on 17 February three projects of the programme open call and small grant scheme whose project promoter is NGO - Ventpils High Technology Park were presented to the members of the committee. Within the programme’s open call the Ventspils High Technology Park is planning to build a low energy building where a museum of science and technologies will be located. But within one project of programme’s small grant scheme project promoter is planning to educate, inform and promote Latvian pupils’ and educational staff’s awareness and knowledge of climate change and within other small grant scheme’s project – develop a strategy on reduction of greenhouse gases in five largest municipalities in Kurzeme region of Latvia.
 

But on 18 February in Liepāja the Cooperation Committee 7th meeting was held where Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development as a programme operator, the State Regional Development Agency, Ministry of Finance and Donor Programme Partners - Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Norwegian Environment Agency discussed the programme implementation progress. During the meeting topics related to results of programme calls, progress of implementation of pre-defined projects as well publicity and bilateral measures were talked over.



Partnership event concluded

16.09.2014.

Partnership event organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia was held on the 10th of September, 2014 at the premises of hotel “Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija” where participated programme’s “National Climate Policy” open call “Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development” and small grant scheme “Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences” potential project promoters from Latvia and project partners from Norway and Iceland.
In total 18 participants from 7 institutions and organizations from Latvia and 9 participants from Norway and Iceland representing 6 institutions and organizations participated at the partnership event.
The participants of the partnership event had an opportunity to discuss questions related to preparation of project application and to harmonize necessary documentation.

The partnership event was financed from the EEA Grants Fund for Bilateral relations.

Meeting of Aloja Municipality with Valera Municipality and company Tretorget

Meeting of Riga City Council Housing and Environment department with partners from Iceland


Seminar “Economically efficient low energy building reconstruction and construction”

05.09.2014.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in Cooperation with Garkalne City Council organized informative seminar “Economically efficient low energy building reconstruction and construction” on 5 September 2014.

The Aim of the event is to inform society about low energy building reconstruction and construction, latest tendencies, benefits and to emphasize importance regarding energy efficiency and climate policy. During the event participants were also introduced with project success story on reconstruction of Garkalne Arts and comprehensive secondary school. Additionally the Programme Operator informed about Programme’s “National Climate Policy” open call “Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development”.

The main target groups of event was experts, representatives of local governments and associations and other interested parties.

 


Partnership event for small grant scheme and open call project applicants

15.08.2014.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia is organizing a partnership event on the 10th of September, 2014 with aim to provide meeting possibility in Latvia for potential project applicants and project partners from the Donor States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) to discuss questions related to preparation of project application.
To participate in the event are welcomed project applicants that are planning to submit project application under any of the European Economic Area Grants programme’s “National Climate Policy” launched open calls:

- ”Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development” and/or
-  small grant scheme “Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences”.

Expenses related to airplane tickets and hotel services will be prepaid for no more than two representatives from one institution from the Donors States.
To apply for the event, potential project applicant from Latvia should submit to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia filled application form in Latvian till 27 August, 2014. . More detailed information about the event please see in application form.
The partnership event will be financed from the EEA Grants Fund for Bilateral relations.

 


Announced Small Grant Scheme „Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences”

20.06.2014.

The State Regional Development Agency on the 20th of June 2014  announced The European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2009 -2014 Programme’s "National Climate Policy" Small Grant Scheme "Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences”.

The objective of the Small Grant Scheme is to increase the knowledge base and capacity of Programme’s "National Climate Policy" target groups (state institutions, local governments, non-governmental organizations (hereinafter – NGOs), educational and scientific institutions, private enterprises) enabling society to participate in climate change mitigation and adaptation policy implementation.

Eligible project promoters of the Small Grant Scheme are state institutions, local governments, scientific and educational institutions, private enterprises and NGOs.

Supported areas within the Small Grant Scheme:

1.     Measures to enhance society’s understanding and knowledge on climate change:
       1.1.   Awareness  raising through developing educational programme modules and developing and organizing of learning courses on climate changes;
       1.2.   Organizing of educational projects and informative campaigns to enhance society’s understanding and knowledge on climate changes;
2.     Capacity building through applied research on mitigation of climate change.

Total Programme co-financing available for the implementation of Small Grant Scheme projects is EUR 1 718 044. The minimum amount of Programme grant assistance is EUR 45 000, maximum EUR 175 000.
More information available in the State Regional Development Agency’s website.

 


Cooperation Committee 6th Meeting

28.05.2014.

On 28 May, 2014 in Jūrmala an EEA Grants programme “National Climate Policy” Cooperation Committee meeting was held. During the meeting the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development as the programme operator together with Donor programme partners – the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Norwegian Environment Agency and with other institutions involved in programme implementation were discussing the progress of programme implementation.

After the Cooperation Committee meeting in cooperation with Jūrmala City Council for Jūrmala guests – Donor programme partners an insight in Jūrmala City history was given and most interesting places of Majori were visited.


Partner Search Forums within Programme „National Climate Policy”

27.05.2014.

To inform society on the regulations of the EEA Grants Programme “National Climate Policy” Open Call and Small Grant Scheme and to attract project partners from the Donor States, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development organized two Partner Search Forums on May 27 in Jurmala.

One Partner Search Forum was organized within the Programme’s Open Call “Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development”. In general 16 Latvian institutions participated in the Partner Search Forum e.g.  companies, municipalities, universities and associations: Jelgava City Council, Waste Management Association of Latvia,  Liepaja University etc. But Donor States were represented by 12 institutions: Emisoft, Effektivenergi, Nilu, Norconsult, Norsk – Latvisk Handelskammer etc.
The other Partner Search Forum was organized within Programme’s Small Grant Scheme „Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences”. In general 16 Latvian institutions participated in the Partner Search Forum e.g.  companies, municipalities, universities and associations: State limited Liability Company "Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre", Latvian Renewable Energy Association, Riga City Council Housing and Environment Department, NGO Homo Ecos, Latvia University etc. From the Donor States 4 institutions (Grid, Norsk – Latvisk Handelskammer, Bellona and Energi) participated at the Partner Search Forum.
Participants of the Partner Search Forums presented their institution/organization/company, business sector and profile of preferable project partner. And after presentations participants had an opportunity to meet other participants individually and to exchange contacts and discuss the cooperation possibilities.

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development is the Programme’s “National Climate Policy” operator. The Forum was  financed from the EEA Grants Bilateral relations fund.

 


Informative Event of the EEA and Norway Grants

On 17 May, 2014, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (hereinafter – MEPRD) as European Economic Area (hereinafter – EEA) Grants Programme’s “National Climate Policy” Operator, celebrating 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution participated in the informative event of the EEA and Norway Grants. During the event representatives of the MEPRD informed interested participants about Programme’s “National Climate Policy” objective, opportunities and input to the Latvian climate policy. 

More information about the event see here: http://eeagrants.lv/?id=49&zina=105
 

 


Welcome to the Partner Search Forum

06.05.2014

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter – MoEPRD) invites you to apply for the partner search forums under EEA Grants programme „National Climate Policy” on the 27th  of May  in Jurmala, Latvia.

Two partner search forums will be organized on the 27th of May, 2013 under EEA Grants programme “National Climate Policy” (hereinafter - Programme) to promote the involvement of project partners from EEA Grants Donor States during the development of project applications.

The first partner search forum will be organized within the Programme’s open call “Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development”. More information on the open call is available here
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The second partner search forum will be held at the same time as open call’s partner search forum and it will be organized within the Programme’s small grant scheme “Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences”. More information on the small grant scheme is available here.


Partner search forum participants will have an opportunity to meet potential project partners from Latvia and EEA Grants Donor States. As well the participants of the partner search forums are kindly asked to prepare brief presentations (~5min) on their institution/organization/company, business sector and profile of preferable project partner.

To participate in the Forums are invited potential project promoters – representatives of state institutions, local governments, scientific and educational institutions, private enterprises and NGOs. The working language will be Latvian and English, synchronous translation (Latvian – English - Latvian) will be provided. Please register to the Forums timely by sending the registration form to EEA Grants programme partner e-mail:
trygve.hallingstad@miljodir.no till the 9th of May (registration forms below). Due to the limited seat availability, please do not apply more than two persons from one institution.

MoEPRD is the Programme’s “National Climate Policy” operator. The Forum will be financed from the EEA Grants Bilateral relations fund.


Registration forms:


Small Grant Scheme under programme “National Climate Policy”

10.04.2014

It is planned to announce the EEA Grants programme’s “National Climate Policy” small grant scheme in May 2014. The duration of the call will be three months from the announcement date.

The objective of the small grant scheme “Capacity Building in the Field of Research and Measures for Enhancing Society’s Understanding about Climate Change and its Consequences” (SGS) to increase the knowledge base and capacity of target groups (state institutions, local governments, NGOs, educational and scientific institutions, private enterprises) enabling society to participate in climate change mitigation and adaptation policy implementation.

 

The SGS covers the following supported areas:
      1.    Measures to enhance society’s understanding and knowledge on climate change:
      1.1.    Awareness  raising through developing educational programme modules and developing and organizing of learning courses on climate changes;
      1.2.    Organizing of educational projects and informative campaigns to enhance society’s understanding and knowledge on climate changes;
      2.    Capacity building through applied research on mitigation of climate change

The following activities will be supported under the of the SGS:
      ·  Area 1.1.:    - organizing learning courses for professional audiences, municipalities or teachers on climate change issues;
                               - development of profeesional educational programme modules for students of  vocational schools and higher education institutions on climate change issues;

      ·  Area 1.2.:    - organizing educational projects for students of elementary, secondary and vocational schools for developing the understanding on cimate change;
                               - organizing creative information campaigns that include preparation and spreading of informative materials in the form of public actions or information activities, publishing in web sites and mass media, creating radio and TV broadcasts on climate change issues;

      ·  Area 2.:          development of scientifically based research on the themes related to climate change.

Eligible project promoters of the SGS are state institutions, local governments, scientific and educational institutions, private enterprises and NGOs. In order to enhance cooperation between Latvia and the Donor States, partnerships between organizations in Latvia and in the Donor States are widely encouraged.

Total Programme co-financing available for the implementation of SGS projects is EUR 1 718 044. The minimum amount of Programme grant assistance under the SGS is EUR 45 000, the maximum amount is EUR 175 000.

The grant from the Programme for the selected project shall depend on the status of the Project promoter and shall not exceed:

     ·  NGOs - 90% of the total eligible project costs;

     ·  state institutions, local governments, scientific and educational institutions, private enterprises - 85% of total eligible project costs.


Announced open call „Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development”

09.04.2014.

The State Regional Development Agency announces The European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2009 -2014 Programme’s "National Climate Policy" open call "Emission reduction technologies including renewable energy, sustainable buildings and technology development”.

The objective of the open call activity is to introduce and demonstrate low carbon solutions such as energy effective technologies for buildings, renewable energy production and other innovative technologies or products that reduces CO2 emissions.

The projects should be implemented within the territory of Republic of Latvia and the project applicants are state institutions, local governments, scientific and educational institutions, private enterprises and non-governmental organizations.

The open call supported areas are:

1.  Implementation of energy efficiency measures and installation of renewable energy technologies by performing construction of low-energy buildings, as well as reconstruction of existing buildings;

2.  Use of renewable energy technologies for heat and electricity production;

3.  Establishment, testing and demonstrating of innovative products and technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in non-Emissions Trading System.

Total Programme co-financing available for the implementation of open call projects is EUR 5,000,000. For the support area I the Programme grant assistance for one project is from EUR 175 000 to EUR 1 000 000; for area II – from EUR 175 000 to EUR 500 000, but  for area III – from EUR 175 000 to EUR 300 000.

More information available in the State Regional Development Agency’s website.


To introduce with The European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009 -2014 Programme "National Climate Policy" on August 28, 2013, in Albert Hotel (Dzirnavu Street 33, Riga, Latvia) was held Opening conference “Development and implementation of National Climate Policy towards Low Carbon Economy”. The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter – MoEPRD).



Conference was opened by the Director of the Development Instruments Department of the MoEPRD Iruma Kravale and the Ambassador of Royal Norwegian Embassy H.E Jan Grevstad. In the Opening address Iruma Kravale emphasized the good cooperation between European Economic Area and Latvian State institutions and the importance of Climate change issue: “European Economic Area States are doing very relevant work to inform about Climate change in Europe. At the first moment it seems that Climate change does not affect us in our everyday life although climate is changing before our eyes. Therefore there are needed active and strategic actions for adaptation to the climate change to limit the threats for people and transport, communication and electricity infrastructure. We should be responsible towards future generations”.
 



In the Conference participated representatives from state institutions, local governments, scientific and educational institutions, private enterprises, NGOs and media.

Participants of the Conference had an opportunity to get more information on the results that are planned to be achieved during the Programme implementation and possibilities to strengthen bilateral cooperation between institutions from Latvia and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. In the Conference participants also get acquainted with the latest achievements in the field of National Climate policy in Latvia and Norway, information about planned activities in pre-defined projects and planned areas of support and results in call for proposals and small grant scheme projects.




To support Latvia in developing a comprehensive national climate policy and reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions during the Programme implementation it is planned to co-finance two pre-defined projects, call for proposals and small grant scheme.

The MoEPRD is Programme “National Climate Policy” Operator. The Opening conference will be co-financed from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism. 

More detailed information about the Programme “National Climate Policy” in the MoEPRD website:

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 Welcome to the Partner Search Forum

 The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter – MoEPRD) is hosting the Partner Search Forum (hereinafter - Forum) of the EEA Grants 2009 -2014 Programme "National Climate Policy" in Latvia on the 29th of August, 2013 to introduce with the information about the themes of open calls and to start the partner search.

Venue: 25 Peldu Street, Riga, Latvia. Starting at 10:00 a.m.

To participate in the Forum are invited state institutions, local governments, scientific and educational institutions, private enterprises and NGOs. Due to the limited seat availability, please do not apply more than two persons from one institution and register to the Forum timely. The deadline for registration is the August 22, 2013 in MoEPRD website.The participants will have an opportunity to get information about the open calls planned in the programme “National Climate Policy” as well participants will be able to participate in two thematic groups: “Low carbon content technology solutions” and “Capacity building and knowledge improving in the field of climate change”.  Participants are welcomed to show a brief presentation (2 min) about their institution/company (scope of business, project ideas).

During the Forum will be a possibility to find potential cooperation partners from the Donor states of the EEA Grants.

Working language – English.

MoEPRD is the Programme operator of the “National Climate Policy”. The Forum will be financed from the EEA Grants Bilateral relations fund.
For more details of the Programme see the MoEPRD website.

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Welcome to the Opening conference “Development and implementation of National Climate Policy towards Low Carbon Economy”

 The European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009 -2014 Programme’s "National Climate Policy" Opening conference “Development and implementation of National Climate Policy towards Low Carbon Economy” will be held on August 28, 2013, in Albert Hotel (Dzirnavu Street 33, Riga, Latvia). The Conference is organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter – MoEPRD).

 To participate in the Conference are invited state institutions, local governments, scientific and educational institutions, private enterprises, NGOs and media. Due to the limited availability of seats, please do not apply more than two persons from one institution and register to the Conference timely. The deadline for registration is August 22, 2013, (until 17:00).

 Participants of the Conference will have an opportunity to get more information on the results that are planned to be achieved during the Programme implementation and possibilities to strengthen bilateral cooperation between institutions from Latvia and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. To support Latvia in developing a comprehensive national climate policy and reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions during the Programme implementation it is planned to co-finance two pre-defined projects, call for proposals and small grant scheme.

 The Conference will be opened by the representatives from the MoEPRD and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. In the Conference it is planned to get acquainted with the latest achievements in the field of National Climate policy in Latvia and Norway, information about planned activities in pre-defined projects and planned areas of support and results in call for proposals and small grant scheme projects.

 The MoEPRD is Programme “National Climate Policy” Operator. The Opening conference will be co-financed from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism. 

 More detailed information about the Programme “National Climate Policy” in the MoEPRD website:  /eng/fondi/EEA_Norv/european_economic_area_financial_mechanism_programme__national_climate_policy/


 
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (hereinafter – MEPRD) has to elaborate the draft of Rules of Cabinet of Ministers “European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Programme “National Climate Policy” implementation procedure” (hereinafter – draft of Rules of Cabinet of Ministers). Draft of Rules of Cabinet of Ministers was sent to the Meetings of State Secretaries for coordination with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Justice on June 19, 2013.

The aim of the Draft of Rules of Cabinet of Ministers is to ensure legal regulation of European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Programme “National Climate Policy” implementation, including pre-defined projects.

The Draft of Rules of Cabinet of Ministers will define:

1) the general implementation of the programme, including programme results to be achieved and the programmme partner cooperation arrangements;

2) the programme operators’ and agency’s functions;

3) the eligible costs of the programme;

4) the pre-defined project implementation procedures, including costs, eligibility conditions and co-financing of the pre-defined projects, evaluation and monitoring procedure of the pre-defined projects;

5) the implementation procedure of the bilateral cooperation Fund measures.

Currently the MEPRD is developing the tender regulation for open calls and small grant scheme within the framework of the Programme:

1)      The draft of Rules of Cabinet of Ministers “European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 period Programme “National Climate Policy” open calls’ “High energy saving building technologies implemented and demonstrated innovative low carbon technologies demonstrated” regulation”;

2)      The draft of Rules of Cabinet of Ministers “European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 period Programme “National Climate Policy” small grant scheme open calls’ “Capacity Building in field of research and measures for enhancing society’s understanding about climate changes” regulation”.

The above mentioned elaboration process of two draft Rules of Cabinet of Ministers is planning to be completed at the beginning of the 3rd quarter 2013 and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers till the end of the 3rd quarter 2013.


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