Climate and Energy Response Facility - CERF

Published on:
10 January 2022
Last checked on:
14 August 2023

Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and mitigating climate change is now more important than ever. The Climate and Energy Response Facility (CERF) contributes to this goal. The facility supports partner countries with their climate and energy transitions. The facility also helps partner countries carry out climate mitigation actions faster. CERF will run from 2022 to 2025.

What is CERF?

CERF is a flexible facility with a focus on climate change mitigation. Climate change mitigation is the effort to reduce or prevent the emission of greenhouse gases. Its effect will limit the amount of future warming.

CERF facilitates the follow-up of policy dialogues on climate mitigation ambitions and actions between Dutch diplomatic missions and partner countries. The facility focuses on solving challenges and co-creating practical solutions that suit the local context. CERF also aims to mobilise experts from different professional disciplines, financiers and local stakeholders to speed up transition pathways. CERF finances activities aimed at:

  • knowledge sharing;
  • policy advice; and
  • capacity strengthening;

while connecting supporting instruments and establishing partnerships. This includes financial partnerships.

Dutch diplomatic missions in selected partner countries will design a tailored, multi-annual CERF intervention approach for specific sectors. In other selected countries, CERF will support quick, short-term interventions. The approach and interventions must be in line with the missions' multi-annual country strategies. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will support these Dutch diplomatic missions.

For whom?

CERF is a government-to-government facility for Dutch diplomatic missions. It supports climate diplomacy dialogue between the Netherlands and selected partner countries. CERF also offers follow-up via other instruments to reach its long-term ambitions.

CERF themes

CERF focuses on sharing expertise on climate change mitigation in a number of high impact sectors. Important CERF themes are, among others, offshore wind, hydrogen, solar energy and circular economy.

CERF partner countries

ODA partner countries

ODA partner countries for long-term interventions and multi-annual support include:

  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Colombia
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Vietnam.

ODA partner countries for short-term interventions and support include:

    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Ethiopia
    • Jordan
    • Lebanon
    • Palestinian Territories
    • Tanzania
    • Tunisia.

    Non-ODA partner countries

    Non-ODA partner countries for long-term interventions and multi-annual support include:

      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • Ukraine.

      Non-ODA partner countries for short-term interventions and support include:

        • Australia
        • Brazil
        • Canada
        • China
        • Israel
        • Malaysia
        • Mexico
        • Saudi Arabia
        • Thailand
        • Türkiye
        • United Arab Emirates
        • United States of America.


        Dutch diplomatic missions in CERF partner countries can contact CERF via the CERF contact form.

        More information

        The Netherlands Enterprise Agency manages CERF on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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