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.
CERF is a government-to-government facility for Dutch diplomatic missions. It supports climate diplomacy dialogue between the Netherlands and selected partner countries.
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
CERF focuses on government-to-government cooperation. CERF partner countries in 2022 for long-term interventions and multi-annual support include:
- South Africa
Partner countries for short-term interventions and support in 2022 include:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Palestinian Territories
Non-ODA partner countries
Non-ODA partner countries for long-term interventions and multi-annual support in 2022 include:
- South Korea.
Non-ODA partner countries for short-term interventions and support in 2022 include:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- United States of America.
Dutch diplomatic missions in CERF partner countries can contact CERF via the CERF contact form.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency manages CERF on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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