Low Emission Capacity Building
Targeted at the three largest carbon emitters in the Small Island Developing State (SIDS); power generation, industry and transport, the TT government has been forging ahead to implementing carbon reduction initiatives. Championed under the Carbon Reduction Strategy, the Low Emission Capacity Building project will support and develop a framework for strategy implementation to identify and select the most feasible alternatives and options for low carbon development in those three sectors, and support key public and private stakeholders for its implementation, particularly in Greenhouse Gas inventorying, reporting and verifying. To date, the project has progressed towards the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions which will be used to feed into the wider reduction strategy. These actions will look at transformational change in the national system, which will be achieved through capacity building in the public and private sectors.
The UNDP, in alignment with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, which calls for climate action to be taken, is a partner with the government on this project as part of its commitment to building a resilient nation. Climate change mitigation is taking the forefront as the stakeholders are appreciating the importance of proactive versus reactive measures, especially for SIDS. The impacts of climate change in Trinidad and Tobago are far-reaching, and they affect the entire country either directly or indirectly. Due to the small scale of economy, the emissions produced by the 3 sectors identified, impact heavily on all elements of society. The project is just one of the many initiatives happening here. As the most industrialised country in the English speaking Caribbean, these projects are of paramount importance in reducing the country’s carbon footprint, and making us more responsible for ourselves and by extension our region.