ECRAN National Mission: INDC preparation for Albania

Date: 13.07.2015
Place: Tirana, Albania
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat

As a party to the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the EU candidate country, Albania is in the process of defining its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to be submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat prior to the Paris COP 211. A political process has been initiated by the Ministry of Environment in order to develop and submit an INDC before the Paris COP 21, while the future IPA 2013 project supporting climate policy development of Albania was designed to provide support in this respect. Unfortunately, as its start is foreseen for June 2015, this will not be possible. So far, the ECRAN project has provided some elements for the work needed to develop an INDC. However, in order to develop a full-fledged INDC which could be adopted by the Albanian government, further technical assistance is needed. Also, provided on the volume of work performed, some additional funding might be needed.

The concept of the project is twofold: to assist Albania in the technical work of preparing greenhouse gas (GHG) projections and to promote the political process of INDC initiation/preparation. The technical paper on GHG projections will be based on the existing modelling work on emission projections and will include a description of assumptions and methodological approaches.

SLED (Support for Low-Emissions Development in South East Europe) project team where the potential form of assistance to the Albanian beneficiaries was also discussed. Participants of the meeting took stock of the available modelling exercises in Albania which could potentially be used for determining options for INDCs.

The tasks for preparing a draft INDC are manifold and have to be implemented in a short time- frame. The following task list takes into consideration what is potentially doable to prepare and submit an INDC before 1 October 2015. The process is divided into eight steps including the government approval and submission as they are important for work planning on the INDC submission.

1 COP 21 will be held in Paris from 30 November – 11 December 2015.