Best practices in developing long-term low-emission development strategies in the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries are examined in a regional webinar, organized during 19-20 October 2020 by the EU4Climate Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

The event is attended by representatives from the Eastern Partnership member countries, the European Commission, the Energy Community, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the European Environment Agency and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.

Participants examined the current situation in the Member States of the European Union, a world leader in combating climate change, with a focus on best practices and the integration of climate change issues into sectorial policies. The Energy Community presented the stages of the National Energy and Climate Plans and the actions planned for next year.

Low-emission development strategies are national instruments for the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement to achieve the target of maintaining global warming below 2/1.5 °C by the end of the century.

The Republic of Moldova has initiated the process of updating the Development Strategy with low emissions by 2030 based on updated, more ambitious greenhouse gases reduction targets set in the Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement, presented to the UNFCCC Secretariat in March 2020.

The strategy will be developed with the support of the EU4Climate Project and will address the main sectors responsible for greenhouse gas emissions: energy, industry, agriculture, transport, buildings, forestry and waste management, as well as the actions to be taken within these sectors in order to reach the target of 70% unconditional and 88% conditioned reduction of GHG emissions compared to 1990.

The EU4Climate initiative is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. It supports countries in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement and improving climate policies and legislation. Its ambition is to limit the effects of climate and make citizens more resilient to them. It will assist the Eastern Partnership countries to integrate the low-emissions and climate resilience objectives into development policies and plans, to improve and consolidate climate policies and legislative alignment.

For more information, please contact: Vitalie Condratchi, communication consultant, EU4Climate Moldova, tel.: 079403403, e-mail: vitalie.condratchi@gmail.com

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