UK PACT has partnered with Colombia, a country with a strong commitment to international and domestic action on climate change and sustainable growth.
Colombia has demonstrated regional leadership in tackling climate change and encouraging sustainable growth. This shared vision has resulted in a history of successful and mutually-beneficial collaboration, cemented through the ‘UK-Colombia Partnership for Sustainable Growth’. This Partnership demonstrates the UK government’s desire to work closely with Colombian counterparts on accelerating domestic action on climate change and raising global climate ambition. This commitment to long-term support has positioned the UK as a key ally, with the Colombian government naming 2021 as the ‘year of UK and Colombia’.
In the first round of funding, Colombia-UK PACT funded thirteen projects and three skill-shares. Following a successful round of implementation of the first phase of Colombia-UK PACT, projects in four key areas with potential for transformational GHG emission reductions will be selected in 2020: green finance, sustainable mobility, energy and sustainable livelihoods.
This energy efficiency project is providing technical assistance to over 100 companies in Colombia’s industrial sector.
Companies receive an analysis of their GHG emissions and recommendations for potential improvements that could be delivered through new energy efficiency measures to their operations. Participating companies also get help to structure these measures into bankable projects and address how they might finance them, thereby bridging the gap with the financial sector. This project is helping companies reduce their carbon emissions footprint and become more competitive and profitable through operating cost cuts. It aims to achieve a 3,800t reduction of CO2 per year - roughly equivalent to the carbon absorption of 152,000 trees over the course of a year.
This flagship green growth project is developing Colombia’s bio-economy strategy, a policy area that holds great potential for sustainable and inclusive economic development in the country.
To build the capacity of potential green project implementers at the subnational level, the project developed a course on key bio-economy themes. Over 24,188 people have registered for the free online course, which offers certification and relevant learning to support green growth transitions across Colombia. The project has also been working to develop four non-conventional renewable energy proposals, assisting with financial and technical analysis so as to leave them “ready for investment”. This includes a 36 MWp solar cluster, located in Tolima. These projects will help to scale up renewable energy as a reliable technology that can support the clean energy transition within Colombia.
This community-based project has engaged with over 300 new hosts in rural Colombia.
Through a series of capacity-building activities, from training to act as local biodiversity tour guides to financial planning and marketing, local communities have been able to explore this alternative sustainable livelihood. As a result of this project, hosts are now equipped to offer nature-based and scientific tourism services that showcase and protect the surrounding biodiversity. It is hoped that this project will encourage communities in post-conflict areas to develop sustainable economies, supporting livelihoods without harming the local environment.
The second Colombia-UK PACT funding round closed in August 2020.
Projects are being assessed as part of an open call to prospective applicants following two stages: 1) Expression of Interest (EOI) to outline how a proposed project responds to the call; and 2) a request for detailed proposals for those shortlisted at the EOI stage. Register your interest below to make sure you stay updated with all developments for this funding round.
Please see across the updated timeline for the current application process.