Seconded experts to strengthen Colombia's capacity to monitor and report GHG emissions

1 Jun 2021

The Colombia-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (Colombia-UK PACT) programme is delighted to announce that it is funding the first secondment in Colombia through a close collaboration with the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM), a government agency of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Six experts will be embedded within IDEAM to share expertise in the calculation and reporting of GHG emissions and help achieve reductions in the industrial, transport, energy and waste sectors in Colombia. As part of this collaboration, IDEAM staff will be trained in the technical work required to maintain the reporting across these sectors.

The support of these experts will strengthen the technical capacities of IDEAM’s team in accounting for GHG emissions and reductions. This will in turn help ensure the success of key Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems in Colombia, such as the National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory System (SINGEI), the National Registry of Reductions and Removals (RENARE) and the National GHG Emissions Reduction Accounting System (SCRR-GEI). The team of locally engaged experts will be embedded within IDEAM until March 2022.

Welcoming the secondment, Yolanda González, General Director at IDEAM, said:

"Building capacity at national level is key to the fulfilment of Colombia's climate commitments. It contributes directly to compliance with NDC targets, action on mitigation and the development of GHG reporting methodologies, rules and processes."


Find out more about UK PACT’s secondments here.



Notes to editors:

  • This secondment takes into consideration the critical negotiations on transparency ahead of COP26. Colombia and the UK have demonstrated their ambition for enhanced transparency systems to better understand and communicate how different countries are advancing to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement. This support proves how countries can cooperate and improve their monitoring, reporting and verification capacities, and hopefully share best practices with others willing to scale up technical expertise related to this very important agenda.

  • This support is framed within the UK–Colombia Partnership for Sustainable Growth, which is celebrating its second anniversary in June of 2021 and commits both countries to joint action on climate and environment, including strengthening the systems of monitoring, reporting and verification for climate change.

  • In this way, UK PACT responds to the needs and priorities identified by partner governments. This new secondment will assist Colombia to meet their climate targets, supporting the implementation of Colombia’s highly ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of reducing by 51% the GHG emission by 2030.