Private sector investment high in Climate Action Plan

Private sector investors from various industries pledged to support Ghana implement the 31 climate actions contained in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), developed in line with the Paris Agreement. Implementation of the climate actions is expected to contribute in global efforts to combat climate change.

The pledges were made at an Investment Forum organised by the government of Ghana and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) during the Africa Climate Week in Accra.

From 2020, Ghana needs to raise about US$16.3billion from multiple international sources including the private sector to finance the conditional climate actions in its NDC plan to be implemented over 10-years, which is estimated will cost the nation US$22.6billion.

Panels at the forum discussed strategies to mobilise the needed investments to implement climate actions, and private sector players at the forum pledged their readiness to support the country.

The private sector’s interest in climate action is high, and this has already been demonstrated by the sector partnering with government and UNDP to develop a private sector investment guide for the country,” noted Nana Osei Bonsu, Chief Executive Officer of the Private Enterprise Federation of Ghana.

While discussing practical ways to accelerate private sector investments for projects that  deliver climate solutions and financial returns, the panellists highlighted available tools. These include online platforms such as Sustainable Energy Marketplace and ClimatePlace which function as global marketplaces, connecting project developers and investors; and also the Centre for Climate Strategies, which offers training and technical assistance for the development of bankable climate projects.

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They also noted the willingness of multi-lateral development banks, such as the Africa Development Bank, to provide financial incentives and de-risking instruments for investors. They recommended that such tools can be explored by Ghana and other countries to make investing in climate change projects attractive to private investors.

The importance of strengthening partnerships for climate action was highlighted by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who officially opened the Africa Climate Week.

Streamlining access to international climate finance to complement national funding will enhance practical ways to mobilise financial resources for the implementation of national climate actions, noted H.E. President Akufo-Addo.

Similarly, speaking on behalf of UNDP, the Acting Resident Representative of the Ghana Country Office, Ms Gita Honwana Welch, described climate change as the “greatest investment opportunity in history”. She indicated that addressing climate change will provide an unprecedented opportunity to unlock massive economic and social benefits that can help in achieving the SDGs.

Studies have found that bold climate action could trigger US$26trillion in economic benefits by 2030, and create over 65 million new jobs,” remarked Ms. Welch.

However, she also indicated that unlocking these benefits will require strong political will, sufficient financial deployment, and improved stakeholders’ understanding that climate change must be addressed in a holistic and strategic manner.

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Ghana’s key climate action projects seeking investment opportunities were presented at the event. These include:

  1. Accelerating Solar Action Programme
  2. Climate-resilient landscapes for sustainable livelihoods in Northern Ghana
  3. Ghana’s National Clean Energy Access Programme – Operationalising the NDCs through

cooperative approaches under Article 6.2 of Paris Agreement

  1. Ghana Shea Landscape REDD+ Project (to be implemented by the government of Ghana in collaboration with UNDP)

The Ghana Nationally Determined Contribution Investment Forum was one of the key highlights of the Africa Climate Week. Over 300 participants, including top-ranking government officials, policymakers, private sector actors and representatives of academia from different countries were at the forum.

The Africa Climate Week focused on strengthening Parties and non-Party stakeholder engagements in key sectors in Africa, including energy, agriculture and human settlements. Takeaways at the week-long event were organised around three themes: Cities & Local Action, Energy Transition, and Nature-Based Solutions, which correspond directly to three of the ‘Transformational Areas’ that will guide the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September this year.

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