Global project Support of the Export Initiative for Environmental Technologies

Project description

Title: Global project ’Support of the Export Initiative for Environmental Technologies’
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Country: Global (target countries: Jordan, Thailand, Ukraine, India, Egypt)
Lead executing agency: Jordan: Ministry of Environment (MoE), Thailand: Pollution Control Department, Ukraine: Ministry of Regional Development, Housing and Municipal Economy of Ukraine, India: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Egypt: Ministry of Environment (MoE)
Overall term: 2019 to 2021

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Context

The central idea of the Export Initiative for Environmental Technologies is that innovation in the area of environmental protection and action on climate and the efficient use of resources offer considerable opportunities for growth. A progressive environmental policy is seen as a driver for innovation, training and green transformation. It offers competitive opportunities and at the same time has considerable potential to reduce the impact on the environment. 

Promoting the use of innovative and integrated environmental and efficiency technologies and carrying out market-preparation activities will create the conditions for sustainable development and make an important contribution to protecting the environment and resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

What the partner countries have in common is their challenging starting point with regard to the introduction of environmental technologies. They have inadequate political, legal and administrative frameworks, the technical capacities are lacking and their markets are poorly developed. 

Objective

Selected partner countries of the export initiative have created favourable framework conditions for using modern environmental and climate protection technologies.

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Approach

The global project implements these measures in the following five countries: Jordan, Thailand, Ukraine, India and Egypt. Additional measures will be implemented as needed and according to the priorities of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

The measures are implemented in collaboration with current bilateral projects of German technical cooperation. The staff deployed locally form the point of contact for other ongoing export initiative projects carried out by BMU grant recipients in these countries. This promotes the regular exchange of information and experiences between the projects and creates synergies. In addition, the projects are better embedded in the strategies of the target countries.

To this end, the supported projects and measures build up technical and institutional know-how, preparing and facilitating the use of environmental and climate protection technologies. The focus is on knowledge transfer, environmental education and sensitisation, and advancing capacity building as a contribution to sustainable development. 

The project thereby creates the specific preconditions for a demand for innovative technologies and ensures that sustainable structures are in place. The use of environmental technologies is also promoted on a pilot basis. The export initiative is thus complementary to the foreign trade promotion activities of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi) and the development cooperation activities of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The export initiative focuses on public services, i.e. the circular economy including waste and raw materials management, water and wastewater management, resource efficiency, sustainable or energy-saving construction and integrated urban development, sustainable consumption, environmentally friendly mobility and air pollution control as well as climate protection technologies in coordination with the BMU's International Climate Initiative (IKI).

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