The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) on Tuesday, concluded a two-day workshop intended to familiarize environmental stakeholders in Liberia, especially the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on the understandings of the Grid Emission Factor (GEF) and Standard Baseline (SB) Calculation.
Having the grid emission factor is a prior requirement to determine the emission reductions achieved by a proposed low emissions project connected to the national grid system, while the Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) introduced the SB’s concept in 2010/2011, with the aim to reduce transaction costs for project developers. But Liberia is yet to achieve any of these concepts so far.
This is why the workshop, held in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Regional Collaboration Center (RCC), was convened in the country.
GEF is the measure of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions intensity per unit of electricity generation in a given grid system.
UNFCCC Focal Person, Benjamin S. Karmorh, informed participants that the training is designed to assist local stakeholders in the calculation of the Grid Emission Factor of the national electricity grid, using real data provided by official sources.
Karmorh urged them to provide data from their respective institutions so that Liberia can be elevated from the bottom to a middle income country.
He at the same time lauded ECREEE and UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Center for building the capacities of representatives of relevant ministries and organizations that have potential roles to play in the development of the grid emission factor and the SB in the country.
ECREEE Program Officer, Adeola Adebiyi, said the main objective of the workshop was to familiarize key stakeholders on the process of calculating the grid emission factor and a standardized baseline for the energy sector.
Madam Adebiyi said that the two concepts help countries to determine the emission reductions achieved by new low emissions projects connected to the grid.
She said both concepts are also crucial for the overall implementation of National Determined Contributions (NDC) that have been submitted by Liberia to the UNFCCC.
According to her, while most ECOWAS countries have gone through the process of developing the GEF and SB, Liberia is still to fully complete the process since it was introduced in 2014.
“So the workshop aims to fast-track the process so that you are not left behind,” Adebiyi told participants.
She then lauded UNFCCC/ RCC in Lomé, Togo, for its technical contributions, and thanked the EPA for co-organizing the workshop.
EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr. said that representatives from the various ministries and agencies and those from some private institutions will be provided with requisite skills and techniques on how to calculate emission.
Blama challenged participants to take the training seriously, because information that would be generated would fit in the country’s data base, and would inform the country’s reporting process.
He said that it took his administration two months to ratify the Paris Agreement after it had gathered dust at the Legislature for two years.
Liberia joined the UNFCCC in 2002, and has since been an active member.
Participants lauded facilitators and ECREEE for the opportunity and promised that they will make use of the training.