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Leapfrogging to energy efficient mechanisms in Southern Africa

Climate adaptation and mitigation
Country Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has a portfolio of 7 approved GCF projects worth USD 171 million and 78 approved readiness projects worth USD 94 million. UNEP is an accredited entity to the GCF since 19 July 2015. The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which is hosted by the UN Environment Programme, promotes the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries. UNEP-CTCN is implementing a GCF readiness portfolio focused on Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) and their respective action plans. The CTCN provides technology solutions, capacity building and advice on policy, legal and regulatory frameworks. This success story features seven readiness projects worth USD 2.4 million in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe). UNEP-CTCN coordinated these projects with the national consortium partners to create an enabling regulatory and financial environment to transition to energy efficient refrigerators and distribution transformers.

At a glance


Countries supported


UNEP-CTCN has supported 26 countries with GCF Readiness Programme since 2017.


Number of Readiness grants


UNEP-CTCN has delivered 23 readiness grants since 2017.

USD 0 m

Amount of Readiness financing


Cumulative funding amount of GCF Readiness support that UNEP-CTCN has delivered since 2017.


Only with the RPSP

Boost readiness for climate action and result

Readiness support that strives to tackle climate change and GHG mitigation

Technical assistance tailored for countries' needs

Multiple countries that share common regional interests can access GCF readiness support with the Delivery Partner that can provide technical expertise and networks

Inclusive knowledge building

Providing exceptional support in developing technical documents with stakeholders