As the only Arab country with a parliamentary democracy and a modern constitution, Tunisia is an important partner country for the German government – also with respect to fighting climate change. The Tunisian population is very strongly affected by climate change, especially in rural areas. The Tunisian government is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions but there are many obstacles to overcome.
The cement industry contributes a big share of Tunisia’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, a major focus of the Global Carbon Market project in Tunisia is the cement sector. The project supports the operationalization of the instruments and mechanisms to support climate action in the cement sector. In particular, the project supports its partners’ efforts in terms of removing regulatory barriers in order to allow emission reductions in the cement sector.
The priority sectors for market-based instruments in Tunisia include industry (especially cement and nitric acid) and energy. The project provides training on carbon markets and climate finance for a range of different stakeholders such as the Ministry of Environment, the Energy Agency (ANME), GCF DNA as well as the private sector. It also supports the development of new approaches and instruments in the field of carbon markets. For example, the project tries to match the Tunisian mitigation portfolio (needs and investment opportunities) with available funding resources for market-based instruments or result-based finance.