Climate & Environment

Ethiopia is a pioneering country in global climate work, both nationally and internationally. In 2011, the country launched a green development plan based on climate-robust green growth. Norway and the UK are among the countries that have committed to substantial, long-term investments. Currently other countries, such as Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, have joined the Norway and UK government during the COP 20 in Lima, Peru to support Ethiopia realize the green growth plan. This climate partnership has been strengthened within the pillars of forest/REDD+, clean energy/Energy+ and climate-smart agriculture. The country's authorities share Norway's ambitions to establish a new international climate treaty in which all countries participate, including developing countries. Ethiopia will be able to "deliver" results quite quickly in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions. This takes place through green investments in sectors with high growth rates.

Ambassador Odd Inge Kvalheim, together with H.E. State Minister of Agriculture Ato Sileshi Getahun, H.E. Dr. Tewelde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Director General of Environmental Protection Authority, and Professor Martin Herold from Wegeningen University opened on 30th of October a workshop on forest/climate monitoring at Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa. The event is hosted by the Ministry of... Read more

On the 27th of June, Norwegian Ambassador Odd- Inge Kvalheim and the Executive Secretary of the Eastern African Power Pool (EAPP) Mr. Jasper Odour signed an agreement furthering the cooperation between Norway and the regional intergovernmental entity. Read more

Norway is entering into agreements on energy cooperation amounting to NOK 850 million with Ethiopia, Kenya and Liberia. Read more

From June 7th-10th, Ambassador Odd Inge Kvalheim visited Bale Eco-region, a project supported by Norway in Eastern Oromia Region. Read more

Norway supports the global EnDev program with 64 Million NOK over three years, where 20 Million NOK is earmarked for implementation of the EnDev program in Ethiopia. Read more

In the next two decades, Ethiopia will see economic growth without an increase in climate emissions. This was the message from Prime Minister Meles Zenawi during the launch of at the Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy at climate summit in Durban on December 8th. Norway and the UK have pledged to partner with Ethiopia on climate issues and will provide economic support. Read more

A Norwegian supported programme in the Bale Region seeks to address problems of deforestation. 
Photo: Øystein Nedrebø/Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa.

The Bale Mountains harbour a unique fauna and flora which includes a large percentage of Ethiopia’s endemics, such as the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf. Norway is one of three development partners supporting the Bale Eco-Region Sustainable Management Programme (BERSMP) in southern Oromia. Read more

Photo: Camilla S. Hansen.

Institutional cooperation between the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) for the development of Ethiopian hydropower is bearing fruit. A NVE delegation recently visited Addis Ababa to conduct a Capacity Building workshop with MoWR. Read more

In September a team from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) visited the embassy for a Climate and Environmental Review. The report from the Green Washing of the embassy came up with very valid and quite simple recommendations for how the embassy staff and its partners can all be more environmentally friendly. The embassy is now implementing these recommendations. Read more

Representatives from The Dryland Coordination Group (DCG), a capacity building and knowledge based network for improved food security in the drylands of Africa and with its foundation in Norway, recently visited the embassy Read more

The Norad team provided training for the embassy staff on how to reduce climate and environmental footprints. 
Photo: Camilla S. Hansen.

The past week a team from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) has visited the embassy for a Climate and Environmental Review. Feedback and training on how the embassy and its development cooperation partners can raise awareness and reduce impacts on climate and environment was provided. Read more

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will be hosting the High-Level Conference on Climate Change and Technology in Bergen on 27-28 May 2009. The agenda will focus on carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology that could prove crucial if the world is to achieve necessary cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

Nobel Laureate Al Gore and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre will host a conference on melting ice in Tromsø. The aim is to produce a joint statement that can provide input for the climate conference in Copenhagen. Read more

By reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and offsetting the remaining by purchasing emission reductions world-wide, Norway now aims at becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Norway intends to make full use of the carbon markets to secure effective and affordable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to the development of this market. Read more

Norway aims at becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Read more

Energy efficient buildings in China , environmental street lighting in India and solar cell panels in Brazil . These are all projects embraced by Norway through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Read more