Preparing the Tunisian cement sector for scaled-up mitigation

The cement sector is responsible for around 5% of global CO2 emissions. Ecofys, together with APEX Conseil, a local partner, is assisting the Tunisian government to design and implement a sectoral mechanism to scale up mitigation efforts in the cement sector.

Designing the mechanism

The first phase of the project resulted in a proposal for the design of the mechanism. This took place in 2013-2014 and was supported by GIZ on behalf of the German Ministry for Environment. Ecofys and APEX Conseil defined a sector emissions baseline, and assessed mitigation potential and options. They also identified and assessed possible support mechanisms in the context of international climate negotiations and the carbon market, which included new market-based mechanisms, NAMAs, and results-based finance. The project resulted in a proposal for the design and implementation of a sectoral mechanism. This proposal sets out a range of details including the technical, institutional, legal and financial design of the mechanism, a schedule for implementation, financing needs, and capacity building needs.

Supporting implementation

Since 2015 the project, supported by GIZ on behalf of European Commission, aims at implementing the mechanism. Ecofys and APEX Conseil expertise are deployed to support the Tunisian government and the cement sector in developing a sectoral voluntary agreement. The voluntary agreement will be a contract between the government and the industry. It will include a sectoral emission reduction target, time schedules, and commitments on the part of all participating parties. Commitments from the government will cover provision of technical assistance, capacity building and financial support. Commitments from the cement sector will include CO2 and energy audits, mitigation action plan, and mitigation actions to reach the target.