Factor Energy conducts analysis of MRV systems in the ECOWAS region

01 December 2016 | Mitigation

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) gathers 15 countries. With a population of over 335 million, ECOWAS represents approximately one-third of sub-Saharan Africa's total population.

Factor has conducted the analysis of the Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems in the Economic Community of West African States.

A Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) system is a prerequisite for the tracking of a country's progress towards the mitigation objectives set under its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The main barriers identified in the ECOWAS countries, related with implementing a comprehensive MRV system, are mainly lack of finance and limited institutional capacities, as well as, the poor quality of available data. All publicly available data and information on energy efficiency and renewable energy was assessed for the 15 countries. Finally, taking into account successful experiences in the design and implementation of national MRV systems in Ghana, South Africa and Tunisia, lessons learned were identified in establishing the structures and responsibilities, allocating the necessary resources and achieving continuous improvement during the implementation of the systems.

The work has been carried out together with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Center of the ECOWAS region (ECREEE) within the framework of specialized technical assistance from the Clean Energy Solutions Center.


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Source: Factor