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Since joining the Climate and Clean Air Coalition in 2012, the Dominican Republic has a launched several initiatives to address the interrelated challenges of climate change and air pollution.
In 2015, the Government of the Dominican Republic submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In its NDC, the Dominican Republic committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 compared to 2010 levels. The country has since been working with the Coalition's Supporting National Action Planning (SNAP) Initiative to advance its international commitments.
In 2018, the Dominican Republic developed an integrated emissions inventory of greenhouse gases, short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and air pollutants. This work led to the launch of an assessment in 2019 that will help to evaluate the effectiveness of SLCP policies and mitigation measures and be used to produce a recommendation report to for the NDC revision process.
More examples of the Dominican Republic's work are highlighted below.
Towards methane reduction, the Dominican Republic is designing and will implement its CCDP on the “quick wins” sector through Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). Also, the country has developed a feasibility study determining the CO2e emissions regarding the pig farms sector as well as the CO2e emissions in the livestock sector.
As part of a national measure, the Dominican Republic has introduced the carbon tax for the transport sector regarding their CO2 emissions.
In 2007, the Renewable Energy Law 57-07 entered into force and in 2008 the Renewable Energy Regulation No. 202-08 was signed for the application of the Law. Law 57-07 grants numerous incentives and tax exemptions to investors in renewable energy.
The Dominican Republic government and UNDP as the lead of implementation agency are carrying out the HCFC phase-out management plan (stage I) enabling the country to comply with the Montreal Protocol’s 10 per cent reduction in HCFC consumption by 2015.
The Dominican Republic is developing a high efficiency stoves project in the border area between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in order to avoid deforestation and increase forest cover in that region, reducing emissions from deforestation, and also increase the standard of living of the rural border population through a cleaner air and a reduction of the collection time of firewood by women. This initiative could be developed through a Programme of Activities (PoA) under the CDM, or NAMAs, for which a study on the use of firewood and stock options in the border area of the country has just started.
The Dominican Republic is fully involved in the international climate change negotiations. In August 2013, the Dominican Republic will become a member of the Green Climate Fund Board.
It is the Co-Chair of the Municipal Wastewater Subcommittee (MWW) within the Global Methane lnitiative (GMl). Also is part of the efforts in the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV launched by South Africa, South Korea and Germany.
Presentations from the session "The private sector’s roles in improving municipal waste management to mitigate climate change" that took place during MPGCA Industry Day event at COP23 in Bonn...