Energy plays a key role in Bolivia’s economic development. Intending to increase the ambition of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the energy sector, the country approached the Climate Helpdesk for support. The Climate Helpdesk, whose secretariat is hosted by the GIZ Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA), is joint service offered by the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement (PATPA) and the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP). It provides assistant to partner countries on topics such as expert guidance and technical review of climate related policies, plans and programs, sharing studies, analyses, reports, and guidance documents on NDC updates and implementation, review of greenhouse gas inventories for specific systems, Establishing sustainable and robust transparency systems and the preparation for the submission of Biennial Update Reports, among others.
In preparation for this mission, Bolivia updated more than 10 years of its energy sector GHG inventory and National Energy Balance. Based on this update, the Climate Helpdesk supported Bolivia with a two-stage approach implemented in cooperation with the GIZ project Renewable Energies Programme (PEERR II) in Bolivia:
The first stage consisted of the review of the country’s recently updated National Energy Balance and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory of the country’s energy sector. Both documents are of high importance for the development of ambitious mitigation targets in the energy sector. The GHG inventory provided a basis to show the country, where its emissions stem from and in which areas ambitions could hold potential for increase. Both documents play a crucial role in the development of ambitious mitigation and adaptation targets in the energy sector.
The review concluded that, in general, the documents provide comprehensive and valuable data on Bolivia’s energy sector and its GHG emissions. Suggestions for improvement for both documents include recommendations for improving consistent and sustainable data management, as well as suggestions for collecting and building stronger institutional arrangements within the national transparency system.
The second stage was based on the findings of the inventory review. With the support of the Climate Helpdesk, the status quo of Bolivia’s NDCs was assessed. In addition, existing projections for the energy sector until 2050 were reviewed, and the Climate Helpdesk provided recommendations for the NDC Update with respect to feasibility and ambition. These recommendations are the basis for the internal discussion in the government on the NDC update in the energy sector. According to feedback from the government participants the technical support provided the government “valuable information and recommendations that will aid Bolivia in its current NDC updating process”.