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The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Tunisia is the 62nd Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which contains the Party's mitigation objective of reducing its carbon intensity 41% by 2030 compared to its 2010 carbon intensity level.

The Party specifies that a 13% reduction is an unconditional goal, but that an additional 28% can be achieved, conditional on support from international financing, capacity building and technology transfer.

Tunisia Flag16 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Tunisia is the 62nd Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which contains the Party’s mitigation objective of reducing its carbon intensity 41% by 2030 compared to its 2010 carbon intensity level. The Party specifies that a 13% reduction is an unconditional goal, but that an additional 28% can be achieved, conditional on support from international financing, capacity building and technology transfer.

The submission also contains an estimate of investment needed to reach its mitigation objective, totaling US$17.5 billion over the period 2015-2030. The Party expresses interest in using carbon markets to meet its financing needs, especially for the Tunisian Solar Plan, mitigation in the cement industry, and energy efficiency and renewable energies in the building sector.

The INDC covers the energy, industrial processes, agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), and waste sectors, and the following gases: carbon dioxide (CO2); methane (CH4); and nitrous oxide (N2O).

In addition to the overall economy-wide target, the country has set a specific target of reducing carbon intensity in its energy sector by 46%. Energy efficiency and renewables are described as the pillars of Tunisia’s energy transition process, which aims to reduce primary energy demand by 30% by 2030 compared to a baseline scenario and achieve 30% penetration for renewables in electricity production. Accordingly, in implementing the INDC, the country underlines that the “aim of the mitigation plan is to intensify the promotion of energy efficiency in all consumer sectors and for all energy usages.”

The submission also includes a chapter on Tunisia’s contribution to adaptation, with planned measures listed for water resources, the coastline, agriculture, ecosystems, tourism and health. The country’s estimate of required adaptation funding totals approximately US$1.9 billion.

All Parties to the UNFCCC are expected to submit INDCs in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, which will take place in November-December 2015. Those submitted by 1 October 2015 will be included in a synthesis report on their aggregate effect by 1 November 2015. Parties are anticipated to agree on a global climate change agreement to take effect in 2020 at the Paris Climate Change Conference. [UNFCCC Press Release] [Tunisia’s INDC] [Tunisia’s INDC – Unofficial Translation] [UNFCCC INDC Portal]


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