HELPING TO REVERSE THE GLOBAL TREND
HOW CAN PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE LIVE SUSTAINABLY WHEN ISLAND STATES AND COASTAL REGIONS ARE BEING THREATENED BY RISING SEA LEVELS, CITIES ARE BEING CHOKED BY EXHAUST FUMES AND HEAT WAVES, DRINKING WATER RESERVES ARE DWINDLING AND CROP YIELDS ARE DECLINING? CLIMATE CHANGE IS THREATENING LIVELIHOODS IN MANY REGIONS, EXACERBATING CONFLICTS AND RENDERING PLACES TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY UNINHABITABLE.
More than a third of the projects being implemented by GIZ on behalf of German and international commissioning parties deal with climate-related issues. In over 100 countries, we are working to reduce harmful emissions, promote the use of clean energy and energy-efficient technologies and increase climate-friendly mobility through sustainable transport systems.
OUR AIM: CLIMATE-FRIENDLY AND RESILIENT SOCIETIES
In places where the effects of climate change are already being felt and further dramatic consequences are unavoidable, we are strengthening adaptability to climate change, the ability to deal with climate risks more effectively, and resilience – of entire regions, towns, cities and the most vulnerable population groups. Our aim is to support climate-friendly and resilient societies and economies. And we are working to find appropriate financing solutions for the challenges presented by this global change. In 2017, we laid the foundations for this, with new cooperation agreements with international stakeholders.
CLIMATE AND ENERGY:
DELIVERING RESULTS AT ALL LEVELS
TWO MILLION TONNES OF OIL WERE SAVED AROUND THE GLOBE – IN PART THANKS TO THE USE OF SOLAR COLLECTORS.*
IN ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA ALONE, THAT AMOUNTED TO 1.1 MILLION TONNES OF OIL.
‘OUR SOLAR PANELS ON THE ROOF SAVE US UP TO EUR 7,000 PER YEAR IN ENERGY COSTS. FOR US AS A REHABILITATION CENTRE FINANCED SOLELY THROUGH DONATIONS, THAT IS A HUGE AMOUNT. EVERY CENT WE SAVE ON ELECTRICITY GOES STRAIGHT BACK INTO THERAPY. AND BEST OF ALL, WHEN WE ARE CLOSED AT THE WEEKEND, WE FEED POWER INTO THE GRID, SO WE’RE GENERATING CASH AS WELL.’
* These results were achieved thanks to the contribution of GIZ and its commissioning parties and partners. Survey period: 2010–2015.