IRENA Handbook on Renewable Energy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for Policy Makers and Project Developers
Over the past five years, increasing attention has focused upon a promising new instrument to reduce carbon emissions in developing countries – one which does not attempt to impose a one-size-fits-all solution, but which takes advantage of national-led initiatives tailored to each country’s specific needs. This instrument is called ‘Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions’, or NAMAs, and is driven by the conviction that appropriate government policies and activities can mobilise public and private investment in low-carbon development. NAMAs vary considerably in scope – ranging from large-scale initiatives costing tens of millions of dollars, to single pilot projects. They might be financed domestically, or internationally. But they all share the same objective: overcoming barriers to a significant and measurable reduction in CO2 emissions, country by country, with global impact.
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