Adaptation Mitigation Readiness (ADMIRE)

The ADMIRE project supports the development of ideas, in collaboration with applicants, local experts and national government representatives, into sustainable financeable frameworks that will support the integration of private sector action into nationally appropriate mitigation and adaptation plans and policies.


ADMIRE supports a total of 6 projects focused on adaptation or joint adaptation/mitigation:

In Cambodia, this joint mitigation-adaptation project aims to develop a NAMA for sustainable charcoal. Adaptation benefits are also achieved through direct economic contributions to community forest groups, and indirect benefits of restored ecosystems.

Through this project, in Ghana, farmers are able to subscribe to text and voice messages alerting them to weather variability and good practice agricultural techniques. Subscription mechanisms sustainably finance development of SMS content.

In India, recurring floods cause substantial losses to the businesses in Mumbai annually. The project helped to document and quantify these losses and explore models how private sector can invest into various measures to reduce these losses in a commercially feasible way.

In Jamaica, this project has worked to develop a financing model for the dissemination and uptake of aquaponics technology to commercial farmers, in a partnership with financial institutions and the Ministry of Agriculture.  The project attracted additional funding of US$ 4m provided by the Inter-American Development Bank to finance capacity building and debt for smallholder farmers to build aquaponics capacity.

The joint adaptation and mitigation project, in Peru, focuses on development of a NAMA on implementation of Peru’s new law on land-use rights. The adaptation benefits include livelihood contributions and income security that are resilient to climate impacts, as the coffee farmers will implement agroforestry techniques to improve coffee yields and at the same time provide mitigation benefits through reducing GHG emissions from coffee production.

In addition, the overarching project objective is to provide access to clean cooking technologies for Peruvians in rural areas by implementing improved cook stoves. This is done through combining the ongoing, but fragmented, efforts into an integrated, inclusive and coordinated system ready to utilize local or international funding and implement the conversion at national scale. The project succeeded in mobilizing funding provided by Swiss Climate Cent Foundation following possibilities under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in the approximate amount of CHF 20m.  The project is currently starting initial phases of implementation.

Similarly, in Colombia, approximately 1.2 million households in Colombia rely on firewood for daily cooking needs causing deforestation and forest degradation associated with the over-use of ecosystems, but mainly significant negative health impact to these households. The ADMIRE project engaged with local efficient cook stove producers, microfinance financial institutions and the Ministry of Environment to design and pilot both a financial mechanism for end-users to purchase efficient cook stoves and business models for local entrepreneurs to manage the supply and maintenance of cook stoves.  The pilot phase is now ongoing.

In Colombia, the production of panela, a food product from sugar canes, is often inefficient, causes deforestation and even has negative health implications. This another ADMIRE project in the country works in a close collaboration with panela producers, financial institutions and the Ministry of Environment in developing a national framework to improve efficiency in panela production.

In Chile, in collaboration with the private sector, banking sector and respective government institutions the ADMIRE project developed a scalable framework for implementation and financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy investments in all schools in Chile. The project entered into a partnership with ENEL X, Chile as a part of Comuna Energetica program.  Upgrades of the school facilities are now ongoing.

Likewise, in Mexico, the ADMIRE project created a scalable framework for the financing of energy efficiency investments in public buildings and facilities that are under the management of state governments in Mexico utilizing their existing Carbon Management Plans. The project worked in a partnership with local technical providers, financial institutions and policy makers in identification a pipeline of commercially viable projects for implementation.

In Indonesia, the ADMIRE project worked with local cement producers to switch from coal as the fuel used in cement kilns by utilization of available municipal or industrial solid waste. The project conducted a resource and technical analysis on different aspects of waste, as well as on the establishment of a legal and financial framework necessary to scale up the project.

Similarly, in Morocco, this project aimed to implement a commercially viable franchise model for multimodal platforms for the collection, treatment, and reclamation of post-consumer and post-industrial waste in a close collaboration with private sector and financial institutions. Local financial institutions are currently utilizing the model in credit assessment of waste projects.

Finally, South Africa, the ADMIRE project aimed to develop an implementable programme using solar energy technologies to support a large-scale replacement of cooling and air conditioning appliances utilizing solar assisted technologies. A first step was to test the technical and economic feasibility of successfully introducing the technology. As the feasibility study revealed lacking fundamental commercial viability, the project was terminated at that stage.


Funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ADMIRE project is a collaboration between United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the UNEP DTU Partnership.

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Focus area: Business Models and Markets, Developing private sector analysis and business plans

Country / Region: Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, Vietnam