The project is a continuation of the Climate action for Albania - Albanian Green Deal Project, September 2020 –November 2021. The main objective of the project is to capitalise in the gains achieved during the previous project funded
by the Minor Foundation, like the network of youth for climate action that was created, the advocacy process for the Albanian Green Deal, the advocacy on the climate law, and the increased public awareness, coupled with reaching increasing numbers of the general public with information about mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and increase the public’s support for climate policy measures.
The secondary objective is to raise the needed awareness on climate change at the level of local and national authorities in our efforts to make them act for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Albania aims at climate neutrality by 2050, in line with the EU ambitions, the Climate Strategy has been adopted in 2019. The strategy will be reviewed, to take into account the new climate targets (Nationally Determined Contributions - NDCs).
New NDCs were approved on 9 October 2021 by Albania, raising the NDCs from 11.5% to 20.9% for the period 2021-2030. Meaning that Albania will reduce its emissions by 20.9% for the period 2021-2030. The National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) has been drafted, and the draft is under review by the Energy Secretariat and is expected to be approved in 2022.
While the NDC plan relies a lot on sequestration of CO2 by forests, this cannot be taken for granted as forests areburning every year or becoming net emitters due to heatwaves and tree deaths. Albania needs huge investments and efforts in adaptation as it is the most affected European country by climate change effects, due to the severity of impacts and responsiveness capacities.