Green Public Service Training Programme
The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 is a legally binding international treaty on climate change, and was ratified by more than 190 countries. Its goal is to limit the rise in average global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to pursue efforts to limit this further by 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.
Although developing countries contribute much less of the global emissions, governments should play their part as responsible global citizens to mitigate climate change. To this effect governments have prepared Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), and Long-Term Low-Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) to the UNFCCC. Governments have committed to reduce emissions to achieve net zero in line with the Glasgow Climate Pact adopted at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-26) in 2021.
The Green Public Service or government charts concrete sectoral plans and targets over the next ten years, positioning governments to achieve long-term net-zero emissions aspiration as soon as viable, and to build up climate, resource and economic resilience.
Adopted by UN Member States in 2015, the 2030 Agenda comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which serve as a blueprint for sustainable development in all dimensions, i.e., economic, environmental, social. These SDGs were adopted by all countries at the United Nations in 2015 under a framework document called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Since its adoption, the 2030 Agenda has spurred the people, public and private sectors to work together to achieve the SDGs and to pursue a green and inclusive economic growth.
The Green Public Service Training Programme reinforces governments’ commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. It specifies targets that will enhance food security, ensure sustainable water management, scale up deployment of clean energy, promote sustainable economic growth, green infrastructure and industries, and position public institutions to be resource-efficient and climate-resilient. Realizing these targets will require a whole-of-nation effort, working in partnership with the community and industries to co-create solutions and further progress in these areas.
- Officials from energy ministries, energy regulators and energy companies
- Officials from ministries and agencies of environment
- Officials from transport ministries and regulators
- Officials from infrastructure implementing and management agencies (roads, rail, maritime, civil aviation, housing)
- Officials from agriculture, livestock, and forestry ministries
- Officials from water and sanitation agencies
- Officials from local government, cities and towns
- Officials from parliaments
- Officials from ministries of education
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Reduce costs and find a competitive advantage. Energy costs can account for as much as one fifth of an industrial business’ expenditure. Investing in energy efficiency can help to drastically reduce variable costs and lead to gains in competitive advantages including product price and the availability of capital for innovation.
- A net increase in jobs from energy efficiency, for the most part, is the result of two major changes: 1) an initial expenditure or effort that drives energy bill savings, 2) the subsequent adjustment in spending patterns brought about by that initial expenditure or effort.
- Mitigate risks When taking new approaches to improve energy efficiency, energy managers can also highlight underlying associated risks. Furthermore, as a direct result of reduced energy demand, a company’s exposure to market volatility is also reduced as their fossil fuel consumption wanes. Therefore, energy efficiency proves to be an effective management tool to mitigate financial risk and energy shortages.
- Invest in green cities and green transport systems
- Make sustainability as the engine for new jobs and growth
- Invest in locally produced agricultural goods to reduce the carbon footprint of imported food
- To reduce greenhouse gases in public institutions by embracing green public procurement
- To set targets for buildings, information technology, transport, and solar deployment.