The National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL) celebrated 15 years of being created with the mission of designing and promoting national policies that guarantee the economic and social development of the country, with a vision of sustainability and with the participation of the productive sectors, civil society and academia.
The 15th Anniversary celebration event was led by CNCCMDL executive vice president Max Puig, who highlighted some of the main achievements of the institution and the country in the fight against climate change and its adverse effects.
“The National Council for Climate Change has ensured that the Dominican Republic has access to millions of dollars from international cooperation for sustainability. Especially in the last 5 years we have accessed climate funds that finance sustainable development and adaptation to the effects of climate change in a direct way, as is the case of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), which has already approved 2 projects that will bring about 120 million dollars to the country to overcome the use of coal in electricity generation and to improve agricultural production in the Yuna River basin,” he recalled.
In this regard, Puig stressed that the CNCCMDL has proven to be an effective and highly specialized institution in the research and development of public policies that promote the sustainability of national economic development.
“Dominican Republic opted for a governance system to face the challenges of climate change that has become an example for other countries in Latin America and other regions of the world, because this system ensures that efforts are multi-sectoral and inclusive. This governance system has also made the country a leader and reference for the Caribbean region, due to the high level of involvement of the country’s entire society in the discussion, analysis and agile and timely decision making in the face of climate change”, he explained.
The executive vice president of the CNCCMDL also stressed that this leadership has been expressed in deeds with the commitment that the nation has assumed before the international community and the fulfillment, without hesitation, of global climate agreements.
“Our country did not hesitate to join and ratify the Paris Agreement and with that same determination we have been complying with its demands and content. For example, the country updated its Nationally Determined Contribution in 2020 and in it increased its ambition and governmental commitment both in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as in the adaptation to the effects of climate change,” he specified.
Max Puig also recalled that the Dominican Republic was the fourth country in Latin America and the Caribbean to establish a system for the Monitoring, Verification and Reporting of GHG emissions, thanks to the approval of Decree 541-20.
On the occasion of its 15th Anniversary, the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism recognized, for the second consecutive year, the companies certified for complying with Carbon Neutrality.
The following companies were recognized: Cibao International Airport, Banco Popular, Corporación Minera Dominicana, Cormidom, Sicpa Dominicana and Ron Barceló. EGE Haina received special recognition for being the first company in the country to trade GHG emission reduction certificates in international markets.
The CNCCMDL also awarded Special Mentions to the Fundación Popular, Ecored, the Consejo Nacional de la Empresa Privada (Conep), the Cervecería Nacional Dominicana and the Asociación Dominicana de Cementos Portland (Adocem), for the promotion of the public-private alliance “RDucetuHuella”, in which the CNCCMDL and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources participated from the public sector. It motivated more than a dozen companies to measure and reduce their carbon footprint.
The 17 companies that completed the process to measure and reduce their carbon footprint were also recognized.