Environment, Climate Change and Green Growth

Environment and climate change issues became a priority in the recent times context. New policies and regulations are applied every day in order to promote a more sustainable environment.

Particularly, climate change is one of the most urgent problems affecting the globe these days. Climate change brings to the decrease of agricultural productivity, and at the same time it increase water stress and sea levels. Moreover, human health, ecosystems and biodiversity are at risk because of this issue.

For these reasons, global efforts are the key success factor to protect the environment and promote sustainability. NTU provides advisory services such as technical assistance in climate change resilient infrastructure, environmental studies, feasibility studies, technical assistance and support. Stakeholders are involved to guarantee the most efficient result. Indeed, we work together with the client in order to promote a sustainable development and economic growth.

Development of Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure for the Transport Sector in Zambia (2017-2021)

Zambia
Nordic Development Fund

The overall objective of the project is the mitigation of adverse climate change impacts affecting Zambia’s sustainable development, economic growth and lives and livelihoods of people, especially among vulnerable social groups and communities living along river basins in Zambia. NTU is supporting the achievement of the specific objective of the project that is the systematic integration of climate change adaptation and resilience considerations throughout the transport sector design and management process in Zambia at both practical and policy level.

Some of the activities NTU is carrying out include:

  • Assessment of the current capabilities, needs and tools for assessment of vulnerability of infrastructure against extreme weather and climate events, including floods and droughts.
  • Comprehensive training on vulnerability in the transport sector and adaptation options; and training on revised guidelines and tools for transport infrastructure design and planning.
  • Review and recommendations on design and maintenance practices for climate change adaptation in the transport sector; develop methodologies that may be used for national and local level design guidelines; and climate resilience screening of upcoming road infrastructure investment projects

Expected Results:

Through this project NTU will provide knowledge and capacity enhancement of key sector stakeholders to apply climate vulnerability assessments and integrate climate change resilience considerations into policy documents, projects design and standards in order to combat adverse climate change impact on infrastructure as key to support sustainable development and ecomonic growth.

Study on the Development of an Urban Climate Planner: A Sustainable Mobility Support Tool (2017)

European Union
European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Climate-KIC

Building on the overall goal of the Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) funded by EU Horizon 2020 Programme to bring together a dynamic community to build a zero carbon economy and climate resilient society, the specific objective of the project is to address the issue of climate change in relation to the demands that booming urban populations pose on infrastructure, buildings, energy, water systems and drainage, sanitation, waste management, housing and mobility, thus contributing to the Climate-KIC Urban Transitions theme. The purpose of NTU’s assignment is the development of a climate change planning tool for supporting sustainable urban mobility and transportation systems in the EU.

The Study NTU is carrying out covers the following aspects:

  • Exploring the market application of the Urban Climate Planner to combine urban transport planning measures with EU targets,
  • Preparation of a business model, product development model and an implementation tool to bring the Urban Climate Planner  application to the European Market.
  • Provision of calculation methods and visualisations of sustainable transportation and logistics solutions;
  • Promotion of greater sharing of geospacial data among municipalities.

Achived Results:

Within this pathfinder project, NTU is testing the commercial and technical validation of the concept to provide municipalities with an interactive and dynamic tool for planning climate change impacts on urban transportation systems and enable municipalities develop adequate climate resilient and sustainable transport policies.

Feasibility Study for the Total Recycle Decommissioning Accelerator Project (2017)

Denmark
European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Climate-KIC

Builing on the overall goal of the Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) funded by EU Horizon 2020 Programme to bring together a dynamic community to build a zero carbon economy and climate resilient society, the specific objective of the project is to develop climate-friendly and economically viable circular models of decommissioning that will deliver a carbon-neutral European economy, thus contributing to the Climate-KIC Sustainable Production Systems theme. The purpose of the NTU’s assignment is to develop and test-run a viable and verified business model for the organization of innovative cooperation agreements within ships decommissioning centers in Europe.

NTU’s activities in this feasibility study include:

  • Developing a business model for the organization of the cooperation among recycling companies, the port and the decomissioning partners in order to maximise the percentage of recycled materials from vessels and off-shore equipment
  • Verifying through customer validation the commercial merits of such cooperation
  • Test-running the busines model in the planned decomissioning facility of the Port of Frederickshavn in Denmark
  • Raising awareness within the EU northern region on the business opportunities arising from a climate-friendly decomissioning of vessels

Expected results:

Succesful test-running of the climate-friendly decommissioning businnes model developed by NTU will allow rolling out its implementation in a large scale, which will maximise  the percentage of recycled materials from ships and off-shore equipment and lead to direct monetary and non-monetary benefits from compliance with EU directives, thus enabling the ship breaking industry to make positive environmental and social impacts.

Concept Study of a Total Recycle Decommissioning Project (2016)

Denmark
European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Climate-KIC

Building on the overall goal of the Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) funded by EU Horizon 2020 Programme to bring together a dynamic community to build a zero carbon economy and climate resilient society, the specific objective of the project is to develop climate-friendly and economically viable circular models of decommissioning that will deliver a carbon-neutral European economy, thus contributing to the Climate-KIC Sustainable Production Systems theme. The purpose of NTU’s assignment was the conception and design of a project that aims at verifying the commercial and environmental viability of maximizing the recyclable materials in ships decommissioning.

NTU carried out a pre-feasibility study, covering the following aspects:

  • Technical assessment of issues related to materials produced from recycling of cargo ships, passenger ships and offshore platforms, focussing on non-ferrous metals as the most commercially and technically viable for recycling in a sustainable way
  • Investigation of composition of ships and offshore equipment and elaborate actions required for total recycling of the ship and offshore equipments
  • Development of a strategic framework for the establishment of clusters of environmental companies and establishment of supply agreements with maritime and offshore equipment operators and innovative recycling agreements on products and residues with industry players

Achieved Results:

The concept study completed by NTU formed the basis of an Accelerator project, which will ensure minimization of the disposal of hazardous materials and provide a diversified revenue source for shipbreaking companies and ports, thus enhancing the environmental sustainability in the EU.

Mid-Term Evaluation of the Programme for the Upgrading of Environmental Standards of rural schools (2013-2014)

Morocco
Belgian Development Agency (BTC)

The overall objective of the programme was to contribute to the environmental sustainability through improvement of environmental standards in the rural schools and living conditions of the young generation in the regions of Souss-Massa- Draâ, Eastern and Northern. The specific objective is to increase environmental awareness in the young generation in rural areas and provide sustainable environmetal solutions in rural schools. The purpose of the mid-term evaluation carried out by NTU is to assess the progress and performance of the project with a view to making recommendations to the key stakeholders for further improving environmental standards in the rural schools including the integration of green solutions.

NTU make an overall performance assessment of the programme covering the following areas of intervention:

  • Aspects of operationalization of the program for the upgrading of environmental standards of rural schools
  • Improvement of the health conditions of targeted schools and ennsure the promotion of cross-cutting themes such as gender issues and equal access of education through the involvement of all concerned actors.

Achieved Results:

The recommendations made by NTU contributed to increase the implementation efficiency of the programme for the greening of targeted schools in the rural areas of Morocco, facilitating the construction of the environmentally adapted infrastructures and enhancement of environmental standards.

End-Term Review of the Intervention “ Clean Development Mechanism Capacity Development and Projects Support” (2016)

Uganda
Belgian Development Agency (BTC)

The overall objective of the project is to enable Uganda to benefit from the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol as well as the larger climate change financing opportunities., thus stimulating sustainable development and GHG emissions reduction. The specific objetcive of the project was strengthening of the technical capacity of the Ministry of Water and Environment, Climate Change Department on CDM projects formulation and create awareness on investment opportunities under the CDM among governmental institutions, project developers and financing institutions. The purpose of the NTU assignment was to assess the performance of the intervention and make recommendations for improvements.

NTU carried out an in-depth assessment of the project including the following components:

  • Building technical capacity of relevant institutions, including the private sector, in formulation and implementation of projects financed by the CDM
  • To raise the level of awareness of the public, Government institutions, NGOs and the private sector and identify specific strengths, weaknesses and needs of these institutions in order to increase the accessibility and quality of information on CDM possibilities
  • Support improvement of CDM procedures in Uganda including the process for registration by the UNFCCC CDM Executive Board of Ugandan CDM projects.

Achived Results:

The lessons learnt and recommendations provided by NTU formed the basis for enhancing the Ugandan National Climate Change Policy and the capacity of the key Ugandan institutions to fully seize the climate change opportunities, available to Uganda.

Final Evaluation of Regional Weather Radar Warning System (2010)

Guyana, Trinidad, Belize
European Commission

The overall objective of the project was to reduce the vulnerability of the region to climate change impacts such as adverse weather, particularly floods and hurricanes, contributing therefore to economic and social development of the region. The purpose of the NTU assignment was to carry out the final evaluation of the project Regional Weather Radar Warning System developed for use in civil aviation and weather forecasting.

Activities performed by NTU included:

  • Assessed the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the systems developed by the project
  • Assessed the overall performance and results achieved in generating knowledge and developing radar systems management experience
  • Assessed the engagement of beneficiary and partner institutions in the developing an enabling policy environment.
  • Drawing lessons learnt and making recommendations concerning the overall sustainability of the project.

Achieved Results:

Through assessments and recommendations, NTU contributed to improvement of regional weather warning system for reducing the vulnerability of the Caribbean region in relation to adverse weather effects.