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Energising Climate

How EnDev’s work towards combatting climate change aligns with SDG 13

Energy production is the primary source of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (World Resources Institute). Supporting efforts to combat climate change is at the core of EnDev’s work. The programme’s longstanding focus on renewable energy supports low-carbon development pathways in partner countries and is key to achieving both Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 and the Paris Agreement.

EnDev’s Ambition Level

Supporting low-income countries in reaching their energy access targets as well as delivering on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) by providing access to climate-friendly energy is one of EnDev’s key objectives. By replacing usage of biomass and fossil fuels with renewable energy, EnDev actively contributes to addressing climate change and and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Furthermore, EnDev’s efforts strengthen its target group’s climate change resilience by, for example, supporting them in adapting agricultural methods, livestock and crops to the effects of climate change to increase their productivity as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

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EnDev is working with SNV to create a smoke-free future in Cambodia. ©Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

Impact Areas

  • Emissions reduction

    Reducing GHG emissions through promoting the usage of renewable energy sources.
  • Health

    Using improved cookstoves benefit health conditions of women and girls and therefore decreasing their vulnerability to climate hazards.
  • Time savings

    Allowing women and girls to spend less time collecting fuel wood can enhance their economic, educational, and social engagement.
  • Reducing deforestation

    Reducing fuelwood consumption through the use of improved cookstoves and thus safeguard ecosystems.

EnDev’s Achievements

  • In 2023, EnDev saved 2.91 million tonnes CO₂e emissions.
  • The overall EnDev CO₂e emissions savings accumulate to 25.13 million tonnes by the end of 2023.
EnDev’s results on mitigated CO2e emissions

EnDev’s climate impacts build on the primary focus on providing sustainable energy access.

Energising Development Strategy 2019-2025


The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 in Paris in 2015 and entered into force in 2016. The goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. The implementation of the Paris Agreement requires economic and social transformation  both in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction (mitigation) as well as enhanced resilience to the impacts of rising temperatures (adaptation). By 2020, countries submitted their plans for climate action known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which communicate their mitigation and adaptation actions. Energy production is a significant source of global GHG emissions and 40 percent of global emissions are due to electricity generation alone. Moreover, the GHG emissions from non-renewable wood fuels for cooking amount to 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide per year, representing about 2 percent of global emissions. Many countries under-consume energy due to lack of availability or affordability to adaptive technologies. This is where EnDev comes into play.


Highlights from EnDev projects

  • EnDev and GCF show how to produce a climate-friendly cookstove
  • Sustainable Energy for Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda
  • “Adaptation to climate change should get more attention”