The International Climate Initiative
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The International Climate Initiative (ICI) has been financing climate protection projects in developing and newly industrialising countries since 2008. The ICI receives funding from emissions trading, representing an innovative financing mechanism to support partner countries in the area of climate protection. Through the ICI, the German Environment Ministry finances projects in developing countries that reduce emissions and address adaptation to the consequences of climate change, supplementing existing German development cooperation.
An International Climate Initiative project has assisted South Africa’s largest nationwide supermarket chain Pick’n Pay in demonstrating that there are viable alternatives to fluorinated refrigerants such as CFCs and HCFCs that damage the ozone layer. Pick'n Pay now employs modern, low-energy systems that run on natural refrigerants and others chains in the region have begun to use this innovative technology.
South Africa: climate-friendly refrigerants
Germany's International Climate Initiative has a number of projects underway in South Africa or already completed. Funding is provided through Germany's Environment Ministry and the focus is on providing financial support for international projects in climate change mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity.
ICI projects in South Africa
Year-long climate protection fellowships in Germany are being offered to prospective leaders from emerging and developing countries. The International Climate Protection Fellowship Programme is entering its third round, seeking talented individuals working in the field of climate protection and resource conservation in academia, business or administration. Applications may be submitted immediately.
International Climate Fellowships