Institutional Capacity Enhancement for CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) in Pakistan

Under the UNIDO thematic priority Environment and Energy, UNIDO Pakistan is implementing the project entitled “Institutional Capacity Enhancement for CDM in Pakistan.”

The purpose of the project is to create an enabling framework at policy and implementation levels in order to benefit from the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) opportunities. The guidelines stem from the international environmental agreement the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). The project is funded by the Government of Norway.

CDM was introduced under the Kyoto Protocol, to achieve sustainable development goals in developing countries of the world, while at the same time mitigating climate change.

Project duration: November 2008 - June 2011

UNIDO-CDM aims to

  • Strengthen capacities of the Ministry of Environment (DNA/CDM cell) and other relevant institutions by developing skills for evaluation of CDM projects in line with sustainable development objectives of the country;
  • Identify the potential in the industrial Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy and Forestry sectors;
  • Institute enabling environment to deal with climate change issues of the country;
  • Enhance capacities in CDM project development, carbon market development and financing mechanisms;
  • Increase awareness about climate change issues in general;
  • Better management of CDM process;
  • Increasing the capacity of CDM project developers at local level in Project Design Documents (PDDs) and development of CDM market and trading with a focus on industrial EE/RE (Energy Efficiency/ Renewable Energy)and forestry.


  • Development of skills in CDM Project development, building of projects and Carbon Trading;
  • Training workshop on estimation of CERs (Certified Emission Reductions) and Carbon trading for EE-specific sectors;
  • Awareness and sensitization programs for policy makers in the ministries concern including Ministry of Industry, trade unions, Agriculture and provincial governments;
  • Development of a mechanism for host country approval of CDM projects to assess social and economic impacts of CDM projects and to check benefits in consistency with sustainable development objectives of the country;
  • Review existing system of host country approval process and to provide necessary advice;
  • Development of indicators for assessing environmental, social and economic impacts of CDM projects in Pakistan.

Potential Partners of the Project

  • Ministry of Environment (DNA/CDM Cell)
  • Ministry of Industries
  • Ministry of Water and Power
  • Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB)
  • Engineering Development Board (EDB)
  • Provincial and Local Governments
  • Other Ministries/Departments working on GHG (Green House gas) mitigation
  • Private Sector (CCI- Chamber of Commerce of Industries)
  • CDM Project Development Companies/Consultants
  • International & National Financial Institutions
  • DOEs (Designated Operational Entities), CER Brokerage Companies/Consultants
  • International Carbon Credit Markets
  • CDM Project Technology Providers
  • Academia

Related links:

Clean Development Mechanism, Pakistan - Ministry of Environment
Link here

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Link here