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Planning and Strategies for the Implementation
of the Clean Development Mechanism - PLANER

Main activities

PLANER website

Building on their knowledge and expertise, a team of European and Latin American institutions has agreed to strengthen regional capabilities for taking advantage of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to foster sustainable energy projects. This initiative, called Planning and Strategies for the Implementation of the CDM - PLANER, was co-sponsored by the European Commission under the Synergy Programme.

PLANER established a better understanding within selected countries in Latin America of how CDM can be used to increase the participation of renewable energy technologies in power generation.

Institutions participating in the project included a consortium of European partners (ESCAN, EUFORES, EXPLICIT, LAHMEYER and URC), the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE) and the Central American Commission for Electrification (CEAC). The project team carried out the project activities in close interaction with relevant institutions in the host countries (Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru).

Main Activities

The project focused on facilitating the engagement in CDM projects of a wide range of stakeholders in the public and private sectors by providing them basic information and criteria for project categorization and selection. Main activities included:

  • Assessment of the potential power generation market for renewable technologies aimed at identifying attractive projects for CDM. A common approach for setting national baselines for the power system expansion was adopted.
  • Identification in each participating country of renewable technologies for power generation. The aim was to screen the most promising projects in terms of potential source of low-cost emission credits and their contribution to foster more sustainable energy paths.
  • Work in association with local institutions on identifying and designing options and procedures to facilitate the implementation of CDM projects according to country-specific institutional arrangements and regulations.
  • Broad dissemination of the project activities, including the organisation of a regional workshop with the participation of potential European stakeholders on CDM projects.


  • A comprehensive study of the potential market for renewable technologies in power generation in selected countries.
  • A CDM User's Guide including criteria and indicators for project prioritisation and selection, possible financing sources, and potential partners in Europe.
  • In-depth assessment of case pilot studies on CDM projects on electricity generation based on renewable energy resources.
  • Consolidation of a working group to ensure a permanent exchange of information and experiences as well as on opportunities for CDM projects in the participating countries.

More information is available at the PLANER website.

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