In 2017, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety commissioned the GIZ (via the International Climate Protection Initiative – IKI) to implement a project to support the energy transition towards a climate-friendly energy sector in the Dominican Republic, to reach the national and international climate objectives.
Such transition processes include a range of institutional, regulatory, and infrastructural measures and improvements with implications for the entire national economy. A multitude of interactions between national targets and between different public and private actors are involved. Analysing the impact of these multiple interactions and interdependencies between energy, environmental, economic, (and even social) policy objectives, and actors requires a robust information system whose components are conceptually coherent.
The System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA) and its satellite accounts, developed by the United Nations, are the international standards for this purpose. The implementation of this multi-purpose information system in a country allows for the availability of detailed and consistent information on a wide range of environmental and economic issues. This information is also used to derive useful indicators, design and evaluate policies and build models for analysis.
Within the scope of this project, the Wuppertal Institute advises the National Commission of Experts, which consists of various governmental institutions of the Dominican Republic (e.g. Ministry of Mines and Energy, Central Bank, Ministry of Environment), on the modular implementation of the Satellite Energy Accounts (SEEA-Energy).