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Sri Lanka successfully implements trilateral cooperation project with UNDP assistance 

June 26, Colombo (LNW): Sri Lanka has implemented the ‘Biogas, Biomass and Solar Trilateral Cooperation (TSSC) Project’ from 2019-2024 sucessfully in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) under the banner of South-South and Trilateral Cooperation modality, official sources proclaimed. 

The project spanned five provinces, delivering 262 Solar Powered Renewable Energy Technology (RETs) Applications, including solar PV systems, solar-powered greenhouses, cold rooms, solar-powered aerators for shrimp farms, solar-powered sprayers, solar animal repellers, and solar insect traps to over 233 beneficiaries including 80 women and 200 vulnerable groups. 

Key outcomes of the project included the development of an Energy Data Management System (EDMS) to monitor energy savings from these RETs with the support of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA).

The distribution of IT equipment among the 5 provinces for data collection and updating EDMS; development and handing over of 5 Provincial Energy Plans took place  for the agriculture sector for the Eastern, North-Western, Northern, Southern and Uva provinces.

Commenting on the impact of the project, Ms. Azusa Kubota, Resident Representative, UNDP Sri Lanka stated, “UNDP’s Biogas, Biomass, and Solar Trilateral Project exemplifies the success of South-South and triangular cooperation in promoting innovative development solutions and fostering transformative change towards net-zero development pathways. 

The Project has supported Sri Lanka’s national targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions and has greatly supported vulnerable farmer communities in Sri Lanka, enabling them to secure a sustainable income through the transfer of renewable energy technologies.”

The Strategic Steering Committee meeting and summary workshop of the Biogas, Biomass and Solar South-south and Trilateral Cooperation Project was successfully held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 12-14 June.

30 key stakeholders from the Strategic Steering Committee Board participated and the work shop’s aim was to thematic focus on presenting the project’s results and achievements, alongside an independent evaluation to assess lessons learned and provide recommendations for ensuring the project’s continued sustainability.

Participants also engaged in a two-day visit to project sites in Wennappuwa, Kurunegala and Trincomalee. The project, in partnership with the governments of China, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka, was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the aim of improving local access to clean and renewable energy in Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. 

The project also facilitated two-way exchanges of expertise and technologies, as well as mutual learning among China, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka.

Specifically, the Project was a collaboration between the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM), the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), the Ministry of Water and Energy of Ethiopia (MoWE), Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), Administrative Center for China’s Agenda 21 (ACCA21), China Agricultural University (CAU), coordinated by UNDP China and implemented by UNDP Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. 

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