Call for statement of intent: Support for the Implementation of Mexico and Chile’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

This call is closed. The deadline for proposal submissions was March 03, 2017.

A. Background

In November 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau announced $2.65 billion in international climate financing by 2020 to help developing countries tackle the challenges of climate change and support their transition to low-carbon and climate resilient economies. As part of this pledge, Canada committed $35 million (M) to combat short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), of which $20M will be targeted for bilateral SLCP mitigation initiatives in key partner countries.

SLCPs include air pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHGs) like methane, some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and black carbon. All are potent global warmers with a relatively short lifespan in the atmosphere, and they play an important role in climate change. Reducing SLCPs can slow warming in the near term while having substantial health and development benefits for communities around the world.

As part of Canada’s targeted support of $20M for bilateral SLCP mitigation initiatives, in November 2016, Minister McKenna announced the initial allocation of $14M in grants and contributions (G&Cs) funding from 2017-2021. This funding supports the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement in Mexico and Chile through initiatives to significantly reduce SLCP emissions in their oil and gas and waste sectors, respectively. All initiatives funded by this $20M will facilitate the deployment of clean technology, while contributing to Canada’s efforts in meeting our climate commitments for developing countries.

The total amount of funding available under this call for Statement of Intent will support Mexico and Chile in implementing their respective NDCs. It is separated into two streams defined by country and sector of work.

B. Description of projects

B-1. Oil and gas stream in Mexico

The first stream focuses on projects that address the mitigation of SLCPs, particularly methane, from industrial practices in the oil and gas sector in Mexico, including flaring and venting and fugitive emission strategies.

Through their NDC, Mexico has committed to reduce its GHG emissions by 25% by the year 2030 from 2013 levels. The oil and gas sector, totaling nineteen percent of total emissions, is one of Mexico’s largest sources of methane, with emissions from offshore and onshore operations accounting for more than 80 percent of this amount. Canada is seeking to support sectoral methane emission reductions in Mexico with a $7M investment over 4 years.

In Mexico, Canada is proposing a program of verifiable methane emission reductions at oil and gas facilities through the transfer of technical expertise and the provision of technical assistance to support the completion of key steps to systematically identify major cost-effective emission reduction opportunities, evaluate control options, and implement final solutions.

The proposed approach needs to address the following priorities in Mexico:


Amounts in Can$ 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 Total
Support for NDC Implementation in Mexico $0.7M $2.5M $1M $2.8M $7M

B-2. Waste management stream in Chile

The second stream focuses on supporting the deployment of technology and activities geared at reducing methane emissions in existing landfill sites in selected Chilean cities, while exploring opportunities and planning projects to divert organic matter from landfills.

Through their NDC, Chile has committed to reduce its GHG emissions by 30% by 2030 from 2007 levels. The waste management sector is one of the top three priorities identified by the Chilean government who recently introduced a national strategy aimed at reducing emissions from that sector. The budget for this project will total a $7M investment over 4 years. 

In Chile, Canada is proposing to support the development of a comprehensive package of measures that target the various stages of waste management, with the aim to achieve significant emission reductions and other environmental, economic and social benefits. 

The proposed approach needs to address the following priorities in Chile:


Amounts in Can$ 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 Total
Support for NDC Implementation in Chile $1M $2M $1M $3M $7M

C. Application process

Interested parties are requested to submit their application under this call through a two-step process which includes:

D. Step 1 – Statement of intent

Applicants are invited to provide a brief Statement of Intent of no more than 3000 words explaining how your organization meets each of the selection criteria specified below, substantiated with concrete examples.

Please note that Environment and Climate Change Canada:

If you are unable to respond to any of these criteria, your organization is not eligible to apply under this particular call.

D-1. Eligibility criteria

D-2. Criteria specific to the oil and gas stream in Mexico


Working relationships

D-3. Criteria specific to the waste management stream in Chile


Working relationships

D-4. Questions

If you have questions about this call, please send them to: no later than March 03, 2017, by 23:59 EST. Environment and Climate Change Canada will not respond to questions about an organization’s specific circumstances or about specific proposals.

E. Step 2: Project proposal

E-1. Process

Once you have submitted your Statement of Intent – STEP 1 – you will be asked, if your application meets the selection criteria, to submit a more comprehensive project proposal that includes:

One project proposal is required per sector. If you are preparing a project proposal for both the Mexican oil and gas sector and the Chilean waste management sector, you will be asked to provide two (2) project proposals.

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