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The US Initiative on Joint Implementation (USIJI) program was announced by the US administration in 1993 as a part of the US Climate Change Action Plan. The first round of approval of projects took place in February 1995. Since that time, the USIJI has completed eleven rounds. The Interagency Evaluation Panel is comprised of eight US federal agencies. To date, the Evaluation Panel has accepted 41 projects in 17 countries.

Since our last FACT SHEET dated March 1999, 5 new projects were accepted. A description of the newly accepted projects is listed hereunder. An abstract for each of the 41 accepted projects is provided in this brochure. The project abstracts are organized by the type of project, i.e., forest preservation, fuel switching, wind power generation, land conservation and management, solar electrification, forestry regeneration & management, biomass power generation, hydro electric power generation, geothermal power generation, reforestation, methane gas capture, etc. The projects were reviewed and selected by an evaluation panel with representatives from eight US federal agencies.

The total projected GHG emissions reductions or sequestration potential equals over 300 MtCO2-equivalent. The projects' total estimated investment costs are over US$1 billion of which US$372 million is committed. Thirteen projects have obtained full financing and 16 projects have part of the expected costs financed. [These are the figures of the 36 projects until March. What are the figures for the four new projects?]

The five new projects approved since March 1999 are:

  • CESSA Cement Efficiency Project, El Salvador. The construction of more efficient machinery for cement clinker production and reforestation of land owned by CESSA, a cement manufacturer.

  • The Rio Hondo II Project, Guatemala. The construction of a hydroelectric power plant that will substitute the generation of electricity by fossil fuel plants.

  • The Central Selva Climate Action Project, Peru. The preservation of forest and reforestation of degraded lands.

  • Energy Efficient Street Lighting Project, The Philippines. The conversion of existing street lighting in the city of Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Philippines from mercury vapor lamps to high pressure sodium technology.

  • Taquesi River Hydroelectric Project.

The results of Round 12 will be announced in April 2000.

For further information, please contact:
The USIJI Secretariat, DOE EE-14, Room GP-196, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20585, USA, tel.: +1 202 586 3467, fax: +1 202 586 3485/3486, e-mail: usiji@ee.doe.gov Website: http://www.gcrio.org/usiji/

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