Howard Bamsey

Former chief executive of the Australian Greenhouse Office Howard Bamsey has been appointed as the executive director of the Green Climate Fund Secretariat.

The GCF was established in 2012 to deliver projects to address climate change challenges in developing countries.

Mr Bamsey has been an adjunct professor at the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University, director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute, a special adviser on sustainable development to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and special adviser on green growth to AusAID.

Australia was elected as co-chair of the fund in November 2015, and has pledged to contribute $200 million. Another Australian, Ewan McDonald, is co-chair of the GCF board. The fund is an operating entity of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Reuters reported this week the GCF has just approved $745 million worth of projects in its latest funding tranche.

The 10 projects include green energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, reducing emissions from deforestation, developing geothermal energy in Caribbean nations and controlling flood risks from melting glaciers in Pakistan.

The tranche takes total funding for 2016 – the fund’s first full year of operation – to $1 billion. The target had been to achieve $2.5 billion in funding.

Writing in The Conversation last year, Mr Bamsey said: “The fund must succeed and be seen to succeed to keep developing nations in the game. Otherwise the future of international cooperation on climate change will be in jeopardy.”