Project Data Sheet

Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program: Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 26 May 2014

Project Name Asia Energy Efficiency Accelerator
Country Regional
Project/Program Number 46241-001
Status Approved
Geographical Location
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Energy
Subsector Energy efficiency and conservation
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance8483e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund500
Technical Assistance8483Clean Energy Fund - Multi-Donor2,000
TOTAL US$ 2,500

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Selected DMCs have expressed interest after consultation with ODs, and this level of receptiveness to increased DSEE investment will be considered as one determinant of where to focus R-CDTA resources.
During Project Implementation


The proposed R-CDTA is consistent with ADB s Strategy 2020 and its 2009 Energy Policy which lists promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy as one of its three key pillars. The R-CDTA will support selected DMCs own initiatives to improve demand-side (rather than supply-side) energy efficiency for specific projects, enhance energy security, improve productivity and limit environmental impacts, especially carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change. The proposed R-CDTA will expand ADB s clean energy investments, focusing on DSEE, by establishing systematic energy efficiency strategies and action plans in selected priority DMCs with a view to integrating them into Country Partnership Strategies (CPS) and/or Country Operations Business Plans (COBP). The detailed work of integrating DSEE into the CPS and/or COBP of priority countries, following in-depth consultation with DMC governments, is beyond the scope of this R-CDTA. However, its outputs can be used in support and facilitation of such an outcome. DSEE strategies and action plans will use an assessment of the selected DMC s current activity and capacity to specify key thematic priorities for scaling-up DSEE, as well as the recommended tools and approaches that may best be used to increase DSEE deployment and investment.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Given its current strategic focus on clean energy and climate change mitigation, ADB is already a leader in investing in energy efficiency in Asia and in capacity building for successful practices and models. Approximately 45% of ADB s clean energy portfolio is for energy efficiency, though most of this clean energy investment is dominated by supply-side EE, such as transmission and distribution investments (T&D). Further, barriers and institutional contexts for DMCs differ widely, and so DSEE projects have to date been largely ad hoc and opportunistic in nature. To scale-up ADB's DSEE investment activity, major barriers need to be addressed on both sides of the borrower-financier interaction: 1. Lack of host country capacity and awareness about the demand for EE projects - loans and investments by ADB or other financiers need to be country-led, but in many DMCs, there is a low level of awareness and demand for DSEE projects. In addition, counterpart agencies such as electric utilities are often supply-side oriented and the most commonly requested assistance is for energy supply investments and interventions, because most utilities in the borrowing DMCs are state-owned whose focus is on increasing the electrification ratio rather than energy savings. Although DSEE potential may be recognized within the country, there is often no agency with the appropriate skills, authority and mandate to design and put forward large-scale DSEE projects, nor to negotiate large-scale DSEE investments with agencies such as ADB or commercial banks. 2. Lack of awareness and incentive structures for financiers In general terms, financiers feel uncomfortable on the risks due to non-collateral financing, absence of guarantees, lack of expertise in evaluating EE investments, disincentives to undertake DSEE projects due to relatively small loan amounts, and higher transaction costs associated with overcoming barriers for DSEE projects as compared to large-scale energy supply infrastructure. Based on the foregoing, there is a strong case for ADB to now take a more systematic approach to DSEE - with emphasis squarely on increasing its DSEE investment through strategic, targeted and replicable aggregated projects, backed up by a more permanent DSEE technical capacity to assist both ADB staff and DMC governments. Establishing this systematic approach for DSEE projects is the subject of the proposed R-CDTA. Over and above existing efforts to improve take-up of energy efficiency, this R-CDTA brings a specific focus to ADB's Clean Energy Program in the area of DSEE as compared to supply-side energy efficiency. Through its proposed outputs, it aims to overcome identified barriers in DSEE project development and investment for DMCs, and assist operations teams on take-up of DSEE. Its approach is new because it offers new dedicated DSEE specialist expertise, data sources, training opportunities and improved access to internal and regional DSEE networks. By doing so, it will also create synergy with and reinforce other existing projects that seek to improve the broader take-up of climate technologies in ADB projects. The proposed R-CDTA will support ADB's stated goal of significantly scaling-up and improving the effectiveness of its DSEE lending and investment in DMCs, and will increase DSEE investment as a proportion of ADB s energy portfolio. The proposed R-CDTA also builds on completed work under RETA 6501 (Technical Assistance for Expanding the Implementation of the Energy Efficiency Initiative in Developing Member Countries), and adds needed capacity to build on its outcomes. Further, it addresses 2011 report findings of the Independent Evaluation Department that there are a number of steps ADB can take to enhance the effectiveness of its energy efficiency interventions.

Development Impact

Reduced GHG emissions and improved economic productivity through increased adoption of and investment in demand-side energy efficiency in DMCs.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Target DMCs, through increased institutional capacity, greater access to information and targeted technical assistance, facilitate increased DSEE investment and deployment and are able to integrate energy efficiency targets, policies, and strategies into their national development plans.
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Regional and country-specific DSEE programs/ projects developed and implemented Replicable DSEE initiatives developed and implemented in key opportunity sectors Regional EE Networks established/ strengthened Regional EE information system established/ strengthened
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2013 Aug 02
Consulting Services
A total of 66 person-months international and 72 person-months national individual consultant inputs will be required for the R-CDTA.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 08 Nov 2013
Management Review Meeting
Approval 10 Oct 2013
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 8483 10 Oct 2013 10 Oct 2013 30 Sep 2016


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
Technical Assistance 8483 2,500 2,500 0 2,500 0 2,500

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Aiming Zhou (
Responsible ADB Department Regional and Sustainable Development Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Sustainable Infrastructure Division, RSDD
Executing Agencies


Project Website
List of Project Documents