China, People's Republic of: Development of Energy Manager Program for Energy Conservation in Shandong

Sovereign Project | 44015-012 Status: Closed


The TA is expected to produce qualified and competent energy managers who will be responsible for energy efficiency related matters in Shandong Province. The components of the TA include: (i) organizational system and regulatory framework for energy management in Shandong, (ii) energy manager training program, (iii) capacity development and information dissemination.

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Project Name Development of Energy Manager Program for Energy Conservation in Shandong
Project Number 44015-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7817-PRC: Development of Energy Manager Program for Energy Conservation in Shandong
Clean Energy Fund - Multi-Donor US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Energy efficiency and conservation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA is expected to produce qualified and competent energy managers who will be responsible for energy efficiency related matters in Shandong Province. The components of the TA include: (i) organizational system and regulatory framework for energy management in Shandong, (ii) energy manager training program, (iii) capacity development and information dissemination.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Shandong is the second-largest province in the PRC in terms of industrial outputs with its industrial sector consuming more than 75% of the total energy of the province in 2009. The high concentration of energy-intensive heavy industries and relatively low energy efficiency prompted Shandong province to set a target of reducing its energy intensity by 22% during the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, 2006 2010, which is 2% more than the national target. To meet this stringent target, the SPG has devised and successfully implemented various policies, including incentives to guide and promote energy-saving work that enabled it to achieve 22.1% reduction in energy intensity during the 11th plan. However, its energy intensity is still high and there are significant opportunities for further reduction.

In recent times, there has been a surge in capacity development and investments in energy efficiency and emission reductions fostered by the PRC central government and funded by various organizations, including ADB and the World Bank. However, these investments are not matched by the equally urgent need to develop the soft side of energy efficiency, i.e., train professionals to become fully conversant with the technical and financial aspects of energy efficiency projects. These professionals generally referred to as energy managers, can guide, identify, plan, and supervise energy efficiency endeavors in industrial enterprises. They will help strengthen ongoing energy efficiency improvement efforts and will further intensify and transform these efforts into sustainable business cases. Thus, these energy managers can form part of the permanent solution in mainstreaming energy efficiency policies, and can ensure continued improvement within industrial enterprises, which will ultimately contribute towards the achievement of provincial targets for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan, 2011 2015 and beyond. An audit by the SPG found that the people who are currently performing these tasks are not trained and can contribute only marginally to adding any value to the enterprise. At present, no formal training is offered in Shandong or nationally for energy managers. Energy manager qualification focuses on building expertise in several areas, including codes and standards, air quality, a range of industrial systems, energy audits, procurement, and financing. Establishing an energy manager training (EMT) program center will encourage individuals to obtain a cohesive formal qualification on energy management systems (EMSs), and encourage organizations to hire such individuals, who can help improve the energy efficiency of operations.

Both the central government and the SPG have recognized that their development approaches must be converted into a low-carbon paradigm, mainly by improving energy efficiency, diversifying the energy supply mix through the integration of renewable energy, and controlling pollution emissions. Having qualified energy managers and targeted key energy efficiency and emission reduction technologies will lead to improved air quality for all and enhance the chances of achieving the PRC's overarching goal of building a harmonized and environment-friendly society by 2020, thus making tangible contributions toward combating climate change.

The SPG has done some initial investigation work on existing barriers to energy conservation and emission reduction investment in five energy-intensive industries in Shandong province electricity, cement, steel, ammonia, and coal. The TA aims to expand on this initial groundwork and will provide practical solutions in terms of training energy managers for the future and will, at the same time, promote key energy efficiency technologies especially in these five energy-intensive industries.

The SPG has set an energy efficiency improvement target of 17% per unit of gross domestic product for its 12th plan. The TA will directly support the government's energy efficiency improvement plan. Lessons learned from the establishment of an EMT program in an energy-intensive province such as Shandong may be replicated by involving representatives from interested provinces within the PRC in the pilot training program under the TA.

The TA is consistent with the following ADB strategies and policies: (i) Strategy 2020, with a strategic priority of environmentally sustainable growth; (ii) country partnership strategy for the PRC, with a strategic pillar of resource efficiency and environmental sustainability; and (iii) Energy Policy, with a priority of energy efficiency and environmental protection. The TA supports ADB's Clean Energy Program to expand investments in clean energy projects by developing a knowledgeable workforce which can promote and implement energy conservation in energy-intensive industries.

Impact Improved energy management system (EMS) in Shandong province
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Qualified energy managers overseeing energy efficiency measures in selected industries in Shandong
Progress Toward Outcome More than six energy intensive industries participated in the pilot energy manager training and trained more than 2000 energy managers. The outcome has been achieved successfully.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Recommendation on provincial organizational system and regulatory framework for energy management

Recommended energy manager training program for selected energy-intensive industries in Shandong

Capacity developed in energy management system at provincial level and selected industries in Shandong

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) --The project completion has been extended to Dec 2013. Both the energy manager training mechanism and energy manager training program have been established for replication across China in the future.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Consultation with central government agencies. The National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industries and Information Technologies, and Ministry of Environmental Protection have been consulted to ensure the project is aligned with the government's development strategies and priorities.

Consultation with provincial government agencies. Shandong Provincial Finance Department (SFD) will be the executing agency and Shandong Economic and Information Technology Commission (SEITC) will be the implementing agency for the technical assistance. Both SFD and SEITC have been participating in all steps for the TA design.

During Project Implementation The TA will be implemented in close coordination with Shandong Provincial Finance Department (executing agency) and Shandong Economic and Information Technology Commission (implementing agency).
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require a total of 10 person-months of international and 31 person-months of national consulting services. As a delegated TA, the experts will be engaged by SFD through a consulting firm using simplified technical proposal procedures based on quality- and cost-based selection method (with quality cost ratio of 80:20) and in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Survey and system development services will be included as part of the consultant's contract. Procurement of equipment, supplies, and materials by consultants under the TA will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Equipment purchased under the TA will be turned over to SFD after completion of the TA. The SFD, with inputs from the consultants, will finalize the scope and content of the training and information dissemination programs. Financial arrangements for the training, workshops and surveys will be included in the consulting firm's contract. Disbursements under the TA will be conducted in accordance with the ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Lanlan Lu
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Shandong Provincial Finance Department
3 Jida Road, Jinan, Shandong Province
P.R.C. 250002
Concept Clearance 08 Jul 2010
Fact Finding 21 Oct 2010 to 25 Oct 2010
Approval 31 May 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Sep 2013

TA 7817-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 May 2011 03 Aug 2011 03 Aug 2011 31 Dec 2012 30 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 31 May 2011 977,575.53

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