Regional: Enabling Climate Change Responses in Asia and the Pacific - Strengthening Planning Capacity for Low Carbon Growth in Developing Asia (Subproject 4)

Sovereign Project | 44158-092

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The proposed TA is designed to facilitate developing Asia's transition toward low-carbon development pathway, primarily through (i) development and application of the much needed country-specific low-carbon growth modelling framework which is transparent, flexible, and user-friendly; and (ii) training sessions and workshops to enhance the capacity of relevant agencies/institutions of participating countries to update and utilize the model for planning purposes.

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Project Name Enabling Climate Change Responses in Asia and the Pacific - Strengthening Planning Capacity for Low Carbon Growth in Developing Asia (Subproject 4)
Project Number 44158-092
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7645-REG: Enabling Climate Change Responses in Asia and the Pacific - Strengthening Planning Capacity for Low Carbon Growth in Developing Asia (Subproject 4)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Clean Energy Facility - Asian Clean Energy Fund US$ 700,000.00
Department of Energy and Climate Change - UKG US$ 197,000.00
TA 7645-REG: Enabling Climate Change Responses in Asia and the Pacific - Strengthening Planning Capacity for Low Carbon Growth in Developing Asia (Subproject 4)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office - UKG US$ 135,020.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Forestry

Energy - Energy efficiency and conservation - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed TA is designed to facilitate developing Asia's transition toward low-carbon development pathway, primarily through (i) development and application of the much needed country-specific low-carbon growth modelling framework which is transparent, flexible, and user-friendly; and (ii) training sessions and workshops to enhance the capacity of relevant agencies/institutions of participating countries to update and utilize the model for planning purposes.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed TA is in line with ADB's Strategy 2020, which emphasizes responding to climate change as part of the broader agenda of environmentally sustainable growth in Asia and the Pacific. The Strategy highlights the importance of helping DMCs in mitigating GHG emissions through energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy operations and in suggesting concrete policy recommendations leading to the adoption of a low carbon society. The proposed TA is also consistent with the implementation framework of ADB's 2009 Energy Policy, which is aimed at providing support to build technical capacity to identify and evaluate low-carbon development strategies, among other things. Furthermore, the proposed TA aligns with one of the objectives of Asian Clean Energy Fund (Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility) which looks to support economic and sector work linking clean energy to sustained growth, and projects that help improve energy security in DMCs and slow climate change through increased use of clean energy.
Impact Better low carbon planning, leading to a balanced growth path that is more resource efficient, less carbon-intensive, energy secured, and environmentally sustainable, while maintaning the region's high growth potential and competitiveness.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Enhanced low-carbon planning capacity of relevant agencies and institutions of participating countries.

Better understanding and raised awareness among policy makers and the public on low-carbon development.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Output 1: Country-specific Low Carbon Growth Planning Software (Hybrid model, Planning interface, Database, Operation manual, Documentation of model and database, Training materials).

Output 2: Country roadmap reports

Output 3: Training and capacity building

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

PROGRESS UPDATE ON MODEL DEVELOPMENT

-Draft model shared with stakeholders in national and regional capacity building workshops/trainings for feedback

-Preliminary and illustrative results of reference scenario shared in regional consultation meetings

CONSULTATION, CAPACITY BUILDING AND TRAINING WORKSHOPS IMPLEMENTED

A number of regional and national consultation meetings and capacity building workshops have been organized to share work-in-progress and receive feedback and input from DMCs. These meetings and workshops served as venue for the TA's project team and focal agency to discuss and review the progress of the TA implementation.

During the Regional Forum in Jakarta on 29 April to 01 May 2013, ADB proposed to DMCs to build a national working group (NWG) to work closely with the ADB team to: (i) provide in-depth review of the model and outputs, towards refinement and completion of the model, (ii) provide data support and technical inputs which will feed into both the EFFECT model and the calculator tool, and (iii) maintain the EFFECT model and the calculator tool once completed. DMC participants agreed on the importance of achieving consensus in key assumptions for the model and expressed their support for the proposal. ADB sent the communication with the TA's focal agency to initiate nomination of the NWG members for each country. Viet Nam, Philippines and Indonesia teams responded and now building up the NWG.

Geographical Location Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Throughout the implementation of RETA 6427: A Regional Review of the Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia (which was also implemented by ERD), the governments of these countries have been consulted and have requested further ADB assistance in in-depth country level modeling and capacity building exercise, resulting to the conceptualization and designing of this project.
During Project Implementation Under the project's capacity building and training component, training sessions and workshops for relevant agencies and institutions, particularly of the participating countries will be organized. The series of training sessions will be set up in the focal and relevant ministries. In parallel to this, consultation workshops will be organized to seek inputs for software improvement and for the benefit of output 2. These training sessions and workshops are expected to be a venue for knowledge sharing and dialogue building.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The project will require 33 person-months of international and 48 person-months of national consulting input.
Responsible ADB Officer David Anthony Raitzer
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Economic Analysis and Operations Support Division
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankSuphachol Suphachalasaissuphachalasai@adb.org6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Mar 2010
Fact Finding 25 Jan 2010 to 29 Jan 2010
MRM -
Approval 15 Nov 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Nov 2010
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2013

TA 7645-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Nov 2010 - 15 Nov 2010 30 Jun 2013 31 Aug 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 1,032,020.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,532,020.00 15 Nov 2010 1,234,149.78

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