Regional: Establishing a Pilot Center to Facilitate Climate Technology Investments in Asia and the Pacific (Cluster TA)

Sovereign Project | 45134-001

Summary

The cluster regional TA will establish a pilot center that will help coordinate assistance to accelerate the development and deployment of climate mitigation and adaptation technologies in Asia and the Pacific, in support of the operation of the Technology Mechanism established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The TA is part of a broader project entitled "Pilot Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Network and Finance Center" that ADB will undertake jointly with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other partners, including cofinanciers such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The TA will serve as the vehicle to implement the project components which are to be conducted by ADB. UNEP components focus on the development and strengthening of networks and institutions, and the creation of enabling policies. ADB components focus on investment facilitation.

The cluster TA consists of the following five subprojects:

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Project Name Establishing a Pilot Center to Facilitate Climate Technology Investments in Asia and the Pacific (Cluster TA)
Project Number 45134-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 0008-REG: Establishing a Pilot Center to Facilitate Climate Technology Investments in Asia and the Pacific
Clean Energy Facility - Asian Clean Energy Fund US$ 3.50 million
TA 0008-REG: Establishing a Pilot Center to Facilitate Climate Technology Investments in Asia and the Pacific (Cluster TA)
Climate Change Fund US$ 2.85 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 842,000.00
ATF - Belgium TA Grants US$ 200,000.00
TA 8109-REG: Establishing a Pilot Center to Facilitate Climate Technology Investments in Asia and the Pacific (Cluster TA)(Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 440,909.00
TA 8018-REG: Establishing a Pilot Center to Facilitate Climate Technology Investments in Asia and the Pacific (Cluster TA) (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation - Land-based natural resources management

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

Finance - Infrastructure finance and investment funds

Health - Health system development

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development - Urban public transport

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The cluster regional TA will establish a pilot center that will help coordinate assistance to accelerate the development and deployment of climate mitigation and adaptation technologies in Asia and the Pacific, in support of the operation of the Technology Mechanism established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The TA is part of a broader project entitled "Pilot Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Network and Finance Center" that ADB will undertake jointly with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other partners, including cofinanciers such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The TA will serve as the vehicle to implement the project components which are to be conducted by ADB. UNEP components focus on the development and strengthening of networks and institutions, and the creation of enabling policies. ADB components focus on investment facilitation.

The cluster TA consists of the following five subprojects:

Subproject A: Integration of Climate Technology Financing Needs into National Development Strategies, Plans, and Investment Priorities

Subproject B: Promotion of Direct Investment in Priority Climate Technology Projects

Subproject C: Promotion of Investment in Climate Technology Products through Venture Capital Funds

Subproject D: Demonstration of an Assisted Broker Model for Transfer of Low Carbon Technologies to Asia and the Pacific

Subproject E: Project Management

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The pilot project seeks to enhance the diffusion of new technologies to help ADB's developing member countries mitigate the causes of climate change and adapt to its consequences.

The lessons learned and institutional capabilities generated through this TA can directly inform and feed into nascent plans for operationalizing the Technology Mechanism, of which the details are still being negotiated. This will also enable ADB to align its existing and future operations related to technology development and transfer as closely as possible to the considerations of the global community and allow ADB to respond quickly to the outcomes of UNFCCC negotiations while delivering its support to developing member countries (DMCs) without delay.

The cluster approach is proposed because (i) all subprojects are closely related, with common objectives and significant potential synergies between them; (ii) together they would constitute the operations of a pilot technology finance center to contribute to the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) under climate change negotiations; and, (iii) a cluster modality will better enable the mobilization of financing. Moreover, the physical location of the pilot center's subprojects in the same office space at ADB headquarters will maximize the coherence and coordination of the overall TA. Together, the subprojects of this TA combine with UNEP's components of the joint ADB-UNEP project, will constitute one cohesive program to promote climate technology transfer and deployment in Asia and the Pacific.

Impact Diffusion of technologies that promote low-carbon and climate-resilient growth in Asia and the Pacific enhanced
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Investments in technologies that address climate mitigation and adaptation increased
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Climate change technology transfer and deployment considerations integrated into ADB country partnership strategies (CPSs) and/or country operations business plans (COBPs), national and/or subnational investment plans

2. Increased investments in projects using climate technologies in selected DMCs

3. Increased investments by selected early stage investment funds in climate technology products

4. Successful demonstration of assisted broker model for transfer of low-carbon technologies (LCTs)

5.Cluster TA and ADB-UNEP joint project managed efficiently within the

budget

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA was conceptualized in response to the international community's call for enhanced action on the development and transfer of climate technologies. Developing countries in particular have emphasized the importance of establishing mechanisms and procedures to enhance the flow of technology from developed countries. This is articulated in the discussions and decisions of Parties to the UNFCCC. Parties have also underlined the importance of linking technology and financing mechanisms. ADB is involved in the UNFCCC process.
During Project Implementation The cluster TA will have a Steering Committee with GEF Secretariat, ADB, and UNEP, and other experts as needed to provide overall guidance. Separate Advisory Committees, as deemed necessary, will also be established to oversee and advise on the implementation of the subprojects. These Advisory Committees will comprise ADB staff and representatives of major donors and resource persons. The subprojects will enagage with governments, private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders through consultations and workshops.
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Consulting Services

A range of consultancy inputs will be needed to supplement core staff inputs needed to implement the cluster TA. This implies the retention of some international and national consultants with climate change related expertise in long-term support roles . Short-term consultancy inputs are also likely to be required for a range of some technical tasks. For some activities that are best packaged and managed independently of the core functions of the center, consultancy firms may be retained.

The aggregate consulting requirements of the TA subprojects are estimated at 290-360 person-months of national consulting inputs and 740-820 person mmon-months of international consulting inputs. Detailed terms of reference, the precise extent of consultancy inputs, and consultant selection methods will be defined during subproject processing.

Responsible ADB Officer ADB Disclosure
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division SDCD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 20 May 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 29 Aug 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Jul 2011

TA 0008-REG

Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,692,000.00 3,700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,392,000.00 - 0.00

TA 8018-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Dec 2011 - 20 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 20 Dec 2011 924,049.14

TA 8109-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Jul 2012 - 05 Jul 2012 31 Dec 2014 30 Sep 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
440,909.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 440,909.00 05 Jul 2012 920,750.20

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