45134-005: Demonstration of An Assisted Broker Model for Transfer of Low Carbon Technologies to Asia and the Pacific (Subproject 2) | Asian Development Bank

Regional: Demonstration of An Assisted Broker Model for Transfer of Low Carbon Technologies to Asia and the Pacific (Subproject 2)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 45134-005 Status: Active

This subproject will address the lack of a well-informed market for technology transfer transactions and demonstrate an assisted broker model for transfer of low carbon technologies. This model will operate as a marketplace or matchmaking mechanism. It will work to bring together willing low-carbon technology providers and recipients and help facilitate technology transfer. It will lead the way toward the estaclishment of a full-fledged business for the transfer of low-carbon technologies in Asia and the Pacific that can be replicated in other regions.

 
Project Name Demonstration of An Assisted Broker Model for Transfer of Low Carbon Technologies to Asia and the Pacific (Subproject 2)
Project Number 45134-005
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8105-REG: Demonstration of An Assisted Broker Model for Transfer of Low Carbon Technologies to Asia and the Pacific
Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility US$ 2.00 million
Global Environment Facility US$ 2.40 million
Climate Change Fund US$ 1.90 million
Technical Assistance Grant Fund (BEL) US$ 200,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban solid waste management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description This subproject will address the lack of a well-informed market for technology transfer transactions and demonstrate an assisted broker model for transfer of low carbon technologies. This model will operate as a marketplace or matchmaking mechanism. It will work to bring together willing low-carbon technology providers and recipients and help facilitate technology transfer. It will lead the way toward the estaclishment of a full-fledged business for the transfer of low-carbon technologies in Asia and the Pacific that can be replicated in other regions.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

This subproject is the follow-on activity of the previous small scale regional PPTA on "Establishment of a Marketplace for Transfer of Low Carbon Technologies in Asia and the Pacific approved on 29 June 2009. The main conclusion of the study is that a marketplace--designed as an assisted broker model--is feasible and advisable.

The accelerated adoption of LCTs is critical to greenhouse gas abatement: investment decisions taken in Asia over the next 4-5 years will determine whether Asia can get onto an emissions path over the subsequent 20 years that will contain temperature rises to 2 degree Celsius (the agreed upon goal in the Copenhagen Accord). The potential impact on GHG from accelerating transfer is not trivial. It is estimated in the base case, with a one-year acceleration of LCTs by 2020 and 4-year acceleration by 2030, 75 million tons (Mt) of cumulative abatement by 2020, growing to 1,300 Mt by 2030 in DMCs. New technologies need to be made available quickly to these investors therefore, if there is to be chance that they deply LCTs rather than traditional, higher polluting technologies. This assisted broker model is meant to help transfer and accelerate the dissemination of such LCTs.

Impact Accelerated diffusion of LCTs in Asia and the Pacific
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The successful demonstration of the assisted broker model for transfer of LCTs with clear way forward to the establishment of a full-fledged business for the transfer of LCTs in Asia and the Pacific that can also be replicated in other regions.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

The transfer of high-impact LCTs in a period of 24 months

The necessary operational documentation for a full-fledged business based on the assisted broker model.

1. The transfer of high-impact LCTs in a period of 18 months.

2. The necessary operational documentation for a full-fledged business based on the assisted broker model.

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

RETA 8105 seeks to accelerate the diffusion of low carbon technologies (LCTs) in Asia and the Pacific by establishing an assisted broker model to bring together the suppliers and buyers of technologies and charge a success fee to make it sustainable.

A Project Steering Committee has been established, with ADB as Chair and members coming from Japan, GEF, VITO NV, WIPO, Republic of Korea, Canada and PRC, to provide overall guidance on project implementation and strategic direction on the transfer of LCTs. First project steering committee convened in August 2013 with members providing feedback on the Inception Report and providing possible direction for the Marketplace operations. DFID/DECC has also agreed to have an expert join the Steering Committee as well as to work together on technology transfer once the marketplace operator is onboard. Continuing individual consultations with the committee members ongoing on specific aspects as needed.

Implementation consultants have been engaged (VISIONEDGE) and they have produced studies on potential technologies, countries, and the institutional setup for the Marketplace Operator (MPO). They have also organized several consultation workshops and meetings around the region in preparation for the operation of the marketplace; including a Low Carbon Technology Marketplace Seminar on 10 September 2013 as part of their regional stakeholder engagement and in conjunction with the Global Cleantech Cluster Association Asia-Pacific Gateway meeting. The Implementation Consultant provided assistance to the MPO such as technology and country specific inputs; as well as business development support throughout demonstration phase.

Country assessment resulted in the following potential countries for MPO operation: PRC, India, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand.

The TA established a partnership with WIPO Green to set up a database on low carbon technologies. The database is now operational and accessible through the WIPO Green's website.

Operation of the marketplace was officially launched with the engagement of the marketplace operator (MPO), IPEx Cleantech Asia in December 2014. IPEx Cleantech Asia is a consortium formed by DNV GL and ReEx Capital Asia. The detailed design stage was completed by the MPO in July 2015. Demonstration of the assisted broker model by the MPO was completed in June 2017.

There is demand for the services of bringing technology vendors and adopters together to facilitate technology transfer deals: three contracts have been signed with IPEx to provide advisory and deal facilitation services, and IPEX has successfully brokered a technology deployment agreement between a technology provider based in Singapore and project developer in India.

The target outputs of the TA are the transfer of high-impact low-carbon technologies (LCTs).

Towards the transfer of LCTs, the MPO has:

" Expanded business development activities with focus on PRC, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines and built a pipeline of potential technology transfer deals

" Established multiple partnerships with industry associations in PRC, India, Singapore, and EU

" Participated and presented at several regional events to promote its services and to reach out to low-carbon technology stakeholders

" Organized a half-day industrial energy efficiency workshop in India (August 2015) and a clean technologies evening workshop in Indonesia (November 2015)

" Signed a market entry service partnership agreement with a European technology provider of smart LED street lighting system for expansion into Singapore, India and Indonesia. IPEx provided the following services:

(i) market analysis for the technology and originated project opportunities for the deployment of technologies

(ii) facilitated pilot installations in India and Indonesia

(iii) facilitated cooperation between technology provider and government agencies, multilateral agencies and service providers in Indonesia and Singapore

(iv) formed strategic alliances with India-based companies for implementation of retrofitting projects in India

" Signed an advisory service contract with a technology adopter - an India-based water projects developer, for technology identification and deal facilitation

" Signed an advisory service contract with a Singapore-based wastewater treatment system provider who seeks to deploy its technologies in India

" Brokered a technology deployment agreement between an Indian project developer and a Singapore-based technology provider.

RETA 8105 has been collaborating with various LCT marketplace platforms, industry associations, and government agencies to further promote the deployment of emerging LCTs. The TA provides advisory support to the Hunan International Low Carbon Technology Exchange Center, China New Energy International Alliance, Beijing Energy Club, Asia Solar Energy Forum, and Japan Regional Task Force. The TA provides assistance to the piloting of Beijing Energy Club's Clean Energy Technology Assessment and Dissemination Platform (TAD), which plans to promote clean energy technologies to local governments and adopters in PRC. The TA facilitated meetings between the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA) and the Hunan International Low Carbon Technology Exchange Center on policy training activities and matchmaking services.

The TA also supported the preparation of a collection of 47 innovative low carbon technologies for easy access by other DMCs. The Innovative Low Carbon Technology Investment Catalogue is already available for download at aplctsummit website - http://en.aplctsummit.com/download#. The TA is co-organizing the 2017 Asia-Pacific Forum on Low Carbon Technology which will be held on 29-30 November in Changsa, Hunan Province, PRC. The forum aims to introduce the most advanced LCTs and exchange global experience and lessons in developing low carbon cities through LCT innovation and investment. In line with the forum, the TA is currently working on a booklet on low carbon technology options for low carbon cities.

The subproject will continue its work establishing a _marketplace_ of LCT owners and users through its team of individual consultants and ADB staff who will carry on the subproject's collaboration with partner organizations and ADB operations departments, and other supporting activities.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During the feasibility study preparation stage, the study team conducted interviews with executives of more than 25 different companies -- which include a number of small clean technology companies, large multinational companies, and Asian manufacturers -- and with executives of 3 of the current leading IP marketplace operators. Survey and interview results revealed that there is indeed a significant interest in participating in such an effort. The study (feasibility) report was also shared with two senior officials (from the US Department of Energy and Japan's Ministry of Environment), and in international events, including the Asia Clean Energy Forum, low-carbon technology platform experts' meeting organized by the IEA, etc., and received positive response.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

250 person-months of international consultant inputs are estimated for the Project. Consulting services will be organized into three separate parts:

Part A - Consultants for the design of the demonstration phase (41 person-months)

Part B - Consultants for the demonstration phase (143 person-months)

Part C - Implementation consultants to provide oversight during the design and implementation phases (66 person-months)

Responsible ADB Officer Zhai, Yongping
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDSC
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 15 Jun 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Oct 2017

TA 8105-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Jun 2012 - 15 Jun 2012 31 Jul 2014 31 Dec 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,900,000.00 4,600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6,500,000.00 15 Jun 2012 4,211,560.50

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Wind Specialist Individual - Consulting Active 10 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017

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