This capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) is proposed to prepare documents and studies that will enable the Indian Railway sector to apply to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) as a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) project. The scope of the study will be the entire railway sector in India.
|Project Name||Enhancing Readiness of the Railway Sector Investment Program as a Clean Development Mechanism Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||This capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) is proposed to prepare documents and studies that will enable the Indian Railway sector to apply to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) as a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) project. The scope of the study will be the entire railway sector in India.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
A study on CDM potential for railway transport projects under SATC in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka showed that the double tracking of four rail lines under the Indian Railway Sector Investment Program (RSIP) has potential to be pursued as a climate mitigation project. The four rail lines proposed for double tracking are: (i) Daund-Gulbarga section (224 km), (ii) Sambalpur-Titlagarh section (182 km), (iii) Raipur-Titlagarh section (203 km); and (iv) Hospet-Tinaighat section (229 km).
RSIP will increase the capacity of the existing rail network to handle traffic demand necessary to sustain the country's economic growth by (i) an increase in and having more efficient utilization of the physical rail infrastructure through electrification, doubling rail tracks on critical routes, (ii) increasing the efficiency of the existing infrastructure usage through the introduction of modern signaling systems, and (iii) improving operational and financial efficiency through institutional reform, especially on accounting reform. This will (i) reduce fuel consumption and enhance energy efficiency; (ii) improve the environment and reduce pollution; (iii) enhance railway safety, enabling railway users to benefit from lower transport costs; (iv) increase line the capacity, benefitting consumers, and producers of goods and services through the provision of timely and efficient transport services and lower logistics costs; and (v) improve staff productivity. Hence the TA contributes to one of the CPS strategic pillars on support for inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth and aim of providing support to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
|Impact||A new climate mitigation opportunity for transport projects in India and other developing countries created|
|Description of Outcome||Clear demonstration of emission reductions from the railway sector in India|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Draft final report was prepared on 20 January 2016. The final decision on next steps of the NAMA proposal is to be discussed and agreed upon between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Environment and Forests|
|Description of Project Outputs||
First monitoring report completed
Improved capacity of MOR
NAMA investment plan completed
Final NAMA project report registered with UNFCCC
Draft NAMA project proposal completed
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
First monitoring report on passenger data and GHG emissions submitted to MoR on 23 June 2015.
A capacity building training on NAMA and GHG reduction measures was conducted in Denmark and Switzerland for Indian Railway officials on 4-8 November 2014. The training helped officials to have a clearer understanding of NAMA and energy efficiency measures. A training for IR and MOEF staff on quantifying GHG emission reductions and preparing monitoring reports was held on 29 September 2015. Based on demand from IR, the TA consultants will provide close guidance on the preparation of the next monitoring report to be prepared by IR staff.
Potential sources of financing identified and mentioned in the chapter on Finance in the NAMA report
Final NAMA report including chapter on finance prepared and submitted to MOR and MOEF in February 2015. The final decision on next steps of the NAMA proposal is to be discussed and agreed upon between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Environment and Forests
Draft NAMA project report prepared and submitted to MOR and MOEF in January 2014
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation||A Stakeholders' Workshop was conducted on 23 May 2013 in Delhi to receive feedback from different Government and private agencies, NGO and the academia on the draft NAMA proposal.|
|Consulting Services||The consultancy firm will have extensive international experience in CDM projects and must have been involved in at least five CDM projects that are currently under validation or registration under the UNFCCC. At least two of those projects must have been under the transport sector. Two international experts with a total of 7 person-months inputs and one national expert with 4 person-months inputs will be required.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Yangzom, Karma|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board, Room No. 416
Rail Bhawan, New Delhi 110001
|Concept Clearance||15 Apr 2011|
|Approval||30 Jun 2011|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Sep 2016|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|30 Jun 2011||08 Sep 2011||08 Sep 2011||31 Dec 2016||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|400,000.00||0.00||75,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||475,000.00||30 Jun 2011||365,820.96|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Enhancing Readiness of the Railway Sector Investment Program as a Clean Development Mechanism Project: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Aug 2017|
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