Regional: Asia Energy Efficiency Accelerator

Sovereign Project | 46241-001

The proposed R-CDTA is consistent with ADB's Strategy 2020 and its 2009 Energy Policy which lists _promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy_ as one of its three key pillars. The R-CDTA will support selected DMCs' own initiatives to improve demand-side (rather than supply-side) energy efficiency for specific projects, enhance energy security, improve productivity and limit environmental impacts, especially carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Zhai, Yongping
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
  • Modality
    • Technical Assistance
  • Sector
    • Energy
Project Name Asia Energy Efficiency Accelerator
Project Number 46241-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8483-REG: Asia Energy Efficiency Accelerator
Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility US$ 2.00 million
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 8483-REG: Asia Energy Efficiency Accelerator (Supplementary)
ATF - DFID-United Kingdom US$ 200,000.00
ADB Co-financed Assistance Fund US$ 200,000.00
TA 8483-REG: Asia Energy Efficiency Accelerator (Supplementary)
ATF - Cofinanced TA Funds US$ 100,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements

The proposed R-CDTA is consistent with ADB's Strategy 2020 and its 2009 Energy Policy which lists _promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy_ as one of its three key pillars. The R-CDTA will support selected DMCs' own initiatives to improve demand-side (rather than supply-side) energy efficiency for specific projects, enhance energy security, improve productivity and limit environmental impacts, especially carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change.

The proposed R-CDTA will expand ADB's clean energy investments, focusing on DSEE, by establishing systematic energy efficiency strategies and action plans in selected priority DMCs with a view to integrating them into Country Partnership Strategies (CPS) and/or Country Operations Business Plans (COBP). The detailed work of integrating DSEE into the CPS and/or COBP of priority countries, following in-depth consultation with DMC governments, is beyond the scope of this R-CDTA. However, its outputs can be used in support and facilitation of such an outcome. DSEE strategies and action plans will use an assessment of the selected DMC's current activity and capacity to specify key thematic priorities for scaling-up DSEE, as well as the recommended tools and approaches that may best be used to increase DSEE deployment and investment.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Given its current strategic focus on clean energy and climate change mitigation, ADB is already a leader in investing in energy efficiency in Asia and in capacity building for successful practices and models. Approximately 45% of ADB's clean energy portfolio is for energy efficiency, though most of this clean energy investment is dominated by supply-side EE, such as transmission and distribution investments (T&D). Further, barriers and institutional contexts for DMCs differ widely, and so DSEE projects have to date been largely ad hoc and opportunistic in nature.

To scale-up ADB's DSEE investment activity, major barriers need to be addressed on both sides of the borrower-financier interaction:

1. Lack of host country capacity and awareness about the demand for EE projects - loans and investments by ADB or other financiers need to be country-led, but in many DMCs, there is a low level of awareness and demand for DSEE projects. In addition, counterpart agencies such as electric utilities are often supply-side oriented and the most commonly requested assistance is for energy supply investments and interventions, because most utilities in the borrowing DMCs are state-owned whose focus is on increasing the electrification ratio rather than energy savings. Although DSEE potential may be recognized within the country, there is often no agency with the appropriate skills, authority and mandate to design and put forward large-scale DSEE projects, nor to negotiate large-scale DSEE investments with agencies such as ADB or commercial banks.

2. Lack of awareness and incentive structures for financiers In general terms, financiers feel uncomfortable on the risks due to non-collateral financing, absence of guarantees, lack of expertise in evaluating EE investments, disincentives to undertake DSEE projects due to relatively small loan amounts, and higher transaction costs associated with overcoming barriers for DSEE projects as compared to large-scale energy supply infrastructure.

Based on the foregoing, there is a strong case for ADB to now take a more systematic approach to DSEE - with emphasis squarely on increasing its DSEE investment through strategic, targeted and replicable aggregated projects, backed up by a more permanent DSEE technical capacity to assist both ADB staff and DMC governments. Establishing this systematic approach for DSEE projects is the subject of the proposed R-CDTA. Over and above existing efforts to improve take-up of energy efficiency, this R-CDTA brings a specific focus to ADB's Clean Energy Program in the area of DSEE as compared to supply-side energy efficiency. Through its proposed outputs, it aims to overcome identified barriers in DSEE project development and investment for DMCs, and assist operations teams on take-up of DSEE. Its approach is new because it offers new dedicated DSEE specialist expertise, data sources, training opportunities and improved access to internal and regional DSEE networks. By doing so, it will also create synergy with and reinforce other existing projects that seek to improve the broader take-up of climate technologies in ADB projects.

The proposed R-CDTA will support ADB's stated goal of significantly scaling-up and improving the effectiveness of its DSEE lending and investment in DMCs, and will increase DSEE investment as a proportion of ADB's energy portfolio. The proposed R-CDTA also builds on completed work under RETA 6501 (Technical Assistance for Expanding the Implementation of the Energy Efficiency Initiative in Developing Member Countries), and adds needed capacity to build on its outcomes. Further, it addresses 2011 report findings of the Independent Evaluation Department that there are a number of steps ADB can take to enhance the effectiveness of its energy efficiency interventions.

Impact Reduced GHG emissions and improved economic productivity through increased adoption of and investment in demand-side energy efficiency in DMCs.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Target DMCs, through increased institutional capacity, greater access to information and targeted technical assistance, facilitate increased DSEE investment and deployment and are able to integrate energy efficiency targets, policies, and strategies into their national development plans.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Regional and country-specific DSEE programs/ projects developed and implemented

Replicable DSEE initiatives developed and implemented in key opportunity sectors

Regional EE Networks established/ strengthened

Regional EE information system established/ strengthened

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

The activities of the TA took place mainly in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka, while the TA supports knowledge sharing and capacity development in DSEE for all target DMCs including Kazakhstan, the Maldives, and the Philippines. The following paragraphs summarize the work undertaken under the TA:

1. The TA work in Bangladesh comprises (i) investment grade energy audit (IGA) of two large energy consuming factories/plants; (ii) capacity development in energy audit; and (iii) a knowledge sharing workshop in Korea on energy efficiency and conservation including energy audit. Following the provisions of the letter of agreement signed between ADB and KEA under the TA in May 2014, KEA provided in-kind support for these activities on a grant basis, while ADB provided travel cost of selected DMC participants and other expenses of the knowledge sharing workshop. The knowledge sharing workshop was arranged in Korea by KEA during 4-7 October 2016.

2. In Indonesia, Econoler International, Canada (Econoler) has been fielded to execute several activities for the following project components: (i) energy service company (ESCO) market development, (ii) energy efficiency database development, (iii) energy efficiency in building code, (iv) energy efficient street lighting scale-up, and (v) standards and labeling development support. Project deliverables on ESCO regulation, street lighting and minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) directly support the ADB Sustainable and Inclusive Energy Program (SIEP) policy-based loan to Indonesia. Econoler also conducted additional ESCO and MEPS activities that provided necessary inputs to related project deliverables. In addition, a pilot project to retrofit streetlights in Batang Regency and Semarang City, supported by additional financing from DFID and delegated to ADB Indonesia Resident Mission in February 2015, has resulted in installation of 516 light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. This pilot project has now been completed.

3. In Mongolia, the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) has been engaged to undertake an assessment of DSEE potential in the country, identification of appropriate business models and suitable technologies, and developing an investment portfolio including a proposal for a financial intermediary loan for consideration by ADB.

4. In Sri Lanka, apart from in-kind contributions of KEA for IGA of two selected large energy consuming buildings and capacity development in DSEE, which was completed in 2015, Econoler conducted a load research study in Western Province North (WPN), with a primary focus on sub-42 kVA customers. The TA also supported a detailed energy audit of the Banadaranaike National Memorial Foundation (BNMF) Complex in Colombo, as well as carbon footprint certification for staff, and cost-benefit analysis of renewable energy projects and rainwater harvesting for the BNMF Complex in accordance with a request of the government of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Climate Fund (SLCF) conducted the above tasks and provided the reports to ADB.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Selected DMCs have expressed interest after consultation with ODs, and this level of receptiveness to increased DSEE investment will be considered as one determinant of where to focus R-CDTA resources.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total of 66 person-months international and 72 person-months national individual consultant inputs will be required for the R-CDTA.
Responsible ADB Officer Zhai, Yongping
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDSC-ENE
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Concept Clearance 08 Nov 2013
Fact Finding -
Approval 10 Oct 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 May 2017

TA 8483-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Oct 2013 - 10 Oct 2013 30 Sep 2016 30 Nov 2016 28 Feb 2017
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 17 Jun 2022 2,741,326.95

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Title Document Type Document Date
Asia Energy Efficiency Accelerator: Technical Assistance Completion Report TA Completion Reports Aug 2017
Asia Energy Efficiency Accelerator Technical Assistance Reports Sep 2013

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8483 03 Nov 2015 International Institute For Energy Conservation (Thailand) | Asia Office, Racquet Club Bldg., Sukhumvit, 12th Flr., UBC II Bldg. Suite 1208, 591 Suk, 10110 Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand Asian Development Bank 311,293.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8483 10 Apr 2015 Econoler International (Canada) in association with Collaborative Labeling & Appliance Standards Program (United States) | 160, Rue Saint-Paul Bureau, 200 Quebec, G1K 3W1 Quebec, Canada Asian Development Bank 849,549.00

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