A consultation mission was fielded for Bhutan and Nepal on 4-5 December 2014. The main objective was to present the TA findings to both countries and draw from Sri Lanka experiences on energy efficiency initiatives.
A consultation workshop for Bhutan was held on 23 July 2014 in Thimpu, Bhutan. About 30 participants from various government agencies and other stakeholders took part in the workshop. A lively and objective discussion took place in the workshop and Director of the Department of Renewable Energy assured that recommendation of the report will be incorporated in the draft EE policy of Bhutan.
A similar workshop was planned for Nepal. Due to scheduling difficulties becuase of a World Bank workshop and visit ofhigh level Indian delegation, the Government of Nepal was unable to confirm the workshop date. An ongoing tussle between Water and Energy Commission Secretariat and Ministry of Energy regarding institutional ownership of energy efficiency in Nepal also contributyed to the indecisiveness of the date of the workshop. The mission, with the advice of the management, decided to meet key officials and briefed about the TA findings. Only notable meeting that di not materialize was with Secretary, Ministry of Energy who was stuck in a parliamentary session which discussed the recent Indian Government proposal on a large hydropower project. Mission requested comment from all the agencies it met within two weeks to finalize the report.
Inception Meeting conducted last 21 October 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. During the Inception Meeting, the following were discussed and agreed:
(a) The Energy Efficiency technical report and policy guidelines cover not just the electricity but also other relevant sub-sectors including buildings, commercial, industrial and transport that have significant potential for energy usage reduction. The policy guidelines would be developed based on the country context and energy usage.
(b)The technical reports would not undertake primary studies but would review existing surveys, master plans and government documents to identify areas for significant energy usage reduction potential. In Nepal for e.g., several studies are being conducted by WECS that would provide useful input for technical report preparation. In Bhutan, it was suggested to invite views of Department of Trade since most appliances using energy were imported.
(c)The policy guidelines would include a section on institutional agencies with specific roles to implement the policy. The implementation of the policy including rolling out plans, capacity building of agencies, monitoring and evaluation could be considered for future TA support.
(d)Consultants requested a letter from ADB introducing them as ADB consultants for the TA to support on tasks such as discussion with key ministries and agencies and for data collection.
(e)The survey results provided during the SASEC roadmap preparation were shared in the draft inception report and comparative situation of all the SASEC countries provided. Representatives at the workshop were requested to review the comments provided by their countries and send review comments to the TA consultant. This input would be useful for future work to be supported under the TA.
(f)Attendees from Nepal requested clarification on the role of specific agencies in Nepal to coordinate on TA activities, policy guidelines development and implementation. This would be reviewed based on Government of Nepal comments provided during the TA processing and further information as provided by Government of Nepal.
Fact Finding Mission was fielded last 22-25 January in Bhutan.