Under the Energy Efficiency for Clean Development Program (EECDP), USAID has developed a collection of pilot project concepts that present opportunities to accelerate the transition to low emission development through investments in energy efficiency.
The pilots focus on different cross-cutting activities and are designed to be tailored in partnership with the USAID missions to specific locations, goals, and needs. The resulting training, case studies, and tools will be used to support repeated activity in new locations.
Under the Central Asian Energy Efficiency Support Program (CAEESP), USAID aims to assist in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity and emissions by stimulating investment in energy efficiency (EE) technologies and projects. Creation of a Central Asian Energy Efficiency Learning Portal (CAEELP) would provide a platform for the dissemination of EE best practices from the region, and would include an interactive education platform and EE equipment database to help establish a community of practice within the region. The proposed interactive informational resource will bring together suppliers and consumers of EE knowledge, equipment, technologies and best practices in the Central Asian region.
The CAEELP consists of several parts including on-line trainings, a database on EE technologies and equipment, relevant case studies, and legal and regulatory policies that are relevant to each of the countries in the region. The pilot’s target users will include Central Asian industrial and municipal sector consumers as well as local EE-related associations, NGO’s, universities, equipment suppliers and installers. The interactive platform will be designed to cover a wide range of issues to reduce the information gap between suppliers and end users of EE technologies and equipment. The Portal will be in Russian and will be accessible to all countries in the region
· Develop international-level EE knowledge, technologies and case studies database in Russian
· Provide a powerful tool for communication and knowledge sharing for regional EE-related specialists
· Support Central Asian countries in developing common standards and approaches for EE
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Energy efficiency is a priority area for the economic development and quality of life in the Central Asian region. The efforts of the international community to address this problem require continuous training of EE specialists in different sectors of the economy. The region contains a large population (over 64 million) and low population density. At present, the Russian language is widely used in Central Asia, which provides the opportunity and advisability of CAEELP to be developed in Russian for the widest possible use.
An internet-based, on-line platform will become a valuable tool for communication and knowledge-sharing for EE specialists and will help to identify best available technologies. The equipment database will compare primary and secondary EE characteristics, like capacity, efficiency, reliability, service possibilities and others. The pilot will approach target groups as a first step to identify relevant EE technologies and equipment content for the region. The equipment database and case studies will be developed in the first phase. The second phase will be focused on designing and delivering a webinar series with the official sponsorship and support of the national government ministries in cooperation with potential hosting partners. Hosting partners will include regional government EE departments, engineering or technical universities, NGO's/ Associations and others.
- Develop Learning Portal prototype. Using local and international experts, the structure and basic data collection templates will be prepared and uploaded to the platform.
- Engage stakeholders. Outreach to main local stakeholders will collect relevant EE information, formatted according to the requirements of the CAEELP platform. Equipment suppliers will upload the data and case studies into the Learning Portal.
- Finalize platform and develop training materials. In cooperation with potential on-line training hosting partners, the team will prepare materials that are relevant for each of the regions.
- Design and conduct on-line webinar series. On-line training sessions will cover topics such as: policies and regulations related to EE; basic and advanced energy audits for municipal/residential and industry; implementation and compliance with the new Law on Energy Savings and EE in Kazakhstan; ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems implementation; and EE labeling.
- Conduct follow-up assessments for focus sectors. The platform will include a built-in mechanism for verification and evaluation of the testing and usage data to be collected.- Document the pilot. Record success, lessons learned, and regional-specific factors discovered during implementation to inform scale-up and replication in other USAID partner countries.