EED Advisory Profile 2014.pdf
Our team brings diverse experience across the sustainable energy, natural resource management, climate change and commercial project development practice lines. Below are a select set of projects implemented by members of the team in the recent past.
- Providing technical assistance to a development finance institution (DFI) in designing a US$ 5 million facility that will lower entry barriers for private sector participation in mini-grid development. Mini-grids and micro-grids have the potential to complement grid-based and stand-alone electrification approaches in Sub Saharan Africa.
- Designed a a € 2 million investment plan and proposal for a development agency to promote the uptake of improved cook stoves (ICS) by incentivizing the private sector through a result based financing (RBF).
- Provided technical and administrative support to a group of multi-lateral development banks (MDBs) towards developing two US$50 million renewable energy investment plans for Kenya and Tanzania between 2011 and 2013. This was a multi-stakeholder consultative process combined with a baseline assessment of related on-going and planned activities, review of the policy and institutional frameworks, barrier identification and project planning. The aim of the support is to catalyse large-scale deployment of renewable energy to transform the countries’ energy sectors – principally the electricity subsector, from an increasing dependency on fossil fuels to a more balance supply of diverse energy sources.
- Designed and facilitated a capacity development forum for senior government officials from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (Kenya) on the purpose, structure and achievements of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
- Designed and facilitated capacity development forums for members of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers on the theory and practice of climate compatible development, opportunities and threats of climate change (including carbon trading, REDD + and climate smart agriculture) and community based approaches to climate change adaptation.
- Implemented a nation-wide climate risk assessment for a UN agency in 2012 to define the extent and nature of climate risks in water, agriculture and energy sectors in Kenya. Rain fed agriculture accounts for more than 95% of the productivity in sector; energy consumption stands at 468 kt of oil equivalent which is less than one quarter of the world’s average; and per capital renewable internal freshwater availability of 647m3 below the recommended 1,000m3 making Kenya highly vulnerable to climate variability. The aim of the programme was to steer Kenya towards climate change resilience development by strengthening institutional and systemic capacity in addressing climate change risks and opportunities through a national approach to adaptation.
- Carried out a national baseline study of the agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors in 2007 for a private sector client. This was to determine the availability, use, pricing and seasonal availability of biomass waste and resources in Kenya. Outputs of this study guided the client’s investment decisions.
- Designed a US$ 34 million regional sustainable biomass energy programme for UN agency client in 2011 covering Angola, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zambia. The aim of this assignment was to prepare a concept note and information-based justification for support. This involved reviewing the Global Environment Facility (GEF) programming guidelines, synthesizing all the relevant literature and wide stakeholder consultation. The literature review covered policy and institutional issues, land use, sustainability, prevailing threats and opportunities and available solutions to address unsustainable biomass energy use in the region.
- Executed an East Africa wide (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) comparative study on briquettes markets with the key aim of isolating reasons why the absorption of product has not been successful in most countries. This study published in 2013 assess the present market situation and on-going initiatives, profiles of successful briquette businesses and recommended measures to stimulate the briquette markets in East Africa. Briquettes have been widely viewed as substitutive or complementary to traditional biomass for cooking and heating purposes. The client was a development agency supported programme that seeks to increase the use of renewable energy technologies in select Africa countries.
- Developing a modular waste-to-energy project with an initial generating capacity of 3 MW. The plant will provide a clean and sustainable sink for a significant part of the estimated 3,000 tonnes of solid waste generated in the Nairobi metropolis. Approximately 42,024 MWh of clean and renewable energy per year; 25,228 tCO2e reduced per year; 14,600 tons of organic soil fertilizers generated per year; over 90,000 tons of municipal solid waste recycled per year; direct creation of 12 employment positions and over 60 indirect positions.