Mid-Term Evaluation of the Project Catalyzing Environmental Finance for Low-Carbon Urban Development

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2020, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2020
Completion Date:
12/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Mid-Term Evaluation of the Project Catalyzing Environmental Finance for Low-Carbon Urban Development
Atlas Project Number: 96684,00096684
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2020, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2020
Planned End Date: 12/2020
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Energy
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.5.1 Solutions developed, financed and applied at scale for energy efficiency and transformation to clean energy and zero-carbon development, for poverty eradication and structural transformation
SDG Goal
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG Target
  • 11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
  • 11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
  • 7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project funds
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 22,623
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Seán J. Burke Evaluation Expert
Slavisa Jelisic Evaluation Expert BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Catalyzing Environmental Finance for Low-carbon Urban Development
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 9151
PIMS Number: 5646
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction, and Ecology of Republika Srpska; Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the authorities in Brcko District.
Countries: BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Develop a short but well-researched scenario option(s) on how best to take UrbanLED forward. The project strategy should be revised in line with UNDP’s adaptive management techniques in order to make clear work and time plan and to take the project forward.

2

Project duration and possible contract extension for at least 12 months & Devise and agree a new project strategy with the aim to reach the project’s targets.

3

Involvement of key stakeholders in update of communication strategy for stakeholders at level of ministries/agencies and municipalities.

4

Strengthen project management.

5

Improve communication and visibility.

6

Establish a close connection between ESCO projects and EMIS.

1. Recommendation:

Develop a short but well-researched scenario option(s) on how best to take UrbanLED forward. The project strategy should be revised in line with UNDP’s adaptive management techniques in order to make clear work and time plan and to take the project forward.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/23]

The recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Provide support for piloting of Energy Service Company (ESCO) financial mechanisms in Republika Srpska and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2024/06 Initiated First ESCO contract, for refurbishment of 4 public buildings amounted 2.2 mil BAM, signed by beginning of 2022. Currently, project has been providing technical support for preparation of procurement documentation for 40+ ESCO projects in public buildings, street lightning systems and waste transport. The concrete interventions include: • ESCO pilot projects on 5 public lightning systems in Republika Srpska (Bratunac, Brod, Stanari, Srbac and Zvornik) – aimed to be published in July 2022. Co-financed by UNDP with 150.000 USD and 150.000 USD by Cities/Municipalities. The Project is extended until June 2024. History
Provide support for finalization of IT waste management systems in Republika Srpska and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and enable their further use by responsible institutions.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2023/03 Initiated IT waste management system in FBiH has been finalized in 2021 and in use by the Fund for Environmental Protection FBiH since January 1st 2022. IT waste management system for Republika Srpska is under development (Administration module developed) and will be finalized until the end of March 2023. Evidence: https://fzofbih.org.ba/informacioni-sistem-upravljanja-otpadom-fbih/ History
Provide support for realization of waste management infrastructure projects in Republika Srpska and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2023/01 Initiated Procurement documentation prepared and announced for following types of goods/services, based on green logistic schemes: a. procurement of communal equipment for Breza, Novi Travnik, Livno, Cazin and Doboj b. building of bring banks in Bijeljina and Cazin c. Preparation of investment and technical documentation – Preliminary and Main Design for rehabilitation of the Obodina landfill in Trebinje and phased construction of the Waste Evidence: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=92209; https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=92195 History
Provide support for finalization of Energy Service Company (ESCO) financial mechanisms in Republika Srpska and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2021/05/08]
UNDP Project team, Project Board 2021/03 Completed as stated. History
Advocate and promote Energy Service Company (ESCO) financial mechanisms.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/01/13]
Project team 2021/12 Completed In 2021,the Project directly impacted 178 representatives of private sector, with interest in ESCO investments. Those were participants of several online ESCO sessions held. Besides, in the last quarter of 2021, the project has organized ESCO trainings for private sector representatives in 6 cities in BiH (Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Doboj, Vitez and Mostar) that gather 120 participants from private sector. Evidence: http://upfbih.ba/trening-za-primjenu-esco-mehanizma-u-bih Besides, in 2021 ESCO campaign aimed at private sector representatives were organized https://ms-my.facebook.com/UNDPBiH/videos/264351742329182/ By current reports, Facebook campaign achieved reach of 80,000 viewers (58% males and 41% females); Google and YouTube campaigns, through frequency capping, reached 70,324 viewers; YouTube video campaign reached 25,328 viewers. In 2022, it is planned to intensify ESCO promotion aimed at governmental counterparts (local-self governments, cantonal, entity and state level of governments including public enterprises). History
Enhance synergies among UrbanLED and LowCarbon projects.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2022/12 Completed GED, LowCarbon and URBANLED projects have been working together to develop a joint approach for ESCO piloting. Besides, pilot project selection is strongly linked with EMIS data, and it implies monitoring and reporting of project achievements History
Provide support for preparation of green logistic schemes in Republika Srpska and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2022/01 Completed Project developed: a. Green logistic schemes for waste management and feasibility studies for environmental-friendly waste collection and transport of waste for Novi Travnik, Livno, Cazin and Breza b. waste management plans with green logistic schemes for waste management for Trebinje, Zvornik, Bijeljina and Doboj these documents recommended pilot projects for green logistic schemes. History
2. Recommendation:

Project duration and possible contract extension for at least 12 months & Devise and agree a new project strategy with the aim to reach the project’s targets.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/23]

The Recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revise project log-frame and develop a clear work plan.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project implementation tam 2022/12 Completed Clear work plan developed and under implementation during project extension timeframe. History
3. Recommendation:

Involvement of key stakeholders in update of communication strategy for stakeholders at level of ministries/agencies and municipalities.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/23]

The recommendation is fully accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop and update communication strategy for stakeholders at level of ministries/agencies and municipalities.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2024/06 Initiated Communication strategy has been reconsidered and developed in a way to assure extensive communication with Project Board institutions as well as to broaden list of project partners, mostly to secure development of findings for ESCO market establishment in BiH. Project intensified cooperation with responsible institutions mainly for the development of regulatory framework needed for ESCO. Accounting and bookkeeping method for ESCO projects were developed which has resulted with adoption of new Rulebook on income tax in FBiH (which includes ESCO), and obtained positive opinion of Indirect Taxation Authority on VAT calculations for ESCO projects and are currently working on Roadmap for ESCO development in BiH to be adopted by state level and Rulebook for contracting of energy services on entity level, that will unify process of preparation, procurement, and implementation of ESCO projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina. History
Establish an Energy Service Company (ESCO) Working group.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2024/06 Initiated Project put strong focus to establish cooperation with private sector so as to inform them about the benefits of ESCO financial mechanism. Therefore, Project: • Held trainings for 38 local governmental units and 60 companies, • Held ESCO trainings for companies at Vitez, Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, Bijeljina i Doboj for 145 participants, • Implemented online ESCO educative and informative campaign for companies with 259.486 users, • Held 40 one-on-one meetings with companies regarding potential of ESCO market, • Held info session for 40 public institutions representatives in region of Banja Luka, • Held info sessions for Chambers of Commerce on state and entity level. Plan is to continue with such type of informative sessions. History
Establish an Energy Service Company (ESCO) Working group.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2022/12 Completed Project put strong focus to establish cooperation with private sector so as to inform them about the benefits of ESCO financial mechanism. Therefore, Project: • Held trainings for 38 local governmental units and 60 companies, • Held ESCO trainings for companies at Vitez, Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, Bijeljina i Doboj for 145 participants, • Implemented online ESCO educative and informative campaign for companies with 259.486 users, • Held 40 one-on-one meetings with companies regarding potential of ESCO market, • Held info session for 40 public institutions representatives in region of Banja Luka, • Held info sessions for Chambers of Commerce on state and entity level. Plan is to continue with such type of informative sessions. History
4. Recommendation:

Strengthen project management.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/23]

The recommendation is fully accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Increase support / cooperation among CCM projects (LowCarbon and GED).
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2024/06 Initiated GED, LowCarbon and URBANLED projects implemented by UNDP have been working together to develop a joint approach for ESCO piloting. Besides, pilot project selection is strongly linked with EMIS data, and it implies monitoring and reporting of project achievements. History
Strengthen project management team.
[Added: 2020/12/23]
UNDP 2020/12 Completed New personnel employed (project officer and project clerk).
5. Recommendation:

Improve communication and visibility.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/23]

The Recommendation is fully accepted. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop target-oriented promotional materials for the most important outcomes of the project.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2024/06 Initiated Project team developed brochures on benefits of ESCO financial mechanism for public and private sector. History
Update of communication and visibility strategy in line with project activities.
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/01/13]
UNDP Project team 2021/12 Completed In 2021, project developed and held online ESCO campaign aimed at private sector representatives. This resulted with development of promotional materials (infographic and videos) while in 2022 campaign will include public sector representatives. To be able to assure coherent visibility, similar visuals shall be developed . Apart from ESCO financial mechanism, 2022 will be devoted to realization of pilot projects of green logistic schemes of waste transport. Its promotion will be developed on the same visual to assure the recognition of the project by governmental and private sector representatives and project partners. History
6. Recommendation:

Establish a close connection between ESCO projects and EMIS.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/12/23]

The Recommendation is fully accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop promotion of Energy Service Company (ESCO) module in Energy Management Information System (EMIS).
[Added: 2020/12/23] [Last Updated: 2022/06/24]
UNDP Project team 2024/06 Initiated ESCO module in EMIS has been strongly promoted in communication with identified project partners and beneficiaries. History

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