Cost Effective Energy Efficiency Measures in the Russian Educational Sector

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Evaluation Plan:
2005-2006, Russian Federation
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
02/2005
Completion Date:
08/2006
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
--

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Title Cost Effective Energy Efficiency Measures in the Russian Educational Sector
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2005-2006, Russian Federation
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2006
Planned End Date: 02/2005
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): --
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Mr.Grant Ballard-Tremeer Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area:
Project Type:
GEF Phase: GEF-null
PIMS Number:
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Recommendation or Issue 1: The Ministry of Education and Science is to be commended for the visionary approach it has shown. It is clear that co-operation with NGOs (on the activities of which much of this project builds) is valuable, and shows the benefits of civil society and public bodies looking for common goals. This co-operation should be capitalized on in future activities.
2 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: It would be beneficial to continue analysis of new financial instruments in addition to the revolving funds considered here. A case study on ESCO financing should be prepared in addition to the work on revolving funds.
3 When foreign methods and tools are used in energy saving activities (Key Numbers Method) more profound work on localisation and adaptation of such tools should be planned for them to meet completely the goals and needs of such activities. The Key Numbers Method should be simplified and further adapted so that it could be wider used at schools, or other already existing software in use in schools should be used.
4 To build on the significant successes in the educational component of this project, local educational authorities should be strongly encouraged to plan their budgets to support further training of teachers in energy saving (in methodical centres, at the institutes of advanced training, at pedagogical universities).
5 A concise set of recommendations should be developed aimed at policy makers responsible for the developed of the Budgetary Codes, and a concerted awareness-raising programme developed to seek to address the challenges of investment financing in municipalities.
1. Recommendation: Recommendation or Issue 1: The Ministry of Education and Science is to be commended for the visionary approach it has shown. It is clear that co-operation with NGOs (on the activities of which much of this project builds) is valuable, and shows the benefits of civil society and public bodies looking for common goals. This co-operation should be capitalized on in future activities.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/11/02]

The recommendation to engage NGOs for future activities and UNDP projects is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure that cooperation with NGOs and civil society is included into the design and stakeholder assessment process for future UNDP/GEF projects.
[Added: 2009/11/02]
Env Unit 2007/12 Completed
2. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: It would be beneficial to continue analysis of new financial instruments in addition to the revolving funds considered here. A case study on ESCO financing should be prepared in addition to the work on revolving funds.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/11/02]

The recommendation will be taken into account for future projects and initiatives based on the availability of financing.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore future opportunities for follow up projects / initiatives.
[Added: 2009/11/02]
Env. Unit 2007/12 Completed
3. Recommendation: When foreign methods and tools are used in energy saving activities (Key Numbers Method) more profound work on localisation and adaptation of such tools should be planned for them to meet completely the goals and needs of such activities. The Key Numbers Method should be simplified and further adapted so that it could be wider used at schools, or other already existing software in use in schools should be used.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/11/02]

The recommendation is supported. The key numbers method will be further developed and accustomed to Russian conditions by the ENSI groups, including ENSI project office in Russia.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Communicate the recommendations to the project partners (ENSI group).
[Added: 2009/11/02]
Env. Unit 2007/11 Completed
4. Recommendation: To build on the significant successes in the educational component of this project, local educational authorities should be strongly encouraged to plan their budgets to support further training of teachers in energy saving (in methodical centres, at the institutes of advanced training, at pedagogical universities).
Management Response: [Added: 2009/11/02]

Recommendation is supported and will be communicated to the Ministry of education of the RF for follow up action.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Communicate the recommendations to the project partners (Ministry of education and regional educational departments). Take note of the recommendation in the design of future UNDP and UNDP/GEF projects addressing environmental education.
[Added: 2009/11/02]
Env. Unit 2007/11 Completed
5. Recommendation: A concise set of recommendations should be developed aimed at policy makers responsible for the developed of the Budgetary Codes, and a concerted awareness-raising programme developed to seek to address the challenges of investment financing in municipalities.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/11/02]

Recommendation is accepted. Detailed analysis of budget code barriers and recommendations for improvement could be considered for future projects provided availability of finance.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop and publish guidance/recommendations on energy efficiency finance by the end of the UNDP/GEF project.
[Added: 2009/11/02]
Env. Unit 2006/12 Completed

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