Market Transformation of Energy Efficient Bricks and Rural Buildings

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2015, China
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
12/2013
Completion Date:
11/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title Market Transformation of Energy Efficient Bricks and Rural Buildings
Atlas Project Number: 00059500
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2015, China
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2013
Planned End Date: 12/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Development plans and programmes integrate environmentally sustainable solutions in a manner that promotes poverty reduction, MDG achievement and low-emission climate-resilient development
  • 2. Local and national authorities have the capacities to access and integrate multiple sources of public and private environmental financing in support of sustainable human development, including gender equality and poverty reduction
  • 3. National and local governments and communities have the capacities to adapt to climate change and make inclusive and sustainable environment & energy decisions benefitting in particular under-served populations
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Rogelio Z. Aldover
Kang Yanbing
Jianhong Cheng
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-1
PIMS Number: 3675
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: CHINA, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Update (or if necessary reconstitute) the Project Logframe  for Year 4 and 5 in terms of the consistent and SMART output indicators, activities and sub-contract  tasks, considering the 3-year experiences.

2

For the Project Management to develop a strategic action plan for the remaining period of the project that will determine the specific activities and sub-contracts that will need extension as necessary and the resources needed to implement them, particularly the 60 replications. PMO expressed that a one (1) year project extension is necessary. This will be subject to the results of the strategic planning for accomplishing the remaining outputs and outcomes expected from the project.

3

Enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of communications, reporting and monitoring among the Project Partners,  PMO, PSC, TAC, Sub-contractors, local organizations and villagers to enable common understanding, commitment and timely execution in all aspects of the project, maximizing wherever possible the use of internet-based networking, telecommunications and riding on other existing platforms to prevent duplication  and conflict

4

Revisit the project’s training needs analysis (TNA) and its recommendations if it was done; but if not, conduct a TNA to assess remaining training needs since a TNA should have been done at the outset to form the basis of the training programs. For the future training, more effective means and strategies should be employed in rural areas (recognizing difference from urban setting) with contents focusing on:

  • Cost/benefit Analysis from the viewpoint of EE home owners to enhance their awareness and acceptance
  • Technical training for construction workers and technicians on application of EE bricks in ruralbuilding construction
  • Financial models and familiarity oncost/benefitof EE bricks and buildings for rural application and related investments for bank officers and project developers
5

Training on the monitoring of the energy utilization performance of the rural buildings to be incorporated in the information networking activity for the relevant staff members of the authorities concerned (such as the MOA, NDRC, MOHURD, WMRO and their local branches) and the building owners that will include data collection system, energy performance evaluation, and dissemination of results. With the EE bricks standards having been issued, start addressing the promulgation of implementing rules and regulations and establish monitoring systems to ensure effectiveness of the program execution

6

Considering the long process of approval, develop and adopt policies as priority for the year the necessary financial mechanisms and accessibility that will spell out the incentives and subsidies for market transformation to happen in rural areas where the economic situations vary from place to place.

7

While aiming at fully completing successfully the current phase of the project, the development direction of the next phase should focus not  only on the building envelope (not only brick walls, also windows, roof, etc.) but also integrating them with efficient energy systems for heating, cooking, hot water supply and other household energy needs.  This should be in coordination and integration with other similar ongoing projects that will consider new technology development and market situations in China  and other countries with similar climate zones.

1. Recommendation:

Update (or if necessary reconstitute) the Project Logframe  for Year 4 and 5 in terms of the consistent and SMART output indicators, activities and sub-contract  tasks, considering the 3-year experiences.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/06/30]

PMO will take this feedback positively and mainstream it into project implementation.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

For the Project Management to develop a strategic action plan for the remaining period of the project that will determine the specific activities and sub-contracts that will need extension as necessary and the resources needed to implement them, particularly the 60 replications. PMO expressed that a one (1) year project extension is necessary. This will be subject to the results of the strategic planning for accomplishing the remaining outputs and outcomes expected from the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/06/30]

PMO will take this feedback positively and mainstream it into project implementation.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of communications, reporting and monitoring among the Project Partners,  PMO, PSC, TAC, Sub-contractors, local organizations and villagers to enable common understanding, commitment and timely execution in all aspects of the project, maximizing wherever possible the use of internet-based networking, telecommunications and riding on other existing platforms to prevent duplication  and conflict

Management Response: [Added: 2017/06/30]

PMO takes this feedback positively and will mainstream it into project implementation.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

Revisit the project’s training needs analysis (TNA) and its recommendations if it was done; but if not, conduct a TNA to assess remaining training needs since a TNA should have been done at the outset to form the basis of the training programs. For the future training, more effective means and strategies should be employed in rural areas (recognizing difference from urban setting) with contents focusing on:

  • Cost/benefit Analysis from the viewpoint of EE home owners to enhance their awareness and acceptance
  • Technical training for construction workers and technicians on application of EE bricks in ruralbuilding construction
  • Financial models and familiarity oncost/benefitof EE bricks and buildings for rural application and related investments for bank officers and project developers
Management Response: [Added: 2017/06/30]

PMO takes this feedback positively and will mainstream it into project implementation.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Training on the monitoring of the energy utilization performance of the rural buildings to be incorporated in the information networking activity for the relevant staff members of the authorities concerned (such as the MOA, NDRC, MOHURD, WMRO and their local branches) and the building owners that will include data collection system, energy performance evaluation, and dissemination of results. With the EE bricks standards having been issued, start addressing the promulgation of implementing rules and regulations and establish monitoring systems to ensure effectiveness of the program execution

Management Response: [Added: 2017/06/30]

PMO takes this feedback positively and will mainstream it into project implementation.

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

Considering the long process of approval, develop and adopt policies as priority for the year the necessary financial mechanisms and accessibility that will spell out the incentives and subsidies for market transformation to happen in rural areas where the economic situations vary from place to place.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/06/30]

PMO takes it positively and will mainstream it into project implementation.

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation:

While aiming at fully completing successfully the current phase of the project, the development direction of the next phase should focus not  only on the building envelope (not only brick walls, also windows, roof, etc.) but also integrating them with efficient energy systems for heating, cooking, hot water supply and other household energy needs.  This should be in coordination and integration with other similar ongoing projects that will consider new technology development and market situations in China  and other countries with similar climate zones.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/06/30]

PMO will take the feedback positively and will mainstream it into project implementation.

Key Actions:

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