Mid-term evaluation: Project on HCFC Phase out

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Uzbekistan
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
04/2016
Completion Date:
09/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Mid-term evaluation: Project on HCFC Phase out
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Uzbekistan
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2016
Planned End Date: 04/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.5. Inclusive and sustainable solutions adopted to achieve increased energy efficiency and universal modern energy access (especially off-grid sources of renewable energy)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Initial Implementation of Accelerated HCFC Phase Out in the CEIT Region
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: EA
GEF Phase: GEF-1
GEF Project ID: 4102
PIMS Number: 4309
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: UZBEKISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
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1. General: The UNEP documents to be translated into Russian should be identified and work started as soon as possible, particularly the resources for RAC technical documents.

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2. General: In Uzbekistan and Ukraine, UNDP and government need to come to some arrangement on how grant equipment procured under the project can be transferred without any financial repercussions to the beneficiaries.

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3. General: Sustainability of training of technicians can become an issue once the project is over. The training institutions should develop and put in place plans to recover costs from future trainees.

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4. General: In Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (if ODS destruction project funds are to be used for Demonstration projects), where the pilot retrofit/replacement incentive program studies are to be started the approach to take within the funding available should be completed quickly and some project(s) initiated.

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5. Customs: Countries may want to consider discussing with Customs about ODS import documents being approved by NOU/responsible body of environment before Customs releases consignment. The data from each transaction can be entered into a database maintained by the environment body and reviewed regularly to see how a company is performing vis a vis it’s annual quota.

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6. Legislation/Regulations: Following Legislation/Regulations should be considered to be put in place:

a. Countries should consider bans on import of single use cylinders. In Belarus, legislation has been put in place to ban import of single use cylinders and it has come into effect from January 2016. A follow up should be maintained to ensure that importers are aware that their purchase orders for refrigerant include this requirement, particularly from Chinese suppliers.

b. All countries should implement a ban on equipment containing or working on ODS at the earliest possible to reduce the service tail for HCFCs.

c. Current regulations address ODS only when issuing operating licenses to companies.The regulation should be amended to include all refrigerants, since hydrocarbons, ammonia and other flammable refrigerants will/are coming into the market.

d. Regulations related to waste from production and use should be amended to include End of Life (EOL) equipment.

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7. Follow Up: All countries are facing problems importing HCFC standards for their gas analysers. It is believed that Turkey has been able to develop a methodology for import of these standards. The information should be obtained and disseminated to all the partner countries.

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9. Follow Up: The demonstration projects in all countries should be followed till completion and documentation made of the technical issues and resolutions and lessons learnt for wider dissemination nationally and with other countries in the region.

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10. Follow Up: Maintain a follow up on the Recovery/Recycling centers to find out how they are operating and have them report on the quantities recovered and recycled on a quarterly/half yearly basis.

1. Recommendation:

1. General: The UNEP documents to be translated into Russian should be identified and work started as soon as possible, particularly the resources for RAC technical documents.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/05] [Last Updated: 2017/01/05]

Regional: Translations of key UNEP documents were already started with UNEP Customs Training Manual translated into Russian. The recommendation on RAC technical documents is in line with the project’s work plan and in coordination with UNEP and project stakeholders, key publications to be translated will be identified and as recommended, the emphasis will be given to RAC technical documents.

 

Also available on: http://erc.undp.org/evaluation/managementresponses/detail/7155

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

2. General: In Uzbekistan and Ukraine, UNDP and government need to come to some arrangement on how grant equipment procured under the project can be transferred without any financial repercussions to the beneficiaries.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/05]

Uzbekistan: The project has organized meetings with the project key national partners to agree the equipment transfer to the project beneficiaries. The legislative affairs consultant is recruited to develop transfer documentations in accordance with the current local legislation to ensure that the equipment can be transferred without any financial repercussions to the beneficiaries.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.2 Organization of consultations of UNDP and the State Committee for Nature Protection on equipment transfer in Uzbekistan See also: http://erc.undp.org/evaluation/managementresponses/detail/7155
[Added: 2017/01/05]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2026/11 Completed Completed: Organized consultation between UNDP and the State Committee for Nature Protection activities of transfer equipment to project beneficiaries. Involved Legislative Affairs Consultant reviewed national legislation and prepared draft documentation for equipment transfer, which will be issues between the State Committee and beneficiaries. The State Committee will be responsible for monitoring targeted use of provided by UNDP equipment and goods. Equipment transfer will be finalized by December 2016.
2.3 Development of transfer documentations prepared by Legislative Affairs Consultant to develop in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2017/01/05] [Last Updated: 2017/12/16]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2017/11 Completed UNDP has recruited a Legislative Affairs Specialist who supported the project in development of required transfer documentations in accordance with the current local legislation and acting rules and procedures of UNDP to ensure that the equipment can be transferred without any financial repercussions to the beneficiaries. All required transfer documentations (MoU and equipment and goods transfer agreements between UNDP and the State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection, agreement on targeted use of transferred by UNDP equipment and goods between the State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection and beneficiary organizations) are prepared and submitted for the review and further signature to the State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection. Developed a special infographic in Russian language on steps and procedures of equipment/goods transfer to end-users and further M&E. History
3. Recommendation:

3. General: Sustainability of training of technicians can become an issue once the project is over. The training institutions should develop and put in place plans to recover costs from future trainees.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/05] [Last Updated: 2017/01/06]

Uzbekistan: To ensure sustainability of trainings for technicians the project is implementing the following:

A Training Center under the Tashkent State Technical University (TSTU) for technicians and students of the University has been established and equipped with office and technical equipment;  

5 instructors from Uzbekistan completed international ToT organized by the Project Regional Component in Italy;

A training manual for refrigeration technicians developed and will be published. The Manual will be used by the trained instructors and the training center under the TSTU during the local trainings for 800 technicians, as well as for studies organized by the center.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.5 Publication of Training Manual for technicians in local languages (Russian and Uzbek) in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2017/01/05]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: Training Manual for technicians completed in two languages (Russian and Uzbek) and published.
3.6 Organization of trainings for 400 refrigeration technicians in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2017/01/05] [Last Updated: 2017/09/19]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2017/09 Completed Training Manual for technicians published in two languages (500 in Russian and 950 in Uzbek). By June 2017, 711 refrigeration technicians from 178 public and private enterprises of refrigeration sector of Uzbekistan have been trained. History
4. Recommendation:

4. General: In Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (if ODS destruction project funds are to be used for Demonstration projects), where the pilot retrofit/replacement incentive program studies are to be started the approach to take within the funding available should be completed quickly and some project(s) initiated.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/05]

Uzbekistan: The project has developed an action plan in case of implementation of the ODS destruction component is not feasible. The decision will be made by the Project Board (PB) during the next PB meeting to be held on September 23, 2016.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.2 Organization of the Project Board Meeting and update of the project Annual Work Plan and budget based on the decision for ODS waste destruction in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2017/01/05]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: 3rd Project Board was conducted at 23 September 2016 where decision made for ODS waste destruction in Uzbekistan and project Annual Work Plan and budget updated by October 2016. Next 4th Project Board Meeting to be conducted on December 27, 2106.
5. Recommendation:

5. Customs: Countries may want to consider discussing with Customs about ODS import documents being approved by NOU/responsible body of environment before Customs releases consignment. The data from each transaction can be entered into a database maintained by the environment body and reviewed regularly to see how a company is performing vis a vis it’s annual quota.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/05]

Uzbekistan: The data from each transaction is entered into the database maintained by the State Committee for Nature Protection (SCNP) of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which is in line with current ODS import/export regulations of Uzbekistan. Discussions on the improvement of the cooperation between the State Customs Committee (SCC) and the SCNP organized on a regular basis. In addition, a “single window” system was developed in the framework of such cooperation. By using the system, a state or business entity that wants to manufacture/ import of ODS/ODS containing equipment can now address a request directly to the SCNP and receive an on-line respond. The project will further organize follow-up discussions with the SCC and SCNP to improve the cooperation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.4 Organization a follow-up meeting of SCNP and SCC to discuss improvement of interagency cooperation in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2017/01/05]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2016/12 Completed Completed: Organized meeting with representatives of SCNP and SCC in September 2016 and discussed interagency cooperation between of SCNP and SCC.
6. Recommendation:

6. Legislation/Regulations: Following Legislation/Regulations should be considered to be put in place:

a. Countries should consider bans on import of single use cylinders. In Belarus, legislation has been put in place to ban import of single use cylinders and it has come into effect from January 2016. A follow up should be maintained to ensure that importers are aware that their purchase orders for refrigerant include this requirement, particularly from Chinese suppliers.

b. All countries should implement a ban on equipment containing or working on ODS at the earliest possible to reduce the service tail for HCFCs.

c. Current regulations address ODS only when issuing operating licenses to companies.The regulation should be amended to include all refrigerants, since hydrocarbons, ammonia and other flammable refrigerants will/are coming into the market.

d. Regulations related to waste from production and use should be amended to include End of Life (EOL) equipment.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/05]

The project will organize meetings and discussions with the State Committee for Nature Protection and other key national project partners to discuss the recommendations by the mid-term evaluation and the improvement of the acting legislation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.3 Organization of discussions of further actions on improvement of the national legislation on ODS import/export, including possible measures on the MTR recommendations during next PB meeting
[Added: 2017/01/05]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2016/11 Completed Completed: UNDP recruited a Legislative Affairs Consultant who supporting the State Committee for Nature Protection in review acting national legislation on ODS import export and development amendments for them. Currently recommendations and amendments on improvement of the national legislation on ODS import export developed and under Governments consideration.
6.4 Recruitment of Legislative Affairs Consultant and development of proposal/ recommendation for further improvement of the national legislation
[Added: 2017/01/05] [Last Updated: 2017/08/24]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2017/09 Completed Legislative Affairs Consultant has been recruited. The specialist supported the project and national partners in review existing international and acting local legislation related to ozone layer protection. New regulatory measures have been introduced through reinforcement of the existing legislation: the draft Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On introduction of amendments to the Law On Atmosphere Air Protection" and draft Government Resolution introducing amendments to the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers β€œOn the improvement of regulations concerning import to the Republic of Uzbekistan and export from the Republic of Uzbekistan of ozone-depleting substances and products containing them (Decree ?247, November 11, 2005). These are now under consideration of the Government. History
7. Recommendation:

7. Follow Up: All countries are facing problems importing HCFC standards for their gas analysers. It is believed that Turkey has been able to develop a methodology for import of these standards. The information should be obtained and disseminated to all the partner countries.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/05]

Regional: Regional component will communicate with Istanbul Customs Laboratory (ICS) under Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade, and obtain practical information on the methodology how Istanbul Customs Laboratory imports HCFC standards for gas analyzers and collect contact information on potential vendors of HCFC standards.

 

available on: http://erc.undp.org/evaluation/managementresponses/detail/7155

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation:

9. Follow Up: The demonstration projects in all countries should be followed till completion and documentation made of the technical issues and resolutions and lessons learnt for wider dissemination nationally and with other countries in the region.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/05]

Uzbekistan: The implementation of demonstration projects has been initiated and all relevant documentations are being filed. The technical issues with resolutions and lessons learnt will be developed after completion of implementation for replication of those projects within Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan’s experience will be shared during Thematic HPMP meetings and Regional Network workshops.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.5 Dissemination of lessons learnt within the country via trainings/workshops/seminars in Uzbekistan
[Added: 2017/01/05] [Last Updated: 2018/06/19]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2018/07 Completed Project has completed implementation of 5 demonstration projects. Results, best practices and lessons learned codified and reported. Results of demo-project have been disseminated in the UN Environment OzonAction ECA Network Meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia (2017) and the Regional Project Meeting in Minsk, Belarus (2017). Also, representatives of CIS countries – GEF Focal Points visited the project site of the demonstration project on replacement of HCFC based chillers to ammonia based ones) during the GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop – Knowledge Day, 29 September where project experience was introduced. Project also developed a Case Study on results of demonstration project on replacement of outdated chillers running on HCFC 22 with low charged ammonia chillers in the Republican Research Center for Emergency Medicine in Tashkent. The Case Study was selected to be presented in the ATMOSPHERE Europe 2018 Conference on November 2018 in Italy. History
9. Recommendation:

10. Follow Up: Maintain a follow up on the Recovery/Recycling centers to find out how they are operating and have them report on the quantities recovered and recycled on a quarterly/half yearly basis.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/05]

Uzbekistan: UNDP Uzbekistan will transfer equipment and tools to Recovery/Recycling (R/R) centers. The centers are obliged to report on quantities of recovered and recycled refrigerants on a quarterly basis. In addition, the project with the representatives of the SCNP will conduct monitoring visits at least twice a year

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.3 Collection and analyzing reports by R/R centers on quantities of recovered/recycled refrigerants and monitoring visits to R/R centers
[Added: 2017/01/05] [Last Updated: 2018/06/19]
Uzbekistan Project Management Unit 2018/06 Completed 5 sets of specialized tools/equipment (10 types) for 5 ODS recovery and recycling (R/R) centers in 5 regions of Uzbekistan and 1 set of reclaim equipment have been transferred to 6 R/R/R centers established within the project. 100 enterprises (service companies and small-scale manufacturers) were provided with 125 sets/17 types of service equipment. Project has developed the first of its kind an Online Reporting System (report.o3.uz) for collection and analyzing ODS/ODS alternatives consumption in Uzbekistan. 100 public and private enterprises of refrigeration servicing sector, including 6 R/R/R center, are reporting on refrigerants consumption on a quarterly basis. Project has recruited Monitoring Specialist under UNV modality who has been ensuring implementation of quarterly based M&E activities. History

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