BRA/10/G31 Sugarcane Renewable Electricity – SUCRE (PIMS 3515).

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Brazil
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2021
Completion Date:
01/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title BRA/10/G31 Sugarcane Renewable Electricity – SUCRE (PIMS 3515).
Atlas Project Number: 51455
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Brazil
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2021
Planned End Date: 06/2021
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Energy
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 Target
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: Government cost-sharing
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 15,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with Donors
  • Joint with GEF
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Jose Antonio Cabo Bujan BRAZIL
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Sugarcane Renewable Electricity – SUCRE (PIMS 3515).
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
GEF Project ID: 2778
PIMS Number: 3515
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment Brazil; CNPEM
Countries: BRAZIL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
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1. UNDP and CNPEM-LNBR should continue to promote and disseminate the scientific papers and knowledge products generated by the project, including by reaching out again to the MCTI and MME.

2

UNDP and CNPEM should consider the design of a project with GEF or Green Climate Fund support to further support enhancement of the biomass generated power, considering its lack of negative externalities and alignment with the NDC target. Dimensions to be explored include support to development of second-generation biofuels, substitution of fossil fuels in harvest and transport operation of sugar mills and management of vinasse fertigation (the latter to reduce soil emissions and improve fertilizer management).

3

3. UNDP should identify partners to design a project to support development of solutions for mechanical harvest and biomass co-generation in the Northeast of Brazil. The Northeast is a relatively depressed region within the Brazilian union, where so far only manual harvest of sugarcane, with the necessary pre-harvest burning is possible. As the northeastern sugarcane industry operators do not seem to be able to develop solutions on their own, the catalytic effect of SUCRE in the Central-West region could be replicated by co-developing a solution that would enable mechanical harvest in steeper terrain

4

At regional level, both for Latin America and Asia UNDP should strive to identify suitable implementation agencies, in the model of CNPEM-LNBR (responsible-partner type execution) to replicate SUCRE’s support to biomass generation. Priority countries could be Cuba and Argentina in Latin America and Thailand and the Philippines in Asia, which are not far behind Brazil in institutional and human development.

1. Recommendation:

1. UNDP and CNPEM-LNBR should continue to promote and disseminate the scientific papers and knowledge products generated by the project, including by reaching out again to the MCTI and MME.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/03]

 

 

LNBR has developed a webpage dedicated to the project (Portuguese and English versions) in the laboratory website with information, data, contacts, reports, booklets, scientific papers, and the great majority of the content produced during the execution of SUCRE. The information can be found here: https://lnbr.cnpem.br/sucre-project/.  Scientific papers continue to be submitted and published in relevant scientific journals (Check out the latest one:https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959652620353634?via%3Dihub). The results of the project continue to be disseminated in ministerial meetings whenever possible

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Maintenance of the content of the SUCRE webpage on LNBR's website. 2. Dissemination of results in ministerial meetings whenever possible.
[Added: 2021/06/03]
UNDP and CNPEM-LNBR 2020/06 Completed Please, find all SUCRE dissemination content at: https://lnbr.cnpem.br/sucre-project/
2. Recommendation:

UNDP and CNPEM should consider the design of a project with GEF or Green Climate Fund support to further support enhancement of the biomass generated power, considering its lack of negative externalities and alignment with the NDC target. Dimensions to be explored include support to development of second-generation biofuels, substitution of fossil fuels in harvest and transport operation of sugar mills and management of vinasse fertigation (the latter to reduce soil emissions and improve fertilizer management).

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/03]

A PIF (Project Identification Form) has been drafted together with the RTA entitled “Accelerating the transition to circular economy in the sugar-energy sector (ACCESS)”. It is a full-size proposal with the goal to promote improved sugarcane industry waste management options (particularly vinasse) considering circular economy principles aiming at maximizing GHG emission reduction, while preserving soil quality, water resources and other sustainability issues.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Drafting of a PIF for the valorization of waste from the sugar-energy industry.
[Added: 2021/06/03]
UNDP and CNPEM-LNBR 2020/06 Completed The PIF has not been endorsed so far due to the global pandemic situation and other issues related to the approval process of full-size projects with GEF funding.
3. Recommendation:

3. UNDP should identify partners to design a project to support development of solutions for mechanical harvest and biomass co-generation in the Northeast of Brazil. The Northeast is a relatively depressed region within the Brazilian union, where so far only manual harvest of sugarcane, with the necessary pre-harvest burning is possible. As the northeastern sugarcane industry operators do not seem to be able to develop solutions on their own, the catalytic effect of SUCRE in the Central-West region could be replicated by co-developing a solution that would enable mechanical harvest in steeper terrain

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/03]

In partial agreement since this action was not foreseen as one of the project’s outputs. However, UNDP will consider the recommendation for future projects proposals.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Articulation with key partners to identify opportunities to support the development of solutions for mechanical harvest and biomass co-generation in the Northeast of Brazil.
[Added: 2021/06/03] [Last Updated: 2021/07/07]
UNDP CO 2022/12 Completed Project closed. History
4. Recommendation:

At regional level, both for Latin America and Asia UNDP should strive to identify suitable implementation agencies, in the model of CNPEM-LNBR (responsible-partner type execution) to replicate SUCRE’s support to biomass generation. Priority countries could be Cuba and Argentina in Latin America and Thailand and the Philippines in Asia, which are not far behind Brazil in institutional and human development.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/06/03]

A concept note will be elaborated by RTA to highlight key characteristics and results of the SUCRE Project along with success factors such as the CNPEM-LNBR responsible partner type of execution. The concept note will further outline possible ways to financially and technically support the replication of the model and will be presented to Principal Technical Advisor for decision making.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Elaboration and presentation of Concept Note to Principal Technical Advisor.
[Added: 2021/06/03]
UNDP regional offices LAC and AP 2023/01 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Action is beyond UNDP BRAZIL: UNDP regional offices LAC and AP]

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