Market Transformation and Removal of Barriers for Effective Implementation of State Level Climate Change Action Plans ( CPD Output 3.1)

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Evaluation Plan:
2022-2022, India
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
07/2021
Completion Date:
05/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,000

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Title Market Transformation and Removal of Barriers for Effective Implementation of State Level Climate Change Action Plans ( CPD Output 3.1)
Atlas Project Number: 00085842
Evaluation Plan: 2022-2022, India
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2021
Planned End Date: 07/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Target
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 35,000
Source of Funding: Project funding
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 35,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Dalibor Kysela
Ameya Subodh Udgaonkar
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Market Transformation and Removal of Barriers for Effective Implementation of the State Level Climate Change Action Plans
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5361
PIMS Number: 4606
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Department of Forest Jharkhand, Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency, Directorate of Environment - Government of Manipur and Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency
Countries: INDIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

For preparation of future projects with implementation focus at the state level, UNDP CO should ensure that all mandatory procedures for project approval and clearance are identified and thoroughly discussed with relevant entities of the national Government.

2

UNDP CO in cooperation with the Government of India should consider streamlining of the approval process for the UNDP-implemented GEF-funded projects. In particular, the LPAC for approval of the projects should be organized within 3 months after approval of the projects for implementation by the GEF CEO.

3

For implementation of GEF-funded projects, UNDP CO in cooperation with MoEFCC should strictly adhere to the management arrangements outlined in the Project Document, including organization of the Inception Workshop within 3 months of the ProDoc signature and regular meetings of the PSC.

4

UNDP CO should ensure that projects on transformation to market-based solutions contain sizeable component for capacity building of financial institutions.

5

MoEFCC in cooperation with the state nodal agencies JREDA and MANIREDA should intensify engagement with the national and state-level financial institutions in order to lower their risk perception for financing RE and EE projects and leverage additional private sector and commercial bank funds for replication and upscaling of the RE and EE solutions developed by the MT project.

6

MoEFCC, MNRE and the two project nodal agencies should consider establishment of a comprehensive web information portal on RE/EE with all relevant information like case studies and reports, vendor information, subsidy information, initiatives by different IDA’s, initiatives in the two states including success stories as well as shortcomings.

7

The national and state governments should consider options for implementation of investment projects through private intermediaries.

8

The Government should encourage national institutions, in particular MNRE and BEE, to assume active role in replication of the MT project results to other states.

1. Recommendation:

For preparation of future projects with implementation focus at the state level, UNDP CO should ensure that all mandatory procedures for project approval and clearance are identified and thoroughly discussed with relevant entities of the national Government.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/25] [Last Updated: 2021/10/25]

The evaluation recommendation has been accepted. For all future projects all mandatory procedures will be completed well in advance before the project inception

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
While designing / developing future project of similar nature with focus on sub-national implementation, UNDP-CO will ensure that project specific requirement of approval and clearance both at national and sub-national level are identified, thoroughly discussed with relevant entities of the National/ sub-national Government and process involved in obtaining the same be planned.
[Added: 2021/10/25]
Programme Officer, Head of Unit 2023/12 Initiated The suggestion being a risk minimisation strategy will be considered in designing of future projects. History
2. Recommendation:

UNDP CO in cooperation with the Government of India should consider streamlining of the approval process for the UNDP-implemented GEF-funded projects. In particular, the LPAC for approval of the projects should be organized within 3 months after approval of the projects for implementation by the GEF CEO.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/25]

Recommendation accepted. LPAC is being made a mandatory requirement for the project initiation, without LPAC the project will not start implementation. The IP will also be informed of this requirement during the project development stage.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
On approval of GEF funded project UNDP-CO in collaboration with project Implementing Partner (IP) will coordinate with the concerned Nodal Ministry of Government of India to facilitate streamlining of the requisite approval and clearance process both at national and sub-national level
[Added: 2021/10/25]
Programme Officer, Head of Unit 2023/12 Initiated The suggestion being a risk minimisation strategy will be integrated within the project implementation plan and adopted immediately on approval of the project. History
UNDP-CO in collaboration with Project IP/ Steering Committee for project implementation will facilitate organising of LPAC within 3 months of the project approval towards ensuring necessary approval
[Added: 2021/10/25]
Programme Officer, Head of Unit 2023/12 Initiated In NIM projects, the IP is responsible for facilitating the LPAC. However, UNDP will ensure to communicate importance of organising the LPAC within 3 months of the project approval to the IP/ Steering Committee for project implementation History
3. Recommendation:

For implementation of GEF-funded projects, UNDP CO in cooperation with MoEFCC should strictly adhere to the management arrangements outlined in the Project Document, including organization of the Inception Workshop within 3 months of the ProDoc signature and regular meetings of the PSC.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/25]

Recommendation accepted. PSC and regular progress meetings will be made part of the project monitoring plan and will be tracked closely by UNDP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
As the project has been officially closed the said recommendation including organization of the Inception Workshop within 3 months of the ProDoc signature and regular meetings of the PSC will be considered during implementation of future projects.
[Added: 2021/10/25]
Programme Officer, Chief, CCRE 2023/12 Initiated The recommendations pertaining to organization of the Inception Workshop within 3 months of the Pro-Doc signature and regular meetings of the PSC will be adhered to while implementing future projects. History
UNDP-CO will ensure that the management arrangement as specified in the prodoc be strictly adhered to in all future projects.
[Added: 2021/10/25]
Programme Officer, Chief, CCRE 2023/12 Initiated UNDP will ensure to communicate IP the importance of adhering to the management arrangement and facilitate that the same is being adopted. History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP CO should ensure that projects on transformation to market-based solutions contain sizeable component for capacity building of financial institutions.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/25]

Recommendation accepted, for future projects UNDP will strongly pursue to have capacity building of financial institutions for market based solutions as a major component in consultation with the donor.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Capacity building of the stakeholders including that of financial institutions has been an integral part of the UNDP-GEF Market Transformation project. However, the recommendation being most pertinent for projects of similar nature the proposed activity will be considered while designing/ implementing future projects.
[Added: 2021/10/25]
Programme Officer, Chief, CCRE 2023/12 Initiated The proposed recommendation will be adopted for design of future projects on transformation to market-based solutions. History
5. Recommendation:

MoEFCC in cooperation with the state nodal agencies JREDA and MANIREDA should intensify engagement with the national and state-level financial institutions in order to lower their risk perception for financing RE and EE projects and leverage additional private sector and commercial bank funds for replication and upscaling of the RE and EE solutions developed by the MT project.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/25]

This will be communicated to the JREDA and MANIREDA

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support (on request) can be provided, in terms of knowledge management to MoEFCC and the state nodal agencies JREDA and MANIREDA intending to replicate and upscale the RE and EE solutions developed by the MT project.
[Added: 2021/10/25]
Programme Officer, Chief, CCRE 2022/12 Initiated It’s a very good suggestion and during any such opportunity UNDP would assist MoEFCC and the state nodal agencies JREDA and MANIREDA in replicating and upscaling of the activity.
6. Recommendation:

MoEFCC, MNRE and the two project nodal agencies should consider establishment of a comprehensive web information portal on RE/EE with all relevant information like case studies and reports, vendor information, subsidy information, initiatives by different IDA’s, initiatives in the two states including success stories as well as shortcomings.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/25]

This will be communicated to the JREDA and MANIREDA.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Key project related information’s including but not limited to case studies and reports, vendor information, subsidy information, based on the initiatives in the two states including success stories as well as lesson learned are shared with concerned Nodal Ministry and sub national institutions on regular basis for uploading into their respective portals. As the project is officially closed now support can’t be provided to the Nodal Ministry in establishment of a comprehensive web information portal. However, support can be extended in providing the relevant information for the portal on specific request.
[Added: 2021/10/25] [Last Updated: 2022/01/12]
Programme Officer, Chief, CCRE 2021/12 Completed Shared resources with the Ministries and the State Government on this. History
7. Recommendation:

The national and state governments should consider options for implementation of investment projects through private intermediaries.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/25]

This will be communicated to the Ministry, JREDA and MANIREDA.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Key information and lesson learned over the benefit of engaging private intermediaries in technology mainstreaming resulting from project initiatives has already been shared with the Nodal Ministry and other national institutions. However, institutionalizing the said recommendations is beyond the scope of UNDP. It may be noted there is already a practice in the key nodal ministry/ departments of supporting implementation of investment projects through private intermediaries. However, the policies pertaining to such support are planed and institutionalized by respective ministries /departments as per their need and requirement and overarching objectives of promoting certain technology options.
[Added: 2021/10/25] [Last Updated: 2022/01/12]
Programme Officer, Chief, CCRE 2021/12 Completed Developed the instrument for engaging the private sector and shared with the State Governments in December. History
8. Recommendation:

The Government should encourage national institutions, in particular MNRE and BEE, to assume active role in replication of the MT project results to other states.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/10/25]

Although government engages MNRE and BEE quite extensively in such projects, UNDP will communicate the importance of engaging these institutions to the IP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Information pertaining to the process and procedures adopted towards enabling market transformation for adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency-based interventions along with the resulting output and outcome has already been shared with the Nodal Ministry and other national institutions on regular basis. Facilitating Government of India’s plan towards encouraging national institutions in assuming active role in replication of the MT project results to other states is beyond the scope of UNDP. This is because Central Ministry deicides their programmes based on overarching country level needs and requirement. However, support can be provided to MNRE and BEE if intending to replicate the project results to other states on their request.
[Added: 2021/10/25]
Programme Officer, Chief, CCRE 2023/12 Initiated It’s a very good suggestion and during any such opportunity UNDP would assist MNRE and BEE in replicating the project results to other states. History

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