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Terminal Evaluation of UNDP/GEF Project: TRAnsforming the Market for Efficient Lighting
Commissioning Unit: Russian Federation
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 05/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Russian Federation
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
1. Recommendation:

(To UNDP) Project management teams for UNDP GEF projects should pay more attention to monitoring of project activities based on indicators and targets as set in the Project strategic results framework. E.g. documentation of pilot LED installations and energy savings could have been improved to include details of the types of LEDs installed, the energy characteristics of the lamps they are replacing, and the hours of usage of these lamps. The writing in the PIRs could also be improved so that progress is reported directly in terms of the actual indicator and target. Such assistance to improve this writing could be done from the Regional level. In addition, Project teams should also focus on not only direct project investments (where GEF funds are used for “investment” purposes) but also on co-financed lighting installations where the Project should receive credit for generating GHG emission reductions from energy efficient lighting pilots and replications.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/25] [Last Updated: 2017/07/25]

The project management team agrees that the PIRs would have benefited from more detail, and that the greater utilization ofinternational CTAs to assist with monitoring and reporting including improving the quality of PIRs would have been beneficial. Regarding the lighting pilots where the project provided not direct investment but capacity building and expertise, no verifiable data was available to calculate indirect GHG emission reductions stimulated by the project. The recommendation to try and assess such indirect emission reductions remains valid for this project and for the ongoing and future UNDP/GEF portfolio.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

(To Government of Russia) Adoption of MEPS for efficient lighting by the Ministry of Energy is the immediate priority to sustain current market transformation momentum of the efficient lighting market. The Project recently helped in drafting of the new technical regulations for mandatory MEPS (as an update to the 2008 MEPS) for all types of lighting (indoor and outdoor) which were then submitted to the Ministry of Energy for adoption by a Government Decree expected to be in force by late 2017. The adoption of mandatory MEPS is crucial to the transformation of the market for efficient lighting. Without mandatory MEPS, the uptake of efficient lighting amongst consumers would not accelerate, and would create uncertainty amongst many of the local lighting manufacturers of LEDs in the Russian Federation. Moreover, adoption of these MEPS will increase progress in the harmonization of such technical regulations within the framework of ECU; if not, the Russian Ministry of Energy will use them as a national “interim” standard until ECU MEPS and technical regulations are approved.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/25]

The project management team fully agrees with this recommendation. Moreover, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and other key sectoral ministries share this opinion. Project management team hopes that MEPS for efficient lighting will become mandatory in 2017, as all stages of relevant ministerial approvals were successfully completed.

The ECU countries show readiness to follow the experience of the Russian Federation and to introduce  similar MEPS at the national levels.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
For the project manager to keep track of progress regarding final stages of MEPS adoption, and provide necessary liaison to the ECU countries focal points for transfer of this experience
[Added: 2017/07/25] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
Project Manager 2018/12 Completed The Lighting Project have been closed, the Project Manager is no longer with UNDP PSO. However, the new regional project in the ECIS region addressing technical regulations on EE, including MEPS in lighting sector has been launched in 2018. This project took over the work on technical regulations on EE in the Customs Union countries. The former project manager of the Russian lighting project has been recruited at CTA for the new regional project. History
3. Recommendation:

(To Government of Russia) Transfer the results of the TRAMEL Project to the development of the regulatory framework within the Eurasian Customs Union. This would include the market surveillance system, a monitoring system for the lighting market in Russia, and the established Federal Energy Efficient Lighting Council (FEELC) in a technical advisory capacity whose knowledge and expertise would be useful in tweaking market surveillance and market monitoring in harmony with a new ECU regulatory regime.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/25]

The recommendation is highly valid and we agree with it. The recently approved Russia-UNDP TrustFund project “Regulatory Framework to Promote Energy Efficiency in Countries of the Eurasian Economic Union” was designed with a view to expand the TRAMEL project results. One of the first activities of the future project is to establish a regional expert platform on development of energy efficiency standards and promotion of energy efficient technologies in the EEU countries. The platform is envisaged to focus on the development of the regulatory framework within the Eurasian Customs Union, the market surveillance system and monitoring system for the market of energy efficient equipment.


In order to facilitate transfer of results of the TRAMEL Project, a comprehensive lessons learned study will be prepared by the project and made available to other countries, through the U4E the Global Efficient Lighting Partnership Program, to other UNDP/GEF lighting projects and lighting projects of other international agencies, and also to the work of the Eurasians Customs Union.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A comprehensive lessons learned study will be prepared by the project and disseminated accordingly
[Added: 2017/07/25] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
Project Manager with support from UNDP PSO (preparation of the lessons learned study) UNDP/GEF RTA (dissemination) 2017/09 Completed The lessons learned study prepared by the project and shared with the UNDP-GEF RTA. History
An inception meeting for the TrustFund project will be held to discuss, inter alia, the establishment of a regional platform to promote energy efficient lighting and other energy efficient technologies
[Added: 2017/07/25] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
Ministry of Energy, UNDP 2017/10 Completed The Inception Workshop of the new regional project funded by the Russia-UNDP TFD and addressing technical regulation reform in Eurasia was conducted in Armenia in 2018. History
4. Recommendation:

(To UNDP and Government of Russia) The Ministry of Energy team should continue its linkages with the other UN projects in other countries with similar targets to scale-up local LED production. With 6 lighting companies out of an estimated 600 lighting companies in Russia having benefitted from the Project and transformation into quality LED lighting products, challenges still remain in the upgrading of the remaining 594 lighting companies in their roles in becoming a part of the supply chain for EE lighting in Russia. Depending on the capacity of a particular lighting company, their transformation may involve a company being involved in only certain aspects of LED manufacturing, assembly or supply of certain parts. The experience of other countries in dealing with scaled-up domestic LED production using existing capacities would serve as useful knowledge to the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (who will be overseeing ECU technical regulations when they are approved). The evaluation team suggests that the Ministry of Energy to maintain or strengthen its linkages with (if it has not already done so): the United for Efficiency (U4E) Platform, Global Efficient Lighting Partnership Programme, other UNDP-GEF projects involved with scaled up domestic LED production.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/25]

The project management team fully agrees with this recommendation, and the Ministry of Energy is open to linkage and exposure to best available knowledge and experience. Russia is a member of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) initiative, a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technologies. Participation in this forum implies cooperation with all international initiatives aimed at energy efficiency, including UN initiatives.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
For the project manager, with assistance from the UNDP/GEF RTA, to provide exposure to UNDP/GEF projects involved with scaled-up domestic LED production, to the Ministry of Energy
[Added: 2017/07/25] [Last Updated: 2018/10/28]
Project Manager, UNDP/GEF RTA 2018/12 Completed The Ministry of energy is actively engaged in international cooperation on energy efficiency through a number of initiatives supported by UNDP (with the assistance of the former project manager, including "Vmeste Yarche" Initiative, UNDP regional project on technical regulation reform on EE in Eurasia, an annual International Energy Efficiency Forum in Russia (ENES), etc.. History

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