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Sustainable urbanization Mid term Eval
Commissioning Unit: Jordan
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2022
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Jordan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

The project should be extended by 1 year in order to complete project activities in an efficient and sustainable manner and to effectively implement other recommendations below.  There have been considerable delays in the delivery of many project activities caused in part by restrictions imposed by the global Covid-19 pandemic but also as a result of the wide scope of activities

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 The project has already set plans to finalize all activities by end of lifetime of the project. The project workplan will be re-visited six months prior ending date to decide whether extension is needed or not.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
PMU 2023/01 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

The project should engage a Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) to help guide the PMU through the remainder of the project.  The CTA should be an international expert in building EE with experience in implementing UNDP/GEF building EE projects and their various strategies.

The accumulated knowledge and tools from UNDP/GEF building energy efficiency projects realized worldwide should be tapped to support this project.  International support in the form of a CTA would help to integrate best practices and to channel and prioritize project activities so as to efficiently achieve the targeted impact and objectives.  Further, close cooperation with local stakeholders would ensure effective transfer of available knowledge and tools.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Reject:

This is not feasible neither necessary within the available remaining budget as the project has already taken some adaptive management approaches to address the project`s challenges and managed to give good examples that have also been discussed/highlighted in the PIR e.g. the avoidance of overlapping between the Sustainable plans in project document with the green city action plan; omitting the selected Ministry of trade and industry from retrofitting... etc The project will benefit from UNDP RTA`s extensive experience if  needed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. With respect to M& E, the project implementation is being monitored and evaluated through different tools and mechanisms e.g.: the steering committee and the technical committee and portfolio management at UNDP and the RTA.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
PMU, Technical committee 2024/01 Completed The action has been initiated and will continue to reccur through the life cycle of the project.
3. Recommendation:

An international expert should be engaged to update and revise the project Results Framework/Logframe.  The current Logframe is deficient as a tool for tracking project progress and adaptive management. The indicators and targets are a selection of project deliverables and not quantifiable indications of impact or market uptake. Further, an overriding logical structure (outputs → outcomes → objective) is not evident. As a result, the project management is currently proceeding with the project as a checklist of activities rather than a holistic programme to realize the overriding project objective.  The logframe should be revised so that it:

•                applies robust and verifiable indicators and targets,

•                builds on a logical relation between outputs, outcomes and objectives and

•                validates direct, indirect and post-project indirect GHG emission reductions targets attributed to the project according to GEF calculation methodologies.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/04/07]

Reject:

The Results framework was approved by GEF and any major changes will result to go through complicated process for approvals not to mention that the project will end in May 2023 and there is no need to revise at this point.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

 The project should support the development and implementation of a new Energy Performance Building Code for Jordan. The Thermal Insulation Code from 1993 is outdated and prescriptive. In order to create the basis for a new performance-based code, it is necessary to a) apply a simple but reliable online tool to calculate building energy performance (based on local climate conditions, building orientation and form, composition of exterior walls, roof and floors, window sizes and u-values, shading devices and renewable energy technologies used) and b) establish minimum energy performance limits for new and renovated buildings.  The application of the new code should initially be on a voluntary basis alongside the existing code.  In due time, the new code can be tightened and the existing code would become obsolete.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. A Responsible Party Agreement has already been signed with NGO (RSS) for developing of “External Lighting Code”, “Thermal Insulation Guideline" and updating the existing thermal Insulation Code. The codes will be developed based on the international standards and will take into consideration the climate change challenges using online computer simulation software
[Added: 2022/04/07]
PMU, RSS 2023/05 Initiated History
4.2. Technical reviewing committee will be established from JNBC to revise the codes and endorse it at national level.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
PMU, RSS 2023/05 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

 The remaining proof-of-concept projects should showcase best EE building practice and endorse other project activities such as updated codes, ESCOs and building energy performance rating and labels. Two demonstrations projects need to be identified; one renovation of an existing government building and one new low-cost housing building.  The base projects need to be approved for building permit and their financing secured. The SURE project should engage an international expert in building EE and a team of 2-3 local architects to work together to apply Integrated Building Design to optimize the overall energy performance of the 2 buildings.  The additional costs for EE improvements (thermal insulation, lighting, HVAC among others) should be isolated and separately financed within by an ESCO contract.  The renovation should showcase best practice from the EE Building Renovation Guidelines prepared under the SURE project and the new building should showcase application of the new Performance Based Building EE Code and Energy Performance Certification. The performance of both projects needs to be carefully monitored and documented to ensure a transparent evaluation.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. The PMU to sign an MoU with JREEEF to promote nationally, the concept of energy efficiency retrofits in buildings and pave the way for energy services companies (ESCO’s) to reach sustainable energy performance contracts(EPC) using newly developed de-risking measures. The cooperation with JREEEF will be focused to cover the following:- 1. Implementing a pilot action to test the de-risking of energy efficiency investment framework developed by UNDP in partnership with JREEEF. 2. Conducting detailed energy audits for 10 pre-selected hotels in Aqaba by UNDP and reporting the outcomes and feasibility of the investment to JREEEF-MEMR. 3. Performing the needed adjustments to Monitoring and Verification (M&V) procedures, baseline, and expected savings through Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) implementation commissioning report(s) and updating the EPC accordingly. 4. Selecting Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) based on experience along with commercial banks and upon approval from JREEEF-MEMR, finalizing the financial agreement components (i.e. (i) shared saving and/or (ii) guaranteed savings) and grants component from JREEEF-MEMR, and duly signing the contracts for pilot projects. 5. Selecting a team from both JREEEF-MEMR and SURE project for backstopping the ESCOs during the implementation phase. 6. Carrying out a training session for JREEEF-MEMR staff related to financial analysis, EPC modalities, M&V methodology and reporting, remote data gathering systems and control and energy management. 7. Selecting a reputable organization as a third party to implement the approved commissioning and M&V protocol according to the EPC contracts.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
PMU, MEMR, RSS, JEA and Technical committee 2023/01 Initiated
6. Recommendation:

The project should develop a Nationally Appropriate Mitgation Action (NAMA) report which supports the realization of a model sustainable city district within the GAM which would showcase the principles outlined in the Amman Green City Action Plan. In preparing the proposal, international consultants should work with the GAM to identify locations, procedures and best practices towards achieving sustainable results including marketing and awareness campaigns.  The proposal should include guidelines for financing and sustainable urban planning.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. PMU to coordinate with Climate Change Directorate at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Committee in GAM to agree on the scope of NAMAs.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/26]
PMU 2022/09 Initiated PMU is working to promote the ESCO modality with MEMR/JREEEF under NAMA activities and to extend the scope of JREEEF mandate to act as super ESCOs model to target all governmental assets in Jordan through local private ESCOs. History
6.2. Implementation of NAMAs
[Added: 2022/04/07]
PMU 2023/04 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

The Environmental Department within the GAM needs to become the focal point to evaluate, calculate and verify CO2 emission reductions from urban planning and building interventions and to enter these into the MRV. The capacity of the Environmental Department must be strengthened and they must work closely with the Urban Observatory in order to collect and process data initially secured under the SURE project. Further, they must work closely with the SBU and other departments in GAM to identify and quantify CO2 emissions reductions based on enhanced enforcement of building energy codes.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 The PMU to work closely with Amman urban observatory to develop new online platform for data integration and reporting of all SURE, and GAM activities related to carbon emissions on the national MRV system.
[Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/26]
PMU, GAM 2022/11 Initiated An RFP was advertised for Database Integration Systems for Amman Urban Observatory at Greater Amman Municipality and an evaluation committee completed the evaluation process but all offers did not qualify for varying reasons. The RFP will be readvertised at the earliest. History
8. Recommendation:

 The project needs to apply an integrated effort to support the creation of an ESCO business model in Jordan.  Currently, the project treats the different actions addressing ESCOs and financing independently. JREEEF should provide the bank guarantee to cover the risk involved in ESCO project implementation.  Currently, banks are very reluctant to provide loans to contractors for EE renovations based on ESCO models (energy savings to finance EE investments).  There is little understanding of EE investment opportunities in the banks.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07]

Accept

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
International and local consultants were hired to Develop an Accreditation scheme for Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) in full participation of several stakeholders such Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources -MEMR, Energy and Mineral Resources Regulatory commission -EMRC and Association of Banks, the task is expected to be completed by end of 2022.
[Added: 2022/04/07]
PMU, MEMR, EMRC and Technical committee 2023/01 Initiated
Implementing of ESCO pilot action to test the de-risking of energy efficiency investment framework developed by UNDP in partnership with JREEEF
[Added: 2022/04/07]
PMU, MEMR, EMRC and Technical committee 2023/01 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

 Project financing should be used for capacity building. The replacement of lights in city parks should not be further financed by GEF funding.  This aspect of the project has already clearly demonstrated a successful and lucrative model for GAM to reduce costs and save energy.  The GAM should maintain the momentum by further engaging ESCOs (or EPCs) as required

Management Response: [Added: 2022/04/07] [Last Updated: 2022/04/07]

This activity is clearly included in the PRODOC  (output 4.4)  and it is  a priority for GAM.

Key Actions:

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