In 2009, at the time of the project design of the UNEP projects “Project 12/3-P1-Support for Integrated Analysis and Development of Framework Policies for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation” and the “Project 12/3-P2-Support for the Deployment of Renewable Energy and Energy-efficient Technologies in Developing Countries”, improved scientific evidence pointed to the need to bring about faster reductions in global GHG emissions. However, many countries, and developing countries in particular, had insufficient capacity to evaluate options and formulate policies. They lacked the technical and administrative infrastructure to underpin priority setting and policy formulation and, in many cases, their access to information was inadequate. Compound with poor access to finance, these barriers hampered efforts to accelerate the rate of diffusion of new, cleaner and more energy efficient technologies. As good national planning, based on high quality information and evaluation of choices, is considered fundamental for the wise selection of technology options and sensible use of scarce resources, the Project 12/3-P1 was designed to assist developing countries to analyze GHG emission reduction opportunities made possible by new technologies in a context that is relevant for each country. Project 12/3-P2 was expected to contribute to create the right enabling environment, in order to facilitate the flow of financing towards climate friendly technology. Both projects were hosted at the DTIE Energy Branch. They were conceptualized for the Programme of Work 2010-2011 under the Mitigation Programme Framework of the Climate Change Sub-programme of UNEP. They were composed of a total of 21 sub-projects executed by different entities and funded from various sources and therefore referred to as umbrella projects. Project 12/3-P2 was closed at the end of the 2010-2011 biennium and its ongoing activities were absorbed by the other project, which was then extended until 31 December 2014.
Type and scope of services
Both Projects were evaluated together under the lead of Arepo. The purpose of the assessment was to measure results (accountability), and to generate lessons and recommendations to improve the performance of UNEP projects (learning). The findings of the evaluation were based on desk reviews, individual or group interviews, self-assessments (via an online survey) and field visits. The evaluation addressed the strategic relevance of the projects, the achievement of outputs, sustainability and replication, efficiency, factors and processes affecting project performance. The evaluation contained six project case studies to study in depth their contribution to the performance of the umbrella projects and showcased projects that deserve further replication and up-scaling.
Ms. Greib conducted the evaluation of UNEP´s Facilitating Implementation and Readiness for Mitigation (FIRM) project, a project that has developed finance-ready NAMAs for the NAMA Facility.
UNEP DTIE’s umbrella programmes on energy policy and energy technologies with 23 sub-projects were being evaluated.