Impact Evaluation. UNIDO’s Industrial Energy Efficiency-Related Programmes (Thailand, Iran, Indonesia, Egypt)

Project Background

The impact evaluation of UNIDO’s Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) related programmes for the Independent Evaluation Division will serve as a basis to improve and expand the impact evaluation methodologies and culture in UNIDO for the coming years. The purpose of the evaluation was to independently assess the extent to which impacts or progress toward impacts of UNIDO interventions (programmes/ projects) are geared towards improving energy efficiency. The assessment concentrated on achieved and measurable results and long-term and sustained impacts from completed or recently completed projects from (GEF/ non-GEF funded) projects in the areas of industrial energy efficiency, resource efficiency and cleaner production, as well as the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)/ Montreal Protocol projects on refrigeration and cooling.
The two main objectives of the impact evaluation were to

  • assess the extent to which the impact of UNIDO’s IEE related programmes and projects can actually be measured, and, to the extent possible, evaluate the long-term impacts;
  • draw out lessons that may be applied in the development of future projects in energy and environment as well as future impact evaluations.

Type and scope of services

Arepo led the overall evaluation and evaluated the programmes in Thailand and Iran covering the steel and cement sectors. The evaluation of the programmes in Egypt and Indonesia were conducted in cooperation with an external expert.
The team performed the following tasks:

  1. Portfolio analysis, desk review
  2. Development of relevant portfolio level outcome indicators and data collection protocols
  3. Field work in selected case-study countries
  4. Survey