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Green for Growth Fund Environmental and Social Framework Consultants.

Our consultants have been providing independent advice regarding the assessment of Environmental and Social (E&S) risks of indirectly financed projects by Partner Institutions (PIs) to ensure adherence to the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) policy requirements, prior to their assignment to the GGF portfolio. The GGF is the first specialized fund to advance energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) in Southeast Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Technical Assistance Facility of the GGF (GGF TAF) supports the Fund in its goal of enhancing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions through support of the renewable energy sector.

Bullet Client: GGF Technical Assistance Facility (GGF TAF)
Bullet GGF TAF is managed by Finance in Motion Gmbh in Germany
Bullet Two year framework
Bullet Assessment of projects against GGF policy and performance requirements

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is providing ongoing support to the GGF TAF as framework standby consultants, to undertake E&S assessments of EE and RE projects of potential investments by PIs.

For the first stage of project, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has developed a number of tools to assist in the analysis of E&S risks. The tools included a workflow procedure, questionnaires, checklists and reporting templates.

The WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff technical experts developed a work flow procedure that outlined the steps in the E&S review process and then questionnaires were developed for screening project eligibility, project categorisation (to establish the applicable assessment standards for the project) and the identification of potential high risk (including red flag) issues. The questionnaires include specific questions based around the following renewable energy generation technologies:

■      Solar;

■      Biomass / biogas;

■      Wind;

■      Hydro;

■      Geothermal.

Country specific questionnaire addendums were also prepared in collaboration with our local partners to identify local and national sensitivities and regional issues, as well as any national commitments or targets and relevant regulations. Within the questionnaire there is a checklist of supporting documents that should be available and provided with the completed questionnaires by the PIs as part of the evaluation process (Second Stage) of specific investment projects.

The second stage of the framework project requires the independent assessment of specific investment projects using the tools that have been developed. In cases where the PI’s own tools have been used, the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff technical experts have performed a gap analysis to identify additional project information required. To date, the PI projects assessed by the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff technical experts have included several desk based assessments of RE projects and some more detailed reviews involving site visits by our experts to the project locations. These included assessment of RE projects in Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. For each project, the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff project manager provides a prompt preliminary view of the project eligibility, categorisation and key issues to the GGF TAF. Further analysis is undertaken with a full evaluation report provided to the GGF TAF and a summary report version for the PIs.



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