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Capacity development for independent evaluation of energy efficiency strategies

Capacity development for independent evaluation of energy efficiency strategies




1 September, 2016 to 31 March, 2017




Southeast Asia


From 2012 to 2013, the EUEI PDF supported Cambodia's government in the development of the National Energy Efficiency Policy, Strategy and Action Plan. An evaluation mission carried out in 2015 qualified this as a successful joint project between the former Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy (today the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME)), and the EUEI PDF. The project showed that the growth rate of the national energy demand could be slowed down and reduced by 20% by 2035 if energy efficiency (EE) measures were implemented.

Energy efficiency also features prominently in the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) of Cambodia, which indicates an expected reduction of 27% in energy emissions by 2030 from interventions on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Moreover, the Ministry has identified challenges to the national energy sector if existing trends in energy consumption continue. Therefore, the Ministry is eager to turn these challenges into opportunities by increasing energy efficiency, which is globally seen as the most cost-effective strategy to enable economic and social development while reducing the energy sector's impact on environment.
However, discussions on the Policy, Strategy and Action Plan have shown that the Ministry needs to further strengthen its capacities on the analysis of energy efficiency data for the effective deployment of a respective strategy. Therefore, the Ministry requested support from the EUEI PDF in:

  • developing these capacities in order to analyse and interpret the new data on energy demand and energy use collected since 2013;
  • using this analysis to update the Strategy and the Action Plan before the Energy Efficiency Policy proposal is sent to the Council of Ministers for its endorsement.

In order to support the Ministry, the EUEI PDF designed a project to be implemented between November 2016 and March 2017 with the following outputs:

  • Quantitative model adapted to the needs of the Ministry to assess, in energy and economic terms, the impact of adopting energy efficiency measures.
  • Key personnel from the Ministry have been trained to use the model.
  • The National Energy Efficiency Policy, Strategy and Action Plan have been updated based on the results provided by the model.
  • Discussions with donors on the potential for collaboration with national institutions and stakeholders in the implementation of the EE Action Plan have taken place.

In the medium term, these results will contribute to the fulfilment of Cambodia’s NDC commitments on energy efficiency (SDG7 & 13) and increase the climate resilience in the country (SDG11).



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  • Climate Change
  • Energy Efficiency

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