Projects in Focus

Technical assistance ranges from early stage support of energy efficiency (EE) or renewable energy (RE) investments to enhancing the long-term capacities of the GGF’s partners by improving their marketing, their monitoring and reporting tool, and their processes. GGF’s Technical Assistance Facility focuses mainly on the following four topics: 

Verifying and monitoring reductions in energy use and CO2 emissions

The accurate reporting of achieved savings in primary energy use and CO2 emissions is of great importance to the transparency and integrity of the GGF. To ensure maximum accuracy, every individual loan is assessed and monitored for its savings and performance. The GGF supplies its partners with the eSave tool for monitoring and reporting the energy savings and CO2 emissions reductions of Fund investments. To customize eSave to financial institutions requirements and to become its operational and convenient for use by their staff, the GGF’s technical advisor, MACS Energy & Water GmbH, carries out the following tasks: 

  1. Compatibility check and creation of personal eSave accounts for dedicated staff of the financial institution
  2. Training staff to operate the eSave tool and the software roll-out 
  3. Help desk support for the duration of the GGF credit line

More complex EE/RE investments, whose impact the eSave cannot verify automatically, require energy assessments to confirm the achieved energy savings and CO2 emissions reductions. Through GGF technical assistance, Fund partners have access to energy assessments, which are conducted by qualified energy consultants. The GGF Technical Assistance Facility works with a trusted pool of consultants in the countries it operates. 

Establishing EE/RE lending at financial institutions

The GGF Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) supports financial institutions developing their EE and RE lending operations on a sustainable basis and creating an EE/RE lending- and marketing strategy. These activities may include

Creating EE/RE lending policies and procedures, including hands-on support for implementation

  • Designing or upgrading specific EE/RE loan/lease products
  • Training for loan officers and the sales force (classes and on-the-job training)
  • Establishing partnerships with suppliers of EE/RE equipment and technology
  • Promotion of EE/RE-finance, including the development of marketing materials
  • Co-Organizing workshops for clients and various public awareness events

Capacity building for investments in renewable energy projects

GGF TAF support for partners investing in RE projects allows them to meet the Fund’s environmental and social standards. Technical assistance in this area may include

  • Gap analysis of an institution’s existing environmental and social (E&S) procedures
  • Establishing new or enhanced E&S procedures, including customized training sessions and joint project site visits
  • RE lending and project finance workshops, with training on the regulatory frameworks of specific countries, the technical aspect of projects, project cash flow, risk management, etc.

When the GGF invests directly in a project, the TAF supports the project developer to fill capacity gaps, including

  • The establishment of E&S action and monitoring plans
  • E&S studies or impact assessments

Awareness raising and market enabling activities

Due to their early stages of development, the majority of EE and RE markets in the GGF target region lack the desired awareness and knowledge of the potential benefits of EE/RE-investments. Technical assistance here may include

  • Development of educational material for the target groups of the Fund
  • Sponsorship and organization of sector workshops, trade shows, and conferences
  • Sponsorship and organization of public events featuring successful projects particularly noteworthy to the Fund and to the further development of the EE/RE sector
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