Externally Funded Projects


In 2016, the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (Copenhagen Centre) has embarked on several game-changing projects in collaboration with UN agencies aimed at mainstreaming energy efficient technologies, policies and practices. Key themes shared across these projects are gender and social inclusion, access and affordability.

1. Strengthening Energy efficiency in the relevant parts of the 10YFP

Duration: June - Sept 2016
Funded by: 10YFP Secretariat, UN Environment

The 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (10YFP) is the global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns in both developed and developing countries. The framework supports capacity building and facilitates access for developing countries to technical and financial assistance to enable this shift.

10YFP comprises over 450 partners in six programmes: Consumer Information (CI), Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP), Sustainable Buildings and Construction (SBC), Sustainable Lifestyles & Education (SLE), Sustainable Tourism (ST), and Sustainable Food Systems (SFS).

There is significant potential and opportunity for strengthening energy efficiency components and activities in the 10YFP and its programmes. 10YFP is collaborating with the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (an entity of the UNEP DTU Partnership) to support the strengthened integration of energy efficiency into 10YFP. In particular, the collaboration mobilises the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency to carry out following activities:

1. Analytical work: delivery of analytical research on energy efficiency and the 10YFP/SCP in targeted sectors and economies.
2. Hosting a workshop on strengthening the integration of energy efficiency into 10YFP programmes in collaboration with the 10YFP Secretariat, including development of a workshop agenda, identification of energy efficiency experts, and delivery of the workshop including content development and preparations of workshop sessions.
3. Recommendations for strengthening integration of energy efficiency into the 10YFP and mainstreaming related activities and practices.

Contracting Agency: UN Environment 

Contact Persons:
Vijay M Deshpande (vides@dtu.dk)
Jyoti P. Painuly (jypa@dtu.dk)

2. Developing a NAMA to leapfrog to advanced energy-efficient lighting technologies

Duration: Feb 2016 - July 2017
Funded by: UNIDO

The Dominican Republic LED project is a transformational initiative aimed at producing energy, financial and climate savings. The project will allow the Dominican Republic to become the first LED-only country in the world, by leapfrogging lighting technologies to high efficiency LEDs for common residential, commercial and industrial applications.

In the long-term, the transition to energy efficient lighting in the Dominican Republic in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors would eventually result in significant savings including:

• More than 730 GWh savings in annual electricity consumption, reducing the national electricity consumption by more than 5% and therefore the country’s dependency on fossil fuels imports, and blackout occurrence in the country
• More than 100 million US$ per year in electricity bills
• 430 kTon of CO2 each year, equivalent to the emissions of more than 100,000 medium-sized cars.

Sustainable benefits from the transition include creation of jobs and new economic opportunities, with knock-on impacts on local communities e.g. encouraging equal participation of both male and female community members.

In addition, this work is designed as a replicable initiative that can be applied in other Caribbean countries and island states, maximising its climate and economic value.

In collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency to prepare a Green Climate Fund (GCF) / Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) concept note for the Government of the Dominic Republic. In addition, the Copenhagen Centre will help UNIDO accomplish the following:

• The establishment of mandatory minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for efficient lighting products in residential, commercial and industrial applications, effectively taking out of the market low efficiency products (e.g. inefficient incandescent lamps, halogen lamps, etc.) and establishing quality, safety and performance requirements for high efficiency resources (LEDs).
• The establishment of a monitoring, verification and enforcement mechanism to ensure compliance with national standards and avoid the penetration of low quality, safety and performance products.
• The development of a large scale LED deployment scheme – involving utilities in the country – to facilitate the rapid transformation of the market to high efficiency LEDs, and ensuring that the disposal of replaced products is done in an environmentally sound manner.

Contracting Agency: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Contact Persons:
Thomas Thorsch Krader (thotho@dtu.dk)
Vijay M Deshpande (vides@dtu.dk)

3. Regional Energy Efficiency Action Plan for education and sustainable development (ESD) in Albania

Duration: May - Dec 2016
Funded by: CTCN

Albania approached Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) to provide technical assistance and support for the development of a Regional Energy Efficiency Action Plan covering the capital district of Tirana-Durres-Elbasan, focusing on public awareness and education; the nexus of regional and government priorities; and cooperation across the different levels of government. Energy efficiency standards have recently become mandatory creating a timely window for engagement and local-level leadership.

Copenhagen Centre on Energy efficiency has been commissioned by CTCN (through UNIDO), to carry out preparation, development and dissemination of energy efficiency action plans. The scope of the Copenhagen Centre’s work will cover the following:

• Working with regional government agencies and the national government as well as local stakeholders and technical teams (and drawing on a host of energy efficiency initiatives undertaken in the country), develop Regional Energy Efficiency Action Plans (REEAPs) for Albania's three main councils of: Tirana-Durres-Elbasan
• Ensure that REEAPs align with Albania's National Energy Efficiency Action Plan
• Identify the scaling elements of REEAPs for replication to other parts of Albania
• Engage local stakeholders through workshops to increase awareness and mainstream Energy Efficiency in relation to opportunity, investment and sustainability

Contracting Agency: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and CTCN

Contact Persons:
Thomas Thorsch Krader (thotho@dtu.dk)
Vijay M Deshpande (vides@dtu.dk)




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