• INTEGRATION
    Environment & Energy

    Using the forces of nature for socio-economic development around the globe since 1998

    Our work is geared towards realising positive and tangible social, economic and environmental impacts with local partners in developing countries and emerging markets. Our integrated approach involves working with national governments, local authorities, private sector actors and communities in the planning and implementation of technical and financial assistance programmes on behalf of global clients engaged in the development sector. Our strong technical, social and environmental capacities empower us to effectively implement programmes and projects with local partners in the energy and environment sphere holistically, including the provision of digital services and technology transfer. We offer capacity development for local partners as well as upstream market development, regulatory and policy advisory services for public authorities and governments.

Areas of expertise

Areas of expertise

Renewable Energy

We strive for renewable energy systems and are satisfied when our partners’ small hydro turbines run smoothly 24/7, when local industries become solar prosumers and begin to stabilize weak grids, or when access to clean fuels relieves gender burdens. To support more equitable access to energy, we place emphasis on innovative business models, smart and open-source digital planning and monitoring tools, decentralized energy infrastructure, and sustainable operation and maintenance of systems. We often work in challenging environments and market segments, to support a just energy transition, productive use of renewable energy (PURE), and the socio-economic development of communities.

  • Renewable Energy Systems

    Energy projects supported by INTEGRATION e&e are predominantly decentralised, renewable, and increasingly digital. Our core strengths lie in small to medium sized solar and hydropower projects as well as in clean fuels, biomass and increasingly in wind power. We implement resource assessments, feasibility studies, energy system design and provide transaction and procurement advisory support. We aim to realise sustainable business models for quality infrastructure and offer smart implementation supervision, remote monitoring and support for management, operation and maintenance (O&M) for project developers and utilities. We provide advice to governments and businesses on clean fuel strategies. We have supported countless RE systems around the world - more than 150 PV mini-grids and micro to small hydro-power systems, and a growing number of fuel assessments.

    Example Projects

    Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) II_Mini-grid Development

    Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) II_Mini-grid Development

    Nigeria, 2018-2021

    Project Background

    The Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) aims at enabling and fostering investments in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification sectors. The objective is to create an investor friendly environment, including policy, regulation and access to finance, to enable investments in the mini-grid sector. In the second phase (NESP II), the focus is mainly upon implementation. NESP is co-funded by the European Union and the German Government (Bundesministerium für Zusammenarbeit, BMZ), and implemented by the GIZ (Gemeinschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) for the Federal Ministry of Power of Nigeria (FMP) and the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).

    Project Objectives

    Under NESP II, the development of an investor friendly environment for investments in the mini-grid sector is targeted. The Programme will support the FMP and REA in establishing support mechanisms as well as creating an investor friendly environment for mini-grids. NESP will also aim at unlocking access to finance in forms of debt and third-party equity for the mini-grid sector.

    Mini-grid Monitor Dashboard, accessed through: https://nigeriase4all.gov.ng/

    Project Results

    The overall goal is to enable the roll-out of privately-led mini-grids in Nigeria to provide sustainable and reliable energy access to 100,000 previously unserved people and to 400 rural businesses that are currently using inefficient sources of energy (targeting CO2 savings of 10,000 t p.a.). In order to achieve the targets, the consortium of INTEGRATION (lead company) and INSENSUS will design and implement tenders for mini-grid project development and operation, monitor mini-grid projects and improve the regulatory framework in collaboration with the local regulatory authority (targeting at least 2 new measures). Mobilizing finance for the mini-grid projects (minimum of 10 million EUR) and strengthening the mini-grid sector network through sector dialogue events and policy papers are also targeted.

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 2.202.387 €

    Funded by: European Union (EU) and German TA (BMZ)

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    Development and Usage of Hydropower and Renewable Energies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    Development and Usage of Hydropower and Renewable Energies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    Pakistan, 2013-2021

    Project Background

    During bilateral government negotiations between Pakistan and Germany, a grant has been committed (in total EUR 16.55 million) for physical infrastructure investments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    Project Objectives

    The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to the improvement of the general living conditions and quality of life of the poor in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The specific Project objectives are

    • increased access to energy for communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa;
    • reduction in the use of fuelwood as an energy source for the communities;
    • increased employment and income opportunities, especially for the poor, through the promotion of productive usage of the energy;
    • strengthening of the local civil society and enhanced participation of the population in the decision-making at the local level.

    The target group of the Project is the population in the selected Project districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a special focus on the poor.

    Project Results

    The Project supports the supply of poor communities with renewable energy using two different technologies. Depending on the situation regarding natural potential of renewable energy, funds will be provided for the following project components:

    1. Micro- or mini-hydropower plants (MHP);
    2. Solar street/home lighting systems;

    The hydropower-based supply includes the completion of 5 MHPs with capacities ranging from 36 to 306 kW.

    The PV based power supply aspect of the project includes:

    • About 1,200 households in 96 villages are supplied by sustainable PV based village electricity supply systems;
    • Systems are operated by trained operators;
    • Management system including fee collection system introduced and established.

    For its community-managed model of Mini-Grid Systems, the project has received the prestigious Energy Institute (EI) award under the category for “community initiative” in 2018. Furthermore, the project has also been nominated for the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) Award 2018 under the “Best Off-Grid Project” category.

     

     

    Client: Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF)

    Contract value: 1.782.610 €

    Funded by: Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)

    Date: 13/05/2013 - 30/06/2021

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    Potentials of Biomass Cooking Fuel Production in Displacement Settings

    Potentials of Biomass Cooking Fuel Production in Displacement Settings

    East Africa countries, 2021

    Project Background

    Energy Solutions for Displacement Settings (ESDS) is commissioned by the BMZ and implemented by German Development Cooperation (GIZ). ESDS seeks to improve energy supply through market-based approaches in displacement settings, at the level of both households and camp/settlement infrastructure, via advisory services to UNHCR, policy advocacy and implementation of technical measures in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. More than 90% of the cooking energy needs of the refugee and hosting community in the targeted locations are met from wood fuels used in inefficient traditional stoves. This worsens existing depletion of tree cover and can trigger conflict over resources, abuse, assaults or injuries, in particular for girls and women while collecting firewood, as well as indoor air pollution and other adverse health effects. More sustainably sourced biomass energy from local value chains has the potential to provide access to cooking energy at the scale required for the displaced populations, while strengthening local economies and creating livelihood opportunities for both refugees and hosts.

    Project Objectives

    The overall objective of this project is to identify the most viable biomass cooking fuels in ESDS project locations, considering their local value chains, with the goal of minimizing the exploitation of natural forest and other resources around refugee camps and providing safe, reliable and sustainable cooking fuels to refugee and host communities. This shall be done by drawing business case scenarios and value chain analyses for each selected fuel and developing options for implementation for ESDS in its three project settings: 1) Northern Uganda, 2) Gambella Region, Ethiopia, 3) Turkana County, Kenya.

    (Intended) Project Results

    A written report covering each of the main tasks including pictures and summarized reports from the field missions, as well as a well-designed and easy to understand leaflet in order to inform investors, organizations, partners, entrepreneurs, governments, etc about the opportunities that biomass fuels provide to address cooking energy needs in protracted situations of displacement in off-grid rural areas. A detailed roadmap will also be developed based on the critical input from discussion and feedback arising from the webinar.

    The project’s results aim to promote sectoral learning and policy-influencing among global donors for more investments in cooking energy.

     

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 116.200 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 29/03/2021 - 15/12/2021

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Humanitarian Energy
  • Rural Electrification Planning & Advisory Services

    We have revolutionized rural electrification planning through our fit-for-purpose geospatial and techno-economic assessments, energy models, and advanced data management systems (DMS) which are supported by dynamic web-based applications. These tools support us in developing optimized supply concepts that reach beyond traditional least-cost electrification plans by focusing on the actual challenges in electrification sub-sectors (e.g., power transmission capacities), to consider realistic pathways for equitable access in the near future. We help to pinpoint the best investment opportunities in RE mini-grids as well as their phased interconnection to local networks or to the national grid. We champion the smart rehabilitation and decarbonization of weak grid infrastructure. Based on the learnings from actual RE projects, energy systems and grid modelling experiences gained in diverse settings with a range of clients, we provide actionable advice for the development of enabling regulatory environments, including capacity development needs. Our track record includes more than 60 projects in this segment.

    Example Projects

    Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) II_Data Gathering and Management

    Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) II_Data Gathering and Management

    Nigeria, 2018-2021

    Project Background

    The Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) aims at enabling and fostering investments in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and rural electrification sectors. The objective is to create an investor-friendly environment to enable investments in the mini-grid sector. NESP has established a Unit on Electrification Planning that is assigned with data gathering in order to identify areas suitable for the development of mini-grids and to enable local developers to implement projects. NESP is co-funded by the European Union and the German Government (Bundesministerium für Zusammenarbeit, BMZ), and implemented by the GIZ (Gemeinschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). Our services are implemented on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Power of Nigeria (FMP).

    Project Objectives

    The overall goal is to enable the roll-out of privately-led mini-grids in Nigeria to provide sustainable and reliable energy access to previously unserved people and rural businesses that are currently using inefficient sources of energy. INTEGRATION and its partners will support the FMP on Electrification Planning to provide a comprehensive data set (mainly primary data from surveys) and a data management tool with according web-interfaces (web-maps and data management system) to its stakeholders while allowing access to the public.

    Nigeria SE4ALL Webmap: https://nigeriase4all.gov.ng/map

    Project Results

    In the absence of fundamental planning data, data gathered primarily through remote sensing, remote mapping and on-the-ground survey (both geo-tagging and statistical surveys) will enable electrification planners and private sector investors to make informed decisions and locate investments in the electrification sector more efficiently. In this, the inaccuracy of secondary data will be overcome by the application of the latest geospatial data sets, remote sensing and mapping and through a massive roll-out of primary data gathering activities. Access to accurate data with open access through a Centralized Data Management System (CDMS) and its visualization through a state-of-the-art web-map interface with strong user experience (UX), will have a transformative impact on the sector.

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 996.725 €

    Funded by: European Union (EU) and German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/10/2018 - present

    Work areas:

    • Rural Electrification Planning & Advisory
    Energy Supply in Rural Areas of Afghanistan (ESRA)

    Energy Supply in Rural Areas of Afghanistan (ESRA)

    Afghanistan, 2011-2013

    Project Background

    Some 85 per cent of the rural population of Afghanistan have no access to modern sources of energy and are heavily dependent on inefficient use of fossil fuels. Electrification of the major cities has improved while rural electrification continues to be hampered due to lacking capacities of decision-makers and planners, poor quality in implementation and insufficient capacities for management, operation and maintenance. The programme had three components:

    1. Policy advice and planning of rural electrification
    2. Standardization of electrical components
    3. Rural electrification and sustainable operation

    Based on its involvement in phase 1 of the programme INTEGRATION has contributed to component 3 through the development of off-grid renewable energy schemes for rural electrification, with both mini hydropower and PV-Diesel hybrid mini-grids. Furthermore, INTEGRATION contributed to component 1 through advisory services for energy planning.

    Project Objectives

    The objective of the project is to plan, design and implement quality decentralized rural electrification through mini-hydropower and photovoltaic-Diesel hybrid schemes. Furthermore, to ensure the sustainable operation of the developed schemes through capacity development, the improvement of business models and framework conditions. Potentials for wind power will be monitored in selected sites in the Northern provinces.

    Project Activities

    INTEGRATION has planned and implemented one mini-hydropower schemes (500 kW) as well as two PV-Diesel hybrid systems with a peak PV capacity of 240 kW supplying approx 40.000 people. Furthermore, six mini-hydropower schemes with capacities range from 112 to 450 kW supplying 63,000 people were technically improved. For the existing and upcoming schemes altogether some 50 staff members of operating crews have received technical training and support. INTEGRATION has supported the programme development in related activities, i.e. energy planning on a provincial level and through advisory services.

    Implementation Features

    A conflict-sensitive and participatory planning and implementation approach has been developed. A gender-balanced training on efficient and safe electricity use as well as a promotion scheme for productive uses has been implemented. By 2012 the project won the prestigious ‘Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy’ for its innovative implementation approaches to rural electrification.

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 4.571.950 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/2011 - 12/2013

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Rural Electrification Planning & Advisory
    ENERGY TRAINING PROGRAMME GALAPAGOS

    ENERGY TRAINING PROGRAMME GALAPAGOS

    Ecuador, 2013-2015

    Project Background

    The Galapagos Islands are a very valuable natural habitat that has in the past been relying mostly on non-renewable energy sources. Particularly the off-grid energy generation via diesel-generators posed major environmental dangers to the fragile eco-system.

    Project Objectives

    The objective of the BMU-funded project “Climate protection via Renewable Energy in the Galapagos with special emphasis on power generation through Jatropha oil” was to support the Government of Ecuador’s (GoE) strategy to switch the power supply of the Galapagos Islands completely to renewable energies until 2020. Moreover, it also envisioned the facilitation of additional available renewable energy sources in the islands (wind, solar, etc.).

    Human Capacity Development (HCD) for the GIZ’s political partner MEER (ministry for electricity and renewables), knowledge transfer through training and exchange of experience played an important role in achieving the objectives of this project.

    Project Results

    The respective local experts have extensive knowledge of the technical possibilities and requirements of renewable energy systems and are capable to identify, plan and implement, both, technically and financially feasible and appropriate options for the Galapagos.

    Implementation of 10 training programmes that were offered to the local experts (from both the technical as well as the decision-making level) and a final documentation of these trainings for the GIZ’s web presentation. The services included the organisation of the logistical aspects (coordination of settings and contents with GIZ and MEER).

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 328.314 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/05/2013 - 31/01/2015

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Rural Electrification Planning & Advisory
    • RE Grid Integration, Storage & Weak Grids
  • RE Grid Integration, Storage & Weak Grids

    Being fully accustomed to poorly performing transmission & distribution (T&D) infrastructure and inadequate power generation in many countries in which we engage, we have specialized in developing digital asset inventories of T&D systems utilizing imagery processing and smart power supply measurement techniques. Working preferably with open-source grid modelling software and data management systems, we support utilities in sustainable software architecture for RE grid integration and energy storage simulations, as well as in the identification of energy efficiency potentials and improved operationality. In cooperation with utilities, regulators and project developers, we support the integration of larger amounts of variable RE as well as the emergence of new business models for scalable decentralized RE systems such as net-metering and wheeling, distribution franchise opportunities and grid stabilization. Through the provision of such services, we brace the emergence of modern power markets that are capable of accelerating energy transition and advancing transformative business opportunities for utilities.

    Example Projects

    RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY II (REEE II)

    RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY II (REEE II)

    Pakistan, 2021-2023

    Project Background

    Despite extensive support measures from international donors, sufficient and sustainable power supply for the Pakistani people is one of the greatest energy policy challenges for the country. The government of Pakistan has committed itself to providing all citizens with reliable and affordable electricity and has committed to a 30% renewable energy target by 2030. The Competitive Trading Bilateral Contract Market (CTBCM) will introduce a new competitive market design by 2022 accompanied by capacity auctions for renewable energies.

    Together with the joint-venture partner Gopa Intec, INTEGRATION provides technical assistance to the implementation partner Alternative Energy Development Board of Pakistan (AEDB) and other stakeholders to make the energy transition a success. The project is part of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (REEE II) of the GIZ.

    Project Objectives

    The REEE II programme has 4 different components:

    • Component 1 – Grid Integration of RE: Support grid operators to adjust their grid operation processes to the increasing share of renewable energies. This includes capacity building, introduction of new grid planning- and operation tools, supporting advanced grid studies and development of sustainable roadmaps for future grid operation.
    • Component 2 – Scaling-up grid-connected solar PV: Support the overall roll-out of small solar systems under the net-metering regulation by improving the regulatory and financial conditions, facilitating measures to improve the quality of installations, and supporting the applications.
    • Component 3 – Rural Electrification and Weak Grids: Support the government to reach the ambitious electrification targets also in rural areas, by conducting case studies on applicable business models, investigating access to finance (i.e. mini-grids or DC nano-grids) and develop several pilot projects.

      Official website: https://pgref.org/

    • Component 4 – Pakistan Germany Renewable Energy Forum (PGREF): The Pakistan Germany Renewable Energy Forum is an exchange platform to bring, policy makers, research institutes and experts from both countries together. The platform also serves as a knowledge multiplier to disseminate results from the other components. A strong focus lies on introducing German companies to the Pakistani market

     

    Project Results

    • Grid operators are familiar with the challenges and operation of grids with high share of RE and introduced processes and tools to improve grid operation under these conditions.
    • The technical, economic and administrative requirements for the expansion of decentralized grid-connected solar power generation have been improved.
    • Elements of Pakistan’s new rural electrification strategy have been implemented.
    • The “Pakistani-German Renewable Energy Forum” contributes to energy policy and technical exchange.

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 4.343.100 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    LOSS REDUCTION IN POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (NEEP III)

    LOSS REDUCTION IN POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (NEEP III)

    Nepal, 2018-2021

    Project Background

    In order to achieve the overall goal of Nepal Energy Efficiency Programme (NEEP) to establish energy efficiency as an essential component of energy supply in Nepal, the project intervenes in four fields of activity:

    1. improving policy frameworks for the implementation of energy efficiency and conservation measures;
    2. strengthening the capabilities of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in managing power supply and demand;
    3. developing a market for energy efficiency services and energy-efficient products to improve the essential economic and financial conditions for energy efficiency and conservation measures; and
    4. initiating the integration of energy efficiency into university and vocational education.

    Project Objectives

    The contractor is responsible for achieving Output B: The capabilities of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in managing power supply and demand are strengthened.

    The output contributes to the achievement of the project goal which in turn forms part of the ‘energy’ priority area of German bilateral cooperation with Nepal. More specifically, output B aims at strengthening the capabilities of NEA in such a way that the organization will be able to independently develop solutions to challenges arising from the management of supply and demand. Through interventions on both the demand and supply side (intervention area 1 and 2), activities focusing on institutional support including capacity building at NEA (intervention area 3) as well as consumer awareness and general knowledge management (intervention area 4), system losses at the distribution level are reduced, existing information gaps are closed, and more efficient use of energy is fostered. This in turn contributes to economic growth, poverty reduction and improved living conditions in Nepal. As the project assists in establishing energy efficiency as an essential component of energy supply, it helps to achieve the greater programme objective.

    Project Results

    Expected project results (indicators) are:

    1. NEA has introduced a digital information system to analyse its customers’ consumption patterns.
    2. NEA has introduced a digital monitoring system to monitor the efficiency of the supply infrastructure.
    3. NEA has presented a programme with 3 awareness-raising measures (information campaigns and a range of advisory services) to reduce specific energy demand by end-users.

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 1.236.904 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/12/2018 - 31/03/2021

    Work areas:

    • RE Grid Integration, Storage & Weak Grids
    • Energy Efficiency
    POWER AND HEAT STORAGE OPTION FOR ACCELERATING RENEWABLE ENERGY PENETRATION

    POWER AND HEAT STORAGE OPTION FOR ACCELERATING RENEWABLE ENERGY PENETRATION

    Mongolia, 2018-2020

    Project Objectives

    The project covered analysis of Central Energy System (CES), reviewed current energy infrastructure, and examined technical issues related to power storage applications. The objective was to design technically feasible heat storage options and assess the financial viability of proposed energy storage technologies.

    Tasks included:

    1) Update of demand forecasting models of the CES power and heat system.

    2) Determination of the demand components by energy and by transmission zone.

    3) Optimization of the heat / power system by application of battery and hot water storage – long-term optimization, of the power system, will be modelled using an open source software that supports ‘what-if’ scenario analysis.

    4) Determination of the impact of storage will be used to guide a technology selection and siting process. The impact will be determined in conjunction with the National Despatching Centre using DIgSILENT software.

    5) Determination of the financial and economic cost / benefits of battery and hot water storage.

    6) Environmental Impact Analysis will be assessed in full compliance with the ADB’s Safeguard Policy, with preliminary and final phases assessments.

    7) Recommending a time-of-use tariff regime for heat and power will consider the need to incentivize electric heating in the Ger Districts. For this, a combined heat and power tariff model will be developed. The elasticity of consumption will be a feature of the model, to support the examination of how the benefits of electricity and hot water storage can be captured through time-of-use tariff practices by the consumer class.

     

     

    Client: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Contract value: 428.158 €

    Funded by: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Date: 12/11/2018 - 30/09/2020

    Work areas:

    • RE Grid Integration, Storage & Weak Grids
  • Humanitarian Energy

    In recent years, we have commenced working closely with humanitarian and development partners such as UNHCR, GIZ, and the World Bank, in close conjunction with national humanitarian agencies and the private sector, to facilitate sustainable energy solutions in humanitarian and displacement settings. This implies working at the juncture of both technical analysis, policy-influencing and policy development to mobilize multi-stakeholder support aimed at affordable and sustainable energy access for both refugees, IDPs and host communities across Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Our humanitarian energy work involves analysing and optimizing supply concepts for primary energy needs, such as cooking energy, biomass resource assessments, value chain analysis, and the development of sustainable business models. Our highlights include involvement in the development of the world’s first Solar Powered Refugee Camp (10 MW) in Jordan, laying the foundations for the National Cooking Energy Strategy in Ethiopia, as well as developing the first Sustainable Energy Response Plan for Refugees in Uganda. With an in-house team consisting of technical experts and humanitarian policy professionals, we are highly competent in managing complex stakeholder processes to resolve persistent challenges affecting the dignity, protection and integration of refugees, displaced persons and host communities.

    Example Projects

    COMPREHENSIVE COOKING FUEL ANALYSIS FOR REFUGEE CAMPS

    COMPREHENSIVE COOKING FUEL ANALYSIS FOR REFUGEE CAMPS

    Ethiopia, 2017-2019

    Project Background

    The assignment built on previous feasibility studies carried out for two UNHCR refugee camps in Ethiopia (Melkadida/Dollo Ado and Assosa), which focused on appropriate technology and fuel choices for i) cooking energy, ii) lighting, and iii) electricity supply for refugees. The current assignment sought to address the pressing issue of feasible cooking fuel supply for 26 refugee camps across Ethiopia, with a combined population of over 630,000 refugees.

    Project Objectives

    The objective of the assignment was to undertake a comprehensive cooking fuel supply study to identify suitable fuel supply options (including electricity) and their supply costs for all 26 camps. The assignment sought to enable a comparative cost analysis of different fuel supply options to aid decision-making by UNHCR and the Government of Ethiopia (ARRA) on technically and economically feasible cooking fuel supply options suitable for meeting the cooking energy requirements of refugees and host communities.

    Project Results

    The assignment determined the quantities of different fuels required and their supply costs (including transport) to meet the cooking energy requirements of refugees and host communities in each of the locations concerned. The study was complemented by socio-economic analysis, which explored local cooking practices, preferences, and the ability of consumers to pay for fuel supply (affordability). The comprehensive study concluded that the least-cost commercial fuel supply such as sustainably managed fuelwood and electricity, maybe the most suitable options for the majority of locations concerned. In the absence of feasible commercial fuel supply chains in remote and under-served locations such as Melkadida, the study explored local fuel production opportunities, with attention to the creation of new value chains and business models. The study provided detailed decision-making recommendations for UNHCR and its partners, including the elaboration of a strategic roadmap for remediating cooking fuel supply challenges in Ethiopia.

     

     

    Client: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

    Contract value: 229.828 €

    Funded by: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

    Date: 15/10/2017 - 15/05/2019

    Work areas:

    • Humanitarian Energy
    Uganda Sustainable Energy Refugee Response Plan (SERRP)

    Uganda Sustainable Energy Refugee Response Plan (SERRP)

    Uganda, 2020-present

    Project Background

    By late 2019, the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) has initiated the development of a Sustainable Energy Refugee Response Plan (SERRP) for refugee and host communities as part of the CRRF and as guided by Uganda’s National Plan of Action on the Implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees and its CRRF. The SERRP will strengthen the humanitarian-development nexus coordination of interventions and investments to enable access to affordable, reliable, appropriate, sustainable, and modern energy for all refugee and host communities.

    Longer-term development solutions are needed to sustainably address the challenges of both refugees and host communities to mitigate risks arising from a lack of safe access to fuel and energy. However, evidence-based knowledge, coordination, and sufficient and sustainable funding are needed to achieve such an approach.

    Project Objective

    The overall objective of this assignment is to support the GoU in the design of the SERRP aimed at increasing access to sustainable energy for refugees and their host communities. The SERRP will be prepared under the leadership of the MEMD and in close collaboration with the Task Team.

    Project Results

    The design of the SERRP shall be cognizant of the state of energy across refugee communities and their host communities, therefore INTEGRATION is required to review existing literature and studies and carry out consultations with relevant stakeholders with the view of identifying baseline energy conditions which are essential to inform the development of the SERRP for Uganda. INTEGRATION shall draft the SERRP for Uganda as the final main output of this assignment.

     

     

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 95.580,00 €

    Date: 15/07/2020 - ongoing

    Work areas:

    • Humanitarian Energy
    Assessment of Renewable Energy Options in Refugee Camps

    Assessment of Renewable Energy Options in Refugee Camps

    Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Jordan, 2014-2017

    Project Background

    Meeting the energy needs of refugees and other persons of concern (POCs) is a cross-cutting issue to UNHCR, however, energy interventions in UNHCR operations were limited in the past and did not satisfy the energy needs of refugees. Without access to energy, women and children may have to spend hours searching for firewood, risking their personal safety and taking time away from educational or livelihood activities. Without light or electricity, students cannot study in the evening and establishments such as medical and training centres can’t refrigerate lifesaving medication or power computers.

    Given the wide-ranging impacts of energy provision, and the potential it holds for education and self-reliance, UNHCR was seeking to enhance its energy services through renewable energy (RE). The IKEA Foundation launched the Brighter Lives for Refugee campaign, which shall help fund UNHCR’s RE Programme in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Jordan.

    Project Objectives

    UNHCR’s RE Programme started with a planning phase, which involved baseline assessments and renewable energy feasibility studies to inform the subsequent implementation phase.

    The objective of the collaboration between UNHCR and INTEGRATION was to develop impact indicators which were then used to set a baseline on energy access in selected refugee camps in Bangladesh (Cox Bazar), Ethiopia (Dollo Ado) and Jordan (Azraq). A feasibility study was built on the results and explored potential energy interventions. This provided an adequate understanding of the current situation regarding overall energy access in UNHCR camps as well as to plan and implement energy interventions for PoCs. Cross-cutting issues closely relating to energy and its potential impact were included in the planning phase such as livelihoods, shelter and education.

    Project Results

    The project created an evidence base to inform the implementation phase of the Programme, including the development of context-specific energy strategies in the targeted operations. It achieved impact within UNHCRs strategic planning as well as in the field, where new projects and activities could be commended. Building on the improved understanding of the energy use and supply challenges in refugee settings, concrete projects were commenced by UNHCR – including a cooking fuel intervention in Dollo Ado/Ethiopia and the development of a 10 MW solar photovoltaic plant in Azraq/Jordan).

     

     

    Client: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

    Contract value: 243.901 €

    Funded by: IKEA Foundation

    Date: 15/10/2014 - 31/12/2017

    Work areas:

    • Humanitarian Energy

Areas of expertise

Energy Efficiency & Management

Our experience comprises energy efficiency for buildings and industries as well as regional and national Energy Efficiency Action Plans. With the integrated strength of our energy auditors and EE experts, we strive to help our clients transform the way energy is used in their facilities, to both reduce emissions and costs. We provide tailored consulting services to develop energy efficiency plans, technical solutions, and management systems for technical staff and managers stemming from governments, administrations, and industries located at local and national levels. We have strong expertise in the development and implementation of regulations, financing facilities and draw upon the expertise of our subsidiarity company, GEM Energy Consulting and Management GmbH (www.gem-energie.de/). GEM’s core services include conceptualizing and implementing energy supply projects for private users, commercial entities, regional governments and municipalities in Germany.

  • Energy Efficiency in Buildings

    Improving the energy efficiency of buildings represents a significant opportunity area for mitigating global and national CO2 emissions. Building owners and Governments around the globe are being increasingly called upon to improve the energy consumption of their premises by primarily utilizing RE sources for heating and cooling, as well as improving the insulation of their buildings. Our longstanding experience with a team of in-house energy auditors and EE experts demonstrates that comparatively small investments in energy efficiency can create significant positive results in the energy consumption of buildings. We have broad experience in channelling our technical expertise to provide advisory services to governments and agencies, especially towards meeting energy efficiency regulations and in the development and utilization of appropriate financing/incentive schemes. We are specialized in developing customized energy concepts to reduce the environmental footprint of buildings, utilizing better materials offering both acoustic, thermal and fire protection. We systematically analyse energy streams in buildings through the energy envelope, to consider the energy optimization potential of building components and installations.

    Example Projects

    LOCAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACTION PLAN FOR BUILDINGS IN ULAANBAATAR (LEEAP)

    LOCAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACTION PLAN FOR BUILDINGS IN ULAANBAATAR (LEEAP)

    Mongolia, 2019-2020

    Project Background

    Ulaanbaatar Municipality is responsible for the management of municipal investments in buildings. In addition, it is responsible for creating favourable framework conditions for improving energy efficiency in public and private buildings. However, it is currently unable to cope with its role in integrating energy efficiency in the building sector.

    Project Objectives

    To strengthen the governance capacity of Ulaanbaatar Municipality for the integration of energy efficiency in the building sector through introducing a practical and immediately applicable local energy efficiency action plan for the city of Ulaanbaatar.

    Project Results

    The project shall set up and deliver a Local Energy Efficiency Action Plan (LEEAP) for 2025, 2030 to 2050; based upon the LEEAP the City of Ulaanbaatar will be better enabled to cope with its role in integrating energy efficiency in the building sector.

    The project activities shall contribute to the capacity building in the City of Ulaanbaatar, whilst on the other hand, shall also increase public awareness in the field of energy efficiency for building renovation.

    The keywords of the assignments are: practical and immediately applicable; the first translating into actions that are likely to succeed or be effective in real circumstances and the second translating into actions that can also be implemented straight away and not only after years from now.

     

     

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 139.560 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 16/09/2019 - 30/11/2020

    Work areas:

    • Energy Efficiency
    ENERGY EFFICIENT REHABILITATION OF STUDENT CITY NO. 2 TIRANA

    ENERGY EFFICIENT REHABILITATION OF STUDENT CITY NO. 2 TIRANA

    Albania, 2013-2019

    Project Background

    Based on a feasibility study done in April/May 2012, out of eight student dormitory buildings under Student City (SC) No. 2, Tirana, four are proposed for EE reconstruction. These four identical buildings were erected by volunteers in 1990.

    Within German Financial Cooperation with Albania, the energy sector is a focal area of cooperation. The planned activities shall supplement, continue and build on the first phase of the Sector Program for the Promotion of Renewable Energies (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE). While the RE component has been successfully closed in the meantime, the Sector Program, which currently comprises grant funds available for EE (including consultancy services) in the amount of approx. 5.7 million EUR shall continue with a focus on EE.

    Project Objectives

    The objectives of the program for EE reconstruction of the four student dormitory buildings are:

    • identify the needs of rehabilitation regarding the present state of the civil structures and building physics to extend the life cycle of the buildings;
    • identify the different possible EE measures that can be applied and calculate the energy savings of each of them to obtain a list with criteria and measures to select the EE measures with the biggest cost-benefit ratio;
    • reduce the overall energy consumption of the building to 125 to 150 kWh/m2 and year and improve the quality of living for the students.

    Project Results

    After the overall renovation and completion of the four building complexes, the student residences offer a high standard with modern and energy-efficient equipment to more than 1,500 students.

     

    Client: Ministry of Energy and Industry (MEI)

    Contract value: 1.106.009 €

    Funded by: German Development Bank (KfW)

    Date: 03/12/2013 - 31/12/2019

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Engineering, Operation & Maintenance
    Energy-related urban renewal – Integrated neighbourhood concept

    Energy-related urban renewal – Integrated neighbourhood concept

    Germany, 2017-2019

    Project Object:  

    The analysis steps and results of the Integrated neighbourhood concept for the Lindleinsmühle district are to expand the urban development concept to include the “energy” field of action.

    Services:

    To develop the Lindleinsmühle district redevelopment concept, in which urban cultural, urban design, architectural and social concerns are taken into account for the elaboration of the future energy infrastructure.

    – Consideration of the energy consumption sectors relevant for the district

    – Refurbishment measures on model buildings

    – Energy assessment of the building stock and the public buildings

    – Overall energy balance of the district

    – Target statements for energy-efficient urban renewal 2050

    – Analysis of possible implementation obstacles and possible options for action

    – Identification of concrete energy-related refurbishment measures

    – Consideration of interdependencies and realization of synergy effects

    – Costs, feasibility, and economic efficiency of the measures

    – Monitoring concept

    Client: City of Würzburg

    Contract value: 41.000 € (net)

    Funded by: City of Würzburg

    Date: 11.2017-11.2019

    Work areas:

    • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Efficiency in Industries

    The smart handling of energy is an important economic consideration that significantly contributes to making industries and economies not only more sustainable, but increasingly competitive. Industrial sectors, such as the textiles and cement industry, where energy conservation measures are financially attractive, require sector-specific measures, regulations, and technologies to realize deep emission cuts. We provide industry-tailored energy audits and develop energy concepts for specific industrial plants, to support our clients in meeting industry-specific standards, guidelines, and regulations. Our services in energy efficiency in industries include the development of promotional activities, the development and supervision of financing facilities/incentive programmes, and institutional capacity development.

    Example Projects

    ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN COMPANIES

    ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN COMPANIES

    Ukraine, 2017-2018

    Project Background

    In order to support the further development and growth of the Energy Efficiency (EE) market for industries and commerce in Ukraine, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned GIZ to carry out the project “Energy Efficiency in Companies”.

    Project Objectives

    The goal of the contract is to elaborate a sound information base and to give clear recommendations for the selection of suitable economic sub-sectors and potential pilot projects, which the project shall address in its further activities in order to achieve high sustainable impact in its four major fields of action.

    The contract includes two subsequent phases:

    Phase 1: Selection of 3 most suitable sub-sectors;

    Phase 2: Development of scenarios for at least 3 complementary pilot projects per sub-sector.

    Project Results

    During this assignment 3 most suitable sub-sectors (dairy, bakery and machinery) have been identified and scenarios for 3 complementary pilot EE projects per sub-sector developed.

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 44.930 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/10/2017 - 15/05/2018

    Work areas:

    • Energy Efficiency
    NEPAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME (NEEP) II COMPONENT 1 “ENERGY EFFICIENCY MARKET”

    NEPAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME (NEEP) II COMPONENT 1 “ENERGY EFFICIENCY MARKET”

    Nepal, 2015-2017

    Project Background

    After the establishment of the Energy Efficiency Center – EEC within the Federation of Nepal Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI) an expansion of energy efficiency advisory services to the districts through the district chambers took place. After the training of energy auditors and first accomplished investment grade audits the Nepalese industries have access to a pool of energy efficiency service providers. Apart from the large-scale industrial enterprises also small and medium-sized companies have been encouraged and trained in an energy-efficient operation of their enterprises. Through the Town Development Fund (TDF) energy efficiency services also reached the public municipal infrastructure sector. Selected energy managers have been trained in international ISO 50001 aspects for energy-intensive industries. In the midterm of the project the first ISO 50001 certification in Nepal was successfully conducted. Another partner is the state utility Nepal Energy Authority (NEA) which has been supported by interlinking them with trained auditors and through direct advisory services. NEA was enabled to offer energy efficiency measures for their large-scale customers resulting in an easement of the overloaded national grid system. The diversification of the advisory services of NEEP II and the expansion of the client groups to TDF and NEA has created market opportunities with a wide scope for different energy efficiency services and technologies.

    Project Objectives

    The main goal of the project was that the basic pre-requisites for the planning and the implementation of measures to increase the efficient use of energy in Nepal are improved and market opportunities for energy efficiency services and technologies are diversified. The second phase of NEEP continued where the first phase left off. The firm of consultants’ tasks was to support EEC and enable them to consult the Nepalese industry on a commercial basis. The project had deducible positive effects on gender equality; although not a primary objective within the programme framework women were brought into the various decision processes in the pilot projects.

    Project Results

    • The number of energy efficiency services has increased (energy audits, energy management and consulting, certification of auditors).
    • Investments in energy efficiency measures have risen.
    • Energy consumer groups (including women and marginalized groups) requesting energy efficiency services and technologies are diversified.
    • The energy efficiency service portfolio is diversified.

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 1.008.973 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/07/2015 - 30/09/2017

    Work areas:

    • Energy Efficiency
    • Eco-industrial development & decarbonizing sectors
    CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER (CSP) – NON-ELECTRICAL APPLICATIONS

    CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER (CSP) – NON-ELECTRICAL APPLICATIONS

    Brazil, 2013-2015

    Project Background

    In recent years the successful efforts of the development cooperation in introducing innovative renewable energy technologies have led to new missions in the field of solar thermal power generation (CSP). One of them is the Brazilian CSP project of German Climate Technology Initiative (DKTI), implemented by GIZ and KfW (see www.energiaheliotermica.gov.br).

    The Brazilian Energy Planning Authority expects total electricity consumption to double by 2030. Concomitant a significant increase in the process heat sector is expected. An increasing dependence of Brazil on primary energy imports is observed, part of which is used for process heat supply.

    However, the supply from renewable energy for (technical) heat or refrigeration in terms of environmental protection, secure supply and the economy is much more difficult to be characterized as in the electricity needs. Thus the immediate observation of the process heat generation in the DKTI-CSP projects takes over a special role.

    Project Objectives

    The project component “non-electric applications” concentrated its efforts on substituting fossil fuels or electricity utilization in production processes in the Brazilian industry where heat in the middle and high temperature region (150 to 500 °C) is necessary. For Brazil, relevant and appropriate non-electrical CSP processes were identified. The final goal was the preparation of the implementation process for pilot plants and the provision of convincing documentation of the CSP technology for the decision-makers in Brazil.

    Project Results

    1.) Decision-makers in government agencies, industry and banks – at federal and local level – received comprehensive documentation on possible and relevant non-electrical CSP applications in Brazil (focus north-eastern region), including cost-benefit analysis, funding opportunities and legal regulations for plant operation.

    2.) One pilot plant for non-electrical CSP processes is in the process of implementation.

    3.) Another four companies intend to follow up on the implementation of custom-tailored CSP plants together with German companies based on detailed feasibility studies. Cooperation agreements have been signed.

    4.) The German Solar Institute Jülich (SIJ) and the University of Ceará (UFC) have initiated the creation of a joint research platform for CSP technology development.

    5.) A cooperation agreement with the industry association of Ceará (FIEC) has been signed.

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 745.600 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Energy Efficiency
  • Municipal Energy Planing (MEP)

    Municipalities are becoming an increasing focus area in political decision-making processes for energy planning and sustainable development, as well as the decarbonization of energy systems. We develop concepts and measures for municipalities concerning all relevant energy aspects: urban development and energy planning, municipal/public buildings, thermal energy generation and distribution, development of renewable energies. Our activities in MEP encompass advisory services for decision-makers, the development of energy concepts for municipalities and city quarters, as well as the identification of energetic rehabilitation opportunities within public building stocks. We support municipalities in the development of guiding concepts such as SEAP and MEPs, to enable them to design and coordinate goal-oriented future activities. With the introduction of energy management systems, municipalities are empowered to independently and efficiently manage their public buildings, making them critical change agents and role models for the broader public. To amplify results via MEPs, we provide specific training for key actors and support awareness-raising on energy savings to sensitize the public.

    Example Projects

    ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN MUNICIPALITIES II

    ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN MUNICIPALITIES II

    Ukraine, 2018-2020

    Project Background

    Pursuing its National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP), the Ukrainian Government establishes the promotion of energy efficiency as a central element of its energy policy. Against this background, the Ukrainian Ministry for Regional Development, Building and Housing (MinRegion) envisages that municipalities shall set an example for households and businesses in this area, which also implies the execution of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27. For instance, 20% of approx. 100.000 public buildings in Ukraine shall have undergone a thermic overhaul by 2020.

    Project Objectives

    The main objective of the BMZ funded project “Energy Efficiency in Municipalities II” (EEIM II) has been to improve the pre-conditions for the further build-up of municipal energy management systems in Ukraine. The project has had three components: (1) Energy management in municipalities; (2) Planning and Implementation of energy efficiency measures, and (3) support mechanism for energy services. The key objective of this assignment has been that 20 pilot partner city councils shall establish a municipal energy management system (MEM). According to preliminary researches, the EEIM II project has classified MEM for three levels – from a low-threshold start for small municipalities with no experience and low resources (Level A), to a medium level for municipalities with some experiences and resources (Level B), and finally, a holistic MEM that covers all relevant areas for municipal buildings (Level C).

    Project Results

    The results for the EEIM II project are:

    The foundation for MEM has been laid by the project in all participating municipalities and all improved the energy management of their public buildings.

    Best practices and lessons learned implemented during the workshops:

    • Templates of documents such as job descriptions, order of City Council, Mayor’s decree, etc.
    • Re-measuring of buildings
    • Benchmarking of public buildings
    • Prioritization of public buildings with Portfolio Analysis tool
    • Software for energy monitoring
    • Basic equipment for Energy managers
    • Incentive mechanism
    • Templates for Express-energy audits
    • Examples of technical requirements for procurement of special equipment by City Councils

     

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 244.910 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/03/2018 - 30/04/2020

    Work areas:

    • Municipal Energy Planning (MEP)
    MUNICIPAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR AMALGAMATED LOCAL COMMUNITIES (ALC)

    MUNICIPAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR AMALGAMATED LOCAL COMMUNITIES (ALC)

    Ukraine, 2018-2019

    Project Background

    “Municipal Energy Management” (MEM) is not just one of the main pillars for local energy or climate protection management. It is “the” task where a municipality has full responsibility and so can act to improve the energy portfolio: municipal-owned buildings. It is directly connected to the City´s finances and improvements have a direct influence on the City budget. Moreover, it paves the way to integrated municipal concepts like Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP), covering all sectors and players of a community. Especially in “small municipalities” lack of trained personnel, technical understanding and lack of basic data is one of the main barriers to implementing MEM.

    Project Objectives

    This project has been related to support 30 amalgamated local communities (ALC) to build up their MEM, thus improving their services while saving energy and costs. All 30 pilot ALCs have had some experience with MEM and resources to use external energy services for implementing a holistic MEM, that covers all relevant areas for municipal buildings. A network has been established, that facilitates peer-to-peer learning among the pilot ALCs.

    This includes the following tasks:

    (1) Develop a training programme and provide technical input;

    (2) Provide advisory services for the establishment of MEM;

    (3) Management of the network, including organization and follow-up events, and

    (4) Monitoring of the progress.

    Project Results

    The result indicators for the ALC project have been met:

    1.) 500 participants are aware of the existing good practices on EE and EM, 2500 through informational campaign.

    2.) 30 small projects are co-financed using the special funding mechanism.

    3.) 120 participants from ALCs are trained on the EE and EM and ready to implement the MEM in their councils.

    4.) 12 best practices are prepared and disseminated (e.g. publications, conferences, etc.).

     

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 220.850 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 15/07/2018 - 31/10/2019

    Work areas:

    • Municipal Energy Planning (MEP)
    Integrated urban development concept for the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    Integrated urban development concept for the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    Germany, 2017 – 2019

    Project Object:

    The concept covers the entire area of Garmisch-Partenkirchen with area-related focal points including recommendations for action.

    Service:

    Inclusion in the urban development programme “Stadtumbau West”

    – Data basis and analysis of settlement structures

    – Determination and evaluation of the building stock by sector

    – Energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the supply area

    – Energy modernization of the building stock

    – Identification of synergy effects (e.g. use of waste heat)

    – Reduction of dependence on fossil fuels

    – Use of renewable energies (solar, biomass, water)

    Vision:

    Energy self-sufficient market community

    – Proposals for implementation of the action plan

    – Closed meeting with the steering group and building and environment committee to discuss and define the guidelines

    Special:

    Former US military area “Bay. Special Programme Military Conversion”: Development into an energy self-sufficient residential quarter with exemplary character.

     

    Client: Garmisch-Partenkirchen market

    Contract value: 21.000 €

    Funded by: Bavarian Urban Development Programme

    Date: 01.2017 – 11.2019

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Energy Efficiency

Areas of expertise

Environment & Climate

The Environment comes first not only in our company’s name (INTEGRATION environment & energy) but also in our commitment to developing sustainable solutions for energy systems. Sustaining natural resources and biodiversity, optimizing resource efficiency in cleaner industries, and pursuing inter-generational climate justice, plays a central role in our work across all sectors and regions. A focus on the environment is not only inherent in our energy-related work but is also pursued independently. We engage in the development and implementation of environmental and social safeguards in infrastructure, resource-efficient eco-industrial development as well as in the decarbonization of industrial sectors. Adhering to international standards and best practices in environmental management, we place an equally strong emphasis on decent work and the socio-economic development of communities, valuing traditions in transformative processes.

  • Environmental Management & Due Diligence

    Increasing environmental externalities and safety concerns in infrastructure development have contributed to the immense demand for services related to environmental management and due diligence. Compliance with environmental, social, health and safety (ESHS) standards must be strongly embedded into the strategic management of development cooperation projects. Our experienced interdisciplinary team supports public sector organisations and investors in assessing the potential environmental risks, liabilities, and non-compliance issues in infrastructure development, especially in power systems. We are experienced in environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) and the development of environmental and social management plans (ESMPs). We provide expert assistance for tasks such as biodiversity conservation, protection of natural habitats, resettlement assessments, participatory design, and identifying mitigative and accompanying measures. Based on our in-depth experience in this field, we advise ministries and institutions from partner countries in the development of appropriate policies and regulations for environmental and social compliance, adhering to international best practices and guidelines.

    Example Projects

    LOAN 3708 MON: UPSCALING RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR PROJECT

    LOAN 3708 MON: UPSCALING RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR PROJECT

    Mongolia, 2019-2023

    Umnugovi 10 MW wind farm layout

    Project Background

    The Government of Mongolia, through the Ministry of Energy (MOE) / Executing Agency (EA), has received financing from the Asian Development Bank toward the cost of Upscaling Renewable Energy Sector Project. The project will develop a 41 megawatt (MW) first-of-its-kind distributed renewable energy (RE) system with a variety of renewable energy technologies supplying clean electricity and heat in geographically scattered load centers in the less-developed region of western Mongolia. Once completed, the project will generate 99 gigawatt-hours of clean electricity yearly, thereby enabling the country to reduce its carbon dioxide (C02) emissions by 87,968 tons per year.

    Project Objectives

    The consulting services will facilitate project management and implementation. The project management consultants have been recruited to support the project management unit (PMU), Western Region Energy System State-Owned Joint Stock Company (WRES), Altai-Uliastai Region Energy System State-Owned Joint Stock Company (AU ES), and National Renewable Energy Center (NREC) during project implementation and to assist them in (i) preparing the technical specifications in the bidding documents; (ii) procurement which includes assistance in tender document preparation, bid evaluation, and contract negotiation; (iii) social and environmental impact monitoring; and (iv) JFJCM (Japan Fund for Joint Crediting Mechanism)-related activities including Project Design Document (PDD) preparation and validation, and monitoring and verification.

    Services

    The activities to be undertaken include, among others, the following:

    • prepare medium-term distributed RE investment plan (2023-2030) for the Western and Altai-Uliastai regions;
    • prepare policy assessment and recommendation report in mobilizing private sector investment in RE;
    • conduct capacity enhancement training for the staffs in the EA and the Implementing Agencies (IAs) in investment planning (priority investment selection and its methodologies), grid stability assessment, investment appraisal (methodologies in assessing RE investment proposals in view of technical and financial feasibility);
    • provide assistance to the Eas and IAs in preparing the technical specifications in the bidding documents, procurement and construction management, testing and commissioning, operation and maintenance;
    • carry out due diligence for the non-core subprojects in compliance with ADB requirements incl. feasibility study, financial and economic analysis, environmental impact assessment, and social safeguard analysis;
    • ensure that environmental mitigation measures per Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) / Environmental Management Plan (EMP) are incorporated into the subproject detailed designs and RE investment plan;
    • prepare detailed technical specification, carry out solar resource (Global Horizontal Irradiation) assessment and forecasting based on satellite imagery data for the last 10 years for non-core 10 MW solar PV subproject in Moron;
    • carry out wind resource assessment and forecasting for non-core subproject 5 MW of Telmen wind power;
    • prepare the optimized wind power plant design, cost estimate incl. operation and maintenance cost, and implementation schedule; simulate electricity yield and estimate levelized cost of energy;
    • prepare technical part of the draft bid document for battery storage for Altai-Soum hybrid RE system and 5 MW of Uliastai solar PV system;
    • prepare battery operation strategies (charging-discharging) for Altai-Soum hybrid RE and 5 MW of Uliastai solar PV system;
    • assist PMU to prepare an adequate transmission regime for all sub-projects.

     

    Client: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Contract value: 1.387.110 €

    Funded by: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Date: 15/08/2019 - 14/10/2023

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Environmental management and due diligence
    PROMOTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGIES

    PROMOTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGIES

    Mongolia, 2017-2018

    Project Objectives

    The technical assistance (TA) helps upscale renewable energy (RE) in remote grid systems in the Mongolia Renewable Energy Investment Plan (MREIP) to contribute to achieving renewable energy capacity in 2023, with 6 years of time horizon in a sector lending modality.

    Project Activities

    The TA has (i) prepared project feasibility studies (including resource assessment and grid stability study) and related environmental impact assessments for one solar, one wind and one hybrid sub-project, (ii) conducted due diligence on several aspects of the mentioned subprojects, and (iii) provide trainings on Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) procurement procedure, disbursement procedure and environment and social safeguards requirement. Various aspects of due diligence were conducted through the project preparatory TA:

    1) Technical:

    • Feasibility studies and due diligence on the identified priority subprojects included design, construction schedule, and cost estimates;
    • RE resource assessment using satellite imagery and ground measured data sets;
    • Grid stability and control analysis to assess impacts of the RE penetration into the existing grid system and to identify necessary grid control measures incl. remote automatic control system and secondary battery.

    2) Economic and financial:

    • Economic analysis for the proposed subprojects based on the ADB Guidelines covering the 10 key areas of economic analysis, with emphasis on demand analysis, identification of project alternatives, least-cost analysis, cost of benefit analysis, sensitivity analysis, risk analysis, and distribution analysis.
    • Financial analysis of the subprojects in accordance with ADB’s financial management and analysis to confirm financial viability.
    • Corporate financial assessment to achieve and maintain the financial soundness of the implementing agencies.

    3) Governance:

    • Support TA and policy advice for national RE planning towards sustainable energy provision.
    • Financial management, procurement, anti-corruption and overall project management capacity of the executing and implementing agencies.

    4) Poverty and social: Social and poverty analysis incl. sex-disaggregated impact assessment for poverty reduction and social strategy based on the recent household survey and qualitative social assessment.

    5) Safeguards:

    • Initial environmental examination and environment management plan for the core subprojects to demonstrate adherence to ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and national law and regulations

    Services

    • Detailed feasibility study (FS) of RE projects
    • Environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA)
    • Training on hydropower design, planning, construction, operation and maintenance
    • Conducted due diligence of candidate subprojects in the Western Region Energy System, and short list candidate RE subprojects in the other remote grid energy systems
    • Preparation of draft feasibility study reports (including resource assessment and grid stability study)
    • Prepared Environment Assessment and Review Framework (EARF)
    • Prepared Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) incl. Environment Management Plan (EMP)
    • Provided trainings on Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) procurement procedure, disbursement procedure and environment and social safeguards requirement
    • Hold inception, midterm, and final workshops

    Client: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Contract value: 1.346.750 €

    Funded by: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Date: 20/02/2017 - 31/12/2018

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Environmental management and due diligence
    • TVET and Employment
    ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES CHECKLISTS & REGULATIONS FOR GILGIT-BALTISTAN

    ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES CHECKLISTS & REGULATIONS FOR GILGIT-BALTISTAN

    Pakistan, 2015-2016

    http://www.gbepa.gog.pk/iee/

    Project Background

    The government of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has given priority to environmental and climate change issues keeping in view the fragile ecosystem of the region, changes observed in the past two decades, and its impact on natural resource heritage and ultimately the lives of the people of GB. Due to GB’s unique environmental, social and legal status, the nationally developed guideline package, which is itself outdated, does not address the issues associated with development projects in GB in a satisfactory manner. Therefore, the government of GB has decided to renew its legislation on the subject of the environment and to provide subsequent rules, regulations, guidelines, and checklists for environmental assessment reports of development projects in the public and private sectors in the region.

    Project Objectives

    Specific objectives of the assignment were to:

    • Develop environmental assessment guidelines in the context of GB, and
    • Develop sectoral checklists and guidelines.

    Project Results

    The consultancy produced the following products:

    • Guidelines for Preparation of Environmental Reports: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Initial Environmental Examination (IEE), and Environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA)
    • Procedure for Filling, Review, and Approval of Environmental Reports (IEE/EIA), categorization of projects for applicability of IEE, EIA, Regulations
    • Checklist and fee schedules
    • Guidelines for Sensitive and Critical Areas
    • Guidelines for Public Consultation
    • Sectoral Environmental Checklists/guidelines/and regulations for GB

    Services

    • Review previous EIA Guideline Package and previous work on sectoral guidelines, checklists and regulations, and other relevant existing documents.
    • Draft new EIA/IEE Guideline Package and new sectoral guidelines, best fit for geo-environmental and socio-economic conditions of Gilgit-Baltistan.
    • Conduct field visits for needs assessment and evaluation of the existing situation of environmental conditions in different areas of GB.
    • Conduct consultations with the relevant stakeholders of the sector and incorporate necessary inputs.
    • Incorporate sectoral needs of the region for EIA fee structure, categorization for IEE or EIA at the screening stage, scoping and EIA and EMP preparation.
    • Develop technical evaluation criteria for the different sectors to conduct IEE/EIA.
    • Formulate technical criteria for design and establishment of infrastructure, event or activity planned.
    • Provide technical criteria and checklists for design and establishment of the respective industry, project or any other infrastructure in consultation with GBEPA.
    • Propose steps for preparation of IEE/EIA, baseline study parameters, impact identification, mitigation measures and management plan.
    • Provide IEE/EIA review criteria and regulation
    • Formulate assessment criteria for guidelines, checklists, and regulations.
    • Suggest measures to reduce the possible impacts through best environmental practices in the local context.
    • Develop best design practices according to the environmental sensitivity of the region and the capacity of the surrounding environment.

    Client: Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency (GB-EPA)

    Contract value: 26.620 €

    Funded by: Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency (GB-EPA)

    Date: 12/2015 - 07/2016

    Work areas:

    • Environmental management and due diligence
  • Eco-industrial Development & Decarbonizing Sectors

    Our engagement in cleaner production and environmental management for industries and public agencies stems back to the early days of INTEGRATION e&e. Supporting clean production in the leather and textile industry, we helped to refurbish industrial plants, e.g., the Lhasa (Yak) Leather Factors. Today, our work in eco-industrial development focuses on transformative sector policies and environmental regulations, accompanied by a strong focus on skills development and knowledge transfer. Our current focus includes sustainable eco-industrial development encompassing resource efficiency and pollutant emission abatement in the sectors of energy, water, waste treatment, and textiles. Our services include energy audits and resource management plans for industries, fund management for development banks related to the decarbonization of industries and reduced environmental footprint, supported by cutting edge environmental protection technologies.

    Example Projects

    PROMOTING SAFETY-RELATED AND ENVIRONMENTAL ADAPTATION INVESTMENTS IN THE TEXTILE SECTOR IN BANGLADESH (SSREU)

    PROMOTING SAFETY-RELATED AND ENVIRONMENTAL ADAPTATION INVESTMENTS IN THE TEXTILE SECTOR IN BANGLADESH (SSREU)

    Bangladesh, 2018-2021

    Project Background

    The textile sector is an important driver of export and economic growth in Bangladesh. It currently accounts for 83% of all exports and employs over 4,000,000 people, 80% to 85% of whom are women. However, the sector does not fully comply with national and international safety and environmental (SE) standards in production. Inadequate safety standards jeopardise the health of employees and fuel social conflict between employers and employees. Insufficient compliance with environmental standards leads to excessive water use and pollution and exacerbates existing environmental problems and energy shortages in the country.

    Despite international pressure from buyers, textile factories remain reluctant to invest in SE measures. Information about possible and profitable SE investments and about relevant standards is lacking, as is the commercial expertise needed to analyse and evaluate relevant risks and advantages. Moreover, many textile factories do not have access to adequate financial services. Bangladeshi financial institutions and textile factories are making too little use of the limited capacity development and information services on investing in SE measures.

    Project Objectives

    The overall objective of the project is that Bangladeshi financial institutions and textile factories are using the newly created capacity development and information services on investing in SE measures. The project comprises three components:

    1) Financial systems development

    2) Promoting the availability of information in the textile sector

    3) Expanding the range of services on offer

    Project Results

    Intended project results are:

    • The conditions for the financing of investments in SE measures in the Bangladeshi textile sector have improved at selected financial institutions.
    • The level of information available to the management of textile factories on the advantages of and financing options for SE investments has improved.
    • The range of services for profitability analyses and/or investment planning of SE measures has been expanded.

     

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 1.660.796 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 23/07/2018 - 22/01/2021

    Work areas:

    • Eco-industrial development & decarbonizing sectors
    FC ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME NEPAL

    FC ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME NEPAL

    Nepal, 2015-2020

    Project Background

    Energy efficiency (EE) is a priority area of Nepalese-German Development Cooperation. During the inter-governmental negotiations 2010 the amount of 2 million EUR has been assigned under Financial Co-operation (FC) through KfW for pilot investments that improve energy efficiency in the industrial/commercial sector through the FC funded “Nepal Energy Efficiency Programme”. In parallel

    German Technical Cooperation/GIZ (TC) is implementing the Nepal Energy Efficiency Programme (NEEP) with a focus on the identification of energy efficiency measures in energy-intensive enterprises in the industry by tailor-made energy audits. The selection process of the investments will predominantly be based on those audits.

    Project Objectives

    For the implementation of the FC Programme, NIDC Development Bank Ltd. (NIDC) has been identified as the Programme Executing Agency (PEA). The private commercial sector – as the direct target group of the programme – comprises of mainly the manufacturing sector, tourism (hotel and restaurants) and the domestic trade sector (especially energy-intensive subsectors like the steel industry, cement industry and hotel industry).

    The programme comprises of the following components:

    • Investment in pilot projects (lighthouse projects) in energy-intensive industrial/commercial sectors that potentially have a demonstration and a multiplier effect
    • Capacity-building measures for NIDC
    • Consulting services for the implementation of the programme

    Project Results

    The intended project result is the improvement of Nepal’s energy efficiency in the industrial sector by supplying a financial contribution via the Ministry of Finance to the programme executing agency NIDC for pilot EE investments in 8 pre-selected sub-sectors.

    Further information is provided on the project website

     

    Client: German Development Bank (KfW)

    Contract value: 361.025 €

    Funded by: German FC

    Date: 05/2015 - 31/12/2020

    Work areas:

    • Eco-industrial development & decarbonizing sectors
    CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN INDUSTRIAL AREAS

    CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN INDUSTRIAL AREAS

    India, 2016-2018

    Project Background

    Climate Change is posing challenges to industrial development in India. Given that extreme climate events are expected to become more frequent, and that the consequences of climate change are ignored in industrial planning, India must reckon with a dramatic increase in loss and damage in the industrial sector. At the moment, policymakers and businesses are mostly unaware of the necessity of adapting to climate change. Further, they lack the technical capacities, rules, procedures, and planning instruments to cope efficiently with climate risks in existing and in new industrial areas.

    Project Objectives

    The project Objective was: Key decision-makers and planning authorities are able to plan and design existing and new industrial areas to be more climate-resilient.

    To achieve the objective, planners and developers of industrial areas, as well as site supervisors have been trained to integrate climate risks systematically into planning and decision-making processes by using methodological guidelines. Decision-makers have been sensitised, plans for climate-sensitive industrial area development have been drawn up, and the subject was institutionalised among private sector actors and in state institutions. Hence it is possible in the future to select sites for industrial development that are less at risk from climate change. Existing industrial areas shall be retrofitted accordingly, and the actors in vulnerable industrial areas can be prepared for the event of disaster.

    Project Results

    • The project has elaborated methodologies and guidelines defining what is needed to establish climate-resilient planning and construction processes and retrofitting for industries and industrial areas.
    • The project has ensured that the elaborated methodologies will be embedded in a policy framework, expressed in the strategic planning of industrial development agencies.
    • The project has ensured that national, state-level and local institutions, as well as private sector organisations, will actively advocate climate adaptation in the industry.
    • The project has enabled industrial development agencies and authorities to incorporate climate adaptation into local planning and implementation processes.

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 1.617.789 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/03/2015 - 30/04/2018

    Work areas:

    • Eco-industrial development & decarbonizing sectors

Areas of expertise

Project Management & Cross-cutting Competences

Throughout our work, we focus on holistic and professional programme design, development, operationalization and management for our clients in the development industry as well as deeply transformative impacts for our implementation partners in developing countries and emerging markets. We facilitate development through participatory implementation approaches, capacity building, knowledge and technology transfer, as well as bi-directional learning in meaningful partnerships. Being fully acquainted with the procedures of our clients, deeply engaged with implementation partners in developing countries and emerging industries, and leading industry experts globally, our unique value is defined through the following three key competences:

  • Sustainable Management, Monitoring & Evaluation

    To ensure sustainable management, we employ social scientists, economists, and environmental experts who work hand in hand with our technical experts. We place particular emphasis on impact-oriented programme design, systematic monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and knowledge management to support sectoral learning processes. We are specialized in creating and operationalizing programme-level monitoring systems and interactive M&E tools to standardize the collection of data and customize evaluation, to collate critical data and information, often embedded in the internal systems, processes and requirements of our clients. We also have extensive experience in developing and disseminating knowledge services and products, such as webinars, case sheets, brochures and posters, to promote sectoral learning. We minimize disruption by working closely with partners to reduce unnecessary complexity while increasing data transparency across various stakeholders. The development of web-based systems to monitor performance, achievement, and impact of selected objective indicators has been increasingly important in international development projects. Moreover, we place strong emphasis in establishing rigorous baseline studies, tracer studies and values to measure the impact of activities in complex situations.

    Example Projects

    PROMOTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME (PREEEP)

    PROMOTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME (PREEEP)

    Uganda, 2019-2022

    Project Background

    Since 2015, GIZ has been implementing the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (PREEEP) in Uganda on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD). The main objective of the programme for 2019-2023 is to increase electricity production from renewable energy products, increase access to clean energy and also promote the supply and usage of energy in Uganda with particular focus on underserved rural and peri-urban areas of Northern Uganda. To this end, a new vocational training project has been initiated to support development of the renewable energy and energy efficient market in Uganda.

    Project Objectives

    The project is focused on increasing the skilled work force in the energy sector to boost renewable energy market development in Uganda. This will be achieved via efforts to promote needs-based vocational training in Vocational Training Institutes (VTIs).

    Project Results

    • Certified national curricula development
    • Marketing of training course for VTIs
    • Renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) opportunities development, marketing and sharing using various means
    • Promotion of women’s participation in the RE/EE sector
    • Increasing the percentage of RE business start-ups in rural and pre-urban areas

     

     

     

     

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 1.555.424 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 30/11/2019 - 31/12/2022

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Rural Electrification Planning & Advisory
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Sustainable Management, Monitoring & Evaluation
    • TVET and Employment
    IMPACT ORIENTED MONITORING FOR 5 GIZ PROJECTS IN THE ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE SECTOR

    IMPACT ORIENTED MONITORING FOR 5 GIZ PROJECTS IN THE ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE SECTOR

    Indonesia, 2015-2016

    Project Background

    Within the priority area “Energy and Climate Change”  in Indonesia GIZ implemented the following projects:

    PAKLIM II – Policy Advice for Climate Change and Environment provided climate policy advice for supporting the implementation of nationwide climate policy through the promotion of institutionalised strategies and structures. It was commissioned by BMZ and started in February 2013, building on the successful implementation of the project, PAKLIM I (2009 – 2013). PAKLIM II has been extended to December 2016.

    The project Biodiversity and Climate Change – BIOCLIME (12/2013 – 09/2016) has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). As part of the sector Forestry of the GIZ priority area Energy and Climate Change, BIOCLIME focussed on policy advice in the forestry sector in Sumatra.

    The project Green Economy and Locally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Indonesia – GE-LAMA-I belonged to the sector Forestry of GIZ priority area Energy and Climate Change. It has been commissioned by BMUB. GE-LAMA-I was implemented in East Kalimantan and East Java. It enhanced capacities for the development and implementation of four NAMA green growth initiatives that aim at reducing emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land-uses, as well as promote socio-economic growth on the national level.

    Commissioned by BMUB, the project Strategic Partnership for Financially Supported NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) and Climate Finance Support to the Indonesian Climate Change Trust Fund – ICCTF ran from 12/2013 until 11/2017. It aimed at improving the governance structure of the ICCTF towards national management. International funds should be transparently and efficiently channeled to support the implementation of NAMAs.

    The project NAMA Development for Green Chillers – GREEN CHILLERS, commissioned by BMUB, started in 06/2014 and ended in 05/2018. GREEN CHILLERS followed a sector-specific NAMA approach for an efficient cooling and air-conditioning technology application. The project was incorporated into the national NAMA strategy.

    Project Objectives

    The task of the project was the Impact Monitoring of the five projects described above.

    Project Results

    The aim was to enable the program components to determine the relevance and alignment of activities, capacities and impacts, considering strategies, cooperation, controlling structures, processes as well as learning and innovation, through the implementation of a monitoring system. An evaluation should provide information that is credible and useful, enabling the incorporation of lessons learned into the decision-making process.

     

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 399.420 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 01/04/2015 - 31/12/2016

    Work areas:

    • Sustainable Management, Monitoring & Evaluation
    NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND FEASIBILITY OF A HIMALAYAN CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

    NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND FEASIBILITY OF A HIMALAYAN CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

    ICIMOD countries, 2016-2018

    ICIMOD Website: https://www.icimod.org/initiative/reeech/

    Project Background

    This project was to be implemented on behalf of UNIDO, with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and has the goal to establish a Regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre of the Himalaya and Hindu Kush Region (REEECH) as a Centre of Excellence of the Sustainability Energy Access for All (SE4ALL) initiative and network. It will be implemented and operated by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and cover thematically energy poverty in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) mountain region an area across the eight-member countries of ICIMOD, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

    Project Objectives

    The purpose of the assignment was to conduct a needs assessment and feasibility of a REEECH. The centre will be able to address the complex energy situation of the mostly rural population in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) mountain region. The project investigated the existing challenges and priority needs in the domain of renewable energies and energy efficiency. The assessment focused on options for reaching economies of scales with regards to mountain-specific EE and RE technological solutions as well as regional exchange and cooperation. Building on the needs assessment, the project elaborated how REEECH would fit into existing institutional structures in the region and identified the most suitable governance and organisational structures.

    Project Results

    • Baseline and Needs Assessment of REEECH building on an in-depth analysis, data evaluation and intense stakeholder consultation and suggesting key needs and opportunity areas from a regional point of view;
    • Feasibility Study for REEECH including suggesting technical scope, mandate, existing capacities of ICIMOD and potential partners, design options, governance modalities, financial considerations, as well as optimization options;
    • Detailed recommendations for activities focused on 1) energy-related data 2) capacity development and 3) private sector engagement, entrepreneurship and innovation activities;
    • Support to the organization of a regional multi-stakeholder validation workshop and development of a work-shop report;
    • Inputs to the development of a project document to support investment considerations and the successful launch of REEECH;
    • Public relations material (power-point & brochure).

     

    Client: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Contract value: 74.000 €

    Funded by: Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

    Date: 11/2016 - 03/2018

    Work areas:

    • Sustainable Management, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Engineering, Operation & Maintenance

    We evolved as a company with a strong technical background in energy and environment into a company offering holistic consulting services; Our in-house team comprises electrical, mechanical and civil engineers, architects, economists, and social scientists. Together, we develop comprehensive feasibility studies and technical designs, and supervise the construction of energy projects - raising the bar with high-quality infrastructure. We support local partners in developing their technical capacities for the realization of projects and equally in management, as well as in the operation & maintenance (O&M) of small to medium sized energy systems. Over the last two decades, our competences have grown not only through Technical Assistance (TA) projects but also as an autonomous developer, owner, and operator for small hydro and PV power stations in Germany and developing countries. Through our subsidiary company, GEM, we build on technical services in energy efficiency and management in Germany.

    Example Projects

    REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FUND (RIDF), PHASE III

    REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FUND (RIDF), PHASE III

    Afghanistan, 2017-2021

    Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 1.5 kilometres flood protection wall in Taluqan city, Takhar Province, 05 Nov. 2019

    Project Background

    The third phase of the “Regional Infrastructure Development Fund” (RIDF) started in October 2017. The RIDF Programme supports the following infrastructure sub-sectors: decentralized energy supply, drinking water supply, sewerage, construction of roads and bridges, irrigation, flood protection and construction of education facilities. The total RIDF investment budget of all phases is about 86 Mio. The average project size of each implementation measure is between 0.5 and 1.5 Mio Euro. RIDF is funded by KfW (German Development Bank).

    Project Objectives

    In Phase III, the implementation of infrastructure projects is accompanied in six provinces – Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar in Northern Afghanistan – in support of and collaboration with the responsible authorities, which are Provincial Development Committees and Infrastructure line departments. RIDF Phase 3 carries on the services provided in Phase 1 and 2. Services comprise the continued implementation of 18 infrastructure projects and the elaboration of 23 feasibility studies for newly prioritised projects. Additional projects currently in proposal stage are predominantly road construction, flood protection and irrigation projects, as well as school buildings.

    Project Activities

    The consultant supports, accompanies and monitors the responsible entities over the whole project cycle from project identification and proposal via feasibility, project prioritization, engineering design, tender document elaboration and procurement, supervision and handover, with the objective to strengthen the Afghan authorities to carry out the cycle self-responsibly.

    Capacity development in Integrated Professional Development approach is therefore a significant component of the program. A web-based Information Management Tool to support Monitoring, evaluation and decision-making processes and operational procedures is simultaneously being implemented.

    The programme volume for this phase is 78,000,000 EUR.

     

     

    Client: Ministry of Finance (MoF)

    Contract value: 12.857.794 €

    Funded by: KfW (German Development Bank)

    Date: 23/10/2017 - 31/03/2021

    Work areas:

    • Environmental management and due diligence
    • Engineering, Operation & Maintenance
    MANAGEMENT CONSULTATION AND CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION OF 242 MHP IN MALAKAND DIVISION, KPK

    MANAGEMENT CONSULTATION AND CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION OF 242 MHP IN MALAKAND DIVISION, KPK

    Pakistan, 2019-2022

    Project Background

    The Government of Pakistan (GOP) received a loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) under the Access to clean energy Investment Programme for the construction of 672 MHPs. The Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) Government of KPK is the Executing Agency.

    Project Objectives

    The Government of the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (the IA) has started, among others, a challenging Program to facilitate the access to electricity to remote villages and/or other off grid installations by means of the use of micro hydro power stations.

    With the initiative, the Government of KP shall provide electricity from clean sources to inhabitants that currently do not or have limited access to electricity, facilitate a better education to pupils by means of facilitating access to tuition after daytime and also access to computerized education and extended and upgraded medical assistance in villages.

    Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO), a statutory body within the GoKP has been appointed as the Executing Agency (EA) for this Program.

    Project Results

    • Evaluation of project qualification document of contractors and preparation of bidding documents.
    • Evaluation of tender document and selection of EPC contractors
    • Detail feasibility study
    • Validation of Engineering design
    • Preparation and approval of Initial Environmental Report (IEE) for concerned departments.
    • Construction of 242 MMHPPs

     

    Client: Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO)

    Contract value: 1.525.558 €

    Funded by: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Date: 10/2019-09/2022

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Rural Electrification Planning & Advisory
    • Engineering, Operation & Maintenance
    ENERGY EFFICIENT REHABILITATION OF SCHOOLS -FACT FINDING MISSION

    ENERGY EFFICIENT REHABILITATION OF SCHOOLS -FACT FINDING MISSION

    Armenia, 2014

    Project Background

    A new program for the “Energy Efficient Rehabilitation of Schools” is planned via a Financial Cooperation Development Loan by KfW on a concessional basis. According to the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) approx. 300 schools in the country are dilapidated and require major rehabilitation works. As a result of severe rehabilitation backlogs and/or earthquake damages dating from the 1980s, these schools are only partially functional at the moment. MoUD plans to rehabilitate about 15-20 buildings per year in the coming years.

    Project Objectives

    The objective is to rehabilitate schools and improve the efficient use of energy in public buildings. By achieving this objective, the overall efficiency of energy consumption of Armenia shall be improved, energy imports shall be reduced and positive contributions to the energy security of Armenia and to the protection of global climate change shall be provided.

    It is further expected that the Program will significantly increase the learning environment for students in the rehabilitated schools and have positive impacts on employment as well as income generation in Armenia.

    Project Results

    The result of this fact-finding mission was to provide an overview of the present general rehabilitation and structural situation of the public buildings, and to describe the demand for an increase in comfort and EE measures required to rehabilitate these schools. This was achieved by conducting energy audits of sample schools. The Consultant proposed standard EE measures, including the rehabilitation of the building envelope or the heating/ cooling/ ventilation, hot water, and illumination systems as well as replacement of the old windows and implementation of shading. The specific energy consumption and CO2 emissions after rehabilitation shall be in line with Armenian/ EU standards. As criteria, energy savings of at least 20% and emission reductions of at least 25% percent for each individual building shall be reached. Savings were calculated on the basis of the present energy consumption of the schools as well as the assumed energy consumption after a regular rehabilitation (without any EE measures). Another criterion was that the total final energy consumption of the building shall not exceed 125 kWh/m2 per year.

     

    Client: German Development Bank (KfW)

    Contract value: 33.200 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 05/2014 - 12/2014

    Work areas:

    • Energy Efficiency
  • Digital Planning Tools & Data Management

    In the quest towards digitalized, smart electrification and project planning, we have nourished strong in-house expertise in site and project analytics, remote/hybridized pre-feasibility assessments, energy and environmental modelling, remote infrastructure assessment, as well as data management, learning platforms and industry portals. Utilizing our rich experience in decentralized power systems and electrification planning, we apply state-of-the-art imagery processing, geospatial data gathering and processing, in conjunction with advanced techno-economic and financial modelling. We continuously refine our processes in cutting-edge methods for the benefit of our clients. Based on field data collected through our digital tools, we develop AI-based algorithms to improve predictive models for network planning and energy modelling. Together, these tools lower transaction costs for project developers engaged in decentralized power systems development, as well as national governments engaged in the promotion of decentralized RE projects. Furthermore, we develop hybridized construction supervision processes and technical monitoring systems for larger portfolios of decentralized power generation. Our data policy is “open” by default as are our codes and tools, but we are equally conversant in data security, licenses, and data privacy considerations.

    Example Projects

    ESMAP – NIGERIA PRE-FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT OF CO-LOCATED MINI-GRIDS AND INVESTMENTS IN AGRO-PROCESSING

    ESMAP – NIGERIA PRE-FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT OF CO-LOCATED MINI-GRIDS AND INVESTMENTS IN AGRO-PROCESSING

    Nigeria, 2021

    Project Background

    The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is leading a major Energy Access effort by the World Bank focused on closing financing gaps and accelerating electrification rates through comprehensive grid and off-grid strategies. ESMAP ensures that these programs include geospatial tools to identify low-cost electrification options through solar home systems, mini-grids and grid extension, market intelligence and investment prospectuses, up-to-date business delivery models, and productive uses of electricity to promote economic and human development.

    Through the program “Empowering Rural Consumers: Mainstreaming Electricity Demand and Productive Use Stimulation in National Electrification Programs”, ESMAP aims at developing and demonstrating approaches that systematically integrate demand and productive-use stimulation into large-scale electrification programs, thereby resulting in an increase in electricity demand and uptake of productive use at scale. Nigeria is one of the four pilot countries of the program where opportunities for large-scale demand interventions have been identified.

    Project Objectives

    The pilot project in Nigeria aims to co-locate the activities of the World Bank’s Agro-processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project with the activities of the Nigeria Electrification Program (NEP) in order to provide market intelligence to the private sector for an upcoming round of mini-grid tenders. The findings and lessons learned from this exercise will inform ESMAP knowledge products. Finally, the sites could serve as proof of concept to envisage either a future scale-up or repeat of this exercise in both Nigeria and other countries.

    Project Results

    Pre-feasibility assessments of up to 100 potential solar mini-grid sites that will benefit from financial support for agri-business projects across Nigeria, based on productive demand assessments, as well as the impact that supporting productive-use demand can have on improving electrification.

    The results of this study will feed into the electrification project pipeline development of REA under the NEP. In addition, lessons learnt related to productive use of energy will be also documented to mainstream productive uses of electricity into the agriculture-energy nexus of the World Bank.

     

     

    Client: The World Bank

    Contract value: 103.110 €

    Funded by: The World Bank

    Date: 17/02/2021 - 30/09/2021

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Rural Electrification Planning & Advisory
    • Digital Planning Tools & Data Management
    DEVELOPMENT OF E-PORTALS UNDER THE PROJECT “SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION II (SEIP II)”

    DEVELOPMENT OF E-PORTALS UNDER THE PROJECT “SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION II (SEIP II)”

    India, 2019-2022

    Project Background

    Under the Indo German Development Cooperation, a project on “Sustainable and Environment-friendly Industrial Production” (SEIP) was taken up from March 2015 onwards. The second phase (SEIP II, March 2019 to Feb. 2022) is based on the experiences from the preceding SEIP project and continues to have a focus on the abatement of industrial wastewater pollution in the context of urban areas as well as the pollution of rivers and other water resources. The aim of the project is to strengthen the strategic and operational governance structures of the Indian Government to effectively combat water pollution from industrial wastewater as well as air pollution.

    Project Objectives

    As a part of the SEIP II project, GIZ supports the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, in developing the following e-portals as a part of capacity building of CPCB for strengthening of pollution prevention & control and environmental compliance in India:

    • National Water Quality Portal,
    • National Environmental Law Portal,
    • Web-based Environmental Self-assessment Tool for Industries,
    • National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) Portal.

    The main rationale of the assignment is to facilitate the development process in close cooperation with an Indian national implementing firm, GIZ-SEIP and Indian stakeholders.

    Project Results

    The following e-portals & self-assessment tools are set up and are hosted online:

    • National Water Quality Portal
    • National Environmental Law Portal
    • Web-based Environmental Self-assessment Tool for Industries
    • National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) Portal

    The following manuals/guidance documents are available:

    • Guidance document on logging in and data inputs to the online “National Water Quality Portal” including standard data templates etc.
    • User manual on using the “National Water Quality Portal”
    • User manual on using the “National Environmental Law Portal”
    • User manual on using the web-based “Environmental Self-assessment Tool for Industries”
    • User manual for the operation and management of the NCAP Portal

    CPCB, SPCBs (State Pollution Control Boards) and users are trained on the functioning, usage and operation of the portals

     

    Client: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

    Contract value: 74.000 €

    Funded by: German TA (BMZ)

    Date: 28/11/2019 - 31/01/2022

    Work areas:

    • Environmental management and due diligence
    • Digital Planning Tools & Data Management
    OFF-GRID RENEWABLE ENERGY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

    OFF-GRID RENEWABLE ENERGY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

    Myanmar, 2015-2017

    http://adb-myanmar.integration.org/

    Project Background

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has assigned Nexant to implement the technical assistance grant for project number 47128-MYA: Off-Grid Renewable Energy Demonstration Project. The project supports the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) to design and implement an off-grid renewable energy demonstration project that will (i) support the installation of pilot renewable energy-based systems for providing energy access using solar photovoltaic and solar-diesel hybrid systems in Magway, Mandalay and Sagaing Regions; (ii) develop geospatial, least-cost energy access plans and an investment plan for select states and regions in the country; and (iii) strengthen the capacity of government institutions to design and implement small-scale renewable energy systems in off-grid areas. INTEGRATION was assigned by Nexant with the overall responsibility for output (ii), the geo-spatial least cost access and investment plan.

    Project Objectives

    The objective of the assignment was to develop useful GIS-based maps and geo-databases that facilitate market access and investments in off-grid systems (RE mini-grid). As such, the assignment has contributed to the existing planning framework (National Electrification Programme, Energy Policy etc.) and mechanisms of key actors (MoEE/ESE, MoALI/DRD).

    Project Results

    Through the development of geospatial maps of RE resources (hydro, solar, wind and bio-mas), existing power stations, transmission and distribution systems as well as “off-grid” communities for Sagaing, Magway and Mandaly Regions, the project demonstrated advanced planning tools and pointed out considerable investment opportunities (areas, village locations and clusters). Training has been provided for DRD staff twice in the use of GIS software and databases.

    The data has been used to establish an Investment Plan as well as to establish a user-friendly web-map portal: http://adb-myanmar.integration.org/ and the data-sets availed on https://energydata.info.

    Client: Asian Development Bank (ADB), NEXANT

    Contract value: 107.194 €

    Funded by: Public funding

    Date: 16/02/2015 - 30/09/2017

    Work areas:

    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Rural Electrification Planning & Advisory
    • Digital Planning Tools & Data Management

Since its establishment in 1998, INTEGRATION environment & energy has been renowned for bringing inclusive approaches and customised solutions which are both technically and socially balanced, to over 250 assignments in more than 40 developing countries.

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Since its establishment in 1998, INTEGRATION environment & energy has been renowned for bringing inclusive approaches and customised solutions which are both technically and socially balanced, to over 250 assignments in more than 40 developing countries.

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