SQ Consult advises both public and private clients. In this way we are close to the development of new policies as well as to the practical implementation of response strategies.

Our references illustrates the solid and long-term track record of our team members in energy transition, climate policies and strategies, and sustainability.

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2018

FWC DG ENER economic assistance energy EC DG ENER 

Framework contract for the economic assistance in the fields of energy and transport and mobility policies. Services required involve tasks in general affairs in the field of energy, transport and mobility (planning, external dimension and enlargement, etc.), security of supply, energy markets, future role of conventional and unconventional fossil fuels, networks and smart grids, new and renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency and innovation, nuclear energy, European mobility network, innovative and sustainable mobility, transport security issues, logistics, maritime and land transport including safety issues, and aviation.

Monitoring of supply chain CO2 targets in construction and maintenance of infrastructure Rijkswaterstaat / Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment 

SQ Consult is developing a methodology to monitor planning, public procurement and innovation measures aimed at CO2 reduction from material use and construction, in view of the 2030 climate neutral goal that Rijkswaterstaat has set for construction and maintenance of highways and water infrastructure.

Multi-country technical assistance towards implementation of the new Paris Climate Agreement EC EuropeAid 

EU project that aims to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, and to assist in developing a resource-efficient, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. The geographical scope of the project is Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey.

Evaluatie van het project “Energiebesparing door afstellen klimaatinstallaties” Provincie Noord-Brabant 

Het doel van het project “Energiebesparing door afstellen klimaatinstallaties” is om energiebesparing te realiseren bij bedrijven in Noord-Brabant in de sector handel, diensten en overheid door de betere afstelling van klimaatinstallaties. De ex-post evaluatie bepaalt het resultaat en effectiviteit van deze maatregel en doet aanbevelingen voor vervolgacties door de provincie Noord-Brabant.  

PMR Guidebook on Establishment of Verification and Accreditation Systems World Bank PMR 

SQ Consult has been commissioned by the World Bank’s Partnership on Market Readiness to prepare a Guidebook for establishing Verification & Accreditation Systems for carbon pricing instruments as part of its Technical Work Programme.
The project will develop guidance on development of verification systems to assist countries in their readiness activities under the PMR. The objective of the Guide is to provide an overview and practical guidance for policy-makers and practitioners about how verification and accreditation systems should be developed and implemented. The Guidance will be developed based on existing experience in different countries and jurisdictions around the world, including lessons learned with their design and implementation and from other international standards and experiences gained, for example from international mechanisms like the CDM and JI. This will be obtained through, amongst others, surveys, questionnaires and interviews with practitioners as well as stakeholder consultation meetings with the PMR Expert Group on MRV. The guidance will be instrument-specific, i.e. contain guidance on the development, implementation and management of verification and accreditation systems for different carbon pricing instruments.

Impacts of Cleantech clustering on the local economy Imperial College 

SQ Consult assessed the impact of Cleantech clustering on the local economy in an assignment for Imperial College London Grantham Institute  - Climate Change and the Environment by analysing a number of Cleantech cluster case studies around the world.  Growth rates a factor 2-3 higher were observed for Cleantech sectors compared to other sectors or the economy as whole, both for econfomic growth and job growth rates.

2017

Evaluation of EU international cooperation on Sustainable Consumption and Production EC DG DEVCO 

Evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, added value and impacts of all EU International Cooperation in the field of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the framework of Green Economy Development. The overall objective of this evaluation was the identification of lessons learned and best practices for assisting and informing the design of future programmes. The evaluation focused mainly on the SWITCH Asia, SWITCH Africa, SWITCH Med and 10 YFP programmes. 

Evaluation of proposals presented to the LIFE programme EASME 

SQ Consult experts Sergio Ugarte and Eliska Bystricky participated as evaluators of proposals for regular an integrated projects presented to the LIFE Programme in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation. The LIFE programme is funded by the European Commission and managed by EASME (European Executive Agency for SME). Tasks included the participation as advisors to EASME’s Decision Panel for final award of financing.

SDGs mean Business: How credible standards can help companies deliver the 2030 agenda WWF International 

Elaboration of the Publication “SDGs mean Business: How credible standards can help companies deliver the 2030 agenda”. This publication indicates how businesses can unlock new market opportunities by using credible voluntary sustainability standards to transform entire sectors and supply chains while helping to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Several concrete examples of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) are provided.

Guidance to Energy Poverty Working Group in Catalonia Generalitat de Catalunya 

SQ Consult expert Sergio Ugarte assisted the Government of Catalonia with the implementation of the working group for the prevention and mitigation of energy poverty in Catalonia. Consultancy activities included the technical facilitation of discussions between different stakeholders (policy makers, energy companies, civil society organisations, etc.) and advising on the design of energy efficiency programmes specifically designed for the prevention of energy poverty.

Roadmap for the Low Carbon Development of the Energy Sector of the Maldives Asian Development Bank 

 Development of a roadmap for the low carbon developement of the energy sector of the Maldives to achieve  a 70% reduction target in the consumption of imported fossil fuels. The roadmap establishes action lines to transit from a fossil fuel based energy sector to a cost effective, business competitive and affordable low-carbon future. Specific actions include energy efficiency measures and fuel substitution in electricity production, desalinization and supply of drinking water, sea and road transport and in the housing and fishing industry sectors. 

Support to EC on the Compliance Forum 2017 EC DG CLIMA  

Support to DG CLIMA in the organisation and secretariat of the Compliance Forum and its task forces with the aim to exchange information on the monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU ETS and the accreditation of verifiers..

Handbook: How to develop a successful, innovative and transformative GCF proposal GIZ 

SQ Consult experts Marion Vieweg and Sergio Ugarte elaborated the GCF Project Development Handbook: How to develop a successful, innovative and transformative GCF proposal. The aim of the handbook is to support the design of project or programme proposals in the right way to meet investment criteria; and guide applicants to provide the required information concisely and in sufficient detail and quality. The work included the preparation of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers for GCF guidelines for funding proposals.

Update of the Monitoring and Reporting Regulation and the Accreditation and Verification Regulation EC DG CLIMA  

This project focuses on supporting the European Commission in the update of the Eu ETS Monitoring and Reporting Regulation (MRR) and the Accreditation and Verification Regulation (AVR). Work includes:
• Inventory of relevant issues that may lead to update of the regulations and assessment of opportunities for further simplifications (literature review, survey, interviews, desk research);
• Design of an issue tracking database;
• Developing a proposal for amendments and discussing this with various stakeholders;
• Formulating amendments, improvements and simplifications;
• Support to the Commission’s consultations
• Updating the MRR and AVR;

Second Independent Evaluation of the Partnership for Market Readiness World Bank PMR 

 SQ Consult, in partnership with Ipsos MORI, is conducting the second evaluation of the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) in advance of future funding decisions for the PMR. It includes a process evaluation, contribution analysis and impact assessment as well as case studies of participating countries

Review of the structure and effectiveness of the GCF Technical Advisory Panel Green Climate Fund 

SQ Consult conducted a formative evaluation of the Green Climate Fund’s Independent Technical Advisory Panel (ITAP) including conducting over 100 interviews and e-surveys with all major stakeholder groups. The evaluation resulted in several recommendations to improve the structure, processes and composition of the ITAP to increase its value and cost-effectiveness.

Assessment of the Application of Significant Capacity Reduction and (Partial) Cessation Rules EC DG CLIMA  

SQ Consult is supporting the European Commission in assessing the best practices as well as coherent application by Member States of capacity reduction and closure rules in the EU ETS which can impact allocation decisions.

Midterm evaluation of the Global Climate Partnership (GCPF) UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

This evaluation looks at the additional effectiveness and relevance of GCPF’s activities on low carbon development, identifying efficiencies (and inefficiencies) in processes and provides learnings for future BEIS and BMUB investments of similar design. The evaluation establishes the likelihood of a cause-and-effect relationship of the committed investments and assess GCPF’s likely contribution to transformational change

Feasibility of domestic policies transitioning to ETS for ITMOs under Art6 of Paris agreement UBA (German Environmental Protection Agency) 

Art 6 of the Paris Agreement foresees in the International Transfer of Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs), allowing countries to jointly fulfill their national contributions (NDCs). Market-based mechanism, and especially cap-and-trade systems are the easiest way to do this in terms of environmental integirty and accounting. The project will analyse domestic policies that can over time transition into an ETS, so they can be used as ITMOs. This includes e.g. climate policies such as CO2 performance standards and carbon taxes, but also energy policies such as portfolio standards, energy efficiency standards, feed-in tariffs and green and white certificate schemes. For this, it looks at policy instrument commonalities and how they are operationalised for main policies for a selected group of countries. Such commonalities include scope, target group, ambition levell, effort sharing, institutions, incentivisation, monitoring of progress and enforcement.

Supporting the establishment of a National Designated Entity for the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) 

The UNFCCC Technology Mechanism facilitates technical support to developing countries through technology cooperation, in part through its implementation arm, the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN). Each country has a national designated entity (NDE) to coordinate its activity in this area. In this project, SQ Consult supported RVO in the decision-making about establishing such an NDE in the Netherlands at RVO.

Assessment of New Entrants&Closures (NEC) applications for free allocation under the EU ETS EC DG CLIMA  

SQ Consult, Ecofys and Umweltbundesamt GmbH are supporting the European Commission in the assessment of New Entrants & Closure applications under the EU Emissions Trading System, assessing whether applications for free allowances from the NER and notifications of capacity reductions and closures are in line with the harmonised allocation rules in the ETS. 

Population and planetary limits WWF International 

This project for WWF UK examined the literature on population, consumption and planetary limits. It will be used to help inform WWF strategy

Evaluation of EU international cooperation on Sustainable Consumption and Production EC DG DEVCO 

Evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, added value and impacts of all EU International Cooperation in the field of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the framework of Green Economy Development. The overall objective of this evaluation was the identification of lessons learned and best practices for assisting and informing the design of future programmes. The evaluation focused mainly on the SWITCH Asia, SWITCH Africa, SWITCH Med and 10 YFP programmes. 

Effectiveness of Voluntary Agreements on Energy Efficiency for appliances and equipment IEA 

The objective of the project is to collect evidence on the effectiveness and efficiency of voluntary agreements aimed at improving the energy efficiency of appliances and equipement around the globe. Work included: 1) inventory of type of VA in place in this field, 2) mapping of VA that are of have been in place according to type, products covered and geographical scope, 3) in dept analysis of 4 selected case studies, 4) review of literature to search for sound evidence on effectiveness of VA, 3) recommendations for policy makers under which circumstances VA could be considered and listing some key ingredients for successful VAs (amongst other by developing a decision model) 

Renewable Energy Directive Target Fraunhofer ISI 

The project encompasses assessing available analysis and models, which are of relevance for determining the feasibility and usefulness of increasing the renewable energy target of currently 27% by 2030. The assessment includes existing models, data and publications as well as own material and expertise.

Update of the Monitoring and Reporting Regulation and the Accreditation and Verification Regulation EC DG CLIMA  

This project focuses on supporting the European Commission in the update of the EU ETS Monitoring and Reporting Regulation (MRR) and the Accreditation and Verification Regulation (AVR). Work includes:
• Inventory of relevant issues that may lead to update of the regulations and assessment of opportunities for further simplifications (literature review, survey, interviews, desk research);
• Design of an issue tracking database;
• Developing a proposal for amendments and discussing this with various stakeholders;
• Formulating amendments, improvements and simplifications;
• Support to the Commission’s consultations
• Updating the MRR and AVR;

Midterm evaluation of the Global Climate Partnership (GCPF) UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

This evaluation looks at the additional effectiveness and relevance of GCPF’s activities on low carbon development, identifying efficiencies (and inefficiencies) in processes and provides learnings for future BEIS and BMUB investments of similar design. The evaluation establishes the likelihood of a cause-and-effect relationship of the committed investments and assess GCPF’s likely contribution to transformational change

2016

Verification of the World Bank Pilot Auction Facility  

The Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF) of the World Bank is an innovative pay-for-performance instrument that will use auctions to maximize the use of limited public resources for climate change mitigation while leveraging private sector financing. The PAF uses the existing tools, procedures and experience developed under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) e.g. and blends it with an innovative pay-for-performance mechanism embedded into a puttable bond (financial instrument) underwritten by project developers who obtain the (tradable) put option on a guaranteed carbon price. SQ Consult supports the third-party verification agent in the operational and contractual framework of the PAF (Kommunalkredit Public Consulting).  

Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan Serbia GFA Consulting 

GFA Consulting Group leads a consortium preparing a comprehensive national cross-sectoral climate change strategy and action plan for Serbia. This includes identification and assessment of the cost-effective GHG mitigation potential for Serbia, while taking into account policies and goals, and assess opportunities for and costs of climate change adaptation. The project will support the implementation of the (i)NDC. A quantitative model (including PRIMES) is used for baseline and mitigation scenario analysis (2030 and 2050). Monique Voogt of SQ Consult is contracted as senior non-key expert by GFA. She supports the assessment of the climate change policy framework and the development of the Climate Change Strategy, in particular by advising on the EU climate and energy acquis and climate and energy policies.

Industrial energy efficiency policy in Vietnam World Bank / GEF 

Dian Phylipsen and Monique Voogt supported the government of Vietnam in the development of voluntary agreements on industrial energy efficiency in the context of a large project on Clean Production and Energy Efficiency (CPEE) funded by GEF. The assignment, governed by the Project Management Unit in the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, includes the following activities:

  • An update of the earlier evaluation of existing experiences with voluntary agreements (VAs) and lessons learned in Western Europe and an extension of the evaluation to countries outside Europe, including in a number of developing countries (China, South Korea, Indonesia);
  • Development of the VA programme, including various stakeholder consultation meetings;
  • Development of implementation guidelines
  • Development of the text of the voluntary agreement document.
Renewable energy infrastructure and smart grids for the Island of Saba EuropeAid 

 SQ Consult expert Sergio Ugarte supported all programming activities for the 11th EDF territorial allocation: “Renewable Energy Infrastructure and Intelligent Grids for the Island of Saba”. focus on renewable energy (PV, geothermal and wind), smart grids and energy storage. This support consists in elaborating a feasibility study for the deployment of renewable energy and energy storage on the island, and for the elaboration of an energy policy and strategy for the government of Saba. Other activities included:

  • Capacity building and strategy development for the deployment renewable energy policies for the island.
  • Assess the feasibility of the overall program and guidance wherever non-feasible elements exist.
  • Assessment and determine possible advantages of the execution of this program.
  • Preparation and submission of programming document namely the Draft Identification Fiche and Action Document.
Funding for the international roll-out of the CO2-Performance Ladder SKAO (Foundation for Climate-Friendly Procurement and Business) 

SKAO is successfully operating the CO2-Performance Ladder in the Netherlands. Over 50 Dutch procurers are using the Ladder in over 4 billion Euro per year worth of tenders. The Ladder has reached thousands of companies, who have formulated their CO2 footprint and have identified CO2 reduction opportunities. Over the last years,the participating companies have achieved CO2 reductions that are double the size of their non-participating peers. SKAO now wants to exploring application of the Ladder in other European countries and is seeking funding to prepare this. On request of SKAO we have prepared an application for European funding for this international roll-out.  

Evaluation of LIFE Integrated Projects EASME 
Expansion of New Entrants Reserve (NER) 300 system European Commission DG CLIMA 

The project evaluates the current operation and possible options for expansion of the NER 300 programme. The NER 300 programme uses part of the revenues from the auctioning of EU ETS allowances to support innovative renewable energy projects and CCS in Europe. The work is to identify and conduct an impact assessment on options to improve operation of the programme as well as to analyse options for changes in legislation to expand the programme to other types of projects.

Evaluation of energy access proposals for the Mekong region Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland 

SQ Consult expert Sergio Ugarte acted as an evaluator of proposals to enhance the access to sustainable energy services in the Mekong Region. The call for proposals was part of Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP), Mekong Region, funded by Finland. The EEP provides funding for pilot and demonstration projects, (pre)feasibility and strategic studies, capacity building and information sharing among renewable energy, power, energy efficiency, and waste-to-energy projects. 

Support to Philips Lighting in climate finance and carbon markets Philips Lighting 

 Philips Lighting aims to increase sales of energy efficient lighting technologies and systems in the short tomid-term (until 2020) through enhanced access to climate financing and to carbon pricing and othermechanisms. To support that overall aim, the objectives of our activities are to: 1) Support Philips in stakeholder consultation and provide input for Philips’ lobbying activities topromote that the emerging (UNFCCC) regime for carbon markets is effective and consistent with theneeds of the private sector in active in the area of energy efficiency and that the delivery channelsfor climate finance are effective. 2) Support the identification and development emerging business opportunities for Philips and her partners, through: market and business intelligence on emerging opportunities in key developing countries; capacity building and knowledge sharing within the international Philips organisation; support Philips in capacity building for local public sector in setting up the adequate policy and regulatory framework.

Capacity building on emission trading in China EuropeAid 

SQ Consult is a key partner of a consortium, together with ICF International, Ecofys and SinoCarbon, implementing a project to support the design and implementation of Emissions Trading Systems in China. The project, funded by the European Commission (EuropeAid), will support the Chinese national and regional authorities for a period of three years and will include the development and roll-out of an extensive training programme, the set-up and execution of a helpdesk and the formation of rapid response teams to support the Chinese government with detailed technical issues related to the set-up of emissions trading in China.  

Capacity building activities focus on stakeholders at the national and regional level and cover the topics of :

  • Roadmaps & action plans
  • Cap-setting
  • Allocation
  • Monitoring, reporting, verification & accreditation
  • Registries
  • Market functioning & oversight
  • Other design elements, incl scope, off-setting, overlap with other policies, relation with energy pricing, etc).

Activities include multi-day (regional) training workshops for government and industry representatives, expert exchanges, study tours for Chinese stakeholders to Europe, a knowledge management system, briefing papers, manuals, templates, etc

SQ Consult leads on the topics of roadmaps and MRVA, and has an important supporting role in the cap-setting and alllocation activities.

Coordination workgroup ETS under ECRAN European Commission 

The Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network (ECRAN) aims to strengthen regional cooperation between the EU candidate countries and potential candidates in the fields of environment and climate action. The program will assist them on their way towards the transposition and implementation of the EU environmental and climate policies and instruments. Monique Voogt  coordinates the ECRAN Working Group on ETS. The Working Group will address, in particular, the Commission’s regulation on monitoring, reporting, verification and accreditation.

 

 

Support to the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism European Commission DG CLIMA 

SQ Consult, together with ICF and Vivid Economics, is supporting the European Commission in its role as National Designated Entity (NDE) for the EU under the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism. The aim is to strengthen the Mechanism and its Climate Technology Center and Network in facilitating more technology transfer between EU stakeholders and developing countries. Activities include an analysis of technology transfer, innovation and R&D initiatives, an analysis of the activities of EU Member State NDEs in supporting technology transfer by their national companies and organisations, the identification of best practices and lessons learned, and the organisation of events in the EU and developing countries to facilitate the development of networks between stakeholders in both EU Member States and developing countries.

Support to the Commission and Member States on EU ETS MRVA EC DG CLIMA 

SQ Consult supports the European Commission in :

  • Updating and developing guidance material, exemplars and templates regarding EU ETS MRVA
  • Supporting the Commission in assessing MS compliance with EU ETS MRVA requirements as well as organising and carrying out bilateral follow-up actions on areas of potential non-compliance and issues that need further improvement, and on identification of best practices.
  • Providing organisation and secretariat support to the Compliance Forum, i.e. activities ensuring that the Forum itself and the Steering Committee can function properly, day-to-day coordination of the Forum’s work programme, providing technical and administrative support to the Task Forces (TF on Monitoring and Reporting, TF on Accreditation and Verification, TF on Aviation, TF on E-reporting, TF on Carbon and Capture Storage), organisation of two Compliance Conferences and three Compliance Forum Events (in 2015 and 2016), drafting brochures and newsletters promoting the Compliance Forum to a broader audience.
  • Supporting the Commission in the technical analysis of MRVA relevant issues in Article 21 reports that MS have submitted to the Commission on the application of EU ETS requirements.
  • Carrying out a peer review on MRVA issues in Member States (capacity building) 
Assessment of applications for the New Entrants&Closures (NEC) under EU ETS European Commission DG CLIMA 

SQ Consult, with Ecofys and Umweltbundesamt, is  supporting the European Commission in the assessment of New Entrants & Closure applications under the EU Emissions Trading System, assessing whether applications for free allowances from the NER and notifications of capacity reductions and closures are in line with the harmonised allocation rules in the ETS. This assessment will take into account the assessments of applications received so far for free allocation from the NER, issues raised at the helpdesk concerning new entrants and closures questions, as well as feedback collected directly from Competent Authorities. Based on these assessments, suggestions will be made and options defined on how allocation can be organised for the post-2020 period.

EP ITRE Framework contract energy and climate policy support for the European Parliament European Parliament ITRE 

SQ Consult is member of a consortium selected for a framework contract for het European Parliament, committee for industry, research and energy (ITRE). Objective is to support the Committee in energy and climate change issues through analysis and technical and policy briefings.

Evaluation of the UK Climate Investment Pilot UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) 

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has provided £200m of investments through the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), UK Climate Investments UKCI) in order to fund an international three year green investment pilot programme. The focus is on investment in low carbon technologies in India, South Africa and East Africa. These projects should mitigate climate change or enable communities to adapt to its effects. The proposed investment of £200m is to be invested in 8- 12 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in at least two countries and at least two renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency by 2018.

The work will combine impact and process evaluation approaches and will provide options for continuous improvement for the pilot in addition to identifying impacts and lessons for future UK International Climate Fund programmes. The evaluation will assess the delivery of the overall Pilot, as well as utilising a case study investigation of the pilot projects together with research and analysis of the investment climate in the priority countries. learning. The evaluation will also inform the evidence base to assess whether DECC should scale up the UKCI, and the GIB’s longer term role for investing UK climate finance internationally.

2015

Market designs and regulatory incentives for energy storage European Parliament ITRE 

The Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament asked SQ Cosnult to develop an analytical study on "Energy storage: Which market designs and regulatory incentives are needed?" to feed into the EU energy policy debate, especially in relation to the recently published Energy Union package. The objective of the study is to describe and analyse how different market designs and regulatory incentives can help or hinder the development of new energy storage technologies in the gas and electricity sectors. This study included:

  • Description of the different kinds of energy storage currently available in EU, their capacities, technology matureness, the way they are functioning, state of play of research and limitations.
  • Analysis of relevancy of energy storage to the Energy Union package. Contribution to smart grids, EU targets on renewable energies (PV, wind and hydro power), electro-mobility and competitiveness of energy prices.
  • Benchmark of incentives and supporting energy policies in different Member States.
  • Elaboration of policy recommendations on existing energy policies and on new needed policies
Evolution of first generation biofuel production sites (RES-T-BIOPLANT) IEA-RETD 

Assessment and comparison of the options for evolution of first generation biofuel production sites (RES-T-BIOPLANT).

Evaluation of thw pilot Energie Performance Keuring (EPK) Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment 

Energy Performance Testing system (EPK): Evaluation of nine pilots that were executed to test possible ways for introducing and Energy Performance Testing system (EPK) in the Netherlands. Project included developing an analysing surveys among companies, interviewing authorities on enforcement and market parties on their view on the EPK. The project used the "Boardroom Model" to evaluate the pilot project and draw conclusions on the effectiveness, efficiency and attractiveness of the EPK.

High-Level Government of Vietnam Mission to the EU-institutions EuropeAid 

Sergio Ugarte of SQ Consult prepared and guided a high-level mission of Vietnamese government officials to EU institutions to discuss energy and climate change policies and areas for cooperation and policy dialogue 

Presentations CO2 Performance Ladder SKAO (Foundation for Climate-Friendly Procurement and Business) 

The CO2 Performance Ladder (CO2-Prestatieladder) is a certification scheme for CO2 management. SQ Consult gave presentations to the users of the CO2 Performance Ladder on the 'measures list', a new tool developed by SQ Consult to monitor the implementation of CO2 reduction measures.

Options for evolution of first generation biofuel production sites (RES-T-BIOPLANT) IEA 
Publication LEDS Green Practices Case Study Renewables on Saba EuropeAid 

Publication LEDS Green Practices Case Study Renewables on Saba. SQ Consult expert Sergio Ugarte contributed a case study on “Renewable Energy Infrastructure and Intelligent Grids for the Island of Saba”. The focus was on renewable energy (PV, geothermal and wind), smart grids and energy storage.

Publication on policy instruments and co-regulation for the sustainability of value chains ASME (American Association of Mechanical Engineers)   

SQ Consult experts Sergio Ugarte and Vincent Swinkels were requested by ASME Press to write a research publication on “Policy Instruments and Co-Regulation for the Sustainability of Value Chains” . The book is published in ASME's Technologies for Sustainable Life – Concise Monograph Series. ASME is the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, promoting the art, science & practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe.

The book underlines the growing importance of sustainability aspects in the value chain of products to cut emissions, fight climate change and ensure basic human and society rights are not endangered. It discusses possible ways to manage (for companies) and regulate (for governments) these aspects. This publication discusses the potential of co-regulation (combination of public regulation with private mechanisms such as sustainability certification) for improving sustainability in global value chains. The case of co-regulation for sustainability of biofuels consumed in the EU is assessed in detail. The book presents a risk assessment of the application of certification to biofuels and to feedstock coming from a selection of 19 countries exposed to different sustainability risks.The book concludes with recommendations to:

  • Policy makers for the development of new co-regulation processes and for the improvement of current processes
  • Certification schemes working on the global market;- Companies that are committed to improve the value chains of their products.
Renewable energy and climate change university course  

SQ Consult expert Sergio Ugarte was contracted by the University of Twente for a conference at graduate level on the topic "Demonstrating sustainability on biofuels supply chains" for the graduate course of "Energy Management in Small and Medium Scale Industries" in the CSTM Department (Governance and Technology for Sustainability)

Training Taiwanese officials on renewable energy and low carbon energy policies College of Europe 

SQ Consult experts trained Taiwanese officials on low carbon technologies en strategies, on renewable energy and climate policies, and on climate finance. The training was part of a Summer School organised by the College of Europe

Evaluation of the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive EC DG Energy 

SQ Consult participated in a consortium advising the European Commission DG Energy on the evaluation and impact assessment of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Specific focus in the project is on identifying the wider potential benefits (and costs) of energy efficiency. SQ Consult is lead responsible for the part on the impact assessment.

Impact of the EU ETS on low carbon actions and investment decisions by EU industry European Commission DG CLIMA 

 In a consortium with ICF, ZEW and CE Delft, SQ Consult analysed how the EU ETS has impacted operational decisions and investment decisions on low-carbon activities in various industrial sectors. Work among others includes making an inventory with selected Competent Authorities and business associates on low-carbon activities within their country/sector, discussing specific low-carbon investments and operational programmes with selected industries and analysing the decision making process of businesses.

Review of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme  

The project team provided support in the impact assessment and evaluation (according to REFIT guidelines) for DG CLIMA view to a legislative proposal to be put forward by the Commission in 2015. The evaluation focussed on the current EU ETS structure (i.e. third phase of the EU ETS). A comprehensive intervention logic was developed and a literature review (supplemented by the team’s expert opinion) carried out in order to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, EU-added value and coherence of the EU ETS Directive.

Interaction European electricity markets and climate policies EC (DG Climate Action) 

 SQ Consult lead the consortium that supported DG CLIMA in increasing its understanding of proposed, ongoing and recently implemented reforms on national power markets within the EU, with a specific focus on the decarbonisation of the power sector and growth of renewable energy on the European market. The work includes both qualitative and quantitative analysis to gain an in-depth understanding on the interactions between the influencing factors and flexibility measures that impact or address system adequacy and capacity adequacy. The final aims of the study were to determine under which conditions the EU energy-only market combined with the EU ETS carbon market can generate the necessary investment incentives for a decarbonising power sector.

2014

Review green and white certificate schemes in Poland EBRD 

A consortium led by Kommunalkredit Public Consulting GmbH has elaborated  a Comparative Analysis of market-based Mechanisms aiming at attracting additional revenues for energy efficiency and renewable energy investments by Polish SMEs in the context of EBRD’s second Polish Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (PolSEFF2). The identified instruments relate to (i) carbon markets, (ii) energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and (iii) green procurement. SQ Consult contributed with an assessment of the white and green certificate scheme in Poland

Impact of the EU ETS on low carbon actions and investment decisions by EU industry  

The project team provided support in the impact assessment and evaluation (according to REFIT guidelines) for DG CLIMA view to a legislative proposal to be put forward by the Commission in 2015. The evaluation focussed on the current EU ETS structure (i.e. third phase of the EU ETS). A comprehensive intervention logic was developed and a literature review (supplemented by the team’s expert opinion) carried out in order to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, EU-added value and coherence of the EU ETS Directive. For support for the impact assessment the project team carried out an assessment of a set of policy options in line with the conclusions of the European Council of October 2014.

Policy/benchmark instruments for the deployment of biofuels in the aviation sector IATA 

Benchmark of global policy instruments to achieving CO2 savings with biofuels in the aviation sector. Economic impacts analysis of a series of policy instruments combinations under different economic scenarios (2013-2050).

Due diligence: investigation of performance of a large energy company WWF 

As part of a new Climate Savers agreement with a Dutch utility company SQ Consult was commissioned by WWF to assess: CSR reporting ambitions, completeness of the carbon footprint, correctness and completeness of communication on green power products, and applied sustainability criteria on the use of biomass. Recommendations for specific issues to be addressed in the new climate saver agreement. Client: WWF.

Sustainable development of the Serbian energy sector EuropeAid 

SQ Consult associate Mark van Wees supported the Serbian Government in: approximation to the EU climate change acquis; building local capacity on greenhouse gas scenario analysis; identification of mitigation measures in support of climate change policy in Serbia in alignment with the EU; identification of the opportunities to participate in carbon trading and market mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol; new carbon market mechanisms under a post 2012 international climate regime.

Mainstreaming climate change in EU regional blending facilities EuropeAid 


Since 2007, regional blending facilities have been set up by the EU for financing development project on third countries (combining grant and loan components). SQ participates in a team, headed by KPC, advising the European Commission on extending these facilities and on enhancing the involvement of the private sector. SQ Consult has addressed the mainstreaming of climate change mitigation and adaptation issues in the appraisal of investment proposals, as well as the financing of low carbon strategies and NAMAs through the EU blending facilities.

Global policy benchmark for water and energy efficiency in the built environment  

SQ (in consortium) advised the largest manufacturer of water pumps in the world on a global policy benchmark related to water and energy efficiency in the built environment.  Assessment of policies and regulation at selected countries in the world. Driving the improvements in water performance and energy efficiency in residential, commercial and public buildings.

Reporting on the developments in sustainable energy in the NL Netherlands Enterprise Agency 

SQ Consult develops a new reporting format for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency for the annual reporting on developments in sustainable energy in the Netherlands. Publication of 3 reports in the course of 2014 with focus on role of subsidies, market developments, and policy development for sustainable energy.

Domestic offsetting of GHG emissions in the Netherlands Ministry of I&M 

The Dutch government does not promote voluntary CO2 market projects (under the Gold Standard or VCS) in the Netherlands. Dutch organisations can realise greenhouse gas emissions, however but there is no possibility to monetise these reductions. The study investigates the policy implications for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment if a domestic offset scheme is established in the Netherlands. The study takes a bottom up approach, is characterised by stakeholder participation and is focused to deliver an advice that supports investment in the capture of CO2 or in technologies that reduce CO2 emissions.

Due diligence: an investigation into the performance of a large Dutch Utility company. WWF 

Assessment of CSR reporting ambitions, completeness of the carbon footprint, correctness and completeness of communication on green power products, and use of sustainability criteria on the use of biomass. The project resulted in recommendations for specific issues to be addressed in the new Climate Saver agreement. Client: WWF.

Training ETS MRV regulation in Turkey World Bank 

Under the World Bank PMR program, SQ Consult organizes and contributes to trainings for the Competent Authority and operators in Turkey on the monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions under the ETS.

CO2 Performance Ladder: Priorities and ambitions CO2 Prestatieladder 

The CO2 Performance Ladder (CO2-Prestatieladder) is a certification scheme for CO2 management which is used in infrastructure tenders. The scheme has a growing number of stakeholders (project owners, contractors, NGO's) with different views and needs. SQ Consult carried out a stakeholder consultation and assisted in setting priorities and ambitions for further development of the scheme.

 

link: http://cms2009.digitnet.nl/Uploads/CO/AmbitiesenprioriteitenSKAO.pdf

2013

Energy efficiency policies Philippines GFA 

Capacity building to Philippines officers on energy efficiency policies across the EU

Energy efficiency policies Philippines EuropeAid 

Capacity building mission and training for Philippines policy officers on energy efficiency policies across the EU, and possible application in the Philippines.

Fossil fuel subsidies for power production in Germany Energy company 



SQ Consult analyzed the amount and impact of subsidies for power production in Germany. Commissioned by a consortium of 4 European energy companies.

Options for small emitters in the aviation sector in the EU ETS European Commission DG CLIMA 

SQ Consult supported the assessment of the costs of the application of the EU ETS to aviation small emitters and the evaluation of options and instruments for simplifications of the requirements. This involved assessment of new instruments that could be adopted to accommodate small emitters in EU ETS aviation, including ETS schemes and fuel tax systems in the US, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. SQ Consult also provided input of legal and MRV issues in addressing the project’s question.

Policy/benchmark instruments for the deployment of biofuels in the aviation sector International Air Transportation Association (IATA) 

Benchmark of global policy instruments that could be effective in achieving CO2 savings via the deployment of biofuels for the aviation sector. The project included economic impacts analysis of a series of policy instruments combinations under different economic scenarios (2013-2050). This review included different options for the EU ETS market mechanism.

Market strategy in sustainable urban energy development TNO 

Assistance in development of a market strategy for the Dutch research organisation TNO, focusing on energy in the built environment.

Due diligence of wind and geothermal power plants in Nicaragua FMO 

 Type of services provided  Quality Control and review of the Due Diligence performed by Ecorys on the assessment of two wind and geothermal power plants loans made by FMO

CSR report and strategy energy company Alliander 

SQ Consult supported Alliander, Dutch company in the grid distribution business, in the design of a CSR strategy and on their reporting activities.

Modelling Energy Service Obligation Private client 

Analysis of the impact of the proposed energy saving obligation (article 6.1) under the Energy Efficiency Directive on the core markets for electricity and heat. Within this project we developed a quantitative model that was used to determine the impact of an 1.5%  energy saving obligation on: the energy sales, the growth of the energy related services and the financial consequences for different business units of the utility company.

Success factors renewables projects in Limburg Regional government Limburg 

SQ Consult identified success factors for the investment in renewable energy projects in the province of Limburg, Netherlands. In support of the regional sustainable energy policies.

Capacity development power sector Belgium Energy company 

SQ Consult assessed future energy price and power capacity development in Belgium with the context of the North-West European power market.

Support to the European Commission for the Compliance Forum EU ETS 2012+2013 European Commission 

Support to DG Clima in exchange of information on monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU ETS. Work includes organisation of expert meetings and conferences, preparation of discussion documents, policy development and organising the electronic debate between Member States. Including aviation sector.

Economic Instruments for Transport and the Built Environment European Commission 

SQ Consult, together with CE Delft and Cambridge Econometrics, is supporting the European Commission in assessing the feasibility of extending the EU emissions trading system to the transport sector and the built environment, as part of the debate on a long-term structural reform of the EU ETS, see: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/ets/reform/index_en.htm

 

2012

Jatropha biofuels for Dominican Republic and Haiti Private developer 

Techno-economic feasibility study for the construction of sustainable farms and medium sized Jatropha biodiesel plants in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The study included a market study, sustainability analysis under US and EU sustainability obligations, technology selection, and CDM feasibility.

Benchmark of EU national systems for biofuel sustainability; national system Spain Comisión Nacional de la Energía 

Benchmark of national sustainability systems in the EU, considering aspects of CoC, auditability, level of assurance, verification mechanisms, special rules for proving compliance with the sustainability criteria on land and GHG emissions savings. Design of the Spanish national sustainability system; special focus was given to the mass balance rules, and the requirements for auditability of the system.

Update bulletin Trends sustainability biomass Agentschap NL 

Selection of news and writing of the quarterly NPSB Information Bulletin from NL Agency. This publication summarizes the Dutch, European and global news related to sustainability of biomass.

Energy from waste water treatment plants Lebanon UNDP 

Feasibility assessment for the production of heat and power from the waste water treatment plants in Lebanon. Work included the preparation of the technical specifications for the preparation of the bidding documents for the most promising selected sites.

Technical assistance to define the feasibility of international power interconnections as CDM IADB 

SQ Consult proposed, with ClimateFocus, alternatives to overcome barriers to the access to carbon finance for international power interconnections projects. Traditional CDM modalities, voluntary markets and post 2012 instruments (NAMAs) were evaluated and recommendations on future strategy was given to Energy Ministries in the Latin American Region in order to access international carbon finance to develop these projects.

 

Designing the assessment process for new entrants, cessations and closures in the EU ETS Phase III European Commission 

After the start of Phase III of the EU ETS, new applications for free allocation will be made by new entrants (new plants and capacity extensions). Similarly, existing plants may close or experience a (partial) cessation, with consequences for their allocation. SQ Consult, together with UBA (Austria) is supporting the European Commission in the development of the methodology to evaluate such applications in view of the harmonised allocation rules (similar to that done in the NIMs for incumbents).
 

Supporting the evaluation of the NIMS (EU ETS Phase III) for EFTA countries EFTA (European Free Trade Association) 

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein also participate in the EU ETS, and therefore must submit a NIMs (National Implementation Measures), outlining the free allocation provided to national industries in Phase III. The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) has the role to evaluate these plans for propoer application of the harmonised allocation rules. SQ Consult, together with DNV, supported this evaluation process, similar to that carried out for EU countries for the European Commission.

Eco2profit review and discussion ZeroEmission Solutions 

On request of the Belgian company Zero Emissions Solutions we reviewed and complemented their analysis on support mechanisms for renewable energy in the Netherlands, and led the discussions on this topic in an interactive stakeholder debate organised in the framework of the Interreg ECO2PROFIT-project.
 

Design NL supplier obligation system Ministry EL&I 

In a consortium led by NERA consulting, SQ Consult supported the Dutch government in their design of the national renewable energy support system. Development of a detailed energy model for the Netherlands. Analysis of scenarios on the design of the future Dutch support system against criteria as formulated in the Dutch energy report 2011. Various options for continuation of the SDE+ support mechanisms and the options for introducing a supply obligation and renewable energy certificate system.
 

Training renewable energy and sustainability Typhoon Capital 

SQ Consult provided an in-house training to international experts from various offices of Typhoon Capital. The training focused on renewable energy and climate policy and market developments in Europe, and aimed to support the experts in their role as business developer renewable energy.

Support corporate strategy for energy saving services International energy company 

SQ Consult supported the client in developing an in-depth understanding of current and upcoming energy and climate change policy in Europe, and in formulating a strategy for a selection of their service portfolio.

Update bulletin trends sustainability biomass Agentschap NL 

Selection of news and writing of the quarterly NPSB Information Bulletin from NL Agency. This publication summarizes the Dutch, European and global news related to sustainability of biomass.
 

Level of assurance, costs and benefits of certification systems for bio-energy Agency NL 

SQ Consult supported NL Agency on the differences between voluntary certification systems for biofuels and biomass for other energy purposes. Level of assurance, their scope, and their benefits and costs of certification. Background information on these systems for market parties to be able to choose a specific one. Transparency to market parties and regulators on how to act on these differences.

Financial and sustainability reporting energy company NUON 

SQ Consult assisted N.V. Nuon with its yearly report, integrating financial and sustainability reporting. Focus on new investments, fuel mix and integration with Vattenfall. This resulted in a score of A+ from the GRI institute.

Review of national bioenergy policy papers GNESD UNEP RISOE 

SQ Consult reviewed national bioenergy policies papers from Argentina, Brazil, Kenya, Senegal and Thailand.

Risks of sustainability certification in different countries and lessons learned from co-regulation GIZ 

The first part of this study looks at the sustainability impacts of different private certification schemes in countries with different levels of risk.  The second part of this study aims to get a better understanding in the experiences in the implementation of the European Renewable Energy Directive, and its procedures for the recognition of voluntary schemes, in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.

Energy from waste water treatment plants UNDP Lebanon 

Feasibility assessment for the production of heat and power from the waste water treatment plants in Lebanon. Work included the preparation of the technical specifications for the preparation of the bidding documents for the most promising selected sites.

Overview of the Peruvian energy sector and attractiveness for Korean investments Large Asian utility 

Overview of the Peruvian energy sector  and attractiveness for Korean investments. Work included analysis of the Peruvian legal framework, analysis of the mining sector and the opportunities that it creates for the energy sector, state of the art of the renewable energies in Peru, analysis of private power purchase agreeements (PPPs), and electricity price forecast under different scenarios.

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