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.

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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.

Evaluation of project proposals submitted under the SWITCH Asia programme 2011-2012 EuropeAid 

Evaluation of project proposals submitted under the Switch Asean Projects for sustainable consumption and production, and energy efficiency in Asian countries.

Benchmark of EU national systems for biofuel sustainability and implementation of a national system Comisión Nacional de la Energía - Spain 

This project was divided in two phases. The first phase comprehended a full 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. The second phase consisted in the design of the Spanish national sustainability system; special focus was given to the mass balance rules, and the requirements for auditability of the system.

Development of an energy and climate change strategy for the African Development Bank African Development Bank 

SQ Consult contributed to a continental energy and climate change strategy for the African Development Bank. Energy access to conventional and sustainable energy services in all countries, regional integration and international trade of energy. Analysis of the Bank’s procedures to approve loans and monitor projects, and evaluation of the new financial instruments.

Jatropha biofuels for Dominican Republic  

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 possibilities analysis.

Position paper: which role for gas in the energy transition? Energie Beheer Nederland 

Position paper on the role for gas to play in energy transition. SQ Consult studied both the demand for gas in the current and future energy system as well as the policy changes needed to secure the production of Dutch gas towards 2030. Collaboration with eRisk Group.

Impact of the introduction of a coal tax on the merit order and CO2 balance Eneco/Shell  

In cooperation with the eRisk Group, SQ Consult developed an independent analysis of the impact of the introduction of a coal tax on the merit order and CO2 balance (including leakage). This analysis was presented by Eneco and Shell jointly to their stakeholders.

Assisting with the yearly report, integrating financial and sustainability reporting N.V. Nuon  

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

Providing lessons learned from the EU to Chinese ETS pilots European Commission- DG Clima 

SQ Consult, together with Azure International, has won as assignment to help the European Commission support the development of local and regional ETS systems in China by providing information on experiences and lessons learned in the EU ETS regarding monitoring, reporting, verification and accreditation.

Support renewable energy in the Netherlands Zero Emissions Solutions 

SQ Consult 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.

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

Sustainability impacts of different private certification schemes in countries with different levels of risk.  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.

Factsheets bioenergy countries and crops Agentschap NL 

SQ Consult assisted NL Agency with the development of factsheets on a selection of promising countries and bioenergy crops. The factsheets provide an overview of the current role of a bioenergy crop or of a country in the stimulation of sustainable biomass for energy, fuel or for biobased materials. Information can be used by the market and other relevant parties to get a first understanding of market opportunities or possibilities for cooperation.

Eco2profit review support mechanisms renewable energy ZeroEmission Solutions 

SQ Consult reviewed and complemented their analysis on support mechanisms for renewable energy in the Netherlands. Led discussions on this topic in an interactive stakeholder debate organised in the framework of the Interreg ECO2PROFIT-project.

Sustainable heat mapping of Dutch industry Agentschap NL 

Associates developed a transparent uniform method for assessing the environmental performance of energy saving, renewable energy and CO2 emission reduction measures that affect the supply of industrial production processes. A uniform calculation method must ensure that project alternatives for designing the energy infrastructure of an industrial productions site are comparable, and that stakeholders have a good understanding of their own ambition. Special focus in the project is on valuing the energy savings and CO2 emissions of imported and exported energy streams, like electricity and (waste)-heat.

Evaluation of energy project proposals submitted under the SWITCH Asia programme EuropeAid 

Evaluation of project proposals submitted under the Switch ASEAN Projects for sustainable consumption and production, and energy efficiency in Asian countries.

Design of a financial mechanism for industrial energy efficiency projects in El Salvador UNDP 

A financial mechanism to facilitate access to credit for industrial energy projects in El Salvador was established. Activities involved the preparation of guidelines and procedures for energy efficiency financing, development of a calculation tool and capacity building activities carried out with the Salvadorian Industry Association, banks and project developers. The financial mechanism is part of the activities to establish a CDM program of activities on industrial energy efficiency in El Salvador. Partners: Greenmax and Zeroemissions.

Overview of the Peruvian energy sector and attractiveness for Korean investments Energy company 

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 agreements (PPPs), and electricity price forecast under different scenarios. Client: large Asian energy company.

EC Framework contract on climate policy evaluation European Commission 

SQ Consult is part of a consortium led by ICF winning a framework contract to provide the European Commission with support in climate policy evaluation over the next four years - one of only three consortia to qualify for this.

Lessons learned from the EU for Chinese ETS pilots European Commission 

SQ Consult, together with Azure International, supported  the development of local and regional ETS systems in China. Providing information on experiences and lessons learned in the EU ETS onmonitoring, reporting, verification and accreditation. Client: European Commission- DG Clima

Greenhouse gas savings determination of planned bioethanol plant International bioethanol developer and operator 

Calculation of the RED (Directive 2009/28/EC) compliant Greenhouse Gas balance for a planned bioethanol facility in Poland.

 

GBEP biofuels indicators for the Netherlands Agentschap NL 

The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) is represented by approx. 45 countries and 22 international organizations– as partners or observers. These include large economies as China, Brazil or the US.  GBEP has developed a set of 24 voluntary indicators for monitoring the sustainability of bioenergy on country level. Pilot desk study on measuring the GBEP indicators in the Netherlands on the practical applicability of the GBEP indicators in a Dutch context, and on the feasibility of using the GBEP indicators as monitoring tool.

 

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

This project for NL Agency provides a deeper understanding of the differences between voluntary certification systems for biofuels and biomass for other energy purposes; this in terms of their level of assurance, their scope, and their benefits and costs of certification. The outcomes provide all background information on these systems for market parties to be able to choose a specific one. It also provides the needed transparency to market parties and regulators on how to act on these differences.

The following certification systems are evaluated: Bonsucro, ISCC (EU version), NTA8080/81, REDcert (German version), Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and 2BSvs.

2011

Review of ESD and CHP Directive European Commission, DG Energy 

SQ Consult led the team responsible for the recast of the Energy Service Directive and the CHP Directive. With partners ECN and Cambridge Econometrics we supported the Eureopan Commission, DG Energy in the official mid-term review of the two directives and to analyse potential changes in these directives.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Legislation (Kazakhstan) Agentschap NL 

SQ Consult supported the Kazakhstan government in drafting energy efficiency and renewable energy policy and legislation. The advice was based on an assessment of Dutch and international best practices. Topics included energy auditing and reporting, and voluntary agreements. Draft legislation was reviewed by SQ Consult.

Sustainability policies impacting biofuels trading in the EU ED&F MAN 

The project provides an up-to-date overview of the current status and expectations of the transposition of the EU-RED in the selected national member states being Italy, Spain, France, UK and the Netherlands, and the possible implications for trading of biofuels.

Evaluation of the Dutch Electricity and Gas Act North-West European utility 

Consensus-building process within a North-West European utility, evaluating the impact of the Electricity and Gas Act on its activities to prepare for feedback to the national Energy Regulator.

Energy Strategy for multilateral bank Multilateral Bank 

Portfolio analysis, analysis of financial instruments and their efficiency in achieving strategic pillars of the energy strategy of a multilateral Bank: Fostering cleaner energies and increasing access to modern energy services.

Technical assistance: biomass sustainability assessments Agentschap NL 

Elaboration and utilisation of methodological assessments to provide project developers with further guidance on the execution of a comprehensive sustainability evaluation of their projects

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