Jatropha biofuels for Dominican Republic and Haiti
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.
Technical assistance to define the feasibility of international power interconnections as CDM
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.
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.
Risks of sustainability certification and lessons learned from co-regulation
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
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.
Sustainable heat mapping of Dutch industry
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.
Design of a financial mechanism for industrial energy efficiency projects in El Salvador
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.
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
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
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.