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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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).  

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.

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

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

2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Implementation of sustainability criteria for biofuels (Spain) Comisión Nacional de la Energía - España 

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.

Review of sustainability certification and verification systems in the EU Agentschap NL (NL) 

SQ Consult provided expert judgment on whether a certification or vertification system, that has not been accepted yet by other EU member states and / or the European Commission,  complies with the Dutch Assessment Protocol and requirements for approval in the Netherlands.

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