The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) aims at establishing a Programmatic SEFF Support Programme (the Programme) to develop an enhanced set of tools to promote a common implementation approach to Sustainable Energy Financing Facilities (SEFFs).
SEFFs are a key component of the Bank's Sustainable Resource Initiative and consist of credit lines to local banks, specifically dedicated to on-lending for energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy investments. Through SEFFs, the EBRD leverages its network of relationships with banks, reaching smaller projects to which it cannot lend directly. Each credit line is supported by a substantial and complex technical cooperation (TC) package that builds capacity in the local market and helps investors and local banks overcome some of the barriers that hinder the implementation of these investments.
Following an internal evaluation of the EBRD SEFF programme as a whole since 2004, it was concluded that while the success of the SEFFs led to a clear plan to replicate the SEFF model in the region, there remains a tendency to regard each facility as a stand-alone project. The internal review identified the need for a more programmatic approach (a shift from implementing SEFFs as stand-alone projects towards formalised support for programme-level activities) as having the potential to improve consistency and efficiency in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of SEFFs.
Framework Agreements for the Programme
The Bank intends to enter into Framework Agreements with up to 3 consultants (Framework Consultant or Consultant) to enable the Bank to call upon a shortlist of pre-qualified firms from which it can quickly and efficiently obtain reliable services.
The main objective of the Framework Agreements is to support in integrating resource efficiency expertise into SEFFs at the programme-level to instigate a consistent approach to the origination and financing of waste minimisation and water efficiency projects via local financial intermediaries.
The Framework Agreements will establish, in advance, fee rates for experts, contract terms and agreements, and procedures that will govern individual assignments (Assignments or Call-offs) to be required to implement the Programme. Under these Framework Agreements, the Bank will have the option, but not the obligation, to place individual Assignments with the selected Framework Consultants.
Framework Consultants will be selected for individual Assignments in accordance with EBRD's Procurement Policies and Rules. The Bank may send to the Framework Consultant(s) specific Terms of Reference for the Assignment (Specific ToR). The Specific ToR will include a description of the tasks to be performed, time-schedules and reporting instructions. The Framework Consultant(s) should respond by sending to the Bank a technical and financial proposal for the Assignment together with details of the Expert(s) proposed to carry out the work. The Bank will then assess the response(s) and – subject to successful negotiations - issue a call-off notice (Call-Off Notice) for the individual Assignment to the selected Framework Consultant.
Description of individual Assignments (Call-Offs)
Consultancy services for individual Assignments are expected to include the following:
- Prepare common eligibility criteria for water and waste management projects at the programme-level and populate and update a common resource efficiency technology database. The Consultant will in cooperation with the EBRD introduce common eligibility (or eligibility groupings) at the SEFF programme-level for water and waste management projects based on a minimum level of savings. The Consultant will define technology-specific performance indicators which guarantee the eligibility and identify high performance technologies. The Consultant will update and harmonise a SEFF-wide list of high performance water and waste management technologies (a sub-category for water and waste minimisation technologies on the EBRD SEFF List of Eligible Material and Equipment ('LEME')).
- Define the eligibility assessment methodologies for common resource efficiency investment opportunities via local financial institutions or supply chains. The Consultant will review EBRD's existing guidelines and templates for energy efficiency assessments and provide recommendations for changes to incorporate water and waste efficiency audits/assessments into these methodologies/guidelines.
- Prepare market specific water and waste management technology lists. The Consultant will collate market-specific lists of resource efficiency equipment, based on market studies of technology needs, which will be added to the LEME
- Design resource efficiency generic marketing content. The Consultant will design generic marketing content focusing specifically on the benefits of key water efficiency and waste minimisation investment opportunities. In addition, the Consultant will prepare case studies of investments as a demonstration of commercial viability of such projects. The consultant will draw on industry best practice examples as well as projects implemented under EBRD's investments.
- Prepare resource efficiency training content. The Consultant will review existing training materials for Sustainable Energy Efficiency Financing Facilities and propose changes/additional modules to incorporate water/resource efficiency.
- Identify and define the resource efficiency investment opportunities. The Consultant will identify these investment opportunities through preliminary desk-based and on-site further project assessments. The EBRD requires up to 100 assessments to be conducted during year 1 of the assignment and 200 assessments during year 2.
- Support the origination of Investment opportunities. When required, support the origination of investment opportunities within existing SEFFs via client profiling and regular review of local financial institution project pipelines, to flag opportunities for add-on investment components.
Status of Selection Process:
Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Programme Start Date and Duration:
The Programme is expected to start in January 2016. The selected Framework Consultants will be engaged via Framework Agreements with a validity period of up to 3 years.
Cost Estimate for the Programme and Assignments:
EUR 3,880,000 (exclusive of VAT). The cost estimate for individual Assignments will vary depending on their specific scope, but individual budgets are expected to be EUR 25,000 – 500,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.
This Programme is expected to be funded by Austria Fund for Sustainable Resource Initiative (SRI) integration into Sustainable Energy Financing Facilities (SEFFs). Please note that selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.
Eligibility: Consultancy firms shall be entities registered in Austria and all experts proposed by the entity to work on each Assignment must be either Austrian nationals or permanent residents of Austria. However, up to a maximum of 40% of the maximum budget for each Assignment may be used to finance services of experts who are citizens of or registered consultancy firms in EBRD countries of operations.
Framework Consultant Profile:
Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with demonstrable experience in water efficiency, waste minimisation and energy efficiency. The lead firm will provide (either themselves or through nominated sub-contractors) the necessary expertise to carry out the Assignments and ensure synergies between the Assignments implemented under this Framework Agreement and the related Frameworks (see note 3 below). The lead firm will include specific expertise for project management and delivering work to high quality standards.
Lead firm and/or sub-contractors will have the following core-expertise:
- Technical expertise in the areas of water efficiency, waste minimisation and energy efficiency across a wide range of industrial sectors in both developed and developing countries. This should preferably include, inter alia, agribusiness, cement, chemicals, glass production, leather processing, machinery production, metal production, motor vehicle production, petrochemicals, plastics, pulp and paper, textiles, waste sorting and recycling, and waste-to-energy;
- Ability to interact with a wide range of technology suppliers to collate energy performance and market data;
- Experience of performing analyses of environmental impacts and of specific implications for energy, water and waste management at the enterprise level;
- Knowledge of EU and EBRD environmental and social regulations; and
- Marketing expertise, on-line promotion expertise and ability to write content for on-line platforms in good international English language.
The Consultant's expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
· A Project Manager with preferably 5-10 years of previous experience and expertise in managing parallel projects with multiple synergies; excellent English skills (oral and written);
· Pool of Marketing Experts with preferably expertise in financial products, on-line promotion expertise and ability to write content for on-line platforms in good international English language;
· Pool of Water and Energy Efficiency Experts with preferably expertise across a wide range of industrial sectors in both developed and developing countries. This preferably should include, inter alia, agribusiness, cement, chemicals, glass production, leather processing, machinery production, metal production, motor vehicle production, petrochemicals, plastics, pulp and paper, textiles, waste sorting and recycling, and waste-to-energy;
· Pool of Environmental Experts with preferably expertise in performing analyses of environmental impacts and of specific implications for energy, water and waste management at the enterprise level; and knowledge of EU and EBRD environmental and social regulations; and
· Pool of Engineers/Technical Experts with preferably expertise in interacting with a wide range of technology suppliers to collate energy performance and market data.
Non-key experts are likely to cover non-core expertise or activities that require local market knowledge or capability and may be nominated on an Assignment-by-Assignment basis subject to prior approval by the EBRD.
In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted for the Programme, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company/group of firms' profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.
3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignments detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
5. A copy of the Consultant's valid company registration certificate confirming that the firm is registered in Austria.
The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.
Expressions of Interest should be submitted in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The complete expression of interest (including cover letter, CV, declaration and contact sheet etc.) shall be one file (pdf) to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of experts submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size (4 MB) is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.
Bank Contact Person:
Senior Advisor, Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7338 7589
e-mail: AlegriaP@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)
1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
2. The shortlist criteria are:
a) Previous experience of the Consultant (lead firm and nominated subcontractors combined) with regard to the core expertise required for the Framework– 40%
b) Relevant qualifications and experience of proposed key experts – 20%
c) Lead firm's relevant experience water efficiency, waste minimisation and energy efficiency – 20%
d) Lead firm's relevant experience in project management and delivering work to high quality standards in comparable assignments – 20%
3. As part of the Programmatic SEFF Support Programme, there are two additional related frameworks currently being procured: (i) 49584 Scaling up of SEFFs and (ii) 49586 SEFF Market Readiness.
In order to ensure maximum market participation for the Programme, a lead firm may apply for one, several or all frameworks but they will only be eligible to be awarded one framework. There are no such restrictions at the sub-contractor level.
Following the evaluation of proposals received during the second stage of the competition, if a lead firm is ranked in such a manner that it becomes eligible for the award of more than one framework, such firm will be asked to confirm their preferred choice for award.