Development and implementation of automated Digitalised Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (D-MRV) System for climate results

Location:

Regional

TCRS Number:

14597

Business sector:

Sustainable Resources and Climate Change

Notice type:

Public

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

03 Mar 2021

Project Description

EBRD invests in projects that generate measurable climate benefits, with outcomes such as renewable energy production and/or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions assessed and reported on an ex-ante basis. A significant portion of the Bank’s projects also utilise donor co-financing, including from international climate funds, and the Bank has an obligation to report on performance results according to donor requirements. The Bank also supports carbon market development and, where feasible, issuance of carbon credits and other environmental attributes from projects as an additional catalyst for low-carbon development. In all of the above cases robust monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems and processes play an important role in ensuring efficiency, accuracy and quality of project monitoring and reporting.

While the Bank’s existing MRV processes largely rely on ex-ante data for climate results assessment and reporting with limited ex-post verification of actual project performance, there is an increasing need for reliable up-to-date ex-post data at project level to support disclosure and to better inform climate-aligned investment decisions. At the same time, there is significant potential to reduce transaction costs and complexity while increasing consistency and quality of results reported across the EBRD’s operations through application of automated digitalised approaches.

Advanced MRV system utilizing digital technologies (Digitalised MRV, or D-MRV) for automated data acquisition, processing and verification will help to significantly improve quality, consistency and value of climate outcome reporting by Bank’s renewable energy projects, thereby enhancing Bank’s ex-post GET quality assurance mechanism. Eventual implementation of D-MRV system across the Bank’s portfolio of renewable energy projects will also lead to considerable transaction cost savings, both at the Bank’s and clients’ end, associated with ex-post monitoring, reporting and verification of climate outcomes achieved by Bank’s projects.

The EBRD is keen on progressing with development of a fully functional automated D-MRV System to be deployed to a range of its renewable energy projects. Two immediate areas for application of the D-MRV System across EBRD operations include:

(a) Yellow Door Energy (YDE) solar photovoltaic project in Jordan where monitoring and reporting on achieved verified carbon savings through the D-MRV system is linked with the disbursement of the results-based grant funded by the Spanish Office for Climate Change; the project, composed of eight individual sub-projects/plants is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020; and

(b) up to 10 renewable energy projects to be supported under the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) programme Accelerating Innovation in Renewable Energy (AIRE), where access to CTF concessional finance is conditional on the projects connecting to and reporting on their carbon emission reductions through the D-MRV system; the individual projects are expected to be progressing through the pipeline during 2020-2022.

Thus, the key objectives of this assignment are to develop, roll out to a set of projects, host and support for at least 24 months, and facilitate eventual migration to EBRD IT infrastructure of a fully functional scalable online D-MRV System.

TC funds will be used to deliver the following work streams: (1) D-MRV software development, hosting and support; (2) D-MRV System piloting at YDE project; (3) D-MRV System roll out to AIRE Programme; (4) D-MRV System migration and integration with EBRD’s systems. (5) Outside Legal Counsel.

Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.

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