Consulting Services in Order to Analyze and Explore the Energy Efficiency (EE) Potentials of Existing Publicly Owned, Privately Owned and for Office Buildings, Including Industrial and Commercial Buildings of SME Facilities in the Russian Federation

2011-11-30 - 2012-05-31
Russian Federation

The energy intensity of Russia’s GDP is 3.1 times higher than in EU countries. This is due to natural factors like the cold climate, but also highly energy inefficient equipment and buildings The Energy Strategy Paper of the Russian Federation aims to fully utilize the potential of (technical) energy savings and thus decrease the energy intensity of the Russia’s GDP by 27% by 2020. EBRD and IFC already support this effort with EE finance programmes, and KfW intends to enter into this field. In October 2011 therefore KfW commissioned LFS (Consortium Leader) and FICHTNER (Consortium Partner) to carry out a study (i) to analyse the EE potentials of industrial, commercial and residential buildings in Russia, (ii) to analyse the existing EE lending programs, and (iii) to develop proposals for new financing mechanisms (loans) for EE investments in the building sector that are economically feasible and efficient in terms of energy savings and reduction of CO2 emissions. The project is conducted by International Experts of LFS and FICHTNER that work at their corporate headquarters and conduct short-term missions in the field, and Local Experts of FICHTNER that work in the field.
Assessment of the potential for increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in the building sector through investment in insulation, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, water heating systems, lightning systems, energy efficient appliances and electronics, and metering equipment; differentiated according to the type of building: public buildings, office buildings, residential buildings, commercial buildings of SMEs, and industrial buildings of SMEs. Ranking of the measures according to the following criteria: relevance of the measures for the building category, energy saving and of CO2 emission potential, economic feasibility, typical loan amount, potential for standardisation of the related financing products. Assessment of EE programmes and EE potentials in the regions of Russia. Analysis of the legal and regulatory framework for fostering EE investments in the building sector. Assessment of the existing EE finance programmes of IFC, EBRD and the Russian Development Bank under the following aspects: (i) source and conditions of financing (interest rate, minimum and maximum loan amounts, maturities etc.), (ii) total programme volume and implementation period, (iii) experience collected and lessons learnt (e.g. structure and features of effective demand), (iv) eligibility criteria (types of measures, types of borrowers etc.), (v) major challenges, risks and constraints, (vi) national versus regional programmes. Based on the overview of the EE potentials and the comparative analysis of the existing EE finance programmes, preparation of suggestions for potential products, including most promising EE measures, target groups and target regions. Cost-benefit analysis of selected EE investments types.