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In October 2014, IIEC organized a study tour on Energy Efficiency Projects in the Philippines for the delegates from the Electricite du Laos (EdL) under the Demand-Side Management and Energy Efficiency (DSM/EE) II project. The objective of the study tour was for the EdL to learn about similar Energy Efficiency Projects that were implemented in the Philippines, and to discuss lessons learned with the implementing agency, the Philippines Department of Energy (DoE).

GIZ India has awarded a project to IIEC India and Ricardo-AEA to study and report on how climate concerns affect investment decisions in India. This study seeks to assess the investments in various sectors of mitigation-related projects and seek an understanding of which best practices among private finance institutions can be scaled up. Particular consideration is being given to project selection, disbursement, monitoring and reporting. A particular focus shall be given to national mitigation schemes – such as the budget allocations for national action plans for climate change (NAPCC) or the state action plans for climate change SAPCCs and potentially internationally funded NAMAs – and how they can function as a vehicle to generate additional private climate finance. The main purpose of the study is to develop a kind of matrix, linking private financial actors with investment types across various mitigation sectors and activities with the aim of capturing best practices to scale up climate finance.

During 2-4 September, IIEC Vice President for North America, Laura Van Wie McGrory, participated in a Singapore-U.S. Energy Efficiency Buildings Workshop in Singapore. The three-day workshop – jointly conducted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA)’s Centre for Sustainable Building of Singapore and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources – was carried out as part of the Singapore-US Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) and the US-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (USACEP). It was designed to provide participants from ASEAN countries, particularly those in the Lower Mekong, with a better understanding of issues related to energy efficient buildings applicable to the ASEAN region. Delegations participated from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has awarded a project to IIEC India and EDS for the identification of pilots for affordable housing. DFID is providing a 40 million pound concessional line of credit to the National Housing Bank (NHB) to finance the development of affordable housing projects. The program includes technical assistance to support state governments in developing affordable housing policies, and in developing and strengthening the systems of financing bodies like the National Housing Bank, and Housing Finance Companies. The objective of IIEC's work is to identify:

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