eC2:Design of digital finance solution for clean energy

Deadline: 26-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Interested firm should be experienced with the design and implementation of financial (IT) solutions, preferably focusing on SMEs and retail consumers. The firm/consortium is required to demonstrate (i) proven expertise (with concrete examples) in designing, developing and implementing financial IT solutions (ii) proficient in Arabic and building multi-language applications; (iii) local presence in Middle-East region, preferable in Jordan with management staff and ICT experts; (iv) experience working with government agencies and multi-lateral and international institutions. Assessment of proposals will be based on the qualification criteria.

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eC2: Development of Climate Change Mitigation pathways in Energy and Urban sectors

Deadline: 25-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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Interested firm/consortium should have experience and expertise in climate change mitigation, particularly in the energy and urban sectors. The firm/consortium is required to demonstrate (i) proven international experience (with concrete examples) in assessment and development of mitigation options, scenarios, modelling techniques, baselines and emission factors development, required for the energy sector and desirable for the urban sector; (ii) technical experience and expertise in energy and urban sectors; (iii) local presence in Middle-East region, preferably in Jordan with management staff and local technical experts with Arabic language skills; (iv) experience working with government agencies and multi-lateral and international institutions.

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Article: The Country Partnership Framework (CPF) Lebanon

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 — The World Bank Group (WBG) has rolled out a new six-year program for its engagement in Lebanon, underlining the need to support the country as it grapples with a myriad of political and socio-economic hardships largely linked to regional turmoil. The strategy broadly aims to recalibrate confidence of citizens in the state that has been deeply shaken by political instability, inadequate public services, shrinking economic opportunities and fallouts of the conflict in Syria.

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US$250 Million Program to Support Jordan’s Energy & Water Sectors

The World Bank Board of Directors approvedsyrian-refugees-saeed3today a US$250 million financial package to support Jordan’s process to reform the energy and water sectors, two critical public services which are challenged by scarce resources and further burdened by a sharp rise in demand caused by the influx of Syrian refugees.

“The water sector is on track to start generating energy efficiency savings that will help to reduce the fiscal and environmental footprints of the sector.”

– Caroline van den Berg, World Bank Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist.

Jordan’s historic vulnerability to the fluctuations in fuel prices, coupled with the frequent interruptions in piped natural gas from Egypt since the outbreak of the Arab upheaval in 2011, have severely taxed the budget. To compensate for the gas shortages, Jordan has resorted to importing more expensive diesel and fuel oil. This development encouraged the Government to develop and implement programs to diversify and reduce cost of energy supply through the development of domestic renewable energy resources and alternate natural gas supply options for power generation.

On the water front, Jordan has historically grappled with water scarcity, which has forced the Kingdom to maximize its use of shared resources, while becoming more dependent on non-conventional, and often very energy-intensive, water infrastructure.  A series of external shocks, including the fluctuations in oil prices and the influx of the Syrian refugees in the country, have rapidly increased the cost of water. In response, the Government is implementing a sector reform program that aims to optimize the allocation of water resources, while reducing the use of energy in the sector – a program that would be supported by the DPL. The plan will optimize the use of existing surface water resources while allocating increasing flows of treated wastewater to farmers and industry to support economic growth while reducing the over-extraction of groundwater.

“We are pleased to continue supporting the Government of Jordan in implementing its ambitious and far reaching reform programs, which aim to bolster the country’s broad development agendas.”

– Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Director for the Middle East.

The water sector is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the country, and hence any increase in energy efficiency will help to reduce the cost of water and reduce emissions and subsequently the carbon footprint of the sector.

In addition to the new US$250 million loan, the World Bank’s portfolio in Jordan comprises three projects amounting to US$430 million, as well as 15 trust fund grants for a total of US$83.4 million.

More information can be found on the World Bank website, where you also may find the program document.

eConsultant2: Jordan Energy Sector Assessment

The objective of this Technical Assistance is centered on developing a strategy to transform the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) into a real transmission company and an electricity market operator at international standards, and hence increasing the sector efficiency by strengthening management and regulatory capacities of NEPCO, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MoEMR), and the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC).

See full tender here: #1189496 Jordan Energy Sector Assessment

Funding source: ESMAP (Dutch-contributed Trust Fund)

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