EC&EE Technical Capacity Development Programme
Policy measure

According to the Global Environment Facility (2004a), the programme Promoting Energy Conservation in Small and Medium Enterprises (PECSME) was approved in 2003 as part of the Vietnam Energy Conservation Program (VECP). The Program was undertaken jointly with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).   


The aim of the PECSME programme is to remove barriers to the uptake of energy conservation technologies, improve management’s focus on energy cost reductions, enhance technician training in energy conservation practices and improve the operation of energy using equipment by SMEs (GEF, 2004a). The PECSME programme focuses on five SME sectors: bricks, ceramics, textiles, paper and food processing.


Component 3 of the PECSME programme EC&EE Technical Capacity Development Programme “involves capacity building in the training of managers, technical staff, workers and trainers in EC&EE. [Moreover it] establishes suitable training courses and their evaluation and sustainable operation beyond the program’s life” (GEF, 2004a).


The total costs of the PECSME programme amount to USD 29.227.250, while Component 3 will have a total implementation cost of USD 1,502,000 (GEF, 2004a).

Implementation

The official GEF project brief (2004b) provides an elaborate description of the activities initiated in the PECSME programme:


“This component has been primarily designed to address the barriers of limited SME skills and knowledge in energy management practices and operations; lack of appreciation of the need to invest in energy audits and other energy efficiency services; and limited skills when preparing business cases for energy conservation loans. Particular outcomes from this component include establishment and operation of an integrated and sustainable best-practice SME EC&EE training system. A key activity will be “training the trainers” to multiply training delivery during and beyond the project.

  • Provision of Training for Trainers: This activity will involve the development of suitable training materials, the identification and certification of trainers by MOST, and the training abroad of selected trainers from universities and technical colleges. It will address the barrier of lack of suitable training capability and resources in Vietnam to drive the overall training activities needed in the wider training component. The outcomes of this activity will be “best-practice” suitable training curricula and appropriately trained trainers to train other trainers to deliver the curricula to SMEs.

  • Conduct of SME Training Courses: This activity will involve the training of SME managers and technicians from selected provinces on the benefits of EC&EE, energy management practices and energy consumption reporting; and the provision of training courses on bankable EC&EE project design for the 500 targeted pipeline SME EC&EE projects. It will address the barriers of limited SME skills and knowledge in energy management practices and operations; lack of appreciation of the need to invest in energy audits and other energy efficiency services; and limited skills when preparing business cases for energy conservation loans. The outcomes of this activity will be suitably trained SME managers and technicians; the development of bankable EC&EE projects by SMEs; and SMEs implementing or planning to implement EC&EE projects.

  • Development of Sustainable EC&EE Training Programs for Relevant Universities and Colleges: This activity will involve the design of suitable EC&EE training programs for EC&EE to be included in engineering curricula. It will address the barriers of limited training capacity amongst Universities and technical colleges. The outcomes of this activity will be a cadre of suitably trained trainers in EC&EE for SMEs and documented and sustainable “best-practice” EC&EE training programs.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Training Program: This activity will involve the monitoring and evaluation of training program elements and then redesign of the training program as required to incorporate recommendations arising from the evaluation of training activities. It will address the barriers of limited training capacity amongst Universities and technical colleges. The outcome of this activity will be more effective programs that approach world best practice for such activities.

Challenges
No identified challenges.
Outcomes

According to GEF (2004b), “with the means of PECSME funds training was provided for more than 1,000 SMEs on EC technology operation between 2006 and 2010. Furthermore, the staff of 25 EESPs was trained on energy audit and EC project consultancy provision”.


Overall, “the successful implementation of the [PECSME] project will result in the cumulative energy savings of 136.1 in Vietnam, which represents cost savings to Vietnam of about US$ 16 Million”.

References

GEF (Global Environment Facility), 2004a. Promoting Energy Conservation in Small and Medium Enterprises. 5th JPO Regional Workshop, Hanoi, 17 June 2004. 


----, 2004b. Vietnam: Promoting Energy Conservation in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (PECSME) – Project Brief. Available at: www.ecsme.com.vn/download/1E82A171/.