AFETI Agence Française d’Expertise Technique Internationale
The economic and social development of member states the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) is hindered by an energy crisis caused by rising demand and limited access to affordable and reliable modern energy services. In this context, the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy was essential to supporting the development of the private sector in member states. For these reasons, in 2014 the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), in partnership with the European Union and the Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM), implemented a facility, the West Africa SUNREF project, to promote sustainable energy for enterprises and individuals in West Africa.
Therefore, SUNREF and the Confédération Générale des Entreprises de Côte d’Ivoire (CGECI) organized a workshop to reinforce capacity on both the methodology to conduct a detailed study of energy efficiency projects in compliance with SUNREF West Africa standards and the preparation of a credit application template qualified for financing from the AFD credit facility.
The Econoler mandate consisted of reinforcing the theoretical knowledge and practices of engineering firms and energy efficiency (EE) consultants to enable them to propose pertinent demand-side management measures in buildings and industry that would benefit the private sector, specifically with regard to energy audits, feasibility studies, and energy management systems.
The skills acquired during the workshop will help participants offer services to project owners (enterprises and individuals) prepare bankable projects to be submitted to the AFD green credit facility administered by two partner banks in Côte d’Ivoire.
The specific objectives of the workshop were to help engineering firms and consultants:
- Master the energy diagnostics methodology and the use of energy management systems;
- Know how to precisely assess potential energy savings and estimate implementation costs;
- Master the detailed feasibility study methodology for EE projects;
- Acquire the skills necessary to structure a SUNREF credit application.
The training workshop was structured and delivered interactively, which allowed participants to ask questions and related content to their practical experience, which greatly added value to the course.
The participants’ interest in the training led to a greater desire to see the number of capacity reinforcement workshops multiplied for engineering firms and EE consultants in Côte d’Ivoire to enable them to assess the energy savings of specialized equipment often found in enterprises.