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WBI Climate Change Practice Quarterly e-Bulletin December 2013
  Dec 18, 2013

As 2013 inches to a close, the team at WBICC has been actively involved in new initiatives and programmes. For example, latest e-learning courses are now available online for Climate Change practitioners around the globe. The courses 'Policy Instruments for Low Emissions Development: From Design to Implementation', and 'Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring' were well received by global audience. One of the participants notes that "Being satisfied with very good experience of learning through this course, I am learning a lot through the discussion forum and enjoying it. Here I am able to know various innovations in the field of agriculture and climate change." 

Furthermore, the team is currently in the final stages of completing production of the World Bank Group's first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which will be launched next month on January 27, 2014. This course presents the most recent scientific evidence and states some opportunities for urgent action on climate change. It also covers the latest knowledge and information based on cutting-edge research. The MOOC is being offered in two tracks: (1) Climate Champion / Generalist; and (2) Policy and Leadership. The course runs for 4 weeks, and is free of charge. Participants will have access to the material for approximately 6 months after the course ends. To sign up for the first delivery of the course, Click Here.

On 18th November in Barcelona, Spain, the City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative (CEETI) was launched. It was announced at CitiSense workshop, a World Bank event on urban innovation targeting senior city representatives held in conjunction with the Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress. This three-year initiative is designed to integrate energy efficiency in cities and WBICC will work on building the capacity of urban planners, develop customised training modules and promote learning among cities.

The team also delivered several webinars, like CF-Assist supported webinar series, 'PoA and Beyond', co-organized under UNDP's MDG Carbon Program, hosted its' second webinar, 'PoA Experiences from the field'. Yet, another webinar series highlighting critical topics in Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) was successfully held in cooperation with the Regional Secretariat of LEDS Global Partnership (GP) Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Please, find these and more news in this edition of our e-Bulletin.

With best wishes for a new year, meet you all in the next edition of the Bulletin and do not forget to reach us with your feedback at
Low Emissions Development Planning and Financing
Workshop and Webinar series on LEDS LAC:
  • Our team participated in the 2nd Annual Workshop of the Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Platform in December. LEDS Global Partnership is a global initiative established in 2012 to enhance collaboration and coordination on LEDS capacity development and knowledge sharing. Together with the World Bank Institute, its active members in the LAC regional network include United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLAC) and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). WBI is collaborating with the LEDS LAC Secretariat in the agenda design and workshop organization, and will support the delivery of select sessions, including one on Climate-Smart Agriculture; Market-based Instruments to support LED; and Integrating Climate Resilience in LED planning. This year's regional meeting is led by the recently established LEDS GP Regional Secretariat (INCAE Business School and Libelula Peru) and will be hosted by the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment.

    A Vibrant Community of Practice in Latin America and the Caribbean for Strategies in Low Emissions Development

    Leading up to this event, the WBI with the LEDS LAC Secretariat organized a series of webinars covering critical LEDS topics to prepare for the workshop's discussion and also to further South-South knowledge exchange. The webinar series was conducted in Spanish and organized into four sessions, two in October and two in November. Each webinar featured a regional perspective on the LEDS topic from a member of the LAC LEDS GP, followed by a feature on national experiences from a relevant expert in the related field.

    Webinar Series organized by WBI and LEDS LAC Secretariat
UNDP and WBICC's joint Webinar series:
  • A new series of webinars, 'Programme of Activities (PoA) and Beyond', is being jointly organized by UNDP through its MDG Carbon Programme and the World Bank Institute Climate Change (WBICC) Practice. This series will deliver five webinars until June 2014. The series hosted its first 2 webinars: 'Setting up of PoAs', with Mr. Randall Spalding as its speaker, who refreshed the concept and regulatory framework of PoAs and provided an overview of the role that the Coordinating/Managing Entities (CME) play in a PoA. The second webinar on 'PoA Experiences from the field' was advanced by Mr. Bill Farmer, chairman, Uganda Carbon Bureau. The webinar discussed Letter of Approval (LoA) issuance, obtaining financial support for the establishment of a PoA, data handling with storage and contractual arrangements with Component Programme Activities (CPAs) under a PoA. The one-hour webinars invited many CDM practitioners and enthusiasts and active discussions were held on the topics presented. The next webinar in the series is scheduled for February 5, 2014, and will discuss Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems. Also, a Community of Practice has been established on the Climate Finance Options platform to continue discussions among participants in between and beyond the sessions.
  • On the e-learning front, Cities and Climate Change Leadership was opened to a global audience. The course had over 300 participants, Pablo Torres, the course facilitator noted, 'The course exhibited a wide spectrum of knowledge, with the quality of discussion forum posts ranging from introductory to some participants showing a detailed understanding of the complexities in the subject. Overall, there was a high level of participation in the forums and enriching interactions between participants.' The 'El cambio climático y el liderazgo de las ciudades', (Spanish version of the same course) had participants exclaiming that the course was well researched and an enriching interaction with peers on the course discussion forum helped them address their city's problems with the burgeoning climate change predicament.

    'Low Carbon Development: Planning and Modeling' e-course completed its fall delivery for the current fiscal. Amidst 340 participants registered, a wide participation from development practitioners, professionals from government and private sector has been witnessed. On one end the pilot delivery of 'Emissions Trading Schemes: Using Markets to Promote Low Emissions Development' saw a successful conclusion and on the other end, the Pilot launch of 'Policy Instruments for Low Emissions Development: From Design to Implementation' e-course was well received. This course is enriched with examples of how LEDS policy instruments have been implemented worldwide. Individual lessons provide more details on the design and implementation of specific policy approaches, including information and labeling programs, voluntary industrial agreements, performance and technology standards for the industries and vehicles, emissions trading systems, and carbon taxes. To facilitate learning, in-depth policy case studies provide participants with the opportunity to identify how policy instruments may be designed and implemented in practice. The course is in its last stage of completion and witnesses an active participation on the 'peer discussion forum'.
Upcoming e-Learning courses:
Scaling up Climate Action in Cities:
  • The World Bank Group has recently launched the Low Carbon and Livable Cities (LC2) initiative to support sustainable development in cities. The LC2 goal is to support 300 of the world's largest developing country cities with planning and financing over the next four years. The World Bank has also recently launched the City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative (CEETI). Please refer to next section for more details.

    The CF-Assist supported initiative "Scaling up Climate Action in Cities" continues its efforts to contribute to the knowledge, learning and innovative efforts. In its initial years, the initiative has supported the development of the Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development Program (LCCDP) and continues working on the innovative Green Growth Program in Colombo, Sri Lanka. We are supporting the development of sustainability benefits, which can be used as assets to attract investment into a city-wide green growth program. These benefits will be supported by a coordination mechanism and a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) framework. Based on the lessons from this experience, in 2014, we will focus on two key aspects, namely municipal coordination and citizen engagement. Please stay tuned for upcoming webinars on these topics.

    We plan to explore these aspects in greater detail over the next six months through an online engagement and knowledge products. As one of the first activities, on Nov. 21, we have launched a community of practice and held a webinar, titled "Energizing Green Cities in Southeast Asia: Applying Sustainable Urban Energy and Emissions Planning". Participants included city practitioners, consultants, and academicians engaged in a lively and informative discussion. Please join the community of practice here: online collaborative platform. For more information, please contact smillsknapp(at) or
Capacity for Sustainable Energy
United Nations has declared 2014-2024 as the Decade for Sustainable Energy for All. It is widely recognized that energy is crucial to sustainable development, including the challenges posed by climate change. Our team continues to support capacity building, knowledge sharing and skills development to support renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access in the urban and rural context and for a wide-range of energy sector stakeholders.

The City Energy Efficiency Initiative
  • As a contribution to the broader Cities & Climate Change efforts of the World Bank, the City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative (CEETI) was launched at the CitiSense Workshop in Barcelona. This initiative will be implemented jointly by the WBICC Practice, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Information and Communications Technologies Unit (ICT).

    This initiative is designed to help cities of developing countries in integrating energy efficiency into their strategic planning and operations, as a means of improving public services, lessening pressure on municipal budgets and reducing pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The initial three-year phase of this initiative, will work with 50 cities that could see substantial cost and energy savings through efficiency projects.

    The CEETI will work with city governments to foster promising energy effective investments, match cities with sources of financing, and build the capacity of officials and local banks to get projects off the ground. "Cities are keen to adopt energy efficiency in their planning, as this would not only save energy but in the long run be a lot effective on their budget too. We at WBICC will work towards its capacity building and aim to develop training modules customized on energy efficiency for cities" said, Samira El Khamlichi, Task Manager, WBI Climate Change Practice.

Incubating Innovation for Rural Electrification Initiative:
  • We are happy to report that the 'Incubating Innovation for Rural Electrification Initiative' continues to support the development of innovative business models to deliver clean energy to rural customers in off-grid areas. Early September, the team hosted a webinar and an e-discussion on Exploring the Franchising Approach for Off-Grid Electrification featuring Anil Raj, CEO of OMC Power and Jim Walker, Co-Founder of The Climate Group. Participants discussed the possibility of replicating cutting edge business models from rural India and Sub-Saharan Africa using a franchising approach. To further explore this approach, we supported the Climate Group launch the Off-Grid Energy Competition in India. This challenge will award grants up to a maximum of $100,000 each, to support the expansion of three Indian enterprises already providing energy access solutions to at least 100 customers. Visit The Climate Group website for the latest updates.

    New small-scale renewable distributed energy technologies and solutions specifically designed for rural electrification business models are paving way for new enterprises. In November, the team organized a webinar on Pay-As-You-Go Solutions for Rural Electrification Business Models. Prepaid energy solutions are expected to play a pivotal role in addressing the affordability gap of rural consumers to enhance the bankability of energy service companies. We are happy to share news of follow-up of the USADF sponsored Off-Grid Energy Challenge launched earlier this year in Malawi. We continue to develop an integrated two-track approach (i) supporting small enterprises and (ii) mobilizing local stakeholders for creating an enabling environment. As we pilot this approach in Malawi and select other countries, we will keep you posted of the developments.

    In December, please join us for a webinar on Exploring the Crowdfunding Funding Option for Energy Access. We would also like to invite you to contribute to our survey as we begin the process of redesigning the Incubating Innovation for Rural Electrification's online collaborative platform. We highly value ideas and suggestions, thus please do send us your ideas on new content, priority topics and most importantly, potential partners. Kindly visit the platform or Click Here to access the 5 minutes survey. For more information, please contact ytanvez(at) or
Energy Learning Portal
  • We are excited to present to you, the Energy Learning Portal. Through this portal, we would like to make the knowledge and experience gained at the World Bank easier for everyone to access. This portal seeks to introduce its audience to the fundamental elements of operational experience that support scale-up of sustainable energy solutions. The content is layered at different levels of depth, to allow the audience to dig as deep as they wish and it also includes knowledge resources such as case studies, project templates and project documents. This website is intuitively designed and we have tried to make it simple and user friendly to create a positive learning experience.

    Policy makers, power sector experts and practitioners, private sector, non-governmental agencies and universities, whoever you are, we hope this portal will help you understand the energy sector better. As you meander through this Portal, we suggest that you begin by framing a question as "How do I identify, develop or implement a specific sustainable energy solution….…." The Portal is work-in-progress so if your question is not yet answered, please send it to us at tarsovski(at) or as we seek your suggestions, ideas and partnership in making this Portal highly useful to you.
Vocational Training for Accelerated deployment of Renewable Energy
  • Creating green skills and jobs through effective and demand-oriented vocational education is crucial to the goals of providing access to electricity and ending energy poverty. Sustainable expansion of decentralized energy systems such as solar home systems and micro hydro requires the availability of skilled labor in rural areas. This initiative seeks to create a pool of skilled human resource base to effectively support rural energy stakeholders. Harnessing the full potential of renewable energy sources and potential for job creation in rural areas requires a structured approach for effective collaboration between the Energy and Education sectors. We are implementing an initiative with Electricité de France (EDF) and are exploring opportunities to partner with institutions working in this area in all regions. For more information and for opportunities for collaboration, please contact pelamthuruthil(at) or

    The team has started preparations for Carbon Expo 2014 in Cologne, Germany (28-30 May), and has drafted a survey for the Green Energy stream of the event, seeking feedback from stakeholders from the Energy sector how the Carbon Expo could best fulfill their needs: Click here to access the survey.
Upcoming e-Learning courses:
Climate-Smart Agriculture in Landscape Management
F2F training on Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring:
  • Our team travelled to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and Nairobi in Kenya to launch the new WBI e-course, 'Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring'. The two learning events were in support of TerrAfrica regional Capacity Building and Learning Program, implemented by NEPAD, and supervised by the TerrAfrica team. The training at Ouagadougou was organized by ECOWAS for West African countries and the one in Nairobi by COMESA for Eastern African countries. Over 60 participants from more than 20 countries came to the training events with their work area concentrated on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) projects in their countries. The majority of the trainees were from the ministry of agriculture and some from the ministry of environment.

    The face-to-face training focused on the SALM soil carbon accounting methodology for Climate-Smart Agriculture and SLM projects, illustrating how it was piloted in Kenya through the innovative effort of the World Bank – Bio Carbon Fund (WB-BCF)/Africa (AFR) teams. The training included extensive hands-on and field work. The fieldwork in both places (Ouagadougou and Nairobi) was in collaboration with African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) respectively. Participants met farmers and were impressed to witness the application of CSA techniques that generate triple-wins. Together with this, participants used the data collected from these farmers to estimate not only the agriculture and climate resilience benefits, but also the soil carbon benefits, using the VCS's new accounting SALM methodology.
  • The face-to-face training was then followed by complementary learning through WBI's e-Institute, which launched the e-course on the subject. The subject is in high demand, demonstrated by an overwhelming registration of over 600 applicants.

    'Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects: Soil Carbon Monitoring', e-course, commenced on 18th November 2013 and witnessed an overwhelming response (amongst others) from the African and Asian sub continents. The discussion forum has been very active with rich interactions amongst agro economists, scholars, government officials, and farmer's cooperative heads. The 'Kenyan case study' elaborated in the course, makes the many participants more confident of sowing their knowledge gained from the course to realise its practical yield. More information on the delivery of this course will be provided in the next edition of our e-Bulletin, and in an article which we will post on the WBICC website in due course.
Upcoming e-Learning courses:
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