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EQO-NIXUS is SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTING AN INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME ON DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF ENHANCED FPV SYSTEMS IN CENTRAL ASIA

 

In the framework of Asian Development Bank’s funded Floating Solar Energy Development project in Central Asia, EQO-NIXUS is currently implementing an institutional training programme in the design, construction and operation of floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) systems in Azerbaijan.

Central and West Asian countries are heavily reliant on either fossil fuels, hydropower, or imported fuels and power, which make them carbon-intensive, energy-insecure, and vulnerable to climate and external supply shocks. The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance aim to pilot test and build expertise on the emerging (FPV) technology to diversify the energy mix, increase energy security, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The training programme consists of a total of 5 weeks of virtual trainings with 4 training sessions held on each week during December 2020 and January 2021 resulting on a total of 20 trainings. During the duration of the virtual trainings different aspects of the project are explained (financial, environmental, technical issues, feasibility, among others), see image below. Attendants in the training sessions average 50 participants and are integrated by different representatives of ministries of Azerbaijan, the ADB and other relevant stakeholders.

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EQO-NIXUS IS SUPPORTING THE SOLAR POWER GENERATION IN KIRIBATI

Kiribati is a low-lying nation comprised of 33 atolls located in the central Pacific Ocean. With a population of just over 110.000, Kiribati is under threat from rising sea level caused by climate change.

The Asian Development Bank selected EQO-NIXUS to provide its consulting services within the project South Tarawa Renewable Energy Project (STREP) to support upscaling of solar power generation in Kiribati. The Project includes investment in 4,1 MW of solar PV and 1,9 MW (2,6 MWh) of battery energy storage system and will reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports by increasing the renewable energy (RE) percentage of electricity generation.

The TA will be used to draft Kiribati’s enabling legal and regulatory framework to encourage future private sector participation in renewable energy, provide capacity building to key energy sector stakeholders, and conduct all required due diligence including grid integration and feasibility studies to ensure a well-prepared Project.

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EQO NIXUS IS SUCCESSFULLY SUPERVISING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 50MW SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANT IN ORURO, BOLIVIA

EQO-NIXUS was selected by ENDE in mid-2019 for the supervision as owners´ engineer of the world’s highest solar PV plant above sea level. The Government of Bolivia launched a National Development Plan aiming at diversifying the energy mix of the country. The Government intended to increase the use of renewable energy sources in order to achieve a sustainable energy production, in line with new climate change policies and international proposals.

As a result of this program, the construction of the Oruro Photovoltaic Plant, located in the Department of Oruro (Province of Cercado), began in 2018. This project supervises the construction of the high-capacity solar PV plant and it should help develop national expertise in the construction, operation and maintenance of solar power plants and prove the country’s capacity to develop renewable energies.

The 100 MWp Oruro Solar Plant project consists of two phases 50 MWp each. The first phase, of 50 MWp was executed by the contractor and became operational in August 2019.

EQO-NIXUS is currently supervising the Phase II, which, in addition to the construction of the solar field, includes the construction of a 24.5 kV / 115kV step-up substation and the construction of a 200 m line for the interconnection of the plant.

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OCA GLOBAL ACHIEVES ITS 2020 EMISSION MITIGATION TARGET BEFORE THE DEADLINE

OCA Global, the corporate group to which EQO NIXUS belongs, presents this year a new report with the result of the calculation of the carbon footprint of the group’s activities in Spain during 2019. This report is the fifth annual calculation report of the carbon footprint made by OCA Global, according to the UNE-ISO 14064-1 standard, giving continuity to the estimation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions derived from the business activity, while continuing with the process of continuous improvement whose objective is to progressively minimize the environmental and climate impact of the group and its member organizations.

Specifically, the calculation has been made through a process of gathering information from 10 group companies, including their 51 delegations in Spain. GHG emissions generated directly by OCA Global (Scope 1) and indirect GHG emissions associated with energy sources (Scope 2) have been taken into account.

In the following graph we can see the compliance target set for 2020, in green, equivalent to a 10% reduction in emissions for 2015. We can also see, in blue, the trend evolution of GHG emissions until 2020 (with real data from 2015 – 2019).

Thanks to improvements in energy supply and optimization of means and routes of transport, from 2018 to date, emissions have been reduced clearly over the target set for 2020. In 2019, emissions have already been reduced by 177,601.95 kg more than the target, therefore the reduction plan created in 2015 has been successfully fulfilled.

 

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EQO NIXUS IS COVERING THE FINAL EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT EC-LINK

EQO-NIXUS, within DT Global Consortium, was selected to prepare Final Evaluation of the Europe-China Eco-Cities Link (EC-LINK), funded by the European Commission (EC).

EC LINK covers 7 main sectors: compact urban development; green buildings; green transport; water management; solid waste management; clean energy; and municipal finance. The overall objective of this project is to build bridges between Europe and China to create a strong relationship in the face of the challenges of building sustainable municipalities. Sharing and partnering at the municipal level holds great potential to help address social, economic and environmental sustainability issues. China has benefited from European know-how in order to meet sustainability related goals, while Europe has integrated knowledge gained from pilot projects conducted in China.

EQO NIXUS is in charge of carrying out an evaluation of the achievements, the quality and the results of the project in the context of an evolving cooperation policy with an increasing emphasis on result-oriented approaches and the contribution towards the implementation of the SDGs. The company has already started the evaluation of EC-LINK, which comprises 7 years of work on this project, which started in 2013.

In particular, EQO NIXUS’ objectives are to provide the relevant services of the European Union, the interested stakeholders and the wider public with an overall independent assessment of the past performance of the EC-LINK project, and the description of the key lessons learned, conclusions and related recommendations in order to improve current and future interventions.

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EQO-NIXUS SELECTED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO SUPPORT PROCESSES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF POWER PLANTS USING RENEWABLE ENERGY IN IVORY COAST

EQO-NIXUS was selected to provide its consulting services within the project “Support for tendering processes for the construction of power plants using renewable energy: Technical studies of photovoltaic power plants”, funded by the European Commission (EC).

EQO NIXUS has extensive experience working on the development of solar energy all over the world including America, Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Middle East, etc. This time, the company was awarded with a European Commission contract in the Ivory Coast.

The project started on June 2020, will last 36 months and is part of the “ENERGOS II” programme. The overall objective of ENERGOS II is to contribute to the recovery of the electricity sector in Ivory Coast and to ensure its energy security in a sustainable manner in order to provide the population with quality energy at lower cost.

In particular, EQO NIXUS will carry out feasibility studies to enable the Ivorian State to launch tenders for the selection of independent electricity producers. This is expected to contribute to achieving the State’s objective of producing 16% of energy from renewable sources (excluding large hydro) by 2030.

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EQO-NIXUS IS SUPPORTING THE PROMOTION OF CIRCULAR AND BLUE ECONOMY IN THE CARIBBEAN REGION

EQO-NIXUS is actively involved in the deployment of circular economy principles in developing countries and the EU and has implemented, in consortium with Factor and Inèdit, a technical assistance project to define and promote the principles of the Circular and Blue Economy in 11 countries in the Caribbean region.

The project is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, it began to be implemented in January 2018 and is now nearing completion. The target regions were Barbados, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago and islands territories in Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

These territories face unique sustainable development challenges. Remote geography, limited land area and resulting natural resource availability culminate in material, water and energy restraints, which challenge the ability for sustainable economic growth. Several countries also face disproportionately higher risk to sea level rise, record high temperatures, extended periods of drought and torrential rains among other impacts of climate change.

In that context, the Circular Economy offers an improvement over the linear economy: In a linear model, raw materials are extracted, processed, sold, consumed and mostly disposed as waste, with economic and environmental losses associated. In contrast, in a circular model, new techniques are proposed to reutilize waste as a raw material for new products and processes, minimizing its negative impact for the environment.

Within this project, our Consortium defined the main elements of the Circular and Blue Economy in the particular context of territories within the Caribbean region, developing the tools necessary for private and public sector stakeholders to assess progress and to prescribe solutions to challenges and best capitalize on opportunities while bolstering climate change resilience. The framework is aiming to create sustainable development growth through addressing priority areas that include developing basic infrastructure, creating sustainable ocean industries, and promoting key sectors for blue and circular economy. Our work also proposed new concept proposals for financing a sustainable economy and climate mitigation initiatives at regional level.

[Circular Economy Graphic: Cambridge Judge Business School]

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THE FINAL REPORT ON THE LOW-CARBON TRANSITION STRATEGY FOR THE CHILEAN STEEL INDUSTRY IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

In mid-2019, EQO NIXUS, together with ImplementaSur, were selected by the Bariloche Foundation to provide its consulting services within the project “Networks and Mechanisms of Technology Transfer for Climate Change”, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). (for more information about this news, please visit: https://eqoglobal.com/chile-steel-production/)

Now, the project has come to a very successful end.

This study focuses on the technological needs of the integrated steel process. Together with ImplementaSur, EQO NIXUS evaluated the investments needed until 2030 to reach the level of GHG mitigation needed in this process. The proposed technology options for emissions reduction were characterized according to the maturity of the technology and capital cost required, and then prioritized with a Marginalised Mitigation Cost Curve (MACC) and a multi-criteria analysis. This determined the feasibility of implementing the technology options according to operational and financial criteria, and then designing an investment plan.

The results of our work on a low-carbon transition strategy for the Chilean steel industry are now available on the “Carbon Price Chile” website. The Final Report as well as the Fact sheet and the Executive Summary are free to download and open to everyone.

 

Please, find all these documents in the “Carbon Price Chile” website: http://www.precioalcarbonochile.cl/estudios/tna-cemento-siderurgia

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SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY PILOT PROJECT IN BELIZE

With the guidance of EQO NIXUS, Belize has adopted new sustainable projects to help achieve the climate objectives of the Paris Agreement. The expected results are a reduction in electricity consumption and national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, through the implementation of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources.

Two years ago, EQO NIXUS supported the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to officially launch its first pilot project on climate change mitigation, selected through a broad process, to support the implementation of GHG emission reduction measures in Caye Caulker, Belize.

One year later, the pilot project was reviewed, validated and selected by a multi-stakeholder meeting held at the IDB offices in Belize City. The meeting was attended by Belize Electricity Limited; the Ministries of Energy, Tourism, Civil Aviation and Environment; the Caye Caulker Municipal Council; the Housing Department; the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center and the Solid Waste Management Authority.

This process, led by EQO NIXUS, resulted in the selection of a climate change mitigation measure that consisted of the purchase and installation of energy-efficient air conditioning (HEE) units for ten public building facilities, some of which are powered by solar photovoltaic installations. These units are more sustainable and have environmentally friendly alternative hydrocarbon refrigerants. In addition, they are equipped with more efficient alternatives to traditional refrigerants that contribute to the phase-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants in the country, and are powered by hybrid solar energy

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EQO NIXUS, TOGETHER WITH THE IDB, THE GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS AND 100 KEY STAKEHOLDERS IN THE COUNTRY, HAVE TAKEN THE FIRST VIRTUAL STEPS TO UPDATE BARBADOS’ CONTRIBUTION TO THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE, THE 2015 NDC, TO BECOME A RESILIENT AND CARBON NEUTRAL COUNTRY BY 2030

Early this year, EQO NIXUS was selected to support the government of Barbados, a small island developing state in the Caribbean, to update its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The project, which is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) NDC Invest program and is led by the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification (MENB) of Barbados, is expected to run till September 2020.

During the first half of June, the EQO-NIXUS’ consultant team conducted the first of what will be three large rounds of stakeholder consultations. Known as NDC Dialogue 1, this involved about 100 of the country’s foremost experts, including members of the Government, the IDB and other development partners, and representatives from across all sectors.

Across 3 sessions, the first Dialogue was held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. Our key experts, both local and international, presented their assessment of the challenges and opportunities, as well as the needs across sectors, such as energy, transport, water resources, waste, tourism, agriculture, coastal zone and disaster risk management. The discussions with experts were lively and yielded many new insights, proving it is indeed possible to meaningfully work with all stakeholders through a virtual enhancement process, designed by our stakeholder engagement team.

EQO NIXUS, in conjunction with the government and the IDB, will continue its work towards an ambitious update of the Barbados NDC to align the Paris Agreement targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and with the national objectives, needs and priorities of the country.