FCG New Zealand is proud to announce the recent signing of a contract for a capacity-building project in Lao: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Technical Assistance.
The project, which is funded by New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), will run for 15 months and will involve partnering with Lao’s Ministry of Energy and Mines to build knowledge and skills in energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) among government staff in the country’s Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion (IREP).
In addition to capacity building, the project will assist the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division of IREP in improving and implementing a national road-map to improved energy efficiency and conservation in Lao. Lao is already a major producer of renewable energy, but there is still room for progress in planning how energy is used, minimising energy wastage, and reducing dependence on fossil fuels in areas such as transport.
In building local capacity, project team members will make use of seminars, workshops, mentoring, and on-the-job training methods. Specific areas of capacity building will include EE&C legislation, understanding EE&C data, EE&C technologies, developing energy strategy, and finance for EE&C promotion.
Project kick-off has taken place remotely, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, and project delivery will roll-out over the coming months in accordance with local and regional regulations. FCG looks forward to working with MFAT and the Government of Lao on this exciting project!