The project aimed at developing an energy efficiency policy to promote competitive and climate friendly industrial development in Oman.
The project focused on devising interventions resulting in substantial improvements and not requiring for their implementation more than existing, or marginally upgraded, capacities. These interventions necessitated applicability in Oman, as well as cost effectiveness in terms of investments and operations and necessary accompanying or preparatory measures.
Both the short and the long term interventions were to comprise description, rationale, responsible implementation agency and supporting agencies clarifying the role of each, stakeholders and distribution of costs among them as well as timeline of implementation and relation to other mutually supportive policies and actions.
Each policy was to have a proposed monitoring scheme with responsibilities and principal indicators. The proposed policies were a part of a “Policy Value Chain”, starting from the assessment of baseline, to a vision compatible with Oman’s strategies, to policies including implementation and monitoring mechanisms.
The scope of work encompassed:
Thorough baseline study, covering industrial stock, sectoral distribution and plans as well as current energy efficiency policies, commitments and challenges, including related issues such as: energy pricing and climate change commitments.
Outlining an industrial energy efficiency vision and strategy prior to a first visit to Oman, during which baseline information gaps were investigated.
Following the first visit, the vision and strategy were revised and proposed policies were specified and elaborated.
Proposed policies comprised: Description, Justification; Beneficiaries; Risks; Relation to Other Policies)/Programmes; Goals; Owner(s); Activities; Cost Estimates; Stakeholders; Indicators; Timeframe; Enabling Conditions (e.g. infrastructure; Human Capacity; Financial Resources and Budgeting, and Government Support).
Possible integration in mutually supportive policy packages was considered and the expected impact of each policy and policy package was clarified.
A master Plan was proposed over a 20 year period specifying short, medium and long term policies and programs.
An immediate action plan was prepared, to include both “quick wins” and actions required to prepare for deployment of policies further on the time line.