Monitoring and evaluation of national promotion policies for energy efficiency and renewable energy within industrial and transport sectors


This Technology Transfer Advances Colombia's

  • Strategy for Low Carbon Development (ECDBC), and the Program for Promotion of Rational and Efficient Use of Energy (PROURE). 
  • Nationally Determined Contribution to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% with respect to the projected BAU scenario by 2030 (unilateral and unconditional) and to increase its ambition to 30% with respect to BAU by 2030 (conditional and subject to international support).  


Colombia's government has been working together with several stakeholders at the national level, to guide the country into sustainable ways of development. Maintaining economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions of production sectors is one of the objectives of Colombia's environmental policies and strategies today. Specifically the energy sector has a cross-cutting importance because of its impacts on the entire economy. Therefore the government has been progressing the implementation of national policies to promote increased adoption of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy source. These measures include technical regulations, financial incentives, institutional development and technical capacity building. There is now a need to provide international technical expertise to assess the efficiency of using different kinds of incentives, such as financial, for energy efficiency and non-conventional energy sources, and to design a mechanism to monitor and evaluate the benefits derived. 

Technology Request

The Directorate of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in Colombia requested support with a verifiable framework and methodology to evaluate and monitor national incentives for optimizing environmental and financial benefits for the country. 

CTCN Support

The CTCN assistance, together with partners the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Bariloche Foundation and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, resulted in a tool for assessing the performance and efficiency of the economic incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy implemented by the Colombian government for the industry and transport sector. The assessment included the feasability and convenience of other possible approaches and sectors as well. Ultimately, the assistance provided an expansion of the instruments used to promote energy efficiency. In terms of technological focus, the approaches assessed for the transport and industry sectors were:  

  • Transport sector:
    • Technological upgrade of the vehicle fleet 
    • Shifts in the transport mode
  • Industrial sector:
    • Optimization of electric motor systems, including the promotion of equipment replacement with high efficiency units
    • Optimizations of combustions processes through residual heat recovery.  

For further details, please see Documents section below.

Relevant Technologies and Approaches

Expected Impact

  • A tool to monitor and assess the results of incentives and to evaluate the possibility to extend incentives
  • Enhanced local capacity to design new incentive mechanisms for energy efficiency and monitor results
  • Contribution    toward    reaching    Colombia’s    national    emission reduction target (a 20 % reduction by 2030 against the business as usual scenario) 
  • Effective   monitoring,   evaluation   and   adjustment   of   incentive structures  will  economically  benefit  industries  and  stakeholders that   commit   to   reducing   their   environmental   and   climate footprints

Country Partners

Administrative Department for Science, Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS); Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism; Mining and Energy Planning Unit; Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development; Ministry of Transport; National Authority for Environmental Licenses (ANLA); National University; United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


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Project details

Final type of assistance
Decision-making tools and/or information provision
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Directorate of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Bariloche Foundation
The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals

Key documents