The FAO project with name “Support to the global project entitled ‘Building Capacity for enhancing Bioenergy sustainability through the use of GBEP indicators’ (GCP/GLO/554/GER)” is implemented in Vietnam and funded by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Project’s Overall Objective

 

The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) is an international initiative established in 2006 and of which FAO is a founding partner. The GBEP has developed and introduced a science-based, technically sound, and highly relevant set of 24 indicators that can inform policy-makers and other stakeholders in countries seeking to develop their bioenergy sector to help meet national goals of sustainable development.

The indicators which were agreed at the end of 2011, by over 70 among GBEP Partners and Observers, needed to be pilot tested in a diverse range of national contexts in order to assess and enhance their practicality as a tool for sustainable development and to strengthen the capacity of countries to measure bioenergy sustainability.

In June 2016, a project inception meeting was held in Vietnam, bringing together relevant stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. During this meeting and subsequent discussions, the most relevant bioenergy pathways to be addressed by the project were identified. As a result of this process, the following bioenergy pathways have been identified as particularly relevant in Vietnam:

  • Ethanol from cassava; and
  • Biogas at both household and commercial/industrial levels

In order to test the indicators and study their practicality within the specific context of Vietnam, whilst also contributing to national capacity development, national consultants were contracted. After the interviewing and screening phase conducted by FAO, the measurement of the indicators was entrusted to a team of researchers from the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (Institute for Agricultural Environment and Center for Agrarian Systems Research and Development), Hanoi University of Sciences and Technology and the Asian Institute of Technology Center in Vietnam (AITCV).

AITCV is comissioned to measure social sustainability indicators of the bioenergy pathways in Vietnam.

Project Budget

Total cost of the project is USD 30,000.

Actual Services Provided by the Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam:

  • Objective: The Services contribute to the following Organizational objective: Support to the global project entitled ‘Building Capacity for enhancing bioenergy sustainability through the use of GBEP indicators’ (GCP/GLO/554/GER).

 

  • Outputs: The Service Provider produces, achieves and delivers the following outputs.

For the various stages of the production (i.e. biomass production/harvesting, storage, transportation and processing into biofuels; and biofuel transportation, storage and distribution) and use of the bioenergy pathways ‘Ethanol’ (from cassava) and ‘Biogas’ (at both commercial/industrial and household levels) and for the GBEP Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy:

  • 9 (Allocation and tenure of land for new bioenergy production), only for Ethanol;
  • 11 (Change in income) for both of the aforementioned bioenegy pathways;
  • 12 (Jobs in the bioenergy sector) for both of the aforementioned bioenegy pathways;
  • 13 (Change in unpaid time spent by women and children collecting biomass) only for Biogas at household level;
  • 15 (Change in mortality and burden of disease attributable to indoor smoke) only for Biogas at household level;
  • 16 (Incidence of occupational injury, illness and fatalities) only for Ethanol;

 

  • Activities: The Service Provider will undertake the following activities:
  1. Prepare the list of sources of secondary data relevant to the aforementioned bioenergy pathways and indicators;
  2. Prepare a document setting out the general data collection strategy and a set of proposed methodologies for measurement of the aforementioned GBEP indicators within the selected bioenergy pathways;
  3. Circulate the aforementioned document with the FAO project team and incorporate the feedback received into a revised version;
  4. Circulate the revised version with the multistakeholder working group and prepare a final version of the document based on the feedback received;
  5. Collect the data (with travel, when deemed necessary by both parties), for each of the aforementioned indicators, in line with the strategy developed under activities b to d, and validate them with the FAO project team and the multistakeholder working group;
  6. Analyse the validated data for the GBEP Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy, and implement the selected/adapted methodologies for the measurement of the indicators;
  7. Prepare a draft narrative report with detailed description of the measurement of the selected indicators and of the related results (see the Appendix for further details);
  8. Circulate the draft narrative report with the FAO project team and incorporate the feedback received into a revised version;
  9. Circulate the revised version with the multistakeholder working group and present it to the group and to the FAO project team at the mid-term project meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam;

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