What We Do
Since 1992, the World Bank’s Asia Sustainable and Alternative Energy Program (ASTAE) has been helping the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) and South Asia (SAR) regions transition to sustainable, inclusive, and low carbon green growth paths. To help countries make this transition, ASTAE’s work program rests on three pillars:
- Renewable Energy
- Energy Efficiency, and
- Access to Energy, which dovetails with the SEA4ALL objectives.
FY2014 marked the third year of ASTAE’s 2012–15 Business Plan. Building on ASTAE’s experience in country-level intervention, the plan also devotes special attention to scaling up access to sustainable energy on a regional basis.
ASTAE currently helps shape the design of World Bank investment projects and provides technical assistance in 23 EAP and 8 SAR countries. ASTAE uses six output-based indicators to track the impact of its activities on World Bank projects, which include IBRD, IDA, and Global Environment Facility (GEF) loans and grants:
- Total World Bank lending amount catalyzed by ASTAE activities
- New capacity (MW) and increased generation (GWh/year) of renewable electricity
- Electricity savings resulting from efficiency improvements (MW equivalent and GWh/year)
- Households with access to modern energy services, including (i) new access to electricity; (ii) improved access to electricity; and (iii) improved stoves for heating (cooking and space)
- Avoided greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 avoided over 20 years, million tons)
- Number of countries benefiting from ASTAE support
ASTAE helps to promote regional collaboration by supporting knowledge exchange and study tours between countries as part of its country-specific activities, through dedicated regional programs (such as the East Asia Clean Stove Initiative) and by replication of approaches from one country to another (such as the ASTAE-supported Energizing Green Growth of Da Nang City in Vietnam activity, which led to implementation of the process piloted in Da Nang in Surabaya, Indonesia).
ASTAE and ESMAP have long complemented each other, as ASTAE is focused on operational support and project preparation for World Bank and GEF projects, whereas ESMAP is focused on more upstream analytical, knowledge, and technical assistance work that informs follow-on World Bank lending. In a number of cases, World Bank country engagements draw on support from both trust funds.
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