Sustainable Energy


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IOD PARC's commitment

Monitoring, evaluation and learning related to the sustainable and renewable energy sectors is a priority for IOD PARC, in both international development and domestic policy contexts. IOD PARC is committed to the UN's goals to achieve Sustainable Energy  for All (SE4All) by 2030. In 2014, Scotland hosted the launch of the UN Decade for Sustainable Energy for All and announced a new SE4All Forum to scope out and review draft policy documents related to Scotland's contribution to the SE4All initiative. Catherine Currie, Gillian Davies and Sheelagh O'Reilly from the IOD PARC Edinburgh Office are active members of this forum.

(In mid-July 2015, IOD PARC was invited to attend the launch event for MREAP outcomes as part of the Conference on Sustainability in Malawi and Scotland. The presentations from this event are available here.)

Our experience

Recognising Scotland as a world leader in renewable energy and climate change policy, IOD PARC was pleased to win the first contract to manage the application process for the pioneering £6m Climate Justice Fund of the Scottish Government. The fund was set up to empower the climate vulnerable to access clean water, food and energy. IOD PARC also partnered in the recently completed Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP) led by the University of Strathclyde. MREAP remains the Scottish Government's single largest grant to date of £2.3m. Catherine Currie led the Institutional Strategy Component of the 3 year Programme (from 2012 to 2015), including IOD PARC's final Process Evaluation of the Community Energy Development Programme in April 2015. Further information and some of our published reports are available on the MREAP website

Our technical expertise covers a range of energy technologies that provide low carbon energy access solutions, including improved cookstoves, biomass, biogas, biofuels, micro-hydro and solar PV. We also have experience in research, M&E and programme management for renewable energy projects and a variety of related areas, such as community energy development, market building, carbon finance and national energy policy and strategy.

Our current work includes an evaluation of a market-based improved cookstove programme in Lao PDR. This involves significant qualitative and quantitative research to assess the programme's performance in building a supply chain for high quality cookstoves and reducing charcoal consumption for end-users. The project is led by Gillian Davies, a Senior Consultant with IOD PARC, who holds a PhD focussed on market building activities for sustainable energy products in sub-Saharan Africa.

IOD PARC sustainable energy project examples

  • Final Evaluation of Global Climate and Energy Initiative, WWF. IOD PARC conducted an evaluation of WWF's global climate and energy initiative (GCEI), a footprint global initiative addressing climate change and a move to 100% renewable energy through engagement with business, promoting renewable and sustainable energy, scaling green finance, and working nationally and internationally on low carbon frameworks. The evaluation assessed progress against the GCEI Strategic Plan for 2010 to 2016, particularly the outcomes and lessons from COP21 in Paris, and identified recommendations for WWF's future climate and energy programming. The evaluation criteria were relevance and quality of design, efficiency, effectiveness, adaptive capacity, impact and sustainability. The methodology included document review, key stakeholder interviews, and two in-depth impact case studies in Mexico and South Africa. (2016)
  • Evaluation of Cookstoves Programme in Lao PDR, SNV: IOD PARC undertook an independent evaluation of SNV's market development programme for improved efficiency cook stoves in Lao PDR. This evaluation involved both qualitative and quantitative research, including a 600 household consumer survey and Kitchen Performance Test (KPT). The programme was assessed against the evaluation criteria of effectiveness, impact and sustainability. (2015)
  • Scottish Government's Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP): IOD PARC was a consortium member leading the Institutional Support Programme for MREAP. Our work included an evaluation of off-grid community renewable energy initiatives, co-ordinating the monitoring and evaluation of MREAP programme activities, and a final evaluation of the Community Energy Development Programme (CEDP) component. (2012 to 2015)
  • Peer Review of Solar Cooking Paper, DFID: Peer review of a research paper under the DFID Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods (CEIL) Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (PEAKS) framework. (2015)
  • Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio - M&E Advisory Services, AusAID: IOD PARC was commissioned by AusAID to provide monitoring and evaluation advisory services for their Sustainable Development Investment Strategy (SDIS) for South Asia. The SDIS exists to promote water, food and energy security in South Asia. (2014 to 2015)
  • Developing an Impact Monitoring M&E Framework, Eco Ltd Group, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: IOD PARC provided technical assistance for the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework to monitor the impacts of the work carried out by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC). Our work contributed to a refined M&E framework for the Global Alliance. (2014)
  • Energy Entrepreneurship Handbook, Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) International: An IOD PARC consultant consolidated and edited energy entrepreneurship training materials to be used by members of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) for supporting female cookstove entrepreneurs.
  • Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio - M&E Advisory Services, AusAID: IOD PARC was commissioned by AusAID to provide monitoring and evaluation advisory services for their Sustainable Development Investment Strategy (SDIS) for South Asia. The SDIS exists to promote water, food and energy security in South Asia. (2014 to 2015)
  • Strategic Development, Gambia Solar Project: Development of operating and monitoring frameworks for a University of Strathclyde renewable energy initiative. Provision of support and advice on business planning, funding strategy and monitoring activity. (2010 - 2011)


IOD PARC's Environmental Policy

Our work in sustainable energy is part of our commitment to sustainability more broadly. For example, since 2008 we have been undertaking carbon accounting for all of our operations and setting aside an in-house carbon offsetting fund. In 2014, we used this to support a biofuel cookstove pilot project in Naivasha, Kenya. The trial was carried out by a community based organisation in Naivasha, an area with significant environmental issues and energy access constraints, to explore the technical issues and monitor acceptability of the biofuel stoves. IOD PARC worked with the team to develop a simple and robust trial that would allow the pilot to inform whether scale up of the stove would be appropriate.

More information about IOD PARC's Environmental Policy


Our Approach

We aim to take a holistic approach to our energy sector work, viewing energy service provision not as an end in itself but as an enabler to achieving wider development aims. We recognise the inter-links with other sectors and themes, so that our work in sustainable energy is complemented by and supports our work in areas such as:


Key staff delivering our sustainable energy work include:

Gillian Davies

Sheelagh O'Reilly

Catherine Currie

Tom Fredriksson