ASSIST team gathers for annual planning, tackles roadmap to 2015

29 10 2012

The entire team of Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) convened last October 3 to 5, 2012 at the ASSIST headquarters in Manila for the Annual Planning Meeting.

Highlights of the three-day event include the discussion of regional updates, workshops on ASSIST’s generic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and talks from special guests Dr. Juergen Bischoff, Senior Advisor to GIZ, Dr. Stephan Kunz of AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation, and PUMA Sustainability Project Manager Adam Brennan.

Managing Director Sreeni Narayanan welcomed all participants who came from ASSIST offices in India, Vietnam and the Philippines. They are: India-based Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan and South Asia Director Platosen Samarasam, Philippines-based Finance Director Suganya Sreenivas, Partners and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson, Services Manager Matthias Wichmann, Social Enterprise Manager Olga Babina, Project Manager Sunil Narayanan, Communications and Visibility Associate Margaret Yarcia, and Vietnam staff Le Nguyen Hoang Long, Quynh Tran and Vy Truong.

Platosen was especially happy to report on the takeoff of EU projects in Nepal and Bhutan, while Mekong Director Aru David proudly announced the successes in forging Public-Private Partnership (PPP) deals.

Executive Director Murali, for his part, discussed the status of Blueprint 2012, while Project Manager Yatheender P.M. presented on  portal/magazine. Kamesh and Matthias also reported on their achievements: new contacts established and service contracts approved.

The team also tackled the roadmap to 2015, focusing on their vision of ASSIST as a more established NGO in Asia in terms of reach, funding, visibility, size, competency of people and partnerships. #

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LEAP Indonesia Project holds multistakeholder dialogues

13 02 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and PT TUV NORD Indonesia conducted multistakeholder dialogues in Jakarta and Medan, Indonesia last January 19 and 26, 2012 for the initiative Leapfrog towards Efficiency And Progress through Low Carbon Economy Indonesia (LEAP).

LEAP Indonesia is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project designed to help the businesses from five sectors (Cement, Iron and Steel, Textile, Power Plant and Palm Oil) 1) reduce their Green House Gas emissions, 2) become more energy-efficient and 3) contribute to the national plans of the government towards low-carbon economy.

The initiative is co-financed by PT TUV NORD Indonesia and German development bank DEG. ASSIST offers technical expertise, training and technical assistance to local companies for this project.

Through the activity, the project implementers sought to: 1. Strengthen commitment to work together to achieve the goals and objectives of the project; 2. Provide an opportunity for accessing expertise and experience on how best to carry out the capacity-building phase of the project; 3. Generate inputs on the proposed training outline and topics to be covered; 4. Determine optimum strategies for recruiting training participants that will be developed as local trainers; 5. Identify complementarities and synergies with existing efforts and initiatives from government and other stakeholders.

Based on the inputs from the multistakeholder dialogues, training materials and technical assistance for the project would be fine-tuned. #

 





ASSIST and TUV NORD launch LEAP Project in three key cities of Indonesia

16 11 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and TUV NORD kicked off the Leapfrog towards Efficiency And Progress through Low Carbon Economy Indonesia (LEAP) last November 7, 9 and 11 in Surabaya, Jakarta and Medan, respectively.

LEAP Indonesia is a Public-Private Partnership initiative designed to help the businesses from five sectors (Cement, Iron and Steel, Textile, Power Plant and Palm Oil) 1) reduce their Green House Gas emissions, 2) become more energy-efficient and 3) contribute to the national plans of the government towards low-carbon economy.

In particular, the project supports the Indonesian Government’s commitment to reduce 26% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020.

TÜV NORD Indonesia President Director Robert Napitupulu welcomed the participants, while ASSIST Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan provided a project overview. For his part, Mr. Gunardi of the Ministry of Environment discussed the country’s effort at reducing Indonesia’s carbon footprint.

The launch sessions generated interest among the local companies to adopt energy management systems benchmarking ISO 50001, towards reducing their GHG emissions and contribute to the switch towards a low-carbon economy.

Representatives of local and multinational companies, as well as universities and local chambers (EKONID, KADIN, and PAKLIM), attended the event. The local chambers and universities will be helping build the local capacity in the field of energy.

Multi-stakeholder sessions will be held in the coming months to create a roadmap for the LEAP program which will be followed by technical training sessions early next year.

LEAP is co-financed by PT TUV NORD Indonesia and German development bank DEG. ASSIST will play the role of a lead implementation partner by providing technical expertise, training and technical assistance to local companies.

DEG Representative Office Jakarta Hans-Jürgen Hertel and PAKLIM’s (Program Advis Kebijakan untuk Perlindungan Lingkungan Hidup dan Iklim (Policy Advice for Environment and Climate Change) Dr. Joyce Miller also attended the event. #