EEP Mekong Fund

The Energy and Environment Partnership with the Mekong Region (EEP Mekong) was launched by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland with support from the Nordic Development Fund in 2009 following the identification of the Mekong region as one of the areas for regional cooperation where sustainable development and climate change mitigation measures were becoming key thematic issues. The EEP Mekong Partner Countries include Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. The overall objectives of the EEP Mekong Programme are:

* To improve access to energy and energy services in the Mekong region
* To reduce greenhouse gas emissions

To achieve its objectives, EEP Mekong will provide funding for qualified projects in renewable energy, waste-to-energy and energy efficiency to be implemented in the four Mekong Partner Countries. For the second time, EEP Mekong is seeking proposals for these types of projects. The selected projects will be implemented in the four Mekong Partner Countries with financial support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF).

I. Eligible Applicants
Eligible applicants include NGOs, private companies, public institutions, research
organisations and educational institutions are all eligible to apply for EEP’s
project financing.
The following types of organisations are not eligible for EEP financing:
. Multilateral institutions
. Development agencies
. Trust funds

II. Type of Project Activities
The proposed projects must be engaged in one or a combination of the following activities:
. Capacity Building/Training
. Policy Development Study
. Pre-feasibility Study
. Feasibility Study
. Pilot Project
. Demonstration Project
. Strategic Study

III. Technical Focus
The technical focus of the proposed projects must include at least one or a
combination of the following technologies:
. Biomass
. Bio-fuels
. Biogas
. Energy Efficiency/Conservation
. Geothermal
. Hydro power
. Solar
. Waste-to-Energy
. Wind

IV. Geographic Coverage
The proposed projects must be implemented in at least one of the following
Mekong Partner Countries:
. Cambodia
. Lao PDR
. Thailand
. Vietnam
Projects that are implemented in more than one of the Mekong Partner Countries
are considered Regional projects.

V. Duration
The project implementation period shall not be longer than until 30 November

VI. Funding Mechanism
The EEP contribution is principally aimed to supplement applicants' own funding as a non-reimbursable grant. Project Developer co-funding contributions will
affect positively on the approval of the project proposals. The EEP contribution to the project could be a maximum of EUR 200,000 depending on the type of the
project. The total budget for phase 1 of the programme is EUR 7.9 million. Please note that Under EC Regulation 1998/2006 (De Minimis Aid Regulation), the support provided is a de minimis aid. The proponents are responsible for ensuring that the de minimis aid does not exceed the maximum limit. If the any of the project partners received de minimis aid during the current and last two fiscal years, they should contact Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) before submitting the proposal.

VII. Bio- fuel proposals
Bio-fuel proposals must be for projects that produce for domestic consumption only. Proposals on bio-fuel projects that plan to export all or part of their
production will be disqualified.

VIII. Hydro power proposals
Hydropower proposals must be for projects of 10MW or less.

IX. Project Partners
It is advisable that project s include partners from both Mekong Partner Countries and the donor community. (Donor community include: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland). The minimum number of partners is two (lead partner and at least another partner).
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