Promoting private sector investments in energy efficiency in the industrial sector and in Paraguay

Promoting private sector investments in energy efficiency in the industrial sector and in Paraguay

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 01 Mar 2018 at B.19
  • Est. completion 16 Jan 2024
  • ESS Category Intermediation 3

Reducing reliance on fuelwood and other fossil fuel energy sources by Paraguayan SMEs, increasing their energy efficiency and shifting energy use to renewable hydropower.

Paraguay has a high hydropower capacity, yet industry is largely powered by traditionally inexpensive fuelwood (constituting 83 percent of industrial energy use), causing large amount of emissions from wood burning and associated deforestation. Hydropower is being increased as part of the country's long-term renewable energy goal. At the same time, zero deforestation laws in several regions have increased the price of fuelwood, a trend that is likely to continue. Despite these developments, SMEs are still largely using biomass, and opportunities exist to shift their energy use to renewable sources in order to reduce emissions.

Tools will be developed to generate an enabling environment for energy efficiency investments by SMEs, including standardized performance contracts, insurance contracts, and monitoring and verification systems. Concessional credit lines will be provided to local financial institutions and SMEs, whilst support will facilitate positive institutional, policy and regulatory environments for energy efficiency investments.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 5 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


12 May 2015 - 1025 days

Concept note received

12 May 2015

Funding proposal received

11 Apr 2017

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

01 Dec 2017

Cleared by iTAP

06 Feb 2018


01 Mar 2018 - 322 days

Approved by GCF Board

01 Mar 2018

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

28 Jul 2018

FAA executed

24 Dec 2018

Under implementation

16 Jan 2019 - 568 days so far

FAA effective

16 Jan 2019

Disbursement - USD 3,000,000

11 Mar 2019


16 Jan 2024 - 1,260 days to go

One region

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

One country

  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing7% disbursed

LoanUSD 20,000,000
GrantUSD 3,000,000


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 20,000,000

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Accredited Entity

Inter-American Development Bank

Ms. Victoria Eugenia Florez Toro
Chief, Resource Mobilization Division

National Designated Authority


Secretariat of Technical Planning for Economic and Social Development

His Excellency Mr. Carlos Alberto Olmedo
Minister- Executive Secretary
Estrella Nr. 505 esquina 14 de Mayo, Asunción Paraguay, Asunción, Paraguay
Phone +595 21 450 422