Who we are
Bamshad Houshyani, the founder and principal advisor at Greenovation, is a senior international consultant with over seventeen years of combined experience specialized in renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change mitigation, (waste) water management technologies/projects as well as impact monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems.
He has extensive experience in project development, methodology design, MRV planning and pre-post registration back-stopping management including due diligence, feasibility studies, validation and verification support under different protocols, standards and schemes such as IPCC guidelines, WRI protocols, UNFCCC’s CDM/PoA, VCS, the Gold Standard and the EU ETS.
The assignments he has been engaged as the leader or co-advisor comprise micro to large scale projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. His experience extends to grid and off-grid projects located in remote areas serving communities or in developing urban areas serving industries and residential sectors . Technology types he has dealt with include: hydropower, wind energy, solar power plants (PV and CSP), solar lighting, solar water heaters, biomass power plants, solid waste and wastewater to biogas and fuel/energy, energy efficiency in commercial compounds (e.g. hotels) and residential buildings, energy efficiency in transport, industrial waste heat recovery, single to combined cycle power plants, bio-digesters, efficient cook stoves and water purification systems.
During his work with Climate Focus b.v. as a senior technical advisor, he initiated the MRV+ idea, an advanced Monitoring/Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) tool for monitoring of carbon impacts as well as sustainable development co-benefits of projects based on smart phones, mobile/tablet applications (App) and data cloud systems.
Professionally he is affiliated as; a Small Scale Working Group (SSC WG) member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Board (Bonn, Germany); a member of the Technical Working Group of the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) co-implemented by VCS (Washington DC, USA); and a member of the Roster of Experts for the Gold Standard Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland).
He holds a B.Sc. in Irrigation and Drainage engineering from Guilan University (Rasht, Iran), a M.Sc. in river and hydro-structures engineering from T.M. Tehran University (Tehran, Iran) and a M.Sc. in Energy Science and Sustainability from Utrecht University (Utrecht, the Netherlands).
Amongst handful international study contributions, he has: co-drafted a World Bank Ci-DEV report on simplification and streamlining of MRV and issuance procedures under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); led and drafted a UNDP due diligence and assessment on off-grid rural electrification Standardized Baseline in sub-Saharan Africa involving data collection and analysis of more than 40 countries; led a UNEP DTU due diligence and study on development of power grid emission factor Standardized Baseline for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) including 14 ECOWAS countries in West Africa; carried out a World Bank’s due diligence and assessment study on micro-hydro power PoA potentials in Indonesia; and co-drafted a WWF’s study on “Towards an Energizing Partnership? Exploring China’s role as catalyst of renewable energy development in Africa”.
In regards to international project development and management, he has: led project development and registration of two major African renewable energy and energy efficiency projects namely, Bujagali hydropower plant (250MW), Jinja, Uganda and Azito single to combined cycle plant (420MW), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; led and managed deviation and re-verification and emission issuance of Rio Azul landfill biogas recovery project, San Jose, Costa Rica and Eecopalsa biogas recovery from wastewater, El Progreso, Honduras; co-drafted methodology AM0112 (Less carbon intensive power generation through continuous reductive distillation of waste) under CDM and VM0008 (Weatherization of Single Family and Multi-Family Buildings), the first residential building energy efficiency methodology under VCS for the Maine Housing Agency – USA, and led/drafted revision for methodology ACM0002 (Grid-connected electricity generation from renewable sources), for a closed cycle geotehrmal power plant in Turkey; led and managed baseline analysis, determination and capacity building (e.g. established national power grid baseline for Uganda, Ivory Coast, Honduras, Surinam, the Philippines, Estonia, Iran and for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) including the ECOWAS.