Project Title

Aligning Energy Efficiency Regulations for ICT Products - Implementing A Strategic Approach 

Project Year

2013   

Project Number

CTI 27 2013A 

Project Session

Session 3   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 27 2013A 

Project Title

Aligning Energy Efficiency Regulations for ICT Products - Implementing A Strategic Approach 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2013 

Project Session

Session 3 

APEC Funding

118,000 

Co-funding Amount

107,487.5 

Total Project Value

225,487.5 

Sponsoring Forum

Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) 

Topics

Conformance; Standards 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

China; New Zealand; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2013 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2014 

Project Proponent Name 1

Kent Shigetomi 

Job Title 1

Not Applicable 

Organization 1

Office of the US Trade Representative 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

Not Applicable 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Kent.Shigetomi@ustr.eop.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Xiaomeng Lu 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Information Technology Industry Council 

Postal Address 2

1101 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA 

Telephone 2

1-202 6265729 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

xlu@itic.org 

Declaration

Kent Shigetomi and Xiaomeng Lu 

Project Summary

This will be the first project under the forum endorsed by the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) at the 2013 SCSC SOM I Meeting in Jakarta to focus on global convergence of energy efficiency (EE) regulations for ICT products, building upon principles supported at the 2011 APEC Conference on Alignment of EE Regulations and actions agreed upon at the 2012 conference in Seoul.

It will entail:

1) Leveraging international certification/testing agreements, such as the IEC EE E3 Program, to meet conformity assessment requirements;

2) Utilization of internationally accepted test methods for energy efficiency of priority products (such as PCs, servers, network standby and printers); and

3) Promoting greater data sharing among economies on energy performance of ICT products to ensure greater consistency in methods for standards development and regulatory limits. 

The project will take place on the margins of the Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM III) in August 2014.

Relevance

Country-specific product energy standards and regulations for information and communication technologies (ICT) products have expanded rapidly over the past decade.  The fragmentation of requirements around the globe places a large burden on the ICT sector, as diverging specifications have emerged in multiple markets, threatening to create non-tariff barriers and undermine ICT deployment through the rest of the economy.  In light of this trend, economies benefit by striving to align requirements globally and implement programs that promote innovation and ensure access to these technologies which, in turn, can bring energy savings across sectors.

Over the past several years, APEC leaders have repeatedly acknowledged the importance of working to achieve this alignment as well as the vital role of ICT in promoting innovation and green growth.  This project will be a joint private-public effort to advance global alignment of energy efficiency regulations for ICT products, beginning with full implementation for personal computer products, followed by servers, imaging equipment and displays.

Objectives

·  To prevent unnecessary market access barriers for ICT products, increase the availability and use of innovative, energy efficient products in markets worldwide and assist APEC economies with national energy policy objectives.  Steps to achieve this objective include:

1) APEC participating economy reviews of technical standards, conformity assessment programs and methods for establishing minimum energy performance standards to evaluate efficacy, identify potential barriers, and facilitate better alignment and increased trade,

2) inaugural meeting and workshop of the ICT Global Energy Efficiency Convergence Forum on the margins of SOM III to provide an opportunity for information sharing and cooperation amongst APEC economies as they implement agreed-upon product testing, conformity assessment and international approval methods,

·  To advance the ongoing public-private dialogue among APEC economies regarding ways to align ICT product energy efficiency requirements through the development and use of global standards and more trade-friendly conformity assessment procedures.  Steps to achieve this objective will include use of teleconference services and one in-person workshop where participants will come from government, industry, academia, and other stakeholder groups. 

.   To implement specific strategies with economies’ support to accomplish this alignment.  To achieve this objective, APEC economies will identify priority products, such as PCs, servers, network standby and printers, and testing methods proposing solutions to any identified barriers and potential capacity building requirements for developing economies. 

Alignment

This project will address the APEC leaders’ priority of promoting sustainable growth by “advancing work on sharing best practices in energy efficiency with a view to deploying cleaner and more efficient technologies.”  It will also advance the APEC Business Advisory Council’s recommendation to “explore ways to standardize or align energy efficiency and labelling.” Further, it will implement SCSC endorsed principles on alignment of energy efficiency standards and conformity assessment requirements.

TILF/ASF Justification

Funding has been sought from the APEC Support Fund; however, this project will contribute to trade liberalization as well as support the capacity building needs of APEC developing economies.  Alignment of energy efficiency requirements for ICT products will decrease unnecessary technical barriers to trade.  It will also enable and facilitate the availability of energy efficient products across the region, and support national energy policy goals of developing economies.  APEC economies will be directly engaged in evaluating energy efficiency test methods, conformity verification methods and processes for establishing minimum energy performance standards.  The specific capacity gaps that this project will address include access to resources (e.g. technical experts, standards, guidance documents and equipment) necessary to implement national energy efficiency strategies and align with internationally accepted practices. This will be especially beneficial for developing economies, which may lack some of these resources, to align standards and testing procedures, reduce costs, and encourage trade.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs will include 1) APEC participating economy reviews of technical standards, conformity assessment programs and methods for establishing minimum energy performance standards, 2) inaugural meeting and workshop of the ICT Global Energy Efficiency Convergence Forum on the margins of SOM III, 3) Actionable recommendations APEC economies will identify priority products (such as PCs, servers, network standby and printers) to harmonize energy efficiency testing methods, proposing solutions to any identified barriers, and potential capacity building requirements from developing economies.   

Beneficiaries

·  Government regulators who are beginning to or have already begun to create energy efficiency requirements for ICT products are key stakeholders, and those within APEC economies will be invited to give input into workshop agenda(s), to attend such workshop(s), and to participate in pre and post-workshop collaboration.  Government regulators will realize trade liberalization and energy policy objectives. 

·  Those involved in ICT product manufacturing within APEC economies are also key stakeholders.  They will have the opportunity to give input into workshop agenda(s), to attend such workshop(s), and to participate in pre and post-workshop collaboration.  ICT product manufacturers will realize economies of scale by being able to design and test once, and distribute globally. 

.  Retailers, consumers, businesses, and government entities, who enjoy the availability of energy efficient ICT products are also beneficiaries, and their views will be taken into consideration.  Sellers and users of ICT products will be able to realize the numerous quality of life factors that ICT products enable; from education to communications to macro energy efficiency goals and climate mitigation.

Dissemination

An outcomes document will be produced from the workshop(s) and shared among interested stakeholders, following APEC guidelines.  Agendas, presentations, reports and all relevant materials will be uploaded by the APEC Secretariat to the APEC Publications Database website.  Pre- and post-workshop collaboration via teleconference calls will be used to continue discussions and project development work. 

The target audience interested in the presentations and outcomes include ICT Energy Efficiency regulators, private sector ICT Energy Efficiency stakeholders, consumers, standards development organizations and conformity assessment bodies.

There is no intention to sell any of the publications or materials resulting from this workshop.

Gender

Women have been involved in the planning of this project and the results are beneficial to both women and men. The involvement of women in the planning and implementation of technical and organizational activities, as well as their participation at the workshop will actively be encouraged by the project overseer.

The project is gender neutral and will benefit women and men without discrimination, as the development of an economy’s standards and conformance capacity is required to ensure sustainable development and economic growth.

This project’s goals aim to encourage increased deployment of energy efficient ICT products throughout the region, which can be used as gender neutral tools for increased economic mobility.

Work Plan

a) November - December 2013

·  Identification of Forum Participants:  The participants will consist of representatives from government agencies, industry and ICT trade associations.  In particular, planners will seek participation from energy efficiency regulators. Organizers will reach out to member economies upon notification of funding.   We will also seek further engagement from the Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Climate (EGEEC), requesting their participation as potential speakers and attendees during the workshop.

b) January – December 2014

·  Pre-workshop Collaboration: With the support of SCSC member economies, the initiative will begin with a series of teleconference calls to establish participation, agree upon specific goals and timelines, and begin review of technical test and product conformity methods.
[January 2014]

·  Pilot Proposal:  A pilot project to test implementation of the IEC EE E3 program will be developed and executed by interested economies.  Funding for capacity building will be allocated among the pilot economies.   Economies choosing to participate in the pilots will self-select.  Given that China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and the USA already have labs that are issuing and recognizing the E3 program we are hopeful that they will lead implementation efforts by either conducting or supporting the pilots, but this will be decided by APEC economies.   

·  Funding will be for expenses associated with execution of the pilots.  While travel is not expected, there may be costs associated with translating test procedures, IEC EE E3 associated forms and any guidance documents determined to be necessary for use in economies requiring non-English documents to successfully implement the pilot.  Funding may also be required for contracting expert labour to execute the pilot, if necessary.  This includes access to test labs, equipment and expert personnel.  Any funds not used will be returned to APEC.
[March 2014]

·  Development of Workshop:  A 1-2 day workshop will be organized in collaboration with SCSC member economies on the margins of the Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM III).  Participation will be open to all APEC member economies and relevant industry stakeholders.  A draft agenda for the 2014 Workshop will be included after consulting with co-sponsors.

·  Implementation of the Workshop: The forum will provide the stakeholders with an opportunity to share progress on development and implementation of agreed-upon product testing, conformity assessment and international approval methods.  Participants will also be able to share information and ideas on priority products for harmonizing efficiency testing methods and use of common data sources as a means for aligning energy efficiency regulations with the objective of promoting trade, consumer product choice, innovation, and longer-term energy efficiency gains. The workshop will consist of speaker and panel discussions, and breakout sessions may also be incorporated.
[August 2014]

·  Post-workshop Collaboration: With the support of participants, the initiative aims to continue collaboration through the forum beyond the workshop to fully implement the energy efficiency principles.  Further work may be proposed following discussion by the forum.
[October – December 2014]

Risks

Taking note of the APEC CTI’s endorsement of a forum focused on global convergence of energy efficiency regulations for ICT products, and affirmation of the overarching need to achieve energy policy goals in a manner that reduces technical barriers to trade, the project has a high probability of success. 

Previously noted potential risks; however, include: 

Low interest from economies in participating or using results: The project will work to have high participation from economies by reaching out to SCSC members early to identify their representation, clear communication, and early draft agenda development and dissemination. The results will work with accepted international standards and the economies will have opportunities to present their views and survey results to inform the forum’s recommendations. The forum will also address capacity building needs of economies to facilitate implementation of recommendations.

Delays in implementation: This project will avoid delays by having clear and timely communication with the APEC Secretariat, the other SCSC members, and the experts participating in the event. Technology will be used to host digital video conferences prior to the workshop to ensure timely execution.

Monitoring and Evaluation

This project’s monitoring and evaluation plan will include:

• Keeping statistical information about the participants and which economies and government agencies they represent

• Monitoring the number of previously agreed-upon principles implemented by participating economies;

-- Performance indicators may include both process and outcome metrics such as; number of program evaluation surveys completed by participating economies, number of pilot programs executed, number of solutions to barriers identified, and number of economies implementing internationally accepted test methods and the IEC EE E3 conformity program.   

-- Progress will be recorded in meeting minutes and posted publicly on the publications database. 

Linkages

This project builds directly on the principles supported by SCSC participants at the 2011 APEC Conference on Alignment of Energy Efficiency Regulations and on the ongoing work of the Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Climate (EGEEC), including their Mapping Exercise for Energy Efficient Products.  More specifically, this project will implement the actions supported by the SCSC participants at the Y2012 workshop in Seoul Korea. 

The project overseers have sought input from the EGEEC in developing the Terms of Reference for the forum, and participation from EGEEC members will be sought as speakers, participants in meetings and workshop(s) to provide insight from their APEC work.

Sustainability

Implementation of this project will continue to have benefits well beyond completion of the initial phase in Y2014.  Reform of energy efficiency requirements for ICT products is a continuous improvement process, and alignment of such requirements will decrease technical barriers to trade, increase consumer choice across economies and enable achievement of energy, environment and trade policy objectives well afterY2014. 

The stakeholders and beneficiaries will be instrumental in the development of the outputs of the project, and in a position to implement such developments within their economies.  Government to government dialogue will continue in the event implementing economies request technical collaboration.  Longer-term support for the project will be included in the Project Completion Report. 

Upon completion of the project, possible next steps include implementation of internationally accepted test requirements, conformity verification methods and minimum energy performance standards for additional ICT products.  We will strive to ensure these future actions take place by continuously monitoring progress, engaging participating economies in implementation and potentially seeking continued support via APEC, based on demonstrated success. The ICT Global Energy Efficiency Convergence Forum will be examined as a venue for future work and advancement of these goals.

Project Overseers

Project overseers will work closely with APEC officials, ICT trade associations, and other interested organizations to promote the project and coordinate on each step of the project.  The government appointed chair representative will oversee the project with consultation from the co-chairs and support from the ICT industry.    

Mr. Michael Boyles, International Trade Specialist, United States Department of Commerce

Michael Boyles is an International Trade Specialist in the Office of Standards and Investment Policy of the International Trade Administration, United States Department of Commerce. In this role he works to address market access and cross-cutting policy issues related to standards, focusing on environmental, consumer concern, and emerging issues in standardization. Mr. Boyles has been active in APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance through its work on good regulatory practice and the Trade Facilitation Task Force (TFTF). Prior to working for the International Trade Administration he was a private consultant specializing in international market research and export strategy.  He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Erica Logan, Director Environment & Sustainability, Information Technology Industry Council.

Erica Logan is an environment, health and sustainability professional with the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).  In this role she works to address energy, environment and market access issues on behalf of the preeminent companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.  Prior to joining ITI, she worked for many years in private industry.  Ms. Logan is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology (BS) and the University of Rochester (MS).  

Cost Efficiency

This project offers APEC the maximum value for the money and maximizes cost efficiency by:

-  Holding meetings via teleconference and in-person on the margins of a Senior Officials Meeting. 

-  Utilizing substantial involvement of private sector experts and private sector resources to maximize the value to APEC.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable

Direct Labour

It is not expected any contractors or consultants will be needed for this project. The active project overseers and the conference organizers will work together with the APEC Secretariat and the SCSC to identify experts to participate, secure their travel arrangements and participation in the event.

Waivers

We would like to request a waiver from the normal APEC financial rules to fund government participation.

This project will target participation of regulators who are assigned responsibilities for ICT Energy

Efficiency; as such, it is requested that travel costs for government officials be allowed under this project.

We also request a waiver to fund travel costs for employees of International Organizations as potential speakers.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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