Project Title

Technical Reference on Harmonisation of Energy Efficiency Test Methods of Refrigerators Toward the New IEG 62552 among APEC Region 

Project Year

2014   

Project Number

EWG 04 2014A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

EWG 04 2014A 

Project Title

Technical Reference on Harmonisation of Energy Efficiency Test Methods of Refrigerators Toward the New IEG 62552 among APEC Region 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2014 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

197,014 

Co-funding Amount

176,602 

Total Project Value

373,616 

Sponsoring Forum

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Topics

Energy 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Hong Kong, China; Japan; New Zealand; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2014 

Expected Completion Date

30/09/2014 

Project Proponent Name 1

Zhang Shaojun 

Job Title 1

Deputy General Manager 

Organization 1

China Standard Certification Co Ltd (CSC) 

Postal Address 1

No. 36 Yong An Road, Changping District, Beijing, China 

Telephone 1

86-10 60700977 

Fax 1

86-10 60700964 

Email 1

zhangshj@cnis.gov.cn 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Zhang Shaojun 

Project Summary

The project aims to facilitate energy saving technology innovation for refrigerators and free trade in the APEC region by helping harmonizing current national energy efficiency testing methods with the soon-to-be released IEC 62552 standard, and by contributing to the development of an effective management and inspection environment in APEC.

To these ends, the project will:

(i) Identify commonalities and differences between the new IEC 62552 standard and energy efficiency testing standards for refrigerators currently used in APEC economies (through studies, testing, and reports production);

(ii) Determine pathways for the harmonization of energy efficiency testing methods of APEC economies and the new IEC 62552-3 for refrigerators (through stakeholders consultation and direct participation in a technical working group);

(iii) Build capacities and awareness of APEC region’s stakeholders and synergize their efforts related to the harmonization of testing standards for refrigerators (through the production of tailored training curricula and organization of training workshop).

The project period is one year.

Relevance

The use of refrigerator accounts for a significant share of households’ energy consumption in APEC region. In the U.S. it takes up to 13% of the total household electricity consumption; in Japan above 17%; in Thailand 20%; and in China more than 40%. The energy saving potential is huge in many developing economies. For example, following the results of a study conducted by the International Copper Association and the United Nations Environment Programme, if energy efficiency standards for refrigerators in ASEAN economies could be raised to EU level, the potential related energy savings corresponding to the use of these refrigerators could reach 8,531 GWh per year.

Energy efficiency standards are commonly used in different economies to promote energy savings of household appliances. Testing methods represent one of the most fundamental elements in applying energy efficiency standards. Currently, these testing methods differ greatly among APEC economies. This creates technical barriers to free trade in the region, and to further improvement of energy efficiency.

The proposed project will review the various testing methods for refrigerators used in APEC economies with the view to identify differences among these testing methods. In addition, the project will investigate the compatibility between these methods and the soon-to-be released IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) 62552-3 (Household Refrigerators Appliances-Characteristics and Test Methods) in order to facilitate the harmonization of APEC economies testing methods with the IEC upcoming standard.

The new IEC 62552 standard has developed one performance standard for household cooling appliances which will be used worldwide for energy efficiency classes (labels) and minimum efficiency performance limits. Since the test procedures and test conditions for the determination of the energy consumption under IEC 62552-3 are quite different compared to the standards currently used by APEC economies, the values for energy consumption will be different for all existing energy labels. For example, CSC’s has conducted a preliminary study to compare testing methods for frost-free refrigerators with a volume of 300L in China with the new IEC standard. The study suggests that the energy consumption corresponding to the IEC standard application is 10% higher than the one obtained when using the GB (Chinese national) standard. Hence, a detailed comparative study looking both at written standards and laboratory performance will greatly help economies understand the differences, and help them in the harmonization process. There are already signs that economies will apply the IEC standard: China has distributed a draft for the energy label which includes the most important definitions of the new standard (freezer unloaded, 16 degree and 32 degree ambient temperature etc), and Australia has announced via an official paper that it is planning to use the new standard in line with the revision of their energy label in 2015.

In the proposed project, approaches of comparative laboratory testing with standard refrigerator samples, especially the frost-free refrigerators will be taken to evaluate actual performance and the difference in results between the used standard and the new IEC, and additionally, testing results from different economies will also be considered.

The project will provide improved understanding of the differences of test methods currently applied by APEC economies. In turn, the project will be able to identify the further steps required for the harmonization of these test standards with the new IEC 62552. As part of these steps, the building of the capacity of laboratories will clearly be essential. The strengthened capacity of testing laboratories will facilitate standards harmonization. The project will therefore contribute to reduce non-tariff barriers to trade and support higher energy performance of refrigerators.

The proposed project is in line with the recommendations of the 40th meeting of the APEC Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation which put harmonizing test procedures as a primary objective. The project is also in line with the official statement of the 2014 Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade, which recommended the reinforcement of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP); the harmonization of standards across APEC economies, the final objective of the proposed project, will help towards removal of non-tariff barriers to trade. In addition, the project is consistent with the findings of the SEAD[1] (Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment) project – Commercial Refrigeration: Technical evaluation of national and regional test methods – which suggested that the work be expanded to the APEC Region.  Furthermore, the proposed project fulfils the “Funding Criteria for All APEC-Funded Projects in 2014”, with below emphasis:

Criteria

Project relevance

Rank 1: Projects that specifically and significantly contribute to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment, including information sharing, capacity building and communications; trade facilitation; standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations and regulatory cooperation.

The long-term objective of the proposed project is to help APEC economies harmonize their current national energy efficiency testing methods with the soon-to-be released IEC 62552 standard. This harmonize will directly contribute towards removing non-tariff barriers-to-trade, a major hindrance in APEC regional economic integration.

Rank 2: Projects that directly support the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy, including promoting green growth, promotion of energy efficiency, promoting innovation policy and research cooperation.

According to preparatory studies, the to-be-released IEC standard increases the energy efficiency requirements by 10% as compared to existing national standards. The harmonization of APEC national standards with the new IEC standard will therefore directly help APEC economies promote higher efficient refrigerators, a major energy-consuming household appliance (in Indonesia for example, a study conducted by UNEP/ICA in 2010 showed that there is a potential for energy savings estimated at over 3,000 GWh per year providing higher efficient refrigerators are used). Refrigerators represents up to 50% of total households energy consumption in most APEC developing economies (UNEP 2013).

A significant barrier to deployment of best practice products and policies is the number of flawed and different test methods across economies, most giving non-comparable energy results; a much improved test method will be published by IEC in 2014 that should be fit for global harmonisation to give comparable product data and coherent standards.

Lastly, on-going research activities and results implemented by other economies will be well synergized with the project. For example, the Philippines have recently participated in Japan's IS-INOTEK/JEMA Project, which aims to build the capacities of testing laboratories in Asia using this new IEC standards. Experiences on their respective test approaches and results will be positively supplemented by the proposed project.


[1] SEAD co-funds and collaborate on projects that fall under APEC’s Collaborative Assessment of Standards and Testing (CAST) Initiave, which was established by APEC Energy Ministers under the 2009 Fukui Declaration.

Objectives

The overall objective is to facilitate energy saving technology innovation for refrigerators and free trade in the APEC region by helping harmonizing current national energy efficiency testing methods for refrigerators with the IEC 62552 standard, and by supporting the development of an effective management and inspection environment in APEC.

The specific objectives are:

Objective 1: to identify commonalities and differences between the new IEC 62552 standard and energy efficiency testing standards for refrigerators currently used in APEC economies;

Objective 2: to determine potential pathways for the harmonization of energy efficiency testing methods of APEC economies and the new IEC 62552-3 for refrigerators;

Objective 3:  to build capacity and awareness of APEC region’s stakeholders and synergize their efforts related to the harmonization of testing standards for refrigerators.

Alignment

This project, will pave the way for the future harmonization of refrigerator testing methods in APEC. The project is in line with the APEC Regulatory Cooperation Process Mechanism on Trade-Related Standards and Technical Regulations as this project, focusing on refrigerators, “target(s) an area where potential technical barriers to trade are identified and a trend in regulation is anticipated”.

This project is also directly relevant to the “Sustainable Growth with Equity”, especially the workstream 2 – development and refinement of an integrated planning system mechanism, adopted by 2013 APEC Leaders’ Declaration, which indirectly makes reference to the APEC-wide energy intensity reduction target being proposed in the EWG energy strategic plan.

TILF/ASF Justification

There are mainly four kinds of standards in application in the APEC region. These are the EU standard (EN ISO 15502/IEC 62552), the USA standard (ANSI/AHAM HRF 1-2007), the Japan Standard (JIS C9801: 2006), and the Australia and New Zealand standard (AS/NZS 4474). Among these standards, main indicators of ambient temperature, compartment temperatures, load, and door openings are regulated differently, which results in different energy consumption values, and different energy efficiency schemes.

Considering these significant differences in energy efficiency testing methods of the different economies, there is a strong need for capacity building. The project will address this by:

·  Providing tailored training to laboratories, standard authorities, and refrigerator manufacturers immediately after completing the investigation of differences between testing national standards and analyzing the gaps with the new IEC standard. Here the project will seek synergies and cooperation with the on-going Philippine’s project - IS-INOTEK/JEMA Project.

·  Conducting extensive dissemination of the project outcomes through the organization of 1 dissemination workshop and the dissemination of materials.

·  Actively involving all categories of stakeholders in the technical working group. That includes (1) policy-makers, (2) national standardization bodies, (3) testing laboratories, and (4) refrigerator manufacturers. Representatives from all these groups will be invited to join the technical working group, which will serve as the platform for knowledge sharing in testing methods, and policy measures.

The proposed project will assist APEC developing economies in keeping track with international developments in terms of 1) technology advancements in higher efficiency refrigerators, and 2) alignment with international standards by allowing exposure of APEC developing economies members to international expertise. This project will therefore significantly contribute to the elevation of capacity of APEC developing economies up to international levels.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs and Beneficiaries: 

Output 1: Established technical working group bringing all stakeholders to jointly work on the preparing the future harmonization of APEC various standards with IEC 62552

Output 2: Differences / synergies between energy efficiency test methods for refrigerators in APEC region and with IEC 62552 are identified - report

Output 3: Differences between energy efficiency test methods for refrigerators in APEC region and with IEC62552 are documented -Test reports

Output 4: Training curricula for manufacturers, laboratories, and standardization authorities (1 curricula)

Output 5: Capacity building for manufacturers, laboratories, and standardization authorities (through 1 training workshop)

Output 6: Recommendations on harmonizing energy efficiency testing methods for refrigerators within APEC economies - report

Output 7: Dissemination workshop - technical recommendations on how the current standards can be evolved to the IEC 62552 standard and benchmark proposing.

The direct project participants and beneficiaries include:

a)  The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) and the Experts from the Sub Committee on Standard and Conformance (SCSC) who will join the technical working group and be also contacted and invited to participate workshops and seminars organized by the project. The project is in line with the mandate of these organizations who will see its future work facilitated

b)  Energy efficiency testing laboratories – they will gain improved technical capacity through training. Over the longer term, they will be able to propose additional testing services to their customers

c)  Standard making bodies - they will receive training and thus be in a better position to efficiently contribute to the future harmonization of their respective national standards with the new IEC 62552;

d)  Manufacturers of refrigerators - they will also receive training and will thereby gain improved knowledge and technical capacity. In addition, over the future, they will be better equipped to upgrade their production to the new IEC standard which will mean increased sales and export opportunities for them.

In addition, although final consumers are not directly involved in the project implementation they will also benefit from it. The project will contribute to give them access to more energy efficient refrigerators thus to reduce their electricity bills while allowing them to live in a greener environment.

Dissemination

The outputs of this Project are designed for wide dissemination: the produced reports and materials will be disseminated in APEC economies in the format of seminars organized, and be freely downloadable from the APEC website at least.

More specifically, the Project will produce the following outputs for dissemination:

a) Investigation report, laboratory testing reports of differences between currently applied standards and the new IEC standards, and recommendation report including benchmark proposal in APEC region with hard copies (30 each), electronic copies (in CD-ROM), uploading of APEC, and National Development and Reform Committee and other related web sites

b) Training curricula for standardization authorities, manufacturers, and laboratories

c) Final report “technical reference on harmonization of energy efficiency test method of refrigerators toward the new IEC 62552 among APEC region” will target standards making bodies and laboratories testing experts, including recommendations for its implementation: hard copies (50), electronic (CD-ROM)

d) One workshop, 2 days, 20 participants from testing laboratories and governmental organizations in APEC economies

e)  Four meetings of the project management, 1 day, 15 participants each

The workshops, reports and all related materials will be disseminated by publishing on APEC, EWG, EGEE&C and EGNRET websites, through press releases, and through direct mailing to targeted stakeholders in all APEC economies. The outputs will also be delivered directly to China National Development and Reform Committee, and they will help to disseminate project outputs to international energy-related institutions. China National Institute of Standardization and CSC will largely disseminate the outcomes of the project through its own web sites and networks. Co-sponsoring economies of US, New Zealand, Chinese Taipei, Chinese Hongkong, Japan, Thailand and Philippine will also look at ways to disseminate project results. CSC (project proponent) already has extensive cooperation with all the organizations referred to above. In addition, the project is complementary to the activities of these organizations. The risk of not being able to achieve cooperation during the project is therefore minimized.

Gender

The project does not aim to explicitly benefit men or women. For this project, both the project overseer and project manager are woman.

To further ensure that no gender is disadvantaged, the project team will encourage equitable participation by men and women at all steps of the project. Sex-disaggregated data will be applied for project assessment where feasible, i.e. workshop attendance. The selection of consultants, workshop presenters will be organised in an unbiased environment irrespective of gender. Besides, Project Overseer will take care to ensure that the workshop and all related administrative arrangements are executed in a gender-neutral manner, and in particular in a manner that does not disadvantage women. Women from APEC economies will be targeted as workshop participants and presenters.

It is expected that the project output would benefit all members of the private and public sector engaged, regardless of gender.

Work Plan

The project manager will carry out daily operations for the project. A 3rd party for testing will be contracted following APEC procurement rules. Several consultants from VDE Testing and Certification Institute, and SEAD, SCSC will also be involved to support insights, and have close connection with the IEC 62552 news, and effectively share the project results.

Definitely, different culture within APEC economies will be considered to propose the recommendations and benchmarks for refrigerator energy testing methods in the proposed project.

Overall project duration is 1 year with time plan demonstrated in below table.  

Timeline

Details

Month

Step 1: Establish technical working group

·  Confirm roles and responsibilities

·  Set up work plan

·  Invite members

·  Organize 1st meeting

Output 1: Established technical working group bringing all stakeholders to jointly work on the preparing the future harmonization of APEC national standards with the IEC 62552

Month 2-4

Step 2: Investigate existing energy efficiency testing methods for refrigerators and their preliminary potential to be adapted to the IEC 62552 standard, in APEC region

·      Literature review

·      Conduct interviews with stakeholders

·      Report preparation

Output 2: Differences / synergies between energy efficiency testing methods for refrigerators in APEC region and with IEC 62552 are identified - report

Timeline

Details

Month 5-9

Step 3: Laboratory testing on different applied test methods and the IEC standard in energy efficiency for frost-free refrigerators in APEC region

·      Testing scheme making,

·      Testing,

·      Results analysis

·      Draft reports production

·      Draft review through meeting of the technical committee

·      Report finalization

Output 3: Differences / synergies between energy efficiency testing methods for refrigerators in APEC region and with IEC 62552 are technically documented - test reports

Month 9

Step 4: Prepare 1 training curricula respectively for manufacturers, laboratories, and standardization authorities

·      Hire consultants for drafting of the curricula

·      Draft curricula

·      Present draft to technical working group (meeting)

·      Finalize

Output 4: Training curricula for manufacturers, laboratories, and standardization authorities

Month 10

Step 5: Organize 1 training workshop respectively for manufacturers, laboratories, and standardization authorities

·      Invite participants

·      Hold training workshops

Output 5: Capacity building for manufacturers, laboratories, and standardization authorities (through training workshop)

Month 11

Step 6: Compile recommendations for the harmonization of testing methods within APEC economies with IEC 62552

·       Draft report preparation

·       Draft circulation and revision (meeting of the technical working group)

·       Final report preparation

Output 6: Recommendations on harmonizing energy efficiency testing methods for refrigerators within APEC economies with the IEC 62552 - report

Month 12

Step 7: Organize 1 workshop for the dissemination of the results

·       Invite participants

·       Hold 1 dissemination workshop

Output 7: Dissemination workshop - technical recommendations on how the current standards can be evolved to the IEC 62552 standard and benchmark proposing

Risks

There are little risks outside the direct control of the project proponent. The development of the technical recommendations and the design of the laboratory testing and results dissemination face no external risk as they will build on existing good practices and models, already implemented in APEC developed and (some) developing economies.

There is generally a risk that workshops do not attract the optimal range and number of participants. However, the project proponent already has long-term history of cooperation with the key organizations to be involved. That will help using all partners networks to convince the participants to join. This risk can further be managed by using a range of communication channels to promote the workshop; holding it alongside another relevant event, providing adequate notice of the confirmed date and venue, and assisting with travel expenses for travel-eligible economies.

The other risk relates to the acceptance or possible discussion created from the proposed recommendations in the APEC developing economies. In that regard, the technical working group will be consulted throughout the project duration to facilitate continued adhesion to the project. In addition, to minimize the risk even further, the project will develop a regular communication system to be implemented by APEC economies led by members of EGEE&C. To do that, the Project will engage representatives for ministries in charge of energy from the APEC developing economies through engagement of the APEC EGEE&C and SEAD.

The Project is confident of the commitment of these representatives as all economies face the problems related to the new IEC 62552 adaptation, especially several economies in APEC have already indicated a move in this direction in the coming years, which is an encouraging sign. The engagement of these government representatives will be ensured through direct internet or telephone meetings and through the meetings in conjunction with the EGEE&C bi-annual meetings.

The actual adoption of an harmonized standard across APEC economies is however a challenge as each economy has to understand the benefits of such adoption and communicate and work together to that end.

While the proposed project will likely not arrive at this harmonization on its own and within the given timeframe, it will certainly constitute an important, critical and necessary step towards harmonization. To maximize the  impact of the proposed project, a direct and close link will be made with the ongoing APEC project “EWG12 2013A: Catalysing Monitoring, Verification & Enforcement Best Practices Exchange and Building Compliance Capacity in the APEC Region”, which major output is the establishment of the APEC Network of MV&E authorities, in which the PO is an active participant.

This Network will provide the perfect forum for all APEC MV&E authorities to discuss the proposed harmonization of standards. The related work will continue beyond the timeframe of the proposed project through this APEC Network of MV&E authorities. The proposed project will also make direct links with the Global Energy Efficient Partnership Program currently being prepared by UNEP for GEF funding, which includes refrigerators and which aims, among others, at harmonizing global energy efficiency standards for refrigerators.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Indicator

Source of information

Means of verification

Participation (performance target: Throughout the project, the technical working group allows to maintain the commitment of stakeholders to the project)

a) List of members of the technical working group

b) List of participants in the meetings of the technical working groups

c) Evaluation forms from the meetings of the technical working group

d) Reports of meeting of the technical working group

a) Websites of the organizations supporting the project

b) and c) Collected during meetings of the technical working group

d) Prepared immediately after each meeting of the technical working group

Training effectiveness (performance target: The training curriculum developed adequately meet the needs of APEC developing economies)

a) Evaluation forms of the training workshops

b) Results of testing before and after workshops

a) and b) Collected during the training workshop

Harmonization scope (performance target: The reference points proposed for the harmonization of APEC national standards with IEC 62552 are approved by APEC stakeholders)

a) Evaluation forms

a) Collected during presentation of progress to the technical working groups and during the final dissemination workshops

Acceptance level within 6 months (performance target: At least 5 economies actively undertake the harmonization of their national standard with IEC building upon the results of the project within the 6 months following completion)

a) Ministerial acts

b) New projects documentation

a) Published on websites of ministries (trade, energy, etc.)

b) Websites of implementing organizations

Acceptance Level within 1 year (performance target: At least 3 economies have successfully harmonized their respective standards with IEC 62552 within 1 year of project completion)

a) Ministerial acts

b) Published harmonized standard

a) Published on websites of ministries (trade, energy, etc.)

b) Websites of standardization authorities

In accordance with APEC requirements, the project team will keep all records of desktop study, laboratory testing, meetings, and will provide regular research reports, and with APEC timely communication, take appropriate action as soon as possible in case the progress is unsatisfactory. 

Linkages

Engagement: project meetings will be organized four times during project implementation, and the project overseer will keep regular communication with APEC EGEE&C group, making progress reports during the EGEE&C meetings. Moreover, on-going work of comparing different testing methods in the APEC with IEC, communication initiatives establishment have also been launched by Japan, Australia, Philippine and Thailand, which the project overseer and project manager have already connected to them for more synergies being achieved during the proposed project implementation. And SCSC will be kept involved in also.

Outside of the APEC, the experts view from SEAD, and VDE Institute (a Germany testing and certification institute who has been involved in IEC 62552-3 revision) will be considered, and if possible, project results will be shared within their platforms and activities in related.

Previous work: China Standard Certification Co., Ltd (partner in this project) has taken the leading role in drafting the Chinese Energy Efficiency Standard for parts of home appliances, and participated in Chinese Energy Efficiency Labelling Program revision especially in testing methods research. Moreover, CSC has managed many international projects listed as below, and the vice general manager of CSC, Ms Zhang Shaojun is currently one of inspectors of IEC TC59D.:

a) Air condition round robin test phase I and phase II, supported by US Energy Foundation;

b) TV display round robin test founded by Energy Foundation;

c) EF-SEAD TV round robin test project;

d) CLASP washing machine round robin test project.

Lessons and experiences from above projects and related work will be drawn into the proposed project.

APEC’s comparative advantage: firstly, the production of home appliances is dominant within the APEC region, with the most influential economic growth in the world. The table below shows some annual sales figures for several economies (unfortunately there is no APEC disaggregated data available), demonstrating the enormous market for APEC economies including China, Russia, Japan, and East Asia:


Sales of refrigerators and freezers by global region split by size category. (Source: GfK Retail and Technology GmbH, 2010)

LBNL estimates non-OECD annual sales of 66 million in 2005, rising to 110 million in 2020, a growth of 66% in 15 years. OECD sales are estimated as 31 million in 2005 rising to 40 million in 2020, a growth of 28%. Assuming developing economies (non-OECD) adopt higher efficient refrigerators (assuming EU A+ energy class level by 2020), the energy savings would amount to 385 TWH in 2030, according to LBNL’s BUENAS modelling. Although there is no APEC disaggregated data available, APEC accounts for the most important non-OECD economies in terms of energy consumption and energy savings potential from refrigerators.

The proposed project will also fill a gap as there is currently no APEC disaggregated data regarding refrigerators. The APEC fora offer a great opportunity to initiate the global harmonization of energy efficiency standards as it combines some of the most energy consuming developing economies (China, Indonesia) with double-digit annual growth in sales of refrigerators, as well as developed economies such as USA and Japan.

The harmonization of testing standards in the region will play a significant role in removing non-tariff barriers to trade as indicated in the Relevance section. Secondly, experiences on the new IEC 62552 practice in APEC will help to promote technical innovation and improvement in the refrigerator manufacturing. Thirdly, the testing capacity of the different laboratories among APEC region will be more harmonized than before if we take the initiatives proposed by the project.

Sustainability

The project is designed to maximize the potential for sustainability.

From the institutional and policy perspectives, and as explained before, standards harmonization is already a high issue on the political agenda of the APEC.  Realizing this harmonization is therefore already part of the mandate of several standardization and other government authorities within APEC. The project will contribute to reaffirm the commitment of national authorities via this topic. In turn, government organizations are expected to continue to support this process, while being able to maintain their budget for that purpose.

This also contributes to the project financial sustainability.

Still from the financial perspective, the project also involves laboratories and refrigerator manufacturers. These are often private organizations to whom the ability to adapt to the new standards gives a competitive advantage while providing the opportunity to develop new services or products.

The outputs to be produced by the project are geared towards the future. The project will notably produce reference points for the harmonization of standards and testing methods related to the energy efficiency of refrigerators. These reference points will clearly help economies to develop follow-up actions since they won’t have to start from scratch. The training curricula (for manufacturers, authorities, and laboratories) will be made public and shared with all project participants. They will thus constitute a reference for future similar trainings. Here a specific action which could be undertaken following the project completion, is the translation of the curricula to local languages spoken in the different APEC economies. In parallel, local trainers could be trained to initiate a series of additional training workshops for the target categories of stakeholders. Once enough stakeholders have been educated and capacitated on the proposed standard harmonization, it will be easier to convince government authorities to move even closer to the actual harmonization.

A specific discussion will be organized during the dissemination workshops on the interest and feasibility of moving forward with harmonization. The results from the discussion will be delivered to officials of energy managing department in each involved economy. After project completion, it is expected that APEC economies will have increased interest to conduct strategic dialogue. Building on the results of the trainings mentioned in the previous paragraph, the dialogue may give rise to greater cooperation regarding EES&L mutual recognition and harmonization aimed at maximizing mutual energy saving and emission reduction benefit.

Project Overseers

Ms Zhang Shaojun, is the Project Overseer, who has 20 years working experience in home appliances certification and been active in China policy making of conformity assessment, such as CCC Certification Mode and Its Implementation Rules Research, Chinese Certification Rules Making for Products in Energy Saving, Study on Chinese Energy Efficiency Labelling. In the latest 5 years, she has been in charge of energy efficiency labelling management under China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS), management and operation of energy efficiency laboratory for energy consumption products in CNIS, and energy saving and emission reduction and ergonomic research results promotion in CNIS.

Ms Zhang has unique, profound insights in the design, communication and application of refrigerators testing and standards adaptation. She also has overseen many international projects. At present, she is the deputy general manager of China Standard Certification Co., Ltd, and also one of inspectors of IEC TC59D (Home laundry appliances).

Cost Efficiency

The total APEC funding is 197,014 $, and CSC will put their own efforts on human resources of project management, communication and coordination for the project, co-funded 176,602 $. The main activities to be financed by the APEC grant are for the effective participation of APEC economies’ members in meetings workshops, as well as for contracting out an independent service provider for the testing of refrigerators.

Project outputs will be mostly disseminated in electronic version with only a limited number of hard copies.

The contact Email: zhangshj@cnis.gov.cn.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Nil.

Waivers

Waiver 1: Although it is mentioned of one workshop, the intention is to have 3 separate, parallel training sessions in one event. Which explains the number of 8 experts, with 2-3 per training. The number of experts, or trainers, is tentatively set at 2-3 per training, so 8 in total. A waiver is therefore to have more than 6 person per day for the organization of the workshop.

Waiver 2: It is anticipated that active participants may request advance payment of travel expenses. Travel eligible participants will represent beneficiaries who include government officials from developing economies. Hence, waiver is requested to fund travel of government officials if they are nominated as active participants, as the case may be.

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