Project Title

APEC Low Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project, Phase 5 

Project Year

2014   

Project Number

EWG 06 2014A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

EWG 06 2014A 

Project Title

APEC Low Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project, Phase 5 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2014 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

707,242 

Co-funding Amount

122,747 

Total Project Value

829,989 

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)

Japan; Canada; China; Korea; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Chile; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Russia; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2015 

Project Proponent Name 1

Shin'ichi Kihara 

Job Title 1

Director, International Affairs Division, Agency of Natural Resources and Energy 

Organization 1

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) 

Postal Address 1

1-3-1 Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8931, Japan 

Telephone 1

81-3 35010598 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

kihara-shinichi@meti.go.jp; nagatani-shobu@meti.go.jp; kurumi-kazuhiro@meti.go.jp 

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

Shin'ichi Kihara 

Project Summary

LCMT Project Phase 5 where Bitung City of Indonesia was officially endorsed by the APEC Energy Working Group to be the case seeks to promote low-carbon town developments in order to manage rapidly growing energy consumption especially in industrial areas of the APEC region. The key activities are: 1) to assess real low carbon town development projects both technical and policy sides; and 2) to refine the “Concept of the Low-Carbon Town in the APEC”. Feasibility study will be conducted by qualified urban design consultants. The refinement of the “Concept” will be conducted by Study Group A, while policy review of the selected low carbon development project will be conducted by Study Group B. Both groups will be formed by the experts from interested member economies and relevant APEC Expert Groups.

Relevance

This project directly responds to the declaration at the 9th APEC Energy Ministers Meeting (EMM9), held in Fukui, Japan on 19 June 2010, where ministers discussed low carbon paths to energy security which also provide cooperative energy solutions for a sustainable APEC as well as growth strategies. Among several messages, they noted that the introduction of low-carbon technologies in city planning to boost energy efficiency and reduce fossil energy use is vital to manage rapidly growing energy consumption in urban areas of the Asia-Pacific region. In this context, APEC Energy Ministers have agreed to launch an “APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project” with a view to presenting successful models for coordinated usage of advanced low-carbon technologies. This project is considered as one of the priority projects for APEC. 

Most recently, the 11th APEC Energy Ministers Meeting (EMM11), held in Beijing, China on 2 September 2014, appreciated this project as follows: “Low-carbon towns can contribute to higher energy efficiency, resource conservation, environmental protection and economic development. We applaud the progress in the APEC Low Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project and the promotion activities under it. Member economies should exchange ideas, technologies, and experience in developing low-carbon towns and strengthen practical cooperation in this area.” Joint Ministerial Statement by 2014 APEC Ministerial Meeting, held in Beijing, China on 8 November 2014 appreciated similarly. In 2014 Leaders' Declaration  in Beijing, China, on  8 November 2014, Leaders committed “to collectively promote cooperation projects, and to further explore pathways to a new-type of urbanization and sustainable city development, featuring green, energy efficient, low-carbon and people-orientation.” 

While local government and municipal officials are getting interested in making their town low carbon, their urgent concerns tackling now are to alleviate urban problems such as traffic congestion, air/water pollution, waste management, recycling of used water and so on.  However, the main objective of the APEC LCMT Project focuses on CO2 emission reductions. As such, these towns require some level of technical assistance for systematic planning and realization of low-carbon town development which includes setting quantitative low carbon targets, selecting the most appropriate set of low carbon measures considering the characteristics of the intended town and evaluating the effects of low carbon measures adopted. 

One element of realizing a low carbon town is to increase energy efficiency while to reduce unnecessary energy consumption. The investments required for them pay for themselves in a short/medium perspective. The other element is to introduce renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic power generation, and advanced technology which include building energy management system (BEMS), electric vehicles, smart grid systems and so on. These technologies are still expensive and some of them may need demonstration tests before putting into commercial applications.  However, all these technologies have a huge potential to substantially reduce CO2 emissions in towns. As such, the APEC LCMT Project provides towns with opportunities to obtain financial benefit and a future economic development. 

This project is directly linked to promoting green growth, renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon technology in the Asia-Pacific region (Rank 2), which is because it aims to present successful models for coordinated usage of advanced low-carbon technologies.

Objectives

The key objectives of the project are: 

1) To refine the “Concept of the Low-Carbon Town”, providing the basic idea of the APEC Low Carbon Town and effective approaches to various urban areas as well as various measures for reducing CO2. 

2) To provide feasibility studies and policy reviews of low carbon development projects selected for LCMT Phase 5; checking CO2 reduction goals, verifying how to develop attractive and innovative development plans by feasibility studies, and making recommendation on low carbon measures through policy reviews. 

3) To share best practices and real-world experiences of low-carbon town design with planners and policymakers throughout the APEC region.

Alignment

Regarding APEC’s key priorities, the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy, adopted at the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Yokohama in 2010, calls for APEC to achieve five growths attributes, namely, balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth. Two of them, Sustainable Growth and Innovative Growth, directly apply to activities under the Energy Working Group (EWG). With regard to Sustainable Growth, the Leaders agreed that APEC needs to encourage new green industries and jobs and to help establish a low-carbon society in which APEC economies maintain economic growth as well as protect the environment. In terms of Innovative Growth, they agreed that APEC needs to adopt policies contributing to fostering environment for innovative growth that will be increasingly crucial for future prosperity; they specifically emphasized the need for innovation in new products and services that can enhance progress on critical global issues, including the environment and energy. The APEC LCMT Project Phase 5 will thus serve as one of the key building blocks of the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy. 

Regarding the EWG Strategic Plan for 2014-2018, the LCMT Project including the Phase 5 is listed as the EWG deliverables for promoting energy efficiency and sustainable communities according to the Energy Ministers’ instruction at the EMM9 making the EWG conduct feasibility studies to encourage creation of low-carbon communities in urban development plans and share best practices for realizing such communities.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project will assist the capacity building in the developing economy selected as the case for Feasibility Study and Policy Review. The relevant government agency of the developing economy will be engaged by closely collaborating with APERC in preparing the energy data for the Feasibility Study, background information required for Policy Review, etc. The Feasibility Study report and the Policy Review report on Bitung low-carbon project will facilitate capacity building of relevant government and municipality officials for overall low-carbon town planning processes and policy-related issues. 

Other APEC developing economies will be also benefitted by learning best practices through dispatching their experts to Study Groups A and B, and participating in LCMT Task Force (TF) meetings. Experts from developing economies under study group A will visit low-carbon development projects in the APEC region and find out the characteristics of each project. Experts under study group B will visit Bitung Special Economic Zone, Indonesia and identify the political measures to promote low-carbon development project. Through these activities, experts from developing economies can learn best practices which might be applicable to their own economies. In addition, both the Feasibility Study and the Policy Review are specific to the intended low-carbon town project, however, the reports of the Feasibility Study and the Policy Review will also support capacity building for government and municipality officials in other APEC developing economies, since they can refer to these reports and apply them, if appropriate, to their own economies.

For this purpose, we are planning to hold LCMT TF meetings along with EWG meetings (EWG49 and 50) for dissemination as we have already done with a great success in Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:  

Three reports will be published as the outputs of this project: “Concept of the Low-Carbon Town in the APEC Region”, the Feasibility Study and the Policy Review which includes Recommendations towards the effective implementation of LCT development project at the selected town.

In the fifth phase, the project will focus on the Industrial area which was not fully covered by previous phases. 

1. At the first phase, the Yujiapu Central Business District Development Project in Tianjin, China was examined with the focus on green field development from scratch.

a) As for the Concept, though it was intended to be comprehensive, the content was mainly for green field development such as Yujiapu CBD in retrospect.

b) As for the Feasibility Study, it was of course carried out for Yujiapu CBD. Therefore, the main focus was how to control huge energy demand in a megalopolis. It is also deiscussed how to cope with black-out and crimes in order to attract overseas investment in this new financial district.

c) As for the Policy Review, it was the first case and produced 32 recommendations..

2. At the second phase of the LCMT Project, Samui Island in Thailand was analysed as the case of rural resort area development

a) The Concept was refined to include the following points based upon the experience in Samui Island and other island or resort area: Low carbon land use, reduction of heat burden for buildings, applying regulations for transportation, Example of CO2 reduction in Japan, Electric vehicle, Area Energy Network, co-generation(CHP), use of untapped energy, Smart energy system.

b) As for the Feasibility Study, it was of course carried out for Samui Island.Thefore, it was recommended to utilize natural energies such as photovoltaic, wind, small hydro, biomass, etc.. “Eco-Lifestayle” is also proposed to visitors in this Low-Carbon island resort.

c) As for the Policy Review more intensive discussion became possible between the Review Team and Stakeholders of the case town. As a result, more than 80 recommendation was proposed.

3. In the third phase, main focus was the redevelopment dealing with existing urban districts of Da Nang, Viet Nam

a) The Concept was further refined to include the following points based upon the experience in Da Nang and other redevelopment projects of existing towns: Mechanism to monitor the progress toward the target of CO2 emission reduction, Greenery, Water treatment, Use of alternative fuel vehicles and eco-driving.

b) As for the Feasibility Study, various Low-Carbon measures were proposed like in Phase 1 and Phase 2. On top of them, an action plan and a roadmap were drafted in order to realized those measures, in which the role of eaxh relevant organizations was to be clarifie

c) As for the Policy Review, the number of recommendations was a bit decreased from 82 in Phase 2 to 75 in Phase 3. On the other hand, the Review Team had tried to identify short term issues, mid-term issues and long term issues in order to supply information for prioritizing policy measures in time horizeon..

4. The fourth phase targeted residential area in San Borja Municipality, Lima, Peru.

a) The Concept is being further refined to include Solid waste management based upon the experience in San Borja and LCTs in developed economies and Preliminary Study Results of Low-Carbon Town Indicator System to evaluate the quality and progress of each LCT project.

b) As for the Feasibility Study, it is on the way to finalization.

c) As for the Policy Review, due to scheduling problem in the Peruvian side, the Review is postponed into early 2015.

Based upon the experience in previous phases, the fifth phase will focus on as follows:

- The Concept will be further refined to include any topics arising from the characteristics of the industrial area. At the same time, Low-Carbon Town Indicator System will be established as a part of the Concept, based upon Preliminary Study Results and Trial use by selected economies

- As for the Feasibility Study, it will be of course carried out for Bitung City where the characteristics of an industrial town will be fully considered.

- As for the Policy Review, also the characteristics of Bitung City as an industrial town will be fully considered. 

As the case town in the fifth phase, Bitung City in Indonesia was chosen in the following process. A letter to invite nominations of a Low-Carbon Town (LCT) development project for the APEC LCMT Project Phase 5 was sent to EWG members of eligible economies for the APEC Support Fund on 10 September 2014, with nomination deadline on 30 September 2014. Accordingly, there were two candidate projects nominated; Bitung City, Indonesia, and Fuyang City, China. The evaluation was conducted based on the nomination sheet of the two candidates’ projects for Phase 5. These nominated projects were evaluated based on the selection criteria endorsed by the APEC LCMT TF on a scale of 1-5, in a fair manner, and total score for each candidate was 24 for Bitung City and 22 for Fuyang City. Moreover, strong support from responsible central and local government authorities as well as coordination and cooperation among relevant entities in all tiers of government authorities are essential, and Bitung City meets these requirements rather than Fuyang City. It is also important to gain understanding and cooperation among a wide range of people and business sectors involved and affected, not only in the planning stage but also in the implementation stage. The both candidates involve a wide range of private sectors in the development of the projects, whereas the project in Bitung City will be also supported by NGOs. As a result of an overall evaluation, Bitung City was recommended for the APEC LCMT Project Phase 5 and endorsed by the members of the APEC LCMT TF and the EWG. 

Among three reports, the Feasibility Study report and the Policy Review report will be directly targeted to Bitung City. However, these reports will be also for reference of other LCT projects, especially those at industrial towns, as well as further refined Concept. The newly established Indicator System in the Concept will far-reaching effects to continuous improvement in LCT projects in the longer term.     

Outcomes:  

The reports of the Feasibility Study and the Policy Review are useful for Bitung City in improving and elaborating its LCT development plan and supporting policy measures. In other word, the quality of LCT plan and policies in Bitung will be heightened. The developers and the policy planners for the LCT project in Bitung City are required to revise their plans and policies to upgrade the quality of their LCT project. 

At the same time, these reports are useful for not only case towns/cities but also other APEC member economies to encourage creation of low-carbon communities. Through sharing best practices and recommendations in various case towns/cities studied in the project, the economies interested can see appropriate approaches to the paths of low-carbon communities. 

In addition, APEC Low-Carbon Town Indicator (LCT-I) System could be a guideline to create low-carbon towns and properly evaluate existing ones. In the LCMT Phase 4, the preliminary study results of the APEC LCT-I System is to be introduced as a part of the refinement of the Concept. The APEC LCT-I System will be applied to low-carbon development projects including the case towns/cities in the previous phases of the LCMT for a sensitivity analysis. After a careful examination of its sensitivity analysis and discussion with experts, the LCMT project expects the APEC LCT-I System to be an internationally accredited standard for low-carbon towns in cooperation with International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The wide spread use of the APEC LCT-I System will accelerate the shift to the development of low-carbon towns and its standardization will help increase the number of proper low-carbon towns. 

Just like as the previous phases, the progress and the result of APEC LCMT project will be reported to the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technology (EGNRET) for seeking input from expert and disseminate the information. Especially for the Indicator system, the workshop will be planned in the later phase in order to educate the relevant policymakers how to use the Indicator system. As for the Indicator system, the linkage with international standardization process will be explored to further disseminate the usefulness of the system beyond the APEC region. 

Beneficiaries:  

The most obvious beneficiaries of the Phase 5 of LCMT Project will be the local government officials in Bitung and the planners of the Bitung low-carbon development project, who will gain valuable advice on how to design an attractive and innovative low-carbon development project. The Feasibility Study could provide specific guidance on the selection of mitigation measures in building, electricity supply, transport sector, etc. based on the analysis that will be provided of CO2 reductions and investment costs for each of the measures. The Feasibility Study can also be used as a checklist for what needs to be done in each phase of the project, including planning, design, construction and operation. Local governments can use this same information to track the implementation of the low-carbon town development project.  The project outputs will be beneficial not only for Bitung local government officials, but also for the provincial and central government officials in promoting low-carbon town development elsewhere in Indonesia. 

This project is basically intended to provide guidance to anyone who may be involved in the design of urban development projects, including government officials and planners throughout the APEC region.  They will benefit both from the guidebook “Concept of the Low-Carbon Town”, and from the example of the Bitung low-carbon town development including the results of the Feasibility Study and the policy recommendations made through the Policy Review. All the findings and outcome of the project will be shared at the LCMT TF meetings and through the website, which allows government officials and other relevant stakeholders to know appropriate measures toward low-carbon town development. 

The indicator to evaluate low-carbon towns which is now under consideration will be used to monitor the progress of implementation of possible measures proposed in the Feasibility Study and the Policy Review. 

In general, beneficiaries are central/local government officials responsible for low-carbon town policies as well as municipality officials and/or city planners who are directly responsible for low carbon town developments in the Asia-Pacific region. They could be directly engaged by participating in the Study Group A and B. Indirectly, they will be engaged by attending seminars or workshops where the results of the LCMT Phase 5 will be presented as was the case of LCMT Phases 1-4. Developing a low carbon town relates closely to the way the life of the town will be in the future and therefore citizens living and working in the town are also stakeholders. They will be engaged when public assessment is conducted for the low carbon development plan of their towns.

Dissemination

The “Concept”, the Feasibility Study Report and the Policy Review will be published on the APEC and APERC websites. 

The target audience are the local government officials in Bitung and the planners of the Bitung low-carbon development project as well as provincial and central governments officials responsible for low-carbon town development in Indonesia. 

The government officials across the APEC region, who are responsible for low-carbon town development in their economies, are also the target audience of this project. 

There is no intention to sell these outputs.

Gender

A number of women have been participating in all aspects of the LCMT Phase 1 Project. 

For example in the Phase 1, a number of women participated in the first and second meeting of the LCMT Project TF, held on 13 July 2010 in Tokyo and on 9 May 2011 in Vancouver, Canada respectively. A number of women also participated in the site visits which were made by Study Group A in June 2011. In addition, a number of women participated in the LCMT workshop in October 2011, where participants shared knowledge on best practice of low-carbon town development. 

We had many female participants in the LCMT Phase 2, 3 and 4 as well. We will continue to encourage women as well as men to get actively involved in the LCMT Phase 5. 

It is worth noting that women in traditionally designed cities are dependent on automobile transportation, and are often required to spend many hours a week chauffeuring children to various activities.  Better city design would put many activities for children within a short distance of home.  Walking to children’s activities would be healthier for mothers accompanying small children, while older children could walk, bicycle, or use public transportation on their own.  Women with children will benefit more from the lower energy costs, energy saving, travel time saving, etc. that low-carbon town planning would bring. 

Both men and women should benefit more or less equally from the mitigation of climate change and the more pleasant lifestyles that large-scale adoption of low-carbon town planning would bring.  We know of no disadvantages that low-carbon city planning would have for women.

Work Plan

1) The Concept has been developed under the LCMT Phase 1, and refined in the Phase 2 and 3, and is being further refined in the Phase 4 by Study Group A through studying best practices being implemented in APEC economies. The Study Group A also visited planned or on-going low-carbon town development projects for further development and refinement of the concept including the study for the APEC LCT-I System. In the Phase 5, this methodology will be maintained; the concept will be further refined during the first half of 2015; experts and participants will visit sites in May or June of 2015, and the refinement of the concept will be drafted by October and finalized by November 2015. The deliverable will be updated “Concept of the Low-Carbon Town in the APEC” at EWG 50 planned in Mexico. 

2) The consultant for conducting the Feasibility Study will be selected by an international open tender in January 2015. The Feasibility Study will start early 2015 and it will take around 10 months to compile comprehensive report. Policy reviews will be carried out by Study Group B in December 2015 after the completion of the feasibility study in November 2015. The deliverables will be feasibility study report just after the EWG50 held in Mexico and policy review report at the EWG51 planned in Australia respectively. A Workshop on the APEC LCT-I System will be held in conjunction with the LCMT TF in the week of the EWG50 meeting. In order to avoid the delay of the Review Team’s visit to Bitung City, the PO will maintain close contact with the Bitung side through the Indonesian EWG counterparts. 

3) As for measurable indicators for the project outputs, Study Group A will have 7 interviews to be conducted as part of the Concept just like in the Phase 4. Study Group B will have at least 16 officials and experts to discuss for policy recommendation just like in the Phase 3 as the Policy Review in the Phase 4 has yet to come.

4) The Asia-Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) will coordinate the work of the Study Groups A and B under the direction of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. The APERC will also monitor the progress on a regular basis and take appropriate action in the event that progress is not satisfactory.

Risks

The key risks of this project are: 

a) The refinement of "the Concept of the Low-Carbon Town in APEC region” is not up to expectation in quality.  APERC, as an executant of this project, will avoid this risk by encouraging members of Study Group A to make positive contributions to the work, for example, providing best low-carbon measures in practice in their economies.

b) The Feasibility Study report of the Bitung low-carbon development project is ineffective.   PO and APERC as an executant of this project will avoid this risk by contributing the selecting process of a qualified consultant who not only has expertise in various low-carbon measures and technologies, but also has a deep understanding of the selected project, through a competitive tender. PO and APERC will also monitor the progress of implementation of the LCMT Project periodically.

c) Necessary energy related data to conduct Feasibility Study is lacking.  APERC will closely work with the relevant government agency, and ask them to prepare and provide the necessary energy data for Feasibility Study in a timely manner.

d) A Policy Review report of the Bitung low-carbon development project is ineffective.

APERC will avoid this risk by closely communicating with relevant agency to provide necessary background information required for the Policy Review.

Monitoring and Evaluation

In the LCMT Phase 4, the APEC LCT-I System was under construction as a part of the refinement of the Concept, while the LCT-I System will be recommended to apply to forthcoming case towns/cities after the LCMT Phase 5. 

PO and APERC will be monitoring the progress of the project on a regular basis, and will take appropriate action in the event that progress is not satisfactory.  The LCMT TF will also be monitoring the overall progress of the project and can recommend appropriate changes to the project plan if results are not of the expected quality. The schedule of Study Group A and B and the preparation of draft reports will be used as an indicator to monitor if the project is on track or not. The number of attendants to the possible LCMT Workshop, where outcomes of the LCMT Phase 5 Project are to be presented, will be used as an indicator to assess whether the project is successful or not in terms of knowledge sharing. These outcomes will be reviewed by the EWG members and posted on APEC and APERC websites. APERC website hits will be logged as another indicator to show the project is successful or not. 

The quality of the Concept will be measured by the number of refined points based upon the new findings through site visits by Study Group A. 

The quality of the Feasibility Study will be measured by its clear set of CO2 emissions reduction targets with direct as well as indirect indicators, and its carbon reduction measures with their quantitative contributions to CO2 reductions. The quality of the Policy Review will be measured by the number of policy recommendations covering wide range of policy issues in the intended low-carbon town.  For example, in the case of Phase 3 at Da Nang, Viet Nam low-carbon town development project, the CO2 reduction targets are 20% in 2020 and 30% in 2030 respectively, and 75 recommendations were made in total covering CO2 reduction goals for town structure, low-carbon building, transportation, area energy management system, untapped energy, renewable energy and waste management. 

The quality of the Feasibility Study report and the Policy Review report will also be measured by collecting feedback from the relevant government and municipality officials in the intended town. For example, Yujiapu Central Business District Development Project in Tianjin, China, the case of the Phase 1 project, is now in the process of implementation. 

The indicator to evaluate low-carbon towns which is now under consideration will be used to assess and to promote the implementation of possible measures proposed in the Feasibility Study and the Policy Review.

Linkages

While the APEC LCMT projects focus on developing economies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) mainly focuses on developed countries in its Green Cities Programme. Since the LCMT Phase 3, OECD experts on the Programme were invited to join in the Study Group A or B in order to share their knowledge and experience in environmentally friendly urban development. In addition, as for the APEC LCT-I System, active discussion was carried out with experts of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on possible contribution by the APEC LCT-I System to international standardization of city indicators. 

The PO will establish the linkage with the previous phases through inviting experts/stakeholders involved in the previous phases to Study Groups in Phase 5. The PO is also planning to establish the linkage to other LCMT projects by requesting report the results to the LCMT TF. In this connection, the result of many related projects in China is expected to be summarized and reported by newly established APEC Sustainable Energy Centre (APSEC) based in Tianjin, China.

Sustainability

The intention of this Low-Carbon Model Town Project is to provide real-life model towns that will be viewed as good examples of low-carbon town development planning.  These towns will last for many decades, and they will be open for anyone to see.  The towns themselves are, therefore, likely to be the most enduring legacy of this project.  If these towns are successful, they will attract the attention of urban planners and policymakers throughout the world, who will visit them, hear about them from each other, and read about them in professional and popular publications. 

These people will naturally want to replicate the success of the Low-Carbon Towns in their own communities, and so the concept will spread.  In this event, the reports produced by the project—the guidebook “Concept of the Low-Carbon Town”, the Feasibility Study, and the Policy Review Reports —will be available on the APEC and APERC website to provide guidance on how it is done.  Everyone involved in the project, including the experts from many economies who served on the Study Group A and B and in the Feasibility Study, is potentially available to assist with further efforts. The number of website hits will be checked as a possible indicator to measure the impacts of the projects. 

On 18 October 2011, LCMT workshop was held in conjunction with EWG 42 meeting, in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei. The “Concept of the Low-Carbon Town”, outcomes of Yujiapu CBD Feasibility Study and its Policy Review were presented. More than 160 delegates from member economies and experts including municipal officials attended the workshop, and lively discussions were made about the way how low-carbon town development should proceed. In a similar way, possible LCMT workshop is planned to be held at EWG meeting where outcomes of the LCMT Phase 5, especially established the APEC LCT-I System, be presented to the EWG participants. The reaction of the EWG participants will also be some sort of an indicator to see their interests and the quality of the project outcomes. 

Actually, the Phase 1 Feasibility Study report targeted at the Yujiapu Central Business District developed project is now used as a basic low-carbon town development guideline in Tianjin, China.  The experiences by member economies including China in using as a reference the documents elaborated in this project are shared at the APEC related meetings including EWG and the LCMT TF will contribute to the improvement of the works in the Phase 5. 

Following up to see how the Concept of the Low-Carbon Town in the APEC region, the Feasibility Study and the Policy Review are being used by Bitung municipality and Indonesian government officials, as well as municipality and government officials in other APEC member economies, will be made at the occasions of EWG meetings, the LCMT TF, APEC Expert Meetings and the APERC Annual Conference, etc.  Site visits by Study Group A will also be a good opportunity to follow-up to see how these LCMT outputs are being used in those economies. 

As mentioned above, the PO will explore the linkage with ISO for the LCT-I System. It will be effective to use an external liaison scheme in ISO for such purpose. 

The PO will consider the appropriate time to review and assess progress in the APEC LCMT Project when the APEC LCT-I System becomes fully available for APEC economies. The availability of the APEC LCT-I System may fundamentally change the process of the APEC LCMT Project.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer is Mr. Shinichi Kihara, Director, International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). 

The main points of contact responsible for this project are as follows,

Mr. Kazuhiro Kurumi of METI, in charge of general supervision:

Ms. Yuko Tanaka of APERC, in charge of project coordination and monitoring.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Study Group A is planning to visit Wellington, Adelaide, Melbourne and Santiago de Chile. The reasons why to choose these towns are that the Group has never visited towns in the Southern Hemisphere and thus tried to compare them with towns in the Northern Hemisphere. 

The PO requires USD 600,000 as the consultancy fee for the Feasibility Study of the Phase 5. Based on the experience of the past phases as well as the Phase 5, the PO plans to streamline consultancy fee for the subsequent phases. 

Study Group A has visited existing LCTs and/or LCTs in planning to accumulate information on LCTs. The characteristics of LCTs can vary according to location (Asia or Americas, the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern Hemisphere, etc.), climate (tropical or frigid, dry or humid, etc.), size (megalopolis, large city, medium sized city, small city, small towns, etc.) or economic situation (developed or developing, agriculture, mining, industrial, commercial or residentilal, etc.). Study Group A tries to gather information on various types of LCTs.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

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