Project Title

Gaps Assessment on APEC Energy Efficiency and Conservation Work Toward Fulfilling the Leaders’ Energy Intensity Reduction Goal 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

EWG 01 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

EWG 01 2016A 

Project Title

Gaps Assessment on APEC Energy Efficiency and Conservation Work Toward Fulfilling the Leaders’ Energy Intensity Reduction Goal 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

77,000 

Co-funding Amount

20,000 

Total Project Value

97,000 

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)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

China; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; Singapore 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Elena Thomas-Kerr 

Job Title 1

Senior Advisor 

Organization 1

US Department of Energy, Office of Asian Affairs 

Postal Address 1

1000 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20585 USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 5866566 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Elena.Thomas-Kerr@hq.doe.gov 

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

Elena Thomas-Kerr 

Project Summary

The project will produce an assessment of gaps in energy efficiency and conservation work by the Energy Working Group, particularly the Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEEC), to ensure continued progress toward the Leaders’ energy intensity reduction goal. This assessment will help target new projects in areas most relevant to the needs facing the APEC region. 

The project will be conducted through a literature search of all work supported by EGEEC and other relevant EWG efforts, as well as available knowledge resources that address APEC economies’ needs for guidance and best practices in implementing energy efficiency and conservation measures. Economies’ needs will be examined through interviews with APEC Energy Working Group representatives, members of the EGEEC, and others as appropriate. The Energy Smart Communities Initiative Knowledge Sharing Platform (www.ESCI-KSP.org) will be utilized as a leading source for best practices in energy efficiency and conservation in the APEC region.

Relevance

APEC Leaders have identified the promotion of energy efficiency as a priority action in addressing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. APEC Leaders agreed in 2011 to increase their regional aspirational goal of reducing energy intensity to a 45 percent reduction by 2035. This announcement complemented the work begun in 2010 with the launch of the Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI), a framework for promoting energy smart communities by enhancing the understanding and practice of energy efficiency in all aspects of community-building. The EWG has implemented a number of energy efficiency and conservation projects through ESCI under its pillars of Smart Transport, Smart Buildings, Smart Grids, Smart Jobs, and Industry, together with its cross-cutting activity on Low Carbon Model Towns. Case studies, best practices and key innovations are shared on the ESCI Knowledge Sharing Platform (ESCI-KSP). 

This project aims to review energy efficiency and conservation work conducted to date by the Energy Working Group (EWG), including the Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEEC) and other relevant groups, to assess gaps in APEC’s current efforts. It will seek to assess the needs of APEC economies to identify common priority areas and help guide future energy efficiency projects for an APEC-wide approach toward achieving the Leaders’ aspiration goal. The ESCI-KSP will also be leveraged to identify important knowledge gaps and highlight best practices. Understanding and addressing these knowledge gaps will empower APEC economies to more rapidly employ energy efficiency and conservation strategies and facilitate collaboration on energy-efficient and low carbon development. As uptake on new technologies and practices takes some time, the real-world case studies, best practices, and innovations housed on the ESCI-KSP serve as an invaluable reference for public and private decision-makers in APEC economies to build their knowledge base about the possibilities and successes of energy efficient activities in peer APEC economies.

Rank 2: Projects that directly support the APEC Leaders' Growth Strategy: The project falls under Rank 2, directly supporting the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy regarding Sustainable Growth: a) Energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency, including the development of low carbon technology and alternative energy sources; b) Urbanization to growth, including smart city and live-friendly cooperation; and c) Activities/issues related to safeguarding the quality of life through sustainable growth. The project is also related to Innovative Growth as defined by “Innovation policy and research cooperation, including harnessing new technologies for the future, and for green jobs and industries that promote green growth,” by identifying and sharing real work examples of innovative energy efficiency policy and technologies.

Objectives

The primary objectives of this project are to: 1) identify existing gaps in APEC energy efficiency knowledge and efforts to date, either in terms of topics covered or in terms of sufficient depth of coverage; 2) facilitate the exchange of best low carbon policies, practices and tools among APEC economies to promote the development of sustainable communities across the region; 3) use the knowledge aggregated on the ESCI-KSP to recognize and highlight best practices employed within the APEC region that can improve energy performance; 4) develop recommendations to help guide future energy efficiency APEC projects on common priority areas; and 5) ultimately help provide guidance to individual economies on pursuing the most beneficial energy efficiency efforts to achieve progress towards the Leaders’ goal.

Alignment

The project directly supports the Leaders’ aspirational goal to reduce aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035 by promoting energy efficiency efforts toward this goal. It also addresses priorities set forth in the APEC Leaders’ Sustainable Growth Strategy to enhance energy security and promote energy efficiency and low-carbon policies; and supports the Leaders’ commitment to “urbanization featuring green, energy-efficient, low carbon, and people-oriented development” (Leaders’ 2015 Declaration). 

The project is also aligned with the Energy Working Group’s Strategic Plan 2014-2018, which aims to promote energy efficiency and sustainable communities. Specifically, this project applies to this objective: Facilitate the exchange of best low carbon policies, practices and tools among APEC Member Economies to promote the development of sustainable communities across the region and to achieve progress towards the goal of reducing APEC’s aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2035.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project will help build capacity of developing APEC economies by sharing knowledge, case studies and best practices for energy efficiency and low carbon projects that can be replicated in their economies. By assessing knowledge gaps, the project will help target those capacity building needs and guide future work to address those needs through new projects on common priority areas.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Based on a literature search of APEC EWG projects to date, consultations with relevant EWG groups and APEC economies, additional research, and a review of the ESCI-KSP case studies and best practices, the project will deliver a comprehensive report outlining knowledge gaps and APEC needs on energy efficiency and provide recommendations for future priority areas of work for consideration by the EWG and relevant expert groups. This assessment will seek to take into account the diversity of domestic circumstances across APEC economies to allow easier identification and adoption of best practices. 

Outcomes: Building upon energy efficiency work completed to date, the report should help guide the development of future energy efficiency projects and activities under the EWG and relevant expert groups based on gaps identified and recommended priority areas. It will also facilitate the adoption of best practices within individual APEC economies regarding energy efficiency policies or projects based upon case studies and best practices highlighted in the report. 

Beneficiaries: The gaps analysis will seek views from stakeholders across member economies. A survey will be distributed to the EWG, EGEEC, other relevant groups, and the APEC Secretariat to gather initial views for this analysis, followed by direct interviews with experts across the region. The gaps analysis of the EWG sponsored research and activities will engage and directly benefit policymakers from energy ministries responsible for energy efficiency policies and programs, and private-sector decision makers involved in energy efficiency technology development and deployment across APEC economies, principally those in developing economies. The study will determine specific knowledge gaps that are impeding the implementation of energy efficiency and conservation policies and practices, facilitate the sharing of information and best practices based on real-world case studies and help promote domestic energy efficiency policies and programs and broader regional efforts. These best practices and real-world case studies will help government policymakers and the private sector make more informed and effective energy efficiency decisions.

Dissemination

A comprehensive report will be developed under this project that will be electronically disseminated to all APEC economies through the EWG Secretariat and made available on the ESCI-KSP and the APEC and EWG websites.

The project overseers will also seek to brief the EGEEC and the EWG on the results of the gaps assessment and recommendations at EGEEC and EWG meetings. The report is aimed to be used as a reference by the EWG, EGEEC, and relevant expert groups to develop future projects on energy efficiency and low carbon development. APEC government officials and private sector may utilize this report to develop domestic policies or projects, but the primary target audience is the EWG economy representatives, and the EGEEC in particular, who will develop new project proposals using this report as a reference.

Gender

The project will seek to include equitable representation of women in the planning and implementation of the project in the conduct of the gaps assessment and development of recommendations for the EWG by seeking gender-inclusive team to serve as contractor. In addition, the project will seek to engage women during interviews with EWG technical experts and economy representatives to identify gaps and assess APEC needs. The project will strive to interview 40-50 percent female experts while conducting this analysis, though may be reliant upon economy recommendations for interviewees. To the extent the information is available, the contractor will be asked to review and incorporate gender considerations from past energy efficiency projects and current cast studies as part of their analysis, and to incorporate this information into the final report. The recommendations will include a gender component on how the EGEEC can better support its efforts to effectively integrate gender into its work.

Work Plan

3 months after project approval: Complete review of EGEEC sponsored projects and other relevant EWG projects compared with best practices in the ESCI-KSP, and additional ancillary research. At the end of this period, the researchers will have an outline of knowledge gaps in the EWG-sponsored projects to date.

9 months after project approval: Issue a survey to the EWG, EGEEC and other relevant groups, and the APEC Secretariat to seek initial views on gaps. Complete interviews with EGEEC, EWG members, and other EWG subgroups to identify knowledge gaps and their specific needs. With EWG POC assistance, identify and interview key local government and private sector individuals with responsibility for energy efficiency to the extent possible.

12 months after project approval: Finalize report of gaps analysis and recommendations to the EGEEC and broader EWG.

*Interim results:  Mid-way through the process, or at the appropriate EGEEC meeting, the PO and/or contractor will brief the EGEEC on the project status and preliminary findings to seek feedback and ensure the project is on the right track.

Risks

A lack of responsiveness by APEC economies in interviews on APEC needs. The project will seek early and ongoing consultation with economies and technical experts to survey work completed and underway and identify ongoing capacity needs for low carbon development. This will be done through an initial survey circulated to member economies, participation in EGEEC meetings, phone case and email outreach to relevant experts. Consultations and support from the EGEEC will be sought to facilitate this engagement. 

Lack of interest in using the report as a reference for guiding future energy efficiency projects. The project will seek to build upon EWG projects completed to date and directly address needs of individual APEC economies through early and robust engagement of APEC economy representatives and EWG technical experts, as well as government and private sector individuals with direct interest and responsibility in energy efficiency work. The results will be briefed to the EWG, EGEEC and other relevant groups to share the findings and recommendations, and to help guide future project development. 

Not selecting a capable contractor with adequate knowledge for addressing gaps and improving energy efficiency. The PO will draft a solid RFP to attract strong candidates for consideration by the panel to ensure that a very capable contractor is selected.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The accomplishment of the gaps analysis and resulting reporting to the EWG/EGEEC will be the primary milestone for the project with interim steps including meetings with researchers and practitioners in the EGEEC and EWG networks. Feedback from the EGEEC and EWG economy representatives on the recommendations will help identify the value of the gaps assessment. The longer-term progress will be determined by the change in EGEEC project selection and intentional action to close knowledge gaps identified in the study with new project proposals along those lines. To get broad representation of views across the region on both gaps and best practices, the contractor shall strive to interview representatives from at least 15 economies (roughly 75 percent of APEC members), with at least half of those from developing economies. Among those interviewed, the contractor will be encouraged to interview at least 30-40 percent female experts. This level of diversity should provide sufficient analysis of the knowledge gaps.

Linkages

In addition to reviewing energy efficiency and low carbon efforts to date implemented under ESCI and through the EGEEC, the project will review related projects such as efforts under the Low Carbon Model Town Task Force and the APERC Peer Reviews on Energy Efficiency (PREE) that provide economies recommendations for developing energy efficiency goals and action plans. The effort will also build upon the ongoing collaboration between the EGEEC and the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) by reviewing relevant SCSC projects and other resources available through the APEC Secretariat website as well. By direct engagement with the expert group and task force chairs and members, as well as a detailed review of projects completed or underway, the report should not only identify gaps and priority areas, but should also identify where there has been significant duplication of efforts on energy efficiency projects to date. The recommendations will seek to avoid any duplication of efforts in the future.

This report should be of value to other APEC fora as the ESCI-KSP already draws upon and shares its work with the Transportation Working Group (TPTWG), which is already involved in contributing to and publicizing the ESCI-KSP. There is potential for future collaboration with the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), and Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) through this effort as well.  Finally, through ancillary research of external resources and best practices on energy efficiency, the project will also seek to incorporate non-APEC best practices and resources to add value to the recommendations for APEC economies.

APEC funds for this project are appropriate as this is intended to be a deep dive into completed and ongoing energy efficiency and low carbon projects and activities within APEC and to develop specific recommendations for future APEC work to help achieve progress toward the APEC Leaders’ energy intensity reduction goal.

Sustainability

The report on knowledge gaps and recommendations for priority areas for the future work will be presented to the EWG, the EGEEC, and other relevant expert groups to serve as a reference for, and inform, new project proposals and activities. The project outcomes will also be disseminated through the ESCI-KSP to continue to serve as a useful reference. Interested economies will be able to utilize the information contained in the report to implement best practices or learn from case studies shared on the ESCI-KSP to revise, replicate or develop new energy efficiency policies and/or programs. New energy efficiency project proposals and new domestic efforts among APEC economies referencing this report will be good indicators of the impact of this project. 

Specifically, next steps would include: development of new EWG project proposals based on gaps and priority areas identified; transfer of knowledge from case studies and best practices highlighted to peer APEC economies; and adoption of best practices and recommendations highlighted in the report. A follow-on project that assesses the implementation of the recommendations from this report and/or an expansion of the report to include additional energy efficiency measures across APEC economies can also be considered.

Project Overseers

Elena Thomas-Kerr, is a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of International Affairs, and currently serves as the U.S. Representative to the APEC Energy Working Group.  She is engaged on clean and sustainable energy policies and programs and has served as an advisor within the U.S. government on these issues. She has 16 years of experience in bilateral and multilateral programs focused on a range of energy and domestic security issues at the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Thomas-Kerr holds a MA in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.  Ms. Thomas-Kerr will manage the project and seek a contractor through an RFP. Priority will be given to a contractor that is knowledgeable of the EWG’s energy efficiency efforts and the ESCI-KSP to implement the comprehensive review and develop solid recommendations for APEC.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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