Project Title

APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project, Phase 7 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

EWG 02 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 02 2016A 

Project Title

APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project, Phase 7 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

593,866 

Co-funding Amount

123,588 

Total Project Value

717,454 

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 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Masaomi Koyama (new PO wef 11 July 2017) 

Job Title 1

Director, Overseas Energy Infrastructure Office,  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, 100-8901 Japan 

Telephone 1

81-3 35010598 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

koyama-masaomi@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

Masaomi Koyama 

Project Summary

The APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project Phase 7 seeks to promote low-carbon town development in order to manage rapidly growing energy consumption especially in residential or industrial areas in the APEC region. The key activities are; 1) to assess both technical and policy aspects of real low-carbon town development projects; 2) to disseminate low-carbon towns in the APEC region through utilising the Concept of Low-Carbon Town and APEC Low-Carbon Town Indicator (LCT-I) System. Feasibility Study will be conducted by qualified urban design consultants. Policy Review of a selected low-carbon development project will be conducted by experts from interested member economies and relevant Expert Groups under the APEC Energy Working Group (EWG). The nomination of low-carbon town development project is on a voluntary basis. A low-carbon town development project for the Feasibility Study and the Policy Review will be selected through the EWG.

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 pathways to energy security through cooperative energy solutions for a sustainable APEC as well as growth strategies. Among several messages, they noted that introducing 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 agreed to launch an “APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project” with a view to presenting successful models of coordinated advanced low-carbon technology use. This project is considered a priority projects for APEC.

The main objective of the APEC LCMT Project is CO2 emissions reduction. While local government and municipal officials are increasingly interested in developing low-carbon towns (LCT), their main concerns are often alleviating urban problems such as traffic congestion, air/water pollution, waste management, and recycling used water. As such, these towns require some level of technical assistance to systematic plan and realise LCT development. This includes setting quantitative low-carbon targets and base years, adopting low-carbon indicator sets, selecting the most appropriate set of low-carbon measures considering the characteristics of the intended town, and evaluating the effects of the low-carbon measures adopted which the project will address through both the Feasibility Study and Policy Review. 

Some elements of realising low-carbon development, and hence reducing CO2 emissions, include:

.  Improving energy intensity by increasing energy efficiency while reducing unnecessary energy consumption;

.  Finding investments to pay for low-carbon development in short/medium term;

·  Introducing renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic power generation, and

·  Adopting advanced technology, which includes building energy management system (BEMS), electric vehicles, and smart grid systems.

·  Implementing pilot facilities to test new technologies prior to commercial applications. 

The APEC LCMT Project provides a dual financial benefit for towns, with opportunities to both obtain financial gain through, for example, reduced energy costs and future economic development from, for example, implementing new technologies. 

This project is also directly linked to “building sustainable and resilient communities” (Rank 1) and “energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency including the development of low-carbon technology and alternative energy sources” (Rank 2), which is because it aims to identify successful models for sustainable communities through coordinated usage of advanced low-carbon technologies.

Objectives

The key objectives of the project are:

1) To disseminate LCT through utilising the "Concept of the Low-Carbon Town in the APEC Region (Concept)" and the "APEC Low-Carbon Town Indicator (LCT-I) System" which helps evaluate the progress and the status of low-carbon development;

2) To provide Feasibility Study and Policy Review of a low-carbon development project selected for LCMT Phase 7; checking CO2 emissions reduction goals; verifying how to develop attractive and innovative development plans through the Feasibility Study; and making recommendation on low-carbon measures through the Policy Review; and

3) To share best practices and real-world experiences of LCT 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 emphasised 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 7 will thus serve as one of the key building blocks of the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy. 

The LCMT Project is listed as an EWG deliverable in the EWG Strategic Plan for 2014-2018 for promoting energy efficiency and sustainable communities. In EMM9 the Energy Ministers instructed the EWG, through the LCMT Task Force (TF), to develop the Concept, conduct feasibility studies to encourage creation of low-carbon communities in urban development plans and share best practices for realising such communities. 

Additionally, the APEC LCMT Project Phase 7 also works towards the APEC’s aggregate goals for doubling renewable energy share and for reducing energy intensity by 45% from 2005 levels by 2035. It does so by encouraging, educating and promoting awareness of low-carbon and hence renewable and energy efficient policies and technologies in the APEC region.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project will assist capacity building in developing economies selected as case study towns for the Feasibility Study and Policy Review. The relevant government agency of the developing economy will be engaged to closely collaborating with Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) in preparing the energy data for the Feasibility Study, background information required for Policy Review, providing information to the expert policy review team, and provide input in to the draft Policy Review report. The Feasibility Study report and the Policy Review report on Phase 7 LCMT Project will facilitate capacity building of relevant government and municipality officials for overall LCT planning processes and policy-related issues. 

In Phase 7, the project will hold a LCMT Symposium for the APEC developing economies to accelerate the dissemination of LCT through utilising the Concept and the LCT-I System developed in the Phase 1-6. The LCT-I System is a set of indicators which allows an economy or its municipalities to identify the actual situation of current LCT development through self-diagnosis. It also provides guidance as to in which sector(s) low-carbon measures can be taken in order to achieve the low-carbon targets and further develop the low-carbon town. 

Experts under Study Group B will continue to visit selected case cities and identify the policy 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 LCT 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, the LCMT TF meetings are planned alongside the EWG meetings to report and discuss the progress and results of the LCMT Project. This was done great success in Phase 1-5. The progress of Phase 6 is currently ongoing and will also be reported at the LCMT TF meetings.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Two reports will be published as the outputs of this project: the Feasibility Study, and the Policy Review, which includes Recommendations towards effective implementation of LCT development in the APEC region.

In previous phases of this project, different sectors were addressed, including central business districts (CBD), rural resort area, mixed-use urban districts, residential areas and industrial areas. LCMT Phase 7 will address a low-carbon development plan in inland region with high demand for heating and cooling system, which was not fully covered by the previous phases. 

Phase 1: Central Business Districts (CBD), The Yujiapu Central Business District Development Project in Tianjin, China, prioritizing green field development.

·  The Concept: although it was intended to be comprehensive, the content was mainly on green field development such as Yujiapu CBD.

·  The Feasibility Study was in Yujiapu CBD and focused on how to control the huge energy demand in a megalopolis. It is also discussed how to cope with black-outs and crimes in order to attract overseas investment in the new financial district.

·  The Policy Review produced 32 recommendations over several energy and low-carbon related sectors. 

Phase 2: Rural Resort Area Development, Samui Island in Thailand.

·  The Concept was refined based upon the experience in Samui Island and other island or resort areas. The revision included: low-carbon land use, reduction of heat burden for buildings, and applying regulations for transportation, Examples of CO2 reduction in Japan, Electric vehicle, Area Energy Network, co-generation(CHP), use of untapped energy, Smart energy system were also included.

·  The Feasibility Study, was for Samui Island and recommended utilising renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic, wind, small hydro, biomass, etc. “Eco-Lifestyle” was also proposed to visitors in this low-carbon island resort.

·  The Policy Review enabled in-depth discussion between the Review Team and Stakeholders of the case town. As a result, more than 80 recommendations were proposed.

Phase 3: Redeveloping mixed-use urban districts, Da Nang, Viet Nam.

·  The Concept was further refined based upon the experience in Da Nang and other redevelopment projects of existing towns. The revisions included mechanism to monitor the progress toward the target of CO2 emission reduction, Greenery, Water treatment, Use of alternative fuel vehicles and eco-driving.

·  The Feasibility Study, various low-carbon measures were proposed like in Phase 1 and Phase 2. In addition, an action plan and a roadmap were drafted in order to realise those measures, in which the role of each relevant organisations was to be clarified

·  The Policy Review provided 75 policy recommendations. The Review Team prioritised recommendations into short-term issues, mid-term issues and long term issues in order to help policy makers and officials implement policy measures. 

Phase 4: Residential areas, San Borja Municipality, Lima, Peru.

· The Concept was further refined to include solid waste management based upon the experience in San Borja and LCT in developed economies and Preliminary Study Results of LCT Indicator System to evaluate the quality and progress of each LCT project.

· The Feasibility Study provided a high-level vision for making San Borja’s low-carbon development a model of low-carbon design in its sub-region including specific target for GHG emissions reduction.

· The Policy Review is currently being finalised.

Phase 5: Industrial areas, Bitung City, Indonesia.

·  The Concept was further refined to include any topics arising from the characteristics of the industrial area. Study Group A visited Adelaide and Melbourne in Australia, Auckland and Palmerston North in New Zealand as well as Santiago in Chile to investigate the low-carbon measures in southern hemisphere.At the same time, the LCT-I System was drafted as a part of the Concept, based upon preliminary study results and trial evaluations by selected economies.

·  The Feasibility Study in Bitung City addressed adopting low-carbon development in industrial towns.

·  The Policy Review will address the characteristics of Bitung City as an industrial town.

Phase 6:    A low-carbon development plan in cooperation with neighbouring cities, Mandaue City, the Philippines.

·  The Concept will be refined to be the final edition. For this purpose, Study Group A visited Yongin City and Jincheon-gun in Korea, Krasnoyarsk City in Russia to look at energy use in cold weather regions and visited Yokohama City and Kashiwa City to learn frontier low-carbon technologies for incorporation into the sixth (final) edition of the Concept. The meeting of Study Group A experts and LCMT TF members was held in Tokyo to finalise the first edition of the LCT-I System. As the liaison status in the Working Group 2 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was approved in February 2015, the project has been sending the representative under the guidance of EWG to exchange information and incorporate the LCT-I System into ISO standards.

·  The Feasibility Study in Phase 6 will address low-carbon development in cooperation with surrounding cities.

·  The Policy Review in Phase 6 will provide policy recommendations for low-carbon development in Mandaue City, the Philippines. 

Phase 7:    A low-carbon development plan in inland region with high demand for heating and cooling system.

It will be selected based on the prior experiences in previous phases.

·  LCMT Symposium will be held for the capacity building of APEC developing economies and dissemination of LCT through utilising the Concept and the LCT-I System. The application results of LCT-I System will be collected and reviewed in the LCMT Symposium as a reference of the users of the LCT-I System. Information exchange with ISO will be continued.

·  The Feasibility Study in Phase 7 will address low-carbon development in inland region with high demand for heating and cooling system. High-level vision of the case town, CO2 emissions reduction target, low-carbon measures, etc. will be provided through the Feasibility Study report.

·  The Policy Review in Phase 7 will provide policy recommendations for low-carbon development in the target areas. Recommendations in legal framework, sustainable urban planning, low-carbon buildings, area energy management systems, energy efficiency, renewable energy and untapped energy planning, transport, environmental planning will be included in the Policy Review report. 

Outcomes: The reports of the Feasibility Study and the Policy Review are useful for the case town of Phase 7 in improving and elaborating its LCT development plan and supporting policy measures. The developers and the policy planners for the LCT project in Phase 7 are required to revise their plans and policies to upgrade the quality of their LCT project. 

These reports are also useful for case towns/cities and other APEC member economies, as they encourage low-carbon communities. Through sharing best practices and recommendations in various case towns/cities studied in the project, the economies interested can see appropriate pathways towards becoming low-carbon communities. 

In addition, the LCT-I System could be a guideline to create LCT and properly evaluate existing ones. In the LCMT Phase 4, the preliminary study results of the LCT-I System was introduced as a part of the refinement of the Concept and was reconsidered in Phase 5. The first edition of LCT-I System was released in Phase 6 after trial evaluations in previous case towns. The LCMT project expects to incorporate the elements of the LCT-I System into the internationally accredited standards of ISO. The wide spread use of the LCT-I System will accelerate the shift to the development of LCT and its standardisation will help increase the number of proper LCT. 

Just like as the previous phases, the progress and the result of LCMT Project will be reported to the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technology (EGNRET) for seeking input from experts and disseminate the information. 

Beneficiaries: The most obvious beneficiaries of the Phase 7 of LCMT Project will be the local government officials and the planners of the 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 LCT development project. The project outputs will be beneficial not only for local government officials, but also for the central government officials in promoting LCT development elsewhere in the host economy. 

This project also provides guidance to anyone who may be involved in the design of urban development projects, including government officials and planners throughout the APEC region. Planners and officials will benefit both from the Concept as a guidebook for low-carbon development and from the example of the LCT development including the results of the Feasibility Study and the policy recommendations made through the Policy Review. The LCT-I System can be used to monitor the progress in the implementation of possible low-carbon measures. 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 LCT development. 

In general, beneficiaries are central/local government officials responsible for LCT policies as well as municipality officials and/or city planners who are directly responsible for LCT development in APEC region. They could be directly engaged by participating in the LCMT Symposium and Study Group B. Developing LCT 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 indirectly engaged when public assessment is conducted for the low-carbon development plan of their towns. 

The case town of Feasibility Study and Policy Review in Phase 7 has not been decided as the nomination will start after the project approval. The PO will organise the 1st LCMT Symposium in Jakarta in consultation with the Indonesian government.

Dissemination

The Feasibility Study report and the Policy Review report will be published on the APEC and APERC websites. They will also be presented in LCMT TF meetings held in conjunction with EWG meetings. The Concept including the LCT-I System and low-carbon measures with case examples will be published as textbooks to be used in the LCMT Symposium. 

APERC will continue to seek any opportunities to disseminate the achievement and findings of the LCMT project in international/domestic conferences where we have been or will be invited. 

The target audiences are the local government officials and the planners of the low-carbon development project as well as provincial and central governments officials responsible for LCT development in host economy. 

However, government officials across the APEC region, who are responsible for LCT development in their economies, are also beneficiary target audiences of this project. 

There is no intention to sell these outputs.

Gender

We had many female participants in the previous phase LCMT projects. We will continue to encourage economies to nominate both women and men as experts. The project will try to include experts who are familiar with the gender aspects of enrgy and urban design in the Review Team of LCMT Symposium and Study Group B of the LCMT Phase 7. 

Studies have shown that climate change exacerbates gender inequality as women, especially in less developed economies, are more affected by the impacts of climate change. For example, women are more likely to die in natural disasters and large scale climate events than men, which increase in frequency and potency as climate change continues (see e.g., http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/10117IIED.pdf). Projects such as the APEC LCMT Project actively aim to reduce the impacts on climate change in the APEC region. Accordingly, low-carbon development is likely to have a positive impact to the benefit of women. 

Gender issues within the energy sector will be integrated into the final report.

Work Plan

1) The Concept was developed since LCMT Phase 1 including the drafting of the LCT-I System. The final edition of the Concept and the first edition of the LCT-I System will be released in the Phase 6. In Phase 7, the project will hold a LCMT Symposium for the APEC developing economies to accelerate the dissemination of LCT through utilising the Concept and the LCT-I System. Several LCTs in APEC region will be asked to present the result of LCT-I self-diagnoses. Six experts as Review Team nominated from APEC economies and international/regional organisations will be called for evaluating the application of the LCT-I System at the LCMT Symposium. Three speakers from the non-APEC region, developed APEC economies will be invited to introduce LCT in their economies. The project will also invite financial institutions (World Bank, Asian Development Bank, etc.) to deliver a presentation on possible cooperation with the LCMT project. Two representatives (ideally one from the central government and another from a local government) will be invited to the LCMT Symposium to share best practices. Site visit of the low-carbon development project near the host town is planned. The main purposes of the LCMT Symposium are: 

a) To promote the use and recognition of the LCT-I System as a guideline to disseminate the LCT in the APEC region;

b) To share information on advanced LCT in the world;

c) To explore possibility of utilising the LCT-I System to develop bankable low-carbon development project in APEC developing economies; and

d) To gather feedbacks from experts and delegates of LCT projects for the improvement of the LCT-I System. 

In order to incorporate the elements of the LCT-I System into ISO standards, the APEC Senior Officials approved the liaison status of the EWG LCMT-TF in February 2015 in the Working Group 2 (WG2) of ISO Technical Committee 268 (TC268) discussing indicators for city services and quality of life. As Working Group 4 (WG4) for strategies for smart cities and communities was newly established in January 2016, the liaison status was needed to be upgraded to TC level to follow up both WG2 and WG4. 

2) After selecting relevant candidate low-carbon town development project through the EWG, a consultant for conducting Feasibility Study will be selected by an international open tender in the second half of 2016. The Feasibility Study will start in the end of 2016 and it will take around 10 months to compile a comprehensive report. The Policy Review will be carried out by Study Group B after the completion of the Feasibility Study in 2017. The deliverables will be the Feasibility Study report and the Policy Review report respectively. The reports will later be submitted to the APEC Secretariat and published in the APEC website. In the Phase 7, main focus will be a low-carbon development plan in inland region with high demand for heating and cooling system, which was not fully covered by the previous phases. 

3) APERC will coordinate the work of LCMT Symposium and Study Group B under the direction of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. APERC will also monitor the progress on a regular basis and take appropriate action in the event that progress is not satisfactory. 

4) Work Plan of Each Task

a) Feasibility Study

i)  Case Town Nomination for Phase 7: July-September 2016

ii) Selection of Feasibility Study Consultant: October-November 2016

iii)  Feasibility Study in Case Town: December 2016-October 2017

b)  Policy Review

i)  Study Goup B Experts Nomination: October 2017

ii) Policy Review Mission Trip: November-December 2017

c) LCMT Symposium

i) Nomination for 3 LCT-I Case Towns: October-December 2016 (TBD)

ii) Nomination for Review Team: January-February 2017 (TBD)

iii) Nomination for Guest Speakers: May-July 2017 (TBD)

iv) 1st LCMT Symposium in Jakarta, Indonesia: September 2017 (TBD)

Risks

The key risks of this project are:

a) The LCMT Symposium fails to attract interests of APEC developing economies. APERC, as an executant of this project, will avoid this risk by providing best low-carbon measures in practice not only in APEC economies but also in non-APEC economies. 

b)  The Feasibility Study report of the Phase 7 low-carbon development project is ineffective. PO and APERC 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. 

The Policy Review report of the Phase 7 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

The LCT-I System enables the government officials and policy makers to identify the low-carbon measures to be implemented and monitor the progress by themselves based on the self-diagnosis. The LCT-I System includes both quantitative and qualitative indicators in the areas of energy, environment, resources and governance. 

The 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 LCMT Symposium and Study Group B as well as the preparation of draft reports will be used as an indicator to monitor if the project is on track or not. The number of attendees at a possible LCMT TF meeting is expected to be around 50 attendees, where outcomes of the LCMT Phase 7 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 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 LCT. 

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. Energy and low-carbon development impact nearly all areas of central and local government ranging from waste management, to school education, electricity supply, transport, planning, and investment. Accordingly, depending on the make-up of a given government, the feedback is most likely to come from energy and environmental departments, with some liaisons with such departments as transport. 

Linkages

While the APEC LCMT project focuses on developing economies, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) mainly focuses on developed economies in its Green Cities Programme. Since LCMT Phase 3 and 4, 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 LCT-I System, active discussion was carried out with experts of ISO on possible contribution by the LCT-I System to international standardisation 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 7. 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 summarised and reported by APEC Sustainable Energy Centre (APSEC) based in Tianjin, China. The PO will also consider inviting other sustainable urbanization work inside APEC (eg Urbanisation FotC, Cooperative Network of Sustainable Cities, EGEEC Net Zero Energy / Green Buildings) in the LCMT TF meetings and examine the possible synergies with other global sustainable urbanization initiatives (eg UNEP, COP21) outside APEC with the guidance of the APEC Secretariat.

Sustainability

The intention of this LCMT Project is to provide real-life model towns that will be viewed as good examples of LCT 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. In particular, the case towns become educational tools for neighbouring towns. The Policy Reviews contain recommendations for awareness and education programs so that the chosen town becomes a learning tool for neighbouring areas to encourage low- carbon development elsewhere in the economy. The EWG could ask the host economy to prepare a short follow-up presentation after the publication of the Policy Reviews. 

The project will move on to the dissemination stage from Phase 7. The LCMT Symposium is held to follow up the progress of previous LCMT case towns and further disseminate LCT utilising the Concept and LCT-I System. The LCT-I System was designed as simple as possible and easy-to-understand to be user friendly. Through the self-diagnosis of LCT-I System, users can see what low-carbon measures they need to implement. Periodical assessment will help sustainable low-carbon growth in each LCT. APERC will keep the evaluation examples of LCT-I System for the reference of other LCT in the APEC region and continue to improve the LCT-I System through reflecting feedbacks selected in the LCMT Symposium and other opportunities. In order to directly involve more LCT in the project, LCMT Symposium will invite several LCT (LCT-I case towns) to present the application results of the LCT-I System. LCMT Phase 8 will include the implementation of Feasibility Study in the specific areas of the LCT-I case towns that are identified to be improved in the review process at the LCMT Symposium.

Project Overseers

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

Not Applicable.

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Not Applicable.

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