Project Title

APEC Workshop on Enhancing Policy Environment to Promote SMEs’ Participation in Energy Efficiency Products Market 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

SME 04 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

SME 04 2016A 

Project Title

APEC Workshop on Enhancing Policy Environment to Promote SMEs’ Participation in Energy Efficiency Products Market 

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

138,883 

Co-funding Amount

31,686 

Total Project Value

170,569 

Sponsoring Forum

Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) 

Topics

Small and Medium Enterprises 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Indonesia; Philippines; Singapore 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Pham Quynh Mai 

Job Title 1

Deputy Director General, Multilateral Trade Policy Department 

Organization 1

Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Viet Nam  

Telephone 1

84-4 22205522 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

MaiPQ@moit.gov.vn 

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

Pham Quynh Mai 

Project Summary

The two day “APEC Workshop on Enhancing Policy Environment to Promote SMEs’ participation in Energy Efficiency Products Market” is expected to be organized in 2016. The Workshop aims at: (i) Gaining an overview of the current policy environment for energy efficiency products in the APEC region in general, and overview of SMEs’ participation in the said market in particular, including identifying both advantages and challenges in the manufacturing and trading of energy efficiency products from the perspectives of the public and private sectors; (ii) Discussing, sharing experiences, best practices in how to facilitate the policy environment to promote SMEs’ participation in energy efficiency products markets among the APEC member economies; and (iii) Making practical recommendations to APEC as a whole on how APEC can lead in promoting energy efficiency products, contributing to its long term goals of energy efficiency.

The project falls under Rank 1 (for SMES) & 2 (energy) of the APEC Funding Criteria 2016.

Relevance

It is widely regarded that energy efficiency significantly contributes to ensuring energy security; improving business productivity (e.g. by saving money, creating jobs, spurring innovation, etc.); as well as mitigating greenhouse gas emission. Since SMEs accounting for more than 95% of enterprises in the APEC region, if promoted appropriately to penetrate into energy markets, it will boost SMEs’ competitiveness. 

Though as many as APEC member economies are highly aware of the importance of promoting policy environment for energy efficiency products in general, SMEs in this market in particular, they still face challenges owing to inexperiences as well as different levels of development among the APEC member economies. Inappropriate and/or unnecessary subsidies, mandatory standards, labeling and information or slow diffusion of cost-effective energy efficiency technologies due to the governments’ policies might discourage investment in such technologies or impede markets’ growth. 

Promoting energy efficiency and SMEs’ competitiveness through SMEs’ participation in markets of energy efficiency products is important not to only a few member economies but to the whole region, this project is expected to catch the attention and benefits all the APEC member economies. APEC should take the leading roles in supporting the member economies to enjoy the benefits of a proper policy environment for the promotion of energy efficiency products through sharing experiences, best practices among its member economies and even outside the region in the area. 

The project falls under Rank 1 (for SMES) & 2 (energy) of the APEC Funding Criteria 2016.

Objectives

“APEC Workshop on Enhancing Policy Environment to Promote SMEs’ participation in Energy Efficiency Products Market” aims at the following objectives: 

-  Gaining an overview of the current policy environment for energy efficiency products in the APEC region in general, and overview of SMEs’ participation in the market in particular, including identifying both advantages and challenges in the manufacturing and trading of energy efficiency products, in driving adoption of energy efficiency projects and/or developing energy efficiency products from the perspectives of the public and private sectors;

-  Discussing, sharing experiences, best practices in how to facilitate the policy environment to promote SMEs’ participation in energy efficiency products markets including but not limited to developing energy efficiency standards for energy efficient products or making incentives available for companies to adopt energy efficiency solutions among the APEC member economies;

-  Making practical recommendations to APEC as a whole on how APEC can lead in promoting energy efficiency products, contributing to its long term goals of energy efficiency.

Alignment

The APEC Ministers emphasized in the 2013 AMM Joint Statement that “We also reiterated the importance of improving energy efficiency, particularly in industry, consumer including home appliances, equipment, building and houses, and transport sectors, in order to ensure sustainable energy use in the region. We reaffirmed our commitment in 2011 to aspire to reduce APEC’s aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035, using 2005 as a base year. We encouraged officials, in close cooperation with private sector, to implement policies that improve energy efficiency, including capacity building initiatives, joint studies and harmonization of energy efficiency standards.”

In 2015, APEC Ministers continue to stress pursuing energy efficiency through the Cebu Declaration issued following the 2015 APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting: “We also encourage Members to promote energy supply diversity and energy efficiency and to reduce barriers to energy trade and investment in advancing resilience of the energy sector” and “The future economic growth of the APEC region will be supported by an appropriate mix of energy resources and power generation technologies that includes both conventional and renewable energy with increasing priority for clean energy sources and enhanced energy efficiency”.

This project contributes to improving energy efficiency by promoting energy efficiency products through focusing on the aspects of enhancing policy environment. 

At the working group level, the Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) has released the Strategic Plan for the period 2013 – 2016. The Strategic Plan specifies one of its agreed objective that “empower SMEs and MEs to Recognize Green Issues, and Foster Sustainable Growth and Energy Efficiency” through implementing programs to promote sustainable growth and energy efficiency. This project directly addresses the SMEWG Strategic Plan for the period of 2013 – 2016 as it contributes to enabling and promoting favourable policy, business and regulatory environment for SMEs in the markets of energy efficiency products through creating the opportunities for the participants to discuss and share experiences in the field.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project directly provides capacity building for the APEC member economies, especially the developing ones. It is widely recognized that many APEC developing economies are increasingly in need of green growth while in reality might face with negative impacts from pursuing high growth rate. They need to balance between rapid and long term sustainable growth. In that sense, the capacity building needs to create and improve the policy environment for SMEs’ participation in energy efficiency products market are increasingly visible.

From this project, the governments’ officials, investors, experts from the APEC member economies, especially from the APEC developing economies will have the opportunity to exchange, share and discuss experiences, best practices in enhancing policy environment for SMs in energy efficiency products market, which in turn enhance the skills and experiences of the governments officials, investors in the process of policy making, consultation and implementation. 

Based on the selection criteria, the right speakers and participants from the developing economies will be invited to present and attend the Workshop These people might be able to train or exchange experiences with other people in their organizations after the Workshop. 

To make sure that the project supports capacity building needs of APEC developing economies, the organizers will also consider inviting experienced speakers/ experts from the developing economies to present the challenges, share experiences in the field.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Under this project, a 2 day “APEC Workshop on Enhancing Policy Environment to Promote SMEs’ participation in Energy Efficiency Products Market” will be held to provide the platform for the participants to share, discuss related issues facing SMEs while penetrating in energy efficiency products market. The Workshop’s Agenda will be designed to make sure it addresses the concerns of APEC’s member economies/participants; and experienced experts from the public, private sectors and academia will be selected and invited to present, aiming to bring about the most benefits to the participants. 

During the Workshop, all the speakers and participants will have the chance to discuss and present their views on what and how APEC should do to promote energy efficiency products market as the next steps. These recommendations will be compiled and attached to the Workshop’s report for APEC’s consideration for further action. 

Following the completion of the Workshop, a report will be made and circulated to all the speakers and participants as well as delivered to SMEWG and other APEC relevant committees, working groups for further discussion, follow-up. 

Outcomes: After the Workshop, the participants who are governments’ officials, investors, academia involved in some aspects (policy making, implementation, doing business in RCE, research, etc.,) might have the chance to exchange what they have learnt from the Workshop with their colleagues, bosses. The good experiences, best practices of promoting policy environment for SMEs’ participation in energy efficiency products market, hence, are able to be more widespread among competent and/or authorized people in the field in APEC’s member economies. 

It is worth noting that green and sustainable growth is becoming an inevitable trend and on high agenda of APEC since it is widely discussed in the agenda of different APEC’s committees and working groups. The 12th APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting, held on 13th October 2015, in Cebu, Philippines also issues the statements on climate-proofing energy infrastructures, avenues for promoting cutting edge energy efficiency technologies, community-based clean energies to help alleviate poverty, and most importantly, facilitating energy trade and investment in the APEC community. 

This project will provide inputs to not only policy makers among APEC member economies but also to SMEWG. As the project will target to people who have certain position in the industry, it is expected that the outcomes of discussion at the Workshop will be brought back home to serve as good reference for policy making process. 

In the medium and long term, it is expected to bring about some positive changes (if needed and necessary, in appropriate situations) to the policy, regulation promulgation and implementation, business practices of RCE trade and investment. This change is expected to take place gradually rather than immediately. 

Beneficiaries: The selection criteria will be set to make sure that right participants will attend and benefit most as well as be able to bring about significant changes after the Workshop’s completion. The criteria might include, but not limited to:

- Governments’, local authorities’ officials who are directly/indirectly involved in the policy making and implementation processes. These might include but not limited to officials working for Ministries of Energy, SMEs, Trade, Finance, Planning and Investment, etc.;

-  SMEs representatives from trade companies, manufacturers in the area of energy efficiency products (those are companies involved in production, delivery of services, researching energy efficiency products, etc.,);

-  Scientists, researchers, energy associations, manufacturing associations, etc., who are keen on or involved in energy efficiency in general, energy efficiency products in particular. 

By participating in the Workshop, they will have the opportunity to listen to and exchange with speakers who are government’ officials, experts or businessmen/investors in energy efficiency products market to learn the failure/success lessons and consider applying in their own economy’s, business’ circumstances if appropriate. 

The participants also can raise the voice on their concerns, recommendations that might be taken into account at a proper stage.

Dissemination

The Workshop’s report will be published on the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam’s and APEC’s website for reference and for widespread usage and saving cost.

Hard copies will be provided to all the Workshop's participants.  Electronic publication will also be used to disseminate the Workshop's documents widely.  APEC's official website will be the main one to upload the documents.   Other Vietnamese Ministries' websites (eg Ministry of Industry and Trade) could also be used to disseminate the information with hyperlink to APEC website.

A press release on the Workshop will be published on Vietnam’s media mass (Viet Nam News, Viet Nam News Agency, etc.,). It will also be sent to SMEs associations, research centers, etc. to attract the attention to the event to encourage people to visit the documents online. 

The target audience includes those who are interested in, involved directly or indirectly promulgating regulations on energy efficiency products from APEC member economies and outside. 

There is no intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Gender issue is seriously taken into account by the project proponent. Women are involved in the development of this proposal and both men and women will get equal opportunity to participate in the project implementation including in the process of preparatory stage, consultation and direct labours, etc. In addition, to address gender concern and make sure that men and women are engaged efficiently in the Workshop, the evaluation form delivered at the end of the Workshop will include information on gender to aggregate for project assessment. 

Bear in mind the efficiency of the project as well as priority of female participation to the Workshop, the Organizers will try best to invite the female speakers with enriched experiences and expertise to share at the Workshop. They might include but not limited to female leaders from enterprises, SMEs associations. 

The female participants will benefit from both female and male speakers since they have the opportunities to learn the experiences from the best experts in the field. .The organizers will make sure that women are most encouraged and created favorable conditions to take part in and contribute to the Workshop by disseminating information and invitation to as many women as possible. For example, invitations will be sent through APEC PPWE (Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy), female business associations of Viet Nam and APEC member economies if available to invite and draw their attention to the Workshop. 

Also, to make sure that this project is targeted to improve the female participation in the industry, the agenda will be designed to include one session to discuss about women’s representation in the renewable energy sector and energy efficiency market. The organizers will also seek input from PPWE.

Work Plan

The 1st – quarter  of 2016: Develop the Concept Note; seek co-sponsorship from the member economies.

2nd quarter of 2016: Develop the full project proposal.

3rd quarter of 2016: Develop the criteria, term of references for employing direct labour for this project; seeking qualified candidates and select the finals from the shortlist.

1st quarter of 2017: The direct labor get started with the project, including developing the Agenda, Inviting speakers and participants, making other necessary arrangements for the project, etc.

2nd quarter of 2017: Organize the Workshop. Report the Workshop’s outcome to APEC and make recommendations for next steps.

Risks

One of the risks is to ensure a selection of good speakers in order to make the most of the Workshop. The speakers should be, but not limited to, authority officials to represent government; representatives from multinational corporations, enterprises and investors to raise voice of business sector; academics, experts from other relevant organizations, which aim to reflecting points of views from various perspectives. The Organizers will work closely with co-sponsoring economies to nominate and invite the most suitable speakers for the Workshop.

Another concern is to choose the right participants to the Workshop. To make sure that right participants are nominated to attend the Workshop, the Organizers will consult with co-sponsoring economies to set general criteria for participants. Participants should be government officials who are directly or indirectly involved in the policy making, management or implementation; academic or economic experts who have good background and experiences in the field. Business sectors are encouraged to attend the Workshop. To ensure the results, invitations will be sent through different fora in APEC including SMEWG, CTI, ABAC and EWG. For the host economy, the Workshop is free open to business sector including business associations; apart from officials from the government and local authorities. 

Another risk is that  SMEs might find it difficult to implement initiatives, recommendations raised from Workshop due to lack of resources or capacity. This risk will be seriously taken into the Workshop’s agenda to draw the attention and discussion from speakers, participants, experts so that SMEs can find approachable solutions to their concerns.

Monitoring and Evaluation

All speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback on the efficiency and outcomes of the Workshop whether the objectives are met, whether the information sharing is able to bring about changes after its completion and how.

The speakers and participants will be requested to provide feedback by filling in the evaluation form, delivered at the end of the Workshop. 

The following information will be collected to measure/assess progress and impact: 

-  The first indicator to be used is to assess whether the Workshop meets its set objectives. This can be assessed comparing what participants gain from the Workshop (using evaluation form) and whether the Workshop is able to produce practical recommendations to be submitted to relevant APEC committees/WGs/fora.

-  The second indicator can be whether the Workshop has accommodated right participants and there have been representatives of both public and private sectors. It is expected that the balance between the public and private sectors ranges from 50% - 50% or at least 40% – 60%.

-  The third indicator can be the quality of speakers; this can be assessed by compiling comments of participants in the evaluation forms. 

-  The forth indicator relates to gender issue: How many female participants can attend and learn knowledge/experiences at the Workshop and how many female speakers can come and share their expertise and experiences. It is expected to accommodate from 30% to 40% of female participants to attend the Workshop. 

-  The fifth one is communication indicator in order to know how widely the Workshop’s materials will be disseminated to interested groups in APEC: it is planned that presentations and documents of the Workshop will be made available via the APEC Meeting Document Database. The Project’s Report will be presented to SMEWG for consideration. The PO will check with APEC Secretariat to make sure that the materials of the Workshop will be uploaded to the APEC AIMP; the PO will also be responsible for sending the report to APEC’s relevant working groups.

- The sixth indicator is how many participants from the developing economies can benefit from this Workshop.

Linkages

SMEWG will be the group which oversees this Project and will be responsible for disseminating information about the Workshop to APEC member economies. The outcomes of the Workshop will be submitted to SMEWG for consideration and further action. 

EWG/EGEE&C will also be consulted closely during the development and implementation of this project, especially in developing the agenda for the Workshop to make sure that the agenda will cover and meet the Workshop’s objectives and expectations in terms of energy (efficiency products) related issues. 

Besides, the Organizer will consult with CTI and ABAC to develop an in-depth agenda. The Organizer will also seek support from APEC and other international organizations such as the IEA, ADBI, ICTSD, etc., for further researches in energy efficiency and SMEs, inviting right speakers, experts and participants to contribute most to the Workshop. Their involvement will help cross fora collaboration more efficiently, avoid duplication as well as promote work effectively through close consultation, exchanges and cooperation. 

This Workshop is expected to complement other previous work by APEC on renewable energy. APEC have implemented projects related to energy efficiency, namely: Maximising the Energy Efficiency and Clean Utilisation of Low Rank Coals through Innovative Technologies in APEC Economies; Aligning Energy Efficiency Regulations for ICT Products – Developing A Strategic Approach; Best Practices in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology in the Industrial Sector in APEC; etc,. These projects implemented so far mainly focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency from different aspects such as regulations, technology dissemination, energy security, peer review, etc. This project focus on how to promote SMEs’ integration into a specific market – energy efficiency market.

Sustainability

Following the Workshop, participants are expected to have a deep understanding of current status, challenges and potentials of SMEs’ participation in energy efficiency products market. The participants from the public sector might be able to consider, compare, analyze and recommend to the policy makers how to improve the regulations to mobilize and harness SMEs’ participation in energy efficiency products market. For those from the private sector, it is a good opportunity to raise their voice in the issues, in turn, to be reflected accordingly in the policies, regulations. 

To make sure that the Workshop meets its objectives, the organizer will seek approval from SMEWG for the recommendations in particular and the report in general.  Based on the recommendations from member economies, the organizer will consider proposing new activities/initiatives to follow up the outcome of the project.

The Organizer also considers proposing the phase 2 of the project based on the participants’ recommendations. The networking will be used to review the implementation of recommendations.

Project Overseers

Ms. Pham Quynh Mai
Viet Nam SOM to APEC
Deputy Director General
Multilateral Trade Policy Department
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Viet Nam
Tel: (84-4) 2220 5522
Email: MAIPQ@MOIT.GOV.VN

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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