Project Title

Best Practices Sharing and Technical Capacity Building for Measurement and Verification Standards of Energy Savings 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

CTI 17 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 17 2016A 

Project Title

Best Practices Sharing and Technical Capacity Building for Measurement and Verification Standards of Energy Savings 

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

60,000 

Co-funding Amount

60,000 

Total Project Value

120,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) 

Topics

Conformance; Standards 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

31/10/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/09/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Dr Liu Meng 

Job Title 1

Dr 

Organization 1

China National Institute of Standardisation 

Postal Address 1

No.4 Zhichun Road Haidian District 

Telephone 1

86-10 58811128 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

liumeng@cnis.gov.cn 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Dr Liu Meng 

Project Summary

The 2015 APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting Statements emphasized that APEC as a platform for the exchange of experiences, and information will continue to encourage exploration of applicable energy efficient technologies, processes and services.

Measurement and Verification (M&V) standards are well accepted as a reliable “meter” when investing on energy efficiency project.

This project will initiate best practices sharing and capacity building to promote M&V standards based activities of policies and regulations, standards, methodologies, engineering application, market development etc, in the APEC developing economies based on correct understanding and effective implementation of M&V standards.

The main activities include: 1) Review of M&V activities in APEC region on Oct. 2016 – Jan. 2017; 2) A workshop to enhance best practices sharing and capacity building in APEC economies on M&V standards based activities, Mar./Apr. 2017.

Relevance

Sustainable development in APEC economies requires continuous and cost effective improvement in energy efficiency. Investment on energy saving technologies and trade of energy efficiency services is expanding in APEC quickly. Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) have invested about 15-19 billion dollars in projects in US since the early 1990s. In 2014, the annual total output value of ESCOs in China reached over $ 40 billion. It is well accepted that Measurement and Verification (M&V) is the “meter” for investing on energy efficiency, especially in energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) projects and energy saving retrofitting projects. There are commonly used international protocols/standards for M&V of energy savings, including the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) and ISO standards. 

However, since most of the APEC developing economies are at the very early stage of adopting energy saving M&V standards, one of the biggest barriers is a lack of best practices and inadequate technical capacity in implementing the M&V standards.  They lack the policies and regulations, standards, methodologies, engineering application, market development etc. activities crucial to correctly understanding and effectively implementing M&V standards. 

In the 2015 APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting Statements, it is emphasized that APEC, as a platform for the exchange of experiences, and information, will encourage the Member Economies to explore applicable energy efficient technologies, processes and services and subsequently pursue policies that enable their entry to market with a vision towards achieving the APEC aspirational target of reducing aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2035. This project can be seen as a joint private-public effort to achieve this ambitious goal. The first stage of this project will review the current situation of M&V standards-based activities, collect related the best practices and carry out a case study. The second stage of the project will initiate the best practices sharing to enhance technical capacity for proper M&V activities. This project is expected to promote.

Objectives

1) To share best practices regarding the M&V standards based activities to increase the reliability of M&V of energy savings.

2) To improve the capacity to use international M&V standards to guide the M&V activities through exchanging expertise between developed economies and developing economies.

3) To enhance an understanding of importance of M&V for ensuring credible performance improvement through the public-private dialogue.

Alignment

In the 2015 APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting Statements, it is emphasized that APEC, as a platform for the exchange of experiences, and information, will encourage the Member Economies to explore applicable energy efficient technologies, processes and services and subsequently pursue policies that enable their entry to market with a vision towards achieving the APEC aspirational target of reducing aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2035.

This project will address the APEC leaders’ concern of ensuring sustainable investment, development and implementation of new technology to improve energy efficiency based on an open platform for exchange of best practices. It will also support APEC SCSC endorsed principles on harmonized standards to facilitate the investment on energy saving measures and trade of energy efficiency services by best practices sharing and capacity building.

TILF/ASF Justification

As a project funded by the APEC Support Fund, the best practices sharing for M&V standards of energy savings will facilitate APEC developing economies to harmonize the main methodologies and application of M&V standards. This project will improve the awareness and promote the capacity building of APEC developing economies for applying international M&V standards. This project will also contribute to trade liberalization of energy efficiency services since it will help to remove technical barriers to evaluate energy performance improvement and promote the investment on measures and trade of energy efficiency services in APEC regions. APEC developing economies will be directly engaged in sharing the best practices of M&V activities, harmonizing M&V standards, recognizing needs of capacity building for applying international M&V standards, and developing recommendations to further collaboration. The project budget will allow for funded participation of two representatives of each APEC developing economy to actively participate in the workshop to ensure that they learn the project findings and have the opportunity to provide suggestions.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

Outputs will include: 

1)  Best practices collection based on the participating APEC economies’ review of M&V market, personnel capacity building, R&D and implementation of methodologies, policy and standards, certification program and removal of technical barriers; 

2)  APEC workshop on Best Practices Sharing and Technical Capacity Building for Measurement and Verification Standards of Energy Savings; 

3) Actionable recommendations: participating APEC economies will identify the best practices to promote M&V standards-based activities and capacity building in developing economies.                                     

Outcomes: 

It is expected that the recommendations of the project may be put to a Ministers/Leaders’ declaration for adopting international standards to facilitate green growth in APEC region. More APEC economies, especially those developing economies’ policymakers, will be aware of the importance of standardized M&V when planning or implementing energy efficiency schemes. Development of a pilot training and certification program for senior energy savings evaluator beyond the existing the Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) program is expected to be discussed to support the capacity building needed to promote the mutual recognition of M&V personal qualifications through the dialog between APEC economies and related international organizations (such as Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO) and ISO/TC 257 Evaluation of energy savings). The results of the project will be shared with EVO and ISO/TC 257 to ensure international M&V standards meet the requirements of APEC economies as much as possible. The network of experts established by this project will be maintained as a sustainable APEC initiative for information sharing and capacity building to promote M&V activities in APEC economies. 

Beneficiaries:  

Direct beneficiaries include,

1) The policymakers/government regulators and energy program implementers within APEC economies who will be implementing or have already been implementing energy efficiency schemes or programs related to energy savings. They will be invited to give input into workshop agenda, to attend workshop, and to participate in pre and post-workshop collaboration. By participating in all these activities, it is expected that they will improve the integrity of their programs or schemes through adopting M&V standards.

2) The standardization bodies (Standardization Administration of China, The Innovation and Technology Commission of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, The National Standardization Agency of Indonesia, The Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality of Viet Nam,etc), financial institutions (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Asian Development Bank,etc), academic institutes (Georgia Institute of Technology,etc) and verifiers (Energy Efficiency Council, Efficiency Valuation Organization, etc). They will be invited to give input into workshop agenda, to attend workshop, and to participate in pre and post-workshop collaboration. Investment on energy saving equipment or technologies will be increased because of improved confidence on verified energy savings by correct understanding and effective implementation of M&V standards and qualified energy savings evaluators.

3) The manufacturers of energy saving equipment within APEC economies. The multinational corporations such as Schneider or Rockwell will be approached through the collaboration with EVO, ISO/TC 257 or IEC energy efficiency related technical committees (TCs). ESCO Associations will also be invited with the help of APEC Expert Group for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEE&C). They will have the opportunity to give input into the workshop agenda, to attend workshop, and to participate in pre and post-workshop collaboration. As a result, trade of energy saving equipment and market of energy efficiency services will be expanded by being able to evaluate the energy performance improvement reliably based on correct understanding and effective implementation of M&V standards and improved capacity. 

Indirect beneficiaries may include environmental organizations which will benefit from improved energy efficiency and energy savings within the APEC economies. The general public within APEC economies may benefit from more reduced energy costs and reduced pollution.

Dissemination

A report including findings and recommendations will be produced from the workshops and shared among interested stakeholders by following APEC guidelines. Presentations, reports, and all relevant materials will be submitted to the APEC Secretariat. The outputs of project will also be shared with APEC EGEE&C and international organizations such as Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO) so that more stakeholders could have access to the outputs. The information sharing and capacity building are expected to be continued after the workshop to disseminate the outputs of the project widely. To ensure the continual dissemination of the workshop outputs A staff member from the China National Institute of Standardization will be identified as a focal point, the outputs of the project workshop are expected to be presented at APEC SCSC and APEC EGEE&C, and it is expected that the APEC Project Database  (https://aimp2.apec.org/sites/PDB/default.aspx) will host the documentation produced by this workshop. In addition,communication with external parties will be conducted mainly through electronic means to ensure cost-effectiveness. 

The target audiences include the policymakers/government regulators, standardization bodies, verifiers, certification bodies, ESCOs, academic institutes, financial institutions, energy program implementers and environmental organizations, etc. 

There is no intention to sell any of the publications or materials resulting from this project.

Gender

Women have been involved in the planning of this project and the results are beneficial to both women and men. The involvement of women in the planning and implementation of technical and organizational activities, as well as their participation at the workshop will actively be encouraged by the project overseer. It is expected that the gender of 1/3 of the speakers and around 33%~40% of the participants on the workshop is female. 

The project is gender neutral and will benefit women and men without discrimination, as the best practices sharing  and capacity building of energy savings M&V standards based activities is required to ensure sustainable development and economic growth. As one of the measures to ensure the gender neutrality of this project, a gender and energy expert will be invited to consult on the process of designing the survey to collect best practices, particularly in the areas of review of M&V market, personnel capacity building, R&D and implementation of methodologies, etc. 

This project’s goals aim to encourage increased deployment of energy efficiency services, energy saving equipment and technologies in the region, which can be used as gender neutral tools for increased economic mobility.

Work Plan

A project team will be set up for daily operations of the project. An expert in M&V standards will coordinate the project team and will be responsible to the Project Overseer. The project team comprises of experts from co-sponsoring APEC economies. Project overseers will work closely with APEC officials, international organizations and other interested organizations to implement the project.

Timeline

Activities

Output

October 2016

Preparation: Financial support for the project will be sought from the APEC Support Fund account, co-sponsors and other interested participants. The task assignments and timeline will be discussed further between co-sponsors and other interested participants.

Breakdown of work plan and task assignment confirmed

November 2016 - January 2017

Review of M&V in APEC region: A questionnaire will be developed and circulated to investigate the M&V market, methodologies, standards, stakeholders, personnel capacity, certification program, and technical/policy barriers in APEC economies, based on which, best practices will be collected and therefore case study will be conducted. The findings of the survey and the case study will support the development of workshop.

The questionnaire distributed to APEC Member Economies and other stakeholders

Summarized findings of the survey

December 2016 - April 2017

Development of Workshop: The participants will consist of representatives from standardization bodies, verifiers, certification bodies, ESCOs, financial institutions and academic institutes. The energy program implementers and environmental organizations will be invited. We will also ensure the participation of the APEC EGEE&C. The key external stakeholders including EVO, IEA, ISO/TC 257 and IEC energy efficiency related TCs will be invited to join the plan and implementation of the workshop. Participation will be open to all APEC member economies and relevant stakeholders. A draft agenda for the workshop will be determined after consulting with co-sponsors. Project team will confirm venue arrangements – venue, dates and facilities and to begin to make the necessary logistical arrangements. The exact date and place will be determined after consulting with co-sponsors. One of optional venues for the workshop is a city in Indonesia. However, alternative venues also can be considered.

Confirmed agenda distributed to APEC Member Economies and other stakeholders

Confirmed lists of participants and speakers

Confirmed travel arrangements for participants

March/April 2017

Implementation of the Workshop: A 1-2 day workshop will be organized in March/April 2017. The workshop will provide the stakeholders with an opportunity to share best practices of M&V activities, the information and ideas on using internationally accepted standards/protocols as a basis to promote the M&V activities and capacity building. The workshop will consist of key-note speakers and panel discussions, and separated sessions may also be incorporated for different target groups of audience, such as policy makers, metrology institutes and standardization bodies, and ESCOs.

Around 60 participants for the workshop

Workshop proceedings

May 2017 -September 2017

Conclusions and Final Report: Based on participants’ feedback, the project team will produce a final report of the project which is supposed to offer a list of recommendations to APEC economies for best practices and capacity building regarding M&V standards based activities with successful experiences and action plan. The Project Overseer will consult with APEC EGEE&C and external organizations including EVO, IEA, ISO/TC 257 and IEC energy efficiency related TCs to ensure better coverage of the target audience for the final report and its better positioning within APEC. With the contribution of participants, the project is going to build a sustainable platform to fully achieve the objectives of the projects. Further activities may be planned and proposed following discussion in the workshop.

Final report

Risks

Considering the APEC SCSC’s endorsement of spread of best practices of M&V activities and capacity building in a manner that reduces technical barriers to improvement of energy efficiency, the project has a high probability of success. 

Potential risks include:

1)  Inadequate participation from economies: On the early stage of the project, enough work will be done to ensure high participation from economies by reaching out to SCSC members to identify their representation, continued communication with the potential participators will be maintained, and draft agenda will be prepared and circulated as early as possible. 

2) Low possibility of economies adopting results: The results will work closely with accepted international standards/protocols such as ISO 17741, ISO 50015 and IPMVP, etc. The economies will have opportunities to present their views and survey results to shape the recommendations. The workshop will also promote capacity building within APEC economies especially those developing economies to facilitate implementation of recommendations. The results of the project will be helpful to establish a business model for applying M&V standards. This may reduce the cost of introducing new technologies to manufactures, maintaining national standards and relevant administrative processes, such as certification and accreditation. 

3) Failure of survey methodology: The project will work with key stakeholders, APEC EGEE&C, EVO and ISO/TC 257 to ensure the questionnaire is prepared under the appropriate survey methodology. The questionnaire will be tested by invited experts to verify the effectiveness before formal circulation. 

Delays in implementation: This project will avoid delays by having clear and timely communication with co-sponsoring economies, the APEC Secretariat, and the experts participating in the event. Teleconferences in the project team will be held regularly before the workshop to ensure timely execution.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The following information will be collected through surveys, the workshop, peer review, etc., to assess progress and impact and used as indicators of progress may be used to ensure the project is on track: 

1) number and accuracy of member economies’ responses to the survey questionnaires, survey questionnaires will be send to the contact in all the APEC members;

2) number of the workshop participants, the expected number is around 60;

3)  quality of the workshop, assessed by an evaluation form to be filled by the workshop participants;

4)  feedback and comments by APEC economies at SCSC and EGEE&C meetings (throughout the whole project);

5) number of publications’ downloads or site visits (if feasible), considering that there will be around 60 participants for the workshop, they and the M&V professionals who they know could be the first group of online visitors to the project outputs, so the downloads or sit visiting number is expected to be not less than 2000 for the first year after this project and more are expected after that with the rapid development of M&V market and continual dissemination of the project outputs. 

A qualitative measure of success may be expertise and qualification of the organizations and individuals involved at survey. A key indicator of project success may be the best practices that will be identified for ensuring reliability of energy savings through M&V standards. A medium-term indicator of project success may be the number of APEC economies adopting international M&V standards when planning or implementing energy efficiency program. 

Indirectly, number of capacity building program and certified energy savings evaluators in APEC developing economies may also be an indication of project relevance. 

Contact information of all participants will be captured and kept to allow for future follow-up assessments of how the project has contributed to longer-term change. The baseline data such as how many APEC economies currently use M&V standards in planning energy efficiency program or how much investment is there currently from financial institutions on energy saving retrofitting projects will be collected when reviewing current situation of M&V activities in APEC region in the project.

Linkages

Within the APEC, the project is expected to engage the APEC EGEE&C. The project overseer has sought inputs and supports from the APEC EGEE&C. APEC EGEE&C members will be sought as speakers or participants in the workshop to provide insight from their work. Outside of APEC, the project would benefit from the involvement of the EVO which has developed International Protocol for Measurement and Verification of Performance (IPMVP), a widely accepted M&V document. The secretariat of ISO/TC 257 which is developing a series of international M&V standards will also be approached for sharing expertise or contributing to the project. The outputs of the project will be helpful for ISO/TC 257 to consider the requirements of APEC economies during the development of the M&V related International Standards such as ISO/FDIS 17743, ISO/AWI 20364, ISO/AWI 20366, ISO/AWI 20375, ISO/CD 20619. Furthermore, the capacity building needs of APEC economies identified in the project can provide useful input for the under-development ISO/TC 257 standard of ISO/AWI 20376 “General guidelines for selecting energy savings evaluators”. IEA will be invited to collaborate in the project and join the workshop because they are experienced in relevant work. These key external APEC stakeholders will be invited to assign qualified experts to plan the project and share their expertise in the workshop. 

This project will be based on the findings and lessons of previous APEC projects conducted in SCSC and EGEE&C. The demands on harmonized M&V standards and capacity building are identified in the projects: Conference on Implementation of Energy Management Standardisation, Energy Performance Evaluation Methodology Development, Promotion in APEC Economies and Cooperative Energy Efficiency Design for Sustainability (CEEDS) and Harmonizing Standards and Enhancing Technical Capacity in Measurement and Verification of Energy Savings of Project or Organization. The in-depth analysis of lessons from previous project will be conducted when reviewing M&V in APEC economies. 

APEC is well positioned to undertake this project thanks to its current focus on, and leadership in regional harmonization of standards and capacity building for applying these standards such as ISO 50001 Energy Management System and a rather flexible funding mechanism of the APEC Support Fund which will facilitate the sharing of experiences in standards for M&V of energy savings of projects or organizations between APEC developed and developing economies.

Sustainability

After the workshop completion, a period of around four months is provided in the work plan for validation of the main findings and finalization of the report. It is expected that the final report with recommendations could be used as a reference material for the project stakeholders, such as M&V related policymakers, investors, ESCOs and verifiers, etc. from developing economies. The report produced in this project is expected to be relevant in a medium term, for a couple of years. 

The results of the project will be shared with the EVO, IEA, ISO/TC 257 and IEC’s energy efficiency related TCs to allow for a more global and sustained impact. The network of experts and collaboration with international organizations is helpful for establishing a long-term APEC initiative for information sharing and capacity building regarding M&V standards. The project team will work out other proposals to continue the APEC initiative after project completion. A pilot training and certification program for senior energy savings evaluator beyond the existing program such as CMVP may be established by international organization such as EVO to support the long-term capacity building needs for applying international M&V standards. This project may be useful to support the planning and implementation of pilot certification program for qualified energy savings evaluators. 

In a wider context of the SCSC objectives, long-term expected impacts include increased trade of energy efficiency services and energy saving equipment, plus environmental benefits of improved energy efficiency and reduced energy consumption. 

Project team will work together with stakeholders and international organizations to ensure these future actions to be done by continuously monitoring progress, engaging participating economies in implementation and potentially seeking continued support via APEC, based on demonstrated success.

Project Overseers

Mr. LIU Meng, Associate Researcher, China National Institute of Standardization.

Mr. Liu received his Ph.D degree from the Graduated School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, he is now an energy efficiency standardization researcher in Resource and Environment Branch of China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS). He assumes the role of the WG3 convenor of ISO/TC 257 Evaluation of energy savings since 2011 and led the working group to finalize the R&D of ISO 17741:2016 “General technical rules for measurement, calculation and verification of energy savings of projects” as project leader. He also participates the EvoXchange(China) as a senior expert, which is a platform of Chinese experts for M&V of energy savings established by EVO and CNIS jointly. His research work includes national energy efficiency regulations for energy-using products and national standards for M&V of energy savings and energy system optimization.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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