Project Title

Workshop to Develop Qualified Product Lists for High-Quality and High-Efficiency Commercial, Industrial, and Outdoor Lighting Products and Control Systems in the APEC Region 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

EWG 08 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 08 2016A 

Project Title

Workshop to Develop Qualified Product Lists for High-Quality and High-Efficiency Commercial, Industrial, and Outdoor Lighting Products and Control Systems in the APEC Region 

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

99,523 

Co-funding Amount

66,935 

Total Project Value

166,458 

Sponsoring Forum

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Topics

Energy 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

China; New Zealand; Chinese Taipei; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/05/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Elena Thomas-Kerr (new PO wef 1 November 2017) 

Job Title 1

Not Applicable 

Organization 1

US Department of Energy 

Postal Address 1

1000 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC, USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 5869466 

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

In collaboration with a Clean Energy Ministerial project team, this project aims to reduce trade barriers for Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting applications in the commercial, industrial, and outdoor lighting sectors. The promotion of LED lighting products has become a focus of energy efficiency programs for different stakeholders including electric utilities, municipalities, and business/building owners. A qualified product list (QPL) provides assurance of high-quality that stakeholders can use to procure the best and most efficient products available. As these products become globally traded, regional lighting QPLs could become a key strategy for meeting APEC energy intensity reduction goals.

This workshop will focus on the development of such QPLs by: 1) Providing a review of the current QPLs being used in APEC economies; 2) Discussing current testing and standards requirements required for inclusion in these QPLs; and, 3) Exploring opportunities for APEC economies to develop a common APEC qualified product list.

Relevance

The promotion of efficient LED lighting has become a key energy efficiency strategy for meeting the APEC Leaders’ target to reduce aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035, increasing the competiveness and energy security of APEC economies, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the commercial and public sectors. This project aims to build regional capacity, particularly in developing economies, to ensure high-quality and high-efficiency lighting products are easily identified during procurement activities. Street, outdoor, and public lighting have become a significant strategy for city- and municipality-level energy savings. As the number of affordable super-efficient LED lighting products grows, it becomes increasingly more difficult for procurement officers to identify high-quality products. A central qualified product list (QPL) populated by certified products tested to an established set of rigorous performance criteria can be an enormously helpful tool to ensure procurement officials are purchasing high-quality and high-efficiency products. As these LED products become globally traded, regional or APEC-wide QPLs could benefit large groups of procurement officials and lower trade barriers for companies selling across domestic borders. 

National and regional QPLs for these lighting products already exist in some developed APEC economies (such as the DesignLights Consortium in the Unites States and Canada). Administrators of these existing QPL programs have received questions about the possibility of expanded QPL geographical coverage and the technical implementation of similar QPLs. This project could begin to answer some of these technical questions, explore the possibility and appetite of expanded existing QPL coverage, and showcase the technical specifications and frameworks that guide existing QPLs. This project will be implemented in collaboration with the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) through their Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative. 

Rank 1: Projects that specifically and significantly contribute to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment: This project contributes to regional economic integration through free and open trade and investment by improving consistency in implementation of Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations and regulatory cooperation through the promotion of a potentially APEC-wide QPL for these lighting products. The project will also contribute to trade facilitation across the region and could promote SME development through increased access to regional and global markets. A common QPL would allow products from all enterprises to be listed among a menu of options to be sold across participating APEC economies and ensure all listed products have a minimum standard of quality and performance. 

Rank 2: Projects that directly support the APEC Leaders' Growth Strategy: This project reaffirms the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy regarding Sustainable Growth: Energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency including the development of low carbon technology and alternative energy sources. QPLs for lighting products are a key energy efficiency strategy, providing stakeholders with a tool to ensure the procurement of high-efficiency and high-quality products. This project aims to clarify the human and technical resources necessary to successfully implement QPLs for lighting products to boost APEC-wide economic competiveness and sustainable growth.

Objectives

The objectives of this workshop are to increase knowledge of workshop participants and build capacity in APEC economies by: 1) Providing a review of the current lighting QPLs and clarify successful frameworks of implementation; 2) Summarizing current testing and standards requirements for QPL eligibility, including advanced lighting control systems; and, 3) Exploring opportunities for APEC economies to develop common regional or APEC-wide QPLs for these lighting products.

Alignment

In 2014, APEC Leaders reiterated the importance of improving energy efficiency standards, and instructed the EWG to continue cooperation with the private sector and other organizations to implement capacity building initiatives, harmonization of standards and other efforts to accelerate progress on their 2011 commitment to reduce APEC’s aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035. This project will also address the APEC Leaders’ priority of ensuring sustainable investment and development of new technology by promoting energy efficiency and lowering GHG emissions. 

The EWG Strategic Plan outlines objectives to build the capacity of APEC Member Economies aimed at 1) Strengthening regional and domestic energy security and resilience across the region; and 2) Lowering the carbon intensity of energy supply and use. The Plan also includes an objective to collaborate on product and system standards that enhance energy efficiency and information exchange on the impact of such standards to support achievement of the Leaders’ energy intensity reduction goal. This project will further objectives in these areas by: 1) Increasing energy security through greater energy efficiency resulting from increased deployment of efficient lighting; and 2) Facilitating exchange of best low carbon practices and tools among APEC Member Economies to promote sustainable growth and the free trade of high-efficiency and high-quality lighting products to support achievement of APEC’s goal to reduce energy intensity.

TILF/ASF Justification

The workshop will be an opportunity to build capacity in developing APEC economies and learn from the experience of existing central qualified product lists (QPL) implemented in some developed APEC economies (such as the DesignLights Consortium in the Unites States and Canada). In addition to learning about existing domestic and regional QPLs, government representatives from developing APEC economies will be play an important role in the discussions about developing a QPL for APEC. Representatives from developing APEC economies will be given particular attention to help clarify the importance of QPL in both informing policy design as well implementing new and updated policies. This is of particular importance in developing economies where a QPL can act as a relatively easy to use design and implantation tool.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:  

1) A comprehensive workshop designed to inform all participants of the design and implementation of current lighting QPLs, including the following program details:

a)  Technical specifications for efficiency and quality of listed products;

b) Inclusion of advanced lighting control systems in QPLs; and,

c) Membership and stakeholder participation in the QPL design.

2) At the conclusion of the workshop, an action plan for expanding existing QPL programs to interested additional APEC economies or for developing frameworks of domestic implementation if regional or APEC-wide implementation is not possible. 

Outcomes: 

The workshop will be the building block to ensure that all APEC economies’ representatives are aware of the latest developments in QPL programs internationally and are able to decide on the best path forward. The action plan following the workshop will provide specific steps that APEC economies can follow to implement QPL programs on an economy and regional level.

The workshop should provide enough information so that economies interested in developing lighting QPLs will be able to begin the process of either developing their own QPLs or begin to explore the process of building off existing product databases such as the Design Light Consortium QPL. 

The ultimate outcome of the workshop is to provide the APEC economies with enough information to decide first if a lighting QPL would be beneficial to their economy, and, if deemed beneficial, how to begin to implement a QPL program specific to their economy.

3.     Beneficiaries: Who are the direct project participants and users of the outputs? Describe their qualifications, level of expertise, roles/level of responsibility, gender, economies represented, government departments, APEC fora involvement etc.. Explain how they will use and benefit from the outputs. Who else will benefit from the project and how? [½ to ¾ page]

This project will bring together government representatives leading domestic energy efficiency efforts, international lighting experts, QPL program implementers, and other relevant stakeholders through the workshop and potentially through technical expert exchanges during workshop planning. These parties will discuss the design and implementation of existing and potentially new lighting QPLs.

APEC economy government participants are expected to be individuals that are leading energy efficiency efforts such as:

·         bulk government procurement of energy-efficient products;

·         financial incentive programs;

·         product labelling; and,

·         minimum energy performance standards (MEPS).

Female experts and participants will be targeted invitees. A special focus to include female experts will be made to exemplify the women in these highly-technical and high-profile positions. The lighting industry provides a unique opportunity to highlight female leaders since many women are in leadership positions – both in the government participant role and as experts.

Similarly, a special focus will be made to identify the appropriate participants from a number of developing economies. The PO will work through the SEAD Initiative to identify the appropriate participants from Mexico, Indonesia, Chile, and China in particular.

Dissemination

The results of the project will be made available widely with all APEC economies through the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) and Energy Working Group (EWG)/ Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEE&C). The results of the projects will be further disseminated during the regular EGEE&C meetings. 

The action plan will also be posted online at the SEAD initiative website (www.superefficient.org) and on the CEM’s Global Lighting Challenge (GLC) website (www.globallightingchallenge.org). The action plan can also be distributed through both the SEAD and GLC distribution lists which includes both APEC economy government and private sector participants.

Gender

There will be a concerted effort during the project to build capacity in men and women equally by encouraging APEC economies to include women government officials in their attendee list for the workshop. Having women government representatives attending the workshop will ensure that women as well as men will continue to be engaged with the project and build capacity in the implementation of QPL programs. A special focus on identifying female government participants will be made in developing APEC economies such as Indonesia, Thailand, Viet Nam, China, and Chinese Taipei. In addition to inviting female participants, a special focus will be made to invite female experts to lead the workshop.

Work Plan

Workshop organization will start in July 2016. As the workshop will occur on the margins of an Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation meeting the exact date of the workshop will be confirmed once the next EGEE&C meeting is confirmed. The below timeline is based on previous EGEE&C meetings having been organized in October.

1) June 2016 - September 2016

a) Identify and confirm attendance of QPL experts;

b) Draft and finalize workshop structure and agenda;

c) Coordinate date and location of the workshop with EGEE&C secretariat; and

d)  Send invitations to EGEE&C representative.

2) Workshop on the margins of EGEE&C meeting (October 2016)

3) November 2016: Draft action plan distributed to APEC participants for comments and considerations.

4) December 2016:

a) Action plan finalised for distribution; and

b) Action plan distributed via website and email distribution lists.

5) January 2017: Outreach to APEC economy workshop participants to see if the action plan will be implemented and if any support is needed to get started.

Risks

1) Attendance of experts and of APEC economies: This will be managed by engaging early on with relevant QPL experts and EGEE&C representatives. Remote participation will be explored as a potential option for those unable to attend in person.

2) Non-interest in topic by APEC economies: This has already been addressed by confirming the interest of APEC economies in the topic prior to submitting the concept note and this project proposal.

3) Date of workshop and timeline. The timeline will need to be adjusted based on the meeting dates confirmed by the EGEE&C secretariat. There will be close coordination with the EGEE&C secretariat in order to adjust project activities.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The progress towards meeting the objectives of this project will be measured through the following indicators: 1) number of workshop attendees; 2) number of economies and lighting experts that contribute to the workshop materials; and 3) if broad desire, number of economies interested in implementing lighting QPLs or joining an APEC-wide QPL program. Since the project will be funded from the APEC Support Fund account, particular attention will be made to engage representatives from developing APEC economies. The PO intends to facilitate the participation of either one or two participants from each of the 11 travel-eligible economies. Any additional participants beyond 2 for each economy would have to be funded from those economies, but would be welcome to attend the workshop.

Linkages

APEC’s funding is important because this project is focused on sharing knowledge and building member capacity to potentially establish new lighting QPLs in APEC economies. These QPL programs are important tools used for the implementation of domestic energy efficiency programs. The project builds on the success of a few other APEC projects which provided key stakeholders with the foundational knowledge necessary to establish regional and domestic efficient lighting design centers for both commercial and outdoor/street lighting applications. These APEC projects are: 1) EWG 06 2015A - Establishing Lighting Best Practices and Educational Programs to Achieve Deep Energy Saving, An APEC Regional Collaboration with University Lighting Centers and Research Institutions; 2) EWG 9 - Workshop to Support the Development of National Lighting Design Centers in the APEC Region; and 3) EWG 6 - SOLLIA - Street and Outdoor LED Lighting Initiative - Asia.

In addition, this APEC project will promote cross fora in close collaboration with CEM and IPEEC through their SEAD initiative and through the CEM’s Global Lighting Challenge.

Sustainability

The action plan prepared at the conclusion of the workshop will inform interested economies in the steps to follow to implement a QPL program. APEC economies that implement QPL programs with the information contained in the action plan can then share their experience with other economies. The number of APEC economies implementing QPLs following the workshop will be a good indicator of the impact of this project. 

Follow-up activities will include outreach to the APEC economy workshop participants to see if they are interested in developing their own QPL and how the action plan can help the interested economies get started on implementation. The workshop participants will be encouraged to return to their home economy and discuss internally the potential impact for a lighting QPL and to evaluate whether others in their home government would like to pursue implementation of a QPL. The PO will depend on the EWG members to help with the follow up activities to ensure we have feedback from all the workshop participants.

Project Overseers

Chad Gallinat, from the U.S. Department of Energy, acting on behalf of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative will manage this project. Chad has been working with the U.S. DOE’s International Climate and Clean Energy team for the past 3 years focusing on appliance efficiency in an international context. Chad manages the CEM’s Global Lighting Challenge and intends to ensure leverage the work being carried out under the GLC and SEAD into this project.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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