Project Title

APEC Workshop on Renewable Energy Potentials for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

SME 05 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

SME 05 2016A 

Project Title

APEC Workshop on Renewable Energy Potentials for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) 

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

134,145 

Co-funding Amount

23,950 

Total Project Value

158,095 

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; Malaysia; Peru; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Vu Lien Huong 

Job Title 1

Head, General Affairs Division 

Organization 1

Multilateral Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade 

Postal Address 1

54 Hai Ba Trung st, Ha Noi, Viet Nam 

Telephone 1

84-4 22205422 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

patbeo81@gmail.com 

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

Vu Lien Huong 

Project Summary

Given the increasing concerns of global warming, environmental pollution, energy security and international industrial competitiveness, it is essential to consider modern sources of energy, especially renewable energy, for SMEs. This project, therefore, seeks for finding opportunities as well as tackling challenges regarding renewable energy potentials for SMEs. Among others, the discussions may focus on renewable energy technologies and its attached policies and regulations that are applicable or have impacts on SMEs. 

Viet Nam proposes to hold a 2-day Workshop on APEC Workshop on Renewable Energy Potentials for SMEs in a city of Viet Nam in 2017.

Relevance

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of growth and innovation in the APEC region. SMEs account for over 97 percent of all enterprises and employ over half of the workforce across APEC economies. SMEs contribute significantly to economic growth, with SMEs' share of GDP ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent in the majority of APEC economies.

SMEs are also driving efforts to provide an alternative to state-owned utilities and other large energy providers in poor and developing economies. For example, SMEs allow entrepreneurs to provide alternative energy supply and renewable energy sources in remote and rural areas while also providing jobs, lowering energy costs, and reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Given the increasing concerns of global warming, environmental pollution, energy security and international industrial competitiveness, it is essential to consider modern sources of energy, especially renewable energy, for SMEs. This project, therefore, seeks for finding opportunities as well as tackling challenges regarding renewable energy potentials for SMEs. Among others, the discussions may focus on renewable energy technologies and its attached policies and regulations that are applicable for or have impacts on SMEs. 

Last but not least, this project seeks to contribute to meeting Goal 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which refers to ensure access to affordable, safe, sustainable and modern energy for all. 

Relevance – Rank: 

This project falls under Rank 1 (MSME modernization and insertion in GVCs, including industries that promote green growth and green jobs, and implementation of the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs and the Iloilo Initiative). 

In addition, this project also relates to Rank 2 as it supports the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth (Sustainable Growth: Energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency).

Objectives

- Present and discuss the situation, polices, strategies, programs, technologies etc. on renewable energy applicable for or have impacts on SMEs;

-  Highlight barriers to accelerate renewable energy markets for SMEs;

- Suggest recommendations to assist SMEs in reaping renewable energy potentials.

Alignment

In the Annex B of APEC Ministerial Meeting Statement in 2014, APEC Ministers highlighted that promoting “Renewable and Clean Energy (RCE) trade and investment is crucial for meeting our current and future energy needs” and “Greater use of RCE will diversify our energy supply and reduce environmental impact”. Therefore, APEC Ministers instructed “officials to develop knowledge sharing and capacity-building activities relevant to implementing these actions, including exchanging views, experiences, and best practices to promote RCE trade and investment.” 

Alignment – Forum:  

In the APEC SMEWG 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, it is clearly stated that the mission of the WG, among others, is “fostering the development of innovative and green SMEs and MEs”. Accordingly, one of the objectives of SMEWG would be empowering SMEs and MEs to recognize green issues and foster sustainable growth and energy efficiency. 

Thus, this strategic plan named several indicators such as strengthening understanding and capability of SMEs and MEs to foster sustainable and innovative growth, providing access to green related information and guidance, implementing programs to promote sustainable growth and energy efficiency etc.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project seeks APEC Support Fund (Energy Efficiency) Sub-fund.

Renewable energy is a new industry in most of APEC developing economies. Given their less developed infrastructure and the limited resources, APEC developing economies are relatively inexperienced in renewable energy activities.

This project aims to create a platform for regulators, policy-makers, representatives from the academic and private sectors, associations related to SME and energy to discuss the situation, polices, strategies, programs, technologies etc. on renewable energy applicable for or have impacts on SMEs. Since APEC will fund up to 2 participants from each travel eligible economy to attend the Workshop, it is expected that these participants will absorb and withdraw experiences from the Workshop to reap benefits from renewable energy potentials for SMEs in their home economies.

The Workshop’s agenda will include presentations from developed and developing economies (government officials, think-tanks, scholars, business representatives) as well as experienced speakers from international organizations. In this sense, APEC developing economies will be able to perceive various perspectives from a wide range of knowledgeable and experienced speakers.

All the findings and outcomes of this project will be shared with all the APEC economies, to enable them to learn both of the successful and unsuccessful experiences (advantages, disadvantages, obstacles). The capacity building that will result from the Workshop will enable developing APEC member economies to take full advantage and reap benefits from renewable energy potentials for SMEs in their own economies.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: One of the outputs will be a 2-day Workshop to be held in Ha Noi city, Viet Nam in 2017. The Organizing Committee will invite speakers from the public and private sectors to present the situation, polices, strategies, programs, technologies etc. on renewable energy applicable for or have impacts on SMEs. Workshop attendants will also have a chance to get information on barriers to accelerate renewable energy markets for SMEs. Furthermore, during the last session of the Workshop, lessons and recommendations suggested by Workshop attendants will be discussed.

Estimated indicators: Number of participants and diversification of participants.

A report will be produced after the Workshop as one of the project’s outputs. This report will be composed of the following, but not limited to, sections: introduction of the project; briefings of the presentations made at the Workshop, including good practices (if any); briefings on discussions at the Workshop; suggested recommendations made by Workshop attendants and the project consultant.

Estimated indicators: (i) Progress of draft and final reports; (ii) Dissemination of draft and final reports to Workshop participants and SMEWG.

The third output of this project is the collaboration among Workshop attendants. A network will be built during and after this Workshop among participants. In addition, since the final session of the Workshop will focus on lessons learnt and recommendation for future activities, such identification of next steps will be one of critical outputs of this project. 

Estimated indicators: Number of participants are interested in this project through practical activities

Outcomes: Workshop participants will gain an increased awareness and knowledge on the situation, polices, strategies, programs, technologies etc. on renewable energy applicable for or have impacts on SMEs, as well as barriers to accelerate renewable energy markets for SMEs. Workshop participants will be encouraged to propose recommendations on further work to SMEs to reap renewable energy potentials. They will have the opportunity to raise any useful policy suggestions in practice once returning to their home economies or organizations. 

Similar Workshops may be held in the future in individual APEC member economies.

Recommendations of this project may be submitted to APEC SMEMM in 2017 for considerations and instructions. APEC members, in accordance with their domestic circumstances, may pursue relevant policy actions to apply recommendations from this project to their home economies with view to assist SMEs in reaping renewable energy potentials. 

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries of the Workshop will be regulators, policy-makers, representatives from the academic and private sectors, associations related to SME and energy. Representatives from international organizations such as OECD, IEA etc will be also considered to attend the Workshop as speakers/ moderators. Organizers will circulate information through SMEWG, CTI, ABAC, EWG and EGNRET to call for Workshop participants (SMEWG will be the focal point in this process). Organizers hope that mid-level officials/ experts will attend this Workshop. Organizers particularly expect that following groups of beneficiaries to reap benefits from the Workshop.

+ SMEs and SMEs Associations: representatives from these groups are expected to raise impacts of polices, strategies, programs, technologies etc. on renewable energy on SMEs and suggest recommendations thereafter;

+ Policy-makers in the public renewable energy-related sector, representatives from international organizations such as OECD, IEA and from renewable energy firms are expected to introduce polices, strategies, programs, technologies etc. on renewable energy applicable for or have impacts on SMEs as well as barriers that prevent the development of renewable energy markets for SMEs.

Dissemination

Electronic publication will 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, SME Development Agency, Viet Nam's Chamber of Commerce and Industry) could also be used to disseminate the information with hyperlink to APEC website.  Other means of dissemination such as press release and social media will also be used.

The project targets SMEs, SMEs associations, SME policy-makers, interested academic representatives, SMEs and energy local/regional/international organisations, etc.

Gender

Gender issues are addressed by the project proponent. Women are involved in the development of this proposal, and one of the Project Overseers is a woman. 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. PO expected that at least 40% of Workshop participants will be female.

On the substance of the Workshop, as women are well-represented in SMEs and energy burdens can be disproportionately felt by women, it would be interesting to include a discussion at the workshop about women’s representation in the renewable energy sector. PO will consider seeking gender input internally from PPWE and EWG or externally (i.e. the World Bank) and hopefully there will be engagement and presentation from this sub-fora (organization) in the Workshop.

To encourage women’s participation in the Workshop, in the General Information note of the event, PO will call for SMEWG focal points to select and nominate female participants to attend the Workshop. 

The Project’s outputs and all the Workshop materials will be uploaded to the APEC website, thanks to which women might access to the website for information and knowledge.

Work Plan

Timeline

Actions

August – December 2016

Draft the Workshop agenda and circulate it to economies for comment. Economies are strongly encouraged to provide comments on the draft agenda to the Workshop Organizers.

Incorporate the comments and finalize the agenda to reflect all interests by stakeholders.

Invite and secure speakers for the Workshop, from international organizations, research institutes and APEC economies.

Promotion and dissemination of information on the Workshop.

June – August 2017

Invite participants from relevant APEC Ministries/ agencies - academia and research institutes in APEC member economies.

Confirmation of the event details (a General Information document is circulated to SMEWG representatives for nominating Workshop participants).

Preparation work by the Organizing Committee (logistic and documentation)

October - November 2017

Implementation of the 2-day Workshop

December 2017

Upon conclusion of the Workshop, event organizers will work with co-sponsors, speakers and other participants to draft a report for the APEC SMEWG.

Report of this project will be circulated to SMEWG and other APEC for a (such as ABAC, CTI, EWG, EGNRET) for information. Viet Nam will work with economies to provide suitable language on this Workshop in the SMEMM Statement; however, this will depend on consensus among APEC member economies.

Risks

The risks which may involve in implementing this project are as follows:

Risk

Description

Mitigation

Speakers

Selection of suitable and  prominent candidates with vast experience

Early consultations with international organizations, agencies, and APEC economies in identifying prominent speakers

Cancellation of speakers

Secure back-up speakers for the Workshop and send immediate invitations when there is a cancellation of speaker(s)

Participants

To get quality and quantity from APEC economies

- Consult with co-sponsoring economies to set general criteria for participants and highlight it in the General Information document sent to SMEWG representatives for nominating Workshop participants.

There could be risks that the SMEs may not have the resources or capacity to engage in the renewable energy sectors, or risks that innovation in this area are difficult to initiate.

- Organizers will work closely with SMEWG to assure sufficient participation in this Workshop. In addition to circulation information to SMEWG, organizers will also circulate GI to sub-fora such as Energy Working Group and the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies to overcome this risk.

-       Organizers will invite speakers from the public sector and prestige renewable energy firms to discuss and seek feasible solutions for risks that SMEs may not have the resources or capacity to engage in the renewable energy sectors.

Awareness

Dissemination and marketing of the event

To actively market and promote the event through SMEWG representatives

Logistics and facilities

Restricted selection based on capacity and budget

Early reservation and planning

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Workshop’s Organizers will work closely and regularly with co-sponsor economies in determining the content of the agenda, selection of speakers, moderators, experts and participants for the Workshop. The project will adhere strictly to APEC project implementation procedures, including the timeline of actions.

An evaluation form will be prepared and distributed to all participants as well as the speakers, moderators and experts to assess the effectiveness of the Workshop with respect to the relevance on the topics, presentations by speakers, ideas generated, overall impact and suggestions for further improvement for future projects. The organizing committee will compile all comments to be  reflected them in the final report, which will be submitted to SMEWG for consideration.

The report and Workshop documents will be made available to Workshop participants and the APEC Secretariat, as well as uploaded to the APEC Publication Database. The draft report on the outcome of the Workshop will be sent to the APEC Secretariat for review before finalization.

In order to measure progress, project outcomes and impacts/ successes, various indicators may be used in the forms of pre-event survey, after-event evaluation form, project summary report etc.

- 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 been participated by right participants and whether there has been a balance among public and private representatives. PO hopes that this Workshop will attract at least 80 participants from 14 APEC economies (including 10 developing members).

- 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/experience at the Workshop and how many female speakers can come and share their expertise and experiences.

-  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.

Linkages

Engagement: Beside the SMEWG, the Organizers will consult with CTI, ABAC, EWG, EGNRET to develop an in-depth agenda. The Organizer will also seek support from APEC and other international organizations such as the OECD, IEA etc., for initial researches, 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.

Previous work: None: This is the first APEC project focusing on renewable energy potentials for SMEs.

However, the organizers note that UNIDO has also been implementing some activities to promote the utilization of renewable energy sources in SMEs (greening the industrial agenda). Acknowledging the UNIDO work on assessing energy requirements of manufacturing SMEs, designing an appropriate renewable technology package linking with local resources etc. the organizers will work closely with UNIDO to avoid duplication and add value to recent UNIDO work on SME vs renewable energy.

APEC’s comparative advantage: APEC is the best source of funding for this project because APEC has been working hard both SME and renewable energy development.

Sustainability

After the Workshop takes place, the Project Organizers will work with consultant, speakers and participants to develop recommendations for concrete, future steps that are selected based on the input provided by the Workshop. These recommendations will be sent to SMEWG by a representative from Viet Nam. SMEWG will consider and if possible, endorse the recommendations as well as the follow-up activities developed from the Workshop.

The Workshop materials will be available for use by participants, economies, stakeholders and beneficiaries long after the project has been completed, through its availability as a handout document and online at no cost on the AIMP. In the short term, future actions on this area may lead to a study on renewable energy potentials for SMEs in APEC member economies. References, presentations, and recommendations from this Workshop may form a good baseline for such good practices. Workshop speakers and participants are also valuable resources to get inputs or experts for future survey, questionnaires, field trips or other activities.

The outcomes and recommendations of this Workshop may be used as the input for future projects/ studies in SMEWG.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer will be:

Ms. Vu Lien Huong, Director, General Affairs Division, Multilateral Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam

Tel: 84-4-22205422; Fax: 84-4-22202525; email: patbeo81@gmail.com

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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