Project Title

Supporting the Development and Implementation of Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) in Transport Sector  

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

EWG 13 2016A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 13 2016A 

Project Title

Supporting the Development and Implementation of Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) in Transport Sector  

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

98,288 

Co-funding Amount

102,000 

Total Project Value

200,288 

Sponsoring Forum

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Topics

Energy 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Philippines; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/11/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Sanjini Nanayakkara (new PO wef 26 June 2017) 

Job Title 1

Project Lead 

Organization 1

National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Postal Address 1

15013 Denver West Parkway Golden, CO 80401, USA 

Telephone 1

1-720 3556196 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Sanjini.Nanayakkara@nrel.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

Sanjini Nanayakkara 

Project Summary

Under APEC’s Energy Smart Communities’ Initiative (ESCI), this project will facilitate dialogue between domestic and regional authorities and provide technical assistance and capacity-building support to governments to integrate transport into their high level (e.g. domestic planning strategies (i.e. LEDS and NDCs) to promote energy efficient, low carbon transport actions through the approach of conducting peer-to-peer workshops and knowledge sharing. Economies in the APEC region facing similar issues will share experiences and learn from technical experts. Starting with “early movers,” those activities will be tailored to ensure that learnings are transferred to other economies, moving from problem commonality to solution commonality.

Relevance

Globally, the transport sector is responsible today for approximately 23% of total energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions[i]. In 2013, urban transport activities accounted for about 40% of energy use[ii]. The transport sector offers considerable potential for climate change mitigation and low carbon, energy efficiency gains through the implementation of comprehensive policies, behavorial change and adoption of energy efficient technologies. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that a 15-40% reduction of CO2e from the global transport sector is plausible by 2050 compared to baseline growth[iii]. Post-Paris, planning for how to implement climate action in the transport sector to meet domestically determined contributions (NDCs) is a common key issue in APEC economies (and beyond). Successfully addressing the reduction of emissions in the transport sector not only at the domestic level but also at the regional level is important because CO2 emissions from fuel combustion in the APEC region are expected to rise by about 32% from 2010 to 2035[iv]. Economies will need support for the development and implementation of their NDCs to i) transition to a low-carbon economy and ii) increase ambition toward NDC goals. Activities for this project will be tailored to ensure that learnings are transferred to other APEC economies and beyond, moving from problems commonality to sustainable solutions commonality. 

Under Rank 1 of this year’s APEC Funding Criteria, this project meets two criteria: (1) Human capital development..., education and capacity building as cross-border education cooperation; and (2) Building sustainable and resilient communities. Improved human capacity for planning sustainable, energy efficient and low carbon transport systems will help APEC economies in the region attract investments, climate finance and other financing of mitigation actions. The proposed project activities will open dialogue between APEC economies and promote regional economic integration. The project’s regional approach for disseminating ideas and solutions will build cooperation among APEC economies to increase energy efficiency and mitigate emissions from the transport sector. 

The project also directly supports the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy (Rank 2) through promotion of (1) balanced growth by ensuring that all economies within the APEC region have access to the capacity building efforts (e.g. webinars, peer-to-peer workshops) that will promote macro-economic policy coordination and information sharing; (2) sustainable growth by supporting APEC economies planning and facilitating vertical dialogue about urbanization to growth, including smart city and live-friendly cooperation; and (3) innovative growth by promoting innovation policy and research.


Objectives

1) To strengthen the capacity in at least three APEC developing economies  – identified as “early movers[i]” – and facilitate dialogue between local and high level authorities in order to align efforts to foster increased ambition to develop a robust and comprehensive approach to mitigate emissions from the urban transport sector (e.g. public transport, non-motorized transport, fuel economy standards).

2) To build up knowledge that will lead to the implementable package of solutions through technical assistance and capacity building for “early win” policies or projects in at least three  APEC developing economies that are identified as “early movers” – economies that have expressed interest for technical assistance and have favorable political and economic conditions to influence change. “Early wins” are measures for immediate action that aim to meet NDC commitments.

3) To develop a customized training series package, which will be designed around the experiences of the “early movers,” to share results with others in the APEC region – and globally – to promote replication of best practices through structured LEDS GP regional communities of practice and other LEDS GP workshops and events.



[i] “Early movers” are economies/economies that have already taken initiative to implement climate mitigation actions. The LEDS GP Transport Working Group has identified potential “early mover” economies – Chile, Peru, the Philippines, Malaysia, Viet Nam and Thailand.

Alignment

The transport sector is the second-faster growing emitter in the region[i]. Since it is one of APEC’s commitments to mitigate emissions that contribute to climate change and support the development of “safe, secure, resilient, efficient, and sustainable transportation systems, and to promote innovations in the transportation sector,” it is important to elevate the prominence of climate change mitigation opportunities in the transport sector to achieve inclusive mobility and global supply chain resilience[ii]

This project aligns with the Energy Working Group’s (EWG) promoting Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Communities pillar through the facilitation of exchange and dissemination of knowledge of sustainable low carbon transport policies, practices and tools within APEC Member Economies that will promote long-term economic innovation, growth and resiliency in sustainable communities and achieve progress towards the Leaders’ goal of reducing APEC’s aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2035. It also supports the broad environmental objectives of APEC’s Transport Working Group (TPTWG). In crossing both the EWG and TPTWG, the project links these Working Groups together and will be coordinated with both groups.


[i] APERC (2016) APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook 6th Edition. Tokyo: Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre

[ii] APEC (2015) 2015 Leaders’ Declaration. Manila: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

TILF/ASF Justification

This project will provide technical assistance – upon request – to APEC developing economies that have identified transport measures for immediate actions (“early wins”) to meet the low carbon commitments set in their LEDS. The LEDS GP Transport Working Group has identified potential “early mover” economies – Chile, Peru, the Philippines, Malaysia, Viet Nam and Thailand. The LEDS GP Transport Working Group will work with three economies to design a concept note for potential technical assistance to implement “early win” transport actions. Once terms have been agreed upon, we will request for the economy to submit a formal letter for request for services to the LEDS GP. The project will support specific strategic tasks and outputs that are part of a broader capacity building support project across the region, specifically: (1) in-person workshops with peer-experts; (2) participant and expert travels from APEC economies to share their experiences at the planned workshops and learn from their peers; and (3) training packages of customized knowledge that will be systematized and the materials used for the trainings that will be accessible to APEC Member Economies. Experts from the LEDS GP Transport Working Group will also work with these developing economies’ regional governments to ensure efforts are aligned.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: This project aims to produce the following outputs:

1) Roadmap to design instruments for implementation: A roadmap for technical staff on how to integrate energy efficient transport actions, implement these actions and increase of ambition of their LEDS and/or NDCs will be developed. This strategic plan will provide the steps the economy can take to identify the main challenges and problems for the economies to achieve their LEDS and/or NDCs through transport actions. The project partners will support the economies with establishing a diagnosis and a vision roadmap that will include specific steps to be taken by stakeholders in order to successfully integrate, implement and increase ambition of LEDS and/or NDCs.

2) In-person workshops with “early mover” peer advisors and experts: These workshops will focus on a specific economies’ situation, support a specific, customized policy-making process resulting in better integration of the transport sector in the elaboration and implementation of an ambitious LEDS and/or NDC. As such, these workshops will be designed in close coordination with the high level, regional and local governments. The workshops will convene local stakeholders and decision-makers, peer-experts from the region and international experts from within the APEC Economies and beyond. These workshops aim to build capacity and facilitate the dialogue between key stakeholders – including notable domestic and local authorities, key technical institutes, academe, public and private partners, policy-makers and capital providers – through peer-to-peer sharing and learning, and practical technical training (e.g. methodologies, tools, roadmaps). The objective is to increase the confidence and capacity to implement ambitious integration of the transport sector in the elaboration, revision and implementation of the LEDS and/or NDCs.

3) Training package: The training series packages will be designed to provide digestible information for policymakers about planning and implementing energy efficient, low carbon transport policies. The packages have three main objectives: i) To share with other economies in the region (and beyond) to promote replication; ii) To provide materials for policymakers on a specific low emission transport topic that is globally accessible; and iii) To offer a complete suite of information in different formats – from high-level overviews to detailed information – to answer why, what and how. The complete package will include bundles relevant to each sub-topic of the training series. Each bundle will include:

•  PowerPoint presentations with detailed notes;

•  A supporting document with references to videos, technical documents, links to relevant websites;

• Videos of the webinars accessible on YouTube;

•  A policy brief on the sub-topic, and

•   Reference to tools and methodologies.

Outcomes: Ultimately, this project aims to have at least three (3) APEC economies recognized as champions of successfully developing and implementing energy, efficient low-carbon transport actions and leverage this opportunity to disseminate knowledge and assist their peers with implementing energy efficient, innovative & high impact low carbon transport solutions to achieve their NDCs and achieve progress towards the Leaders’ goal of reducing APEC’s aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2035. The table below summarizes the anticipated impacts of the project’s outputs.

Outputs

Impact

At least (1) roadmap design instruments for implementation

Stakeholders from around the region (APEC and non-APEC) will successfully integrate, implement and increase ambition energy efficient, low carbon transport actions in LEDS and/or NDCs as per the developed roadmap.

At least three (3) in-person workshops with “early mover” peer advisors and experts

Participants will share and learn lessons about designing and implementing transport mitigation actions. Confidence in emboldened climate actions will be reinforced.

At least one (1) training package

Participants from APEC and non-APEC are trained to design and implement LEDS to meet NDCs, which will lead to knowledge diffused in APEC and non-APEC economies.

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Beneficiaries:
This project aims to provide capacity building support for the following beneficiaries:

1) “Early movers” – APEC Member Economies that have expressed interest and have favorable political and economic conditions that can influence change – will receive technical assistance to implement innovative and sustainable low carbon transport solutions and serve as role models to other economies globally.

Workshop participants (to be identified through the Low Carbon Model Towns Initiative:

i) Public sector participants (e.g. officials from government ministries: environment, transport, urban development, finance and energy);

ii) Mayors and planning officials in rapidly developing urban areas of APEC economies;

iii) Researchers (e.g. academe, technical institutions); and

iv) Private sector (e.g. stakeholders with interests to increase the flow of transport-related environmental goods and services) – will receive peer advisory support through workshops, the training package and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.

Dissemination

The plan for development and dissemination products produced from this project are summarized in the table below. All outputs from this project will be free and globally accessible online on the LEDS GP Transportation Toolkit website[i].

Outputs

Dissemination

At least (1) roadmap design instruments for implementation

The roadmap will be posted online in a form that is globally accessible (i.e. PDF) on the LEDS GP website, LEDS Transportation Toolkit and other partners websites.

Results of in-person workshops with “early mover” peer advisors and experts

Dissemination of the results of the in-person workshop will be summarized in online posts (e.g. blog post, news article) to be posted on the LEDS GP and partners websites

At least one (1) training packages

The training package will be entirely online and hosted on the LEDS GP website and LEDS Transportation Toolkit. 













Additionally, project partners will identify opportunities to promote the outputs and the champions (early movers) of this initiatives at relevant events. This will help to increase numbers of participation as well as sharing of outputs of the project implementation among the wider members and with external stakeholders. Examples include:

a) APEC Events

i) APEC Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEE&C)

ii)
APEC Transportation Working Group Meeting

b) Thematic Workshops

i) Transforming Transportation (WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities)

c) Regional Events

i) Better Air Quality Conference (BAQ) (Clean Air Asia)

ii) LEDS LAC Forum (LEDS LAC Regional Platform)

iii) LEDS Asia Regional Event (Asia LEDS Platform)

d) International Conferences

i)
Conference of Parties (COP) (UNFCCC)



[i] LEDS GP Transportation Toolkit: ledsgp.org/transport

Gender

Female participants bring gender awareness to transport mitigation policies and actions discussed. We will encourage participation from women stakeholders to be identified during the scoping phase (e.g. senior level officials, technical experts, advocacy groups) and collect data on participants (e.g. sex, organization). The project will ensure that there is at least one training session on mainstreaming gender concerns in transport measures with the objective of building capacity and awareness of why and how to address gender in transport and improve safety for women and all users of the transport system. Lessons learned from relevant research would be shared, for example:

·  Women's Safety in Public Transport - A Pilot Initiative in Bhopal

·  Review of gender issues in transport

·  Gender Tool Kit: Transport Maximizing the Benefits of Improved Mobility for All

Gender analysis will be included in transport mitigation policies and actions designed for this project, including gender indicators for monitoring the impact of the project. 

To ensure that this project is gender inclusive, we work closely with a gender expert from IUCN to provide guidance and insights.

Work Plan

This project will provide technical assistance – upon request – to economies that have identified transport measures for immediate actions (“early wins”) to meet the low carbon commitments set in their LEDS. The funds from APEC will support specific strategic tasks and outputs (outlined in table below) that are part of a broader capacity building support project across the region, to which the LEDS Global Partnership’s Transport Working Group has dedicated seed-funding. Specifically, APEC funds would be used for: (1) in-person workshops with peer-experts; (2) participant and expert travels from APEC economies to share their experiences at the planned workshops and learn from their peers; and (3) training packages of customized knowledge that will be systematized and the materials used for the trainings that will be accessible to APEC Member economies. 

Summarized Objectives

Activities

Outputs

Timeframe: Preparation phase up to October 2016; October 2016 to December 2017 (Elaboration)

To increase ambition and strengthen the capacity of at least three (3) APEC developing economies

·  Scoping to identify “early movers”

·  Remote technical assistance (e.g. phone calls, review of documents)

· Policy brief on customized implementable solutions for “early win” transport actions for the “early movers”.

Timeframe: October 2016 to December 2017

To build up knowledge of implementable solutions in at least three (3) APEC developing economies

·  In-person workshops with “early mover” peer advisors and experts

·  Match-making efforts with financing partners

· Roadmap of design instruments for implementation

· Summary of results of workshops

Timeframe: April 2017 to December 2017

To promote replication of best practices

·  Dissemination of knowledge by “early movers” about experiences to other APEC Member Economies (and beyond) through webinars, workshops, presentations at relevant events, etc.

· Training package (e.g. PowerPoint presentations with detailed notes; Policy brief on sub-topics, etc.)

· Summary of results of workshops

Risks

This project focuses on cross-scale government innovators and early adopters of LEDS, with favorable political and economic conditions to influence change, and expressed interest in technical assistance and peer-to-peer / multi-level exchange across levels of government. The success of this project depends upon dedicated positions, engagement with local and domestic stakeholders and access to data.

In order to mitigate the risk of unsuccessfully implementing energy efficient, low carbon transport actions, the LEDS GP Transport Working Group will aim to work in economies that do not see any major administrative changes within the timeline of the project. This project is a collaborative effort between the LEDS Transport Working Group and the selected developing economies; therefore, we will work to ensure all appropriate stakeholders are involved in the process and co-design solutions to address any potential critical sustainability challenges. 

It is also critical to have a consortium of experts with the understanding of how to implementing low carbon urban transport policies and clean technologies in the region; experience with conducting capacity building and knowledge sharing efforts; and who have the capacity to implement the project’s activities. The LEDS GP has the ability to harnesses the collective knowledge and resources of its global membership – drawn from 79 economies plus international donor and technical organizations, and involving over 300 institutions. We do not see a risk of being unable to identify technical experts that can share regional/local knowledge and build capacity on the identified transport actions related to this project.

Monitoring and Evaluation

This project will collect information from stakeholders at the workshops through participant sign-in sheets and participant surveys. Gender impacts of the project will be measured by the number of women that are trained to ensure that gender analysis is included in transport mitigation policies and actions designed for this project. The table below summarizes how we plan to monitor and evaluate the indicators of the project. 

Indicator

Monitoring

Evaluation

At least three (3) APEC developing economies have increased ambition and strengthened capacity

·  Workshop builds capacity for the development and implementation of transport LEDS

Knowledge is applied to design and implement transport mitigation actions in APEC and non-APEC economies.

Minimum of 20 trainers trained per workshop

·  Participant sign-in sheets at workshops

Knowledge is diffused in APEC and non-APEC economies.

Minimum of 10 women trained per workshop

·  Participant sign-in sheets at workshops

·  Sign-up information for webinars will request for gender information

Gender analysis is included in transport mitigation policies and actions designed for this project.

Linkages

Cross-fertilization and coordination with other projects is central in the work. The LEDS GP’s Latin America and Caribbean and Asia Regional Platforms have knowledge about members’ domestic and regional priorities. These Regional Platforms will co-lead the peer-learning activities and support the delivery of technical assistance as they can provide a regional perspective on the key issues. Additionally, this project aims to complement work done by APEC, Ministries, municipalities and other partners (e.g. Clean Air Asia, IADB, UNEP, USAID) that were identified in the scoping phase of the project. Throughout the project, the LEDS GP Transport Working Group will ensure that these stakeholders are informed about the project’s activities and will make an effort to have them engaged in the project (e.g. aligning activities to reduce duplication of effort, invitation to participate in events, request to review documents prepared for this project, etc.).

This project is a cross-regional effort and we have identified APEC economies as ideal beneficiaries for the LEDS GP’s efforts to promote energy efficient, low carbon transport. Connecting APEC economies in the region more closely with low-carbon activities will strengthen information exchange and facilitate matchmaking on financing of low emission development programs and projects in these economies to attract investment and promote green growth.

Sustainability

Capacity-building and technical assistance will be implemented in specific developing economies; however, this customized knowledge will be packaged and the materials (i.e. roadmap; training package) will be accessible to a global audience. The objective of the training package is to share results and promote replication. Additionally, we plan to remotely support the economies with monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of resulting emission reductions and development benefits to document the impact and build strong stakeholder support. This value-added, remote assistance will include up to 40 hours of a LEDS GP expert’s time and will support the economy with guidance on identifying what types of data needs to be collected and how to analyze the data in order to produce the MRV report. The LEDS GP experts can also act as a reviewer of the report(s). 

Improved human capacity for planning sustainable, low carbon transport systems will help governments attract private investments, climate finance and other financing of mitigation actions. The proposed project activities will open dialogue and improve coordination and integration between governments –domestic and regional - and can strengthen information exchange, facilitate matchmaking on financing of low emission development solutions to attract investment and promote green growth.

Project Overseers

Caroline Uriarte, Project Lead at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)[i] will manage the project and will be the main point of contact responsible for this project. Caroline focuses on the design and implementation of low emission development strategies in developing economies. She is the Technical Monitor of the LEDS GP Transport Working Group.


[i] NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC: http://www.nrel.gov/

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Funding for Direct Labour will fund 235 hours of contractor’s labour to provide technical support (i.e. design and development of outputs) and operational support. The World Resources Institute will provide these services.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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