Project Title

APEC Workshop on Promoting Resilience in the Energy Sector 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

EWG 09 2017A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 09 2017A 

Project Title

APEC Workshop on Promoting Resilience in the Energy Sector 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

120,216 

Co-funding Amount

20,982 

Total Project Value

141,198 

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

Australia; Japan; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/10/2017 

Expected Completion Date

01/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Cary Bloyd 

Job Title 1

Senior Staff Scientist 

Organization 1

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

Postal Address 1

14905 Notley Rd, Silver Spring, MD, 20905, USA 

Telephone 1

1-301 6518899 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

cary.bloyd@pnnl.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

Cary Bloyd 

Project Summary

There is an urgent need in the APEC region to enhance the resilience of energy infrastructure to reduce the impact from natural and man-made disasters, and climate change.  APEC economies face 70 percent of all global natural disasters. Energy systems are further stressed by exploding growth and urbanization across the APEC region.  This project supports a three day workshop focusing on capacity-building training on the methodology for evaluating climate change risks to energy infrastructure, with guidelines on policymaking, for all relevant stakeholders.  Specific focus areas will include integrated resource and resilience planning (IRRP) and a recently developed climate risk assessment framework for hydropower projects to support climate-resilient energy decision-making.  A major goal of the project will be to incorporate ideas and lessons learned from past experience into national disaster resource plans and government procurement systems.

Relevance

There is an urgent need in the APEC region to enhance the resilience of energy infrastructure to reduce the impact from natural and man-made disasters, and climate change.  APEC economies face 70 percent of all global natural disasters. Energy systems are further stressed by exploding growth and urbanization across the APEC region.  The lessons shared in this workshop will help all economies to better respond to future climate related disasters which will inevitably occur.

The project is relevant, and generates benefits for all APEC economies, particularly developing economies which can find it difficult to respond to climate related disasters. The project aims to bring together representatives and practitioners from all economies to exchange experience and disseminate this knowledge. The potential creation of an evaluation community aims to expand the benefits of the initial workshop and sustain it over time.

This project fall under Rank 1: Projects that demonstrate a direct link to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment. It specifically addresses emergency preparedness and disaster management, including activities relating to the efficient movement of capital, goods, services and people.

It also is directly linked to Rank 2: Projects that directly support the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth—Secure Growth—Strengthening growth security through disaster risk reduction to enhance resilience against natural calamities.

In the press release Issued by the APEC Finance Ministers’ Process: https://www.apec.org/Press/News-Releases/2016/0218_disaster the importance of planning for natural disaster is highlighted in the quote: 

“APEC economies collectively account for about 3 billion people, half of global trade, 60 per cent of total GDP and much of the world’s growth. They also experience more than 70 per cent of all natural disasters such as earthquakes as well as typhoons, floods, mudslides and droughts that are increasing in frequency and intensity as a result of climate change. Significantly, APEC economies incurred over USD 100 billion annually in related losses over the last decade”.

Objectives

1) To build capacity on the methodology for evaluation climate change risks to energy infrastructure; 

2) To build capacity on integrated resource and resilience planning; and

3) Work with workshop participants to develop and disseminate a framework for climate-resilient energy decision-making that leads to secure growth through disaster risk reduction to enhance resilience against natural calamities.

Alignment

This project directly supports the Energy Ministers’ instructions to promote energy resiliency in the APEC region anchored on the four strategic priority sub-themes identified in the Cebu Declaration, the outcome document of the EMM 12, which were to: 1) Climate-proofing energy infrastructures; 2) Providing an avenue for cutting-edge energy efficient technologies; 3) Advocating community-based clean energy use in energy poverty- stricken areas; and, 4) Improving energy-related trade and investment in APEC.

TILF/ASF Justification

Although all APEC member economies will benefit from the proposed Workshop on Promoting Climate Resilience in the Energy Sector, developing member economies will especially benefit as the costs, methodologies and infrastructure for responding to climate related events can be particularly difficult for them.  To make sure that developing member economies will receive the maximum benefit, the PO will support the participation of two representatives from all developing member economies as workshop participants.  The workshop agenda will also be structured to exchange experiences, challenges and lessons learned from both developed and developing member economies in incorporating climate resiliency in their energy sector.  The workshop will highlight best practices, particularly from developed economies, including policies and approaches for designing and implementing climate resiliency planning.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: This project will include a workshop that will produce a framework for climate-resilient decision making that will be applicable to all APEC member economies, taking into account best practices shared from across the region and globally. In addition, all workshop presentation and a summary of the workshop discussion will be compiled into a report by the PO. The summary will also include best practices, including policies and approaches,that have been presented at the workshop as well as summary recommendations that are applicable to all APEC economies. These outputs should facilitate decision makers across the region strengthen their resiliency planning.

Outcomes: Energy supply resiliency: The resulting energy resiliency framework is expected to improve energy resiliency in all APEC Member Economies.

Enhanced cooperation: The project is expected to enhance international energy resiliency cooperation, exchange lessons learned and best practices and support the development of energy resiliency-related R&D and capacity building among APEC member economies.

Empire communities: The workshop will provide a useful framework as basis for the member economies to modify their respective policies and programs on climate change adaptation and mitigation that empower communities on disaster risk reduction and management.

Climate proof energy infrastructure: A desired outcome of the project in the medium-term is the overall improvement in the disaster response mechanisms through feasible energy technology installations and climate proofed energy infrastructure. 

Beneficiaries: The key beneficiaries for this project are energy infrastructure and disaster response policy makers across APEC, especially in developing economies. The targeted decision makers are government officials who in charge of disaster response planning associated with damage to the energy infrastructure. Other beneficiaries include program managers, evaluators, service providers, non-government organisations, academics, students, and associated stakeholders involved in local, regional and national disaster response activities. Examples of non-governmental organizations that may benefit from the workshop are those associated with both first response to natural disasters where the availability of energy is critical to their first response activities.  Academic departments and their associated students who could benefit from the workshop come from colleges which have specific programs in Emergency and Disaster Management.

The beneficiaries will be engaged through existing APEC EWG and ERTF communication networks, the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) as well as existing economy lead disaster response officials. An example of this outreach will be that the project PO will invite representatives of the EPWG to comment on the initial workshop agenda and participate directly in the workshop. 

During the workshop, participants will listen to presentations from disaster response experts and will participate in discussion groups to identify specific topics and strategies that are of interest to their economies.

Dissemination

Copies of presentations and a summary of workshop outcomes will be compiled in proceedings, which will be published and disseminated through the APEC web site.  The report will be a useful resource for the engineers and policy makers in all APEC economies.  There is no intention to sell any product developed from the project. In addition, we will consider other outlets especially in developing economies where the report may be readily available for the primary target audience as well as outside stakeholders of APEC. We will seek suggestions from EWG and EPWG members as well.

The workshop proceedings will comply with APEC Publications Guidelines, Intellectual Property Policy and Logo Guidelines.

Gender

Women participate in Energy Resiliency Task Force and the Energy Working Group, the two groups that that will guide in implementing the project.   While selecting speakers and funded participants for the workshop, we will pay special attention to maintaining gender equality to have a diverse panel of speakers and group of participants. In addition, we will seek to highlight the impact on women in either a specific session or as a specific topic in multiple sessions.

Work Plan

The project timeline/tasks/ and deliverables are given below: 

Timeline

Tasks

Deliverables

March – October 2017

Submit the concept note (then a full project proposal) to APEC for consideration and approval.  Financial support will be sought from the APEC Support Fund

Concept Note followed by full Project Proposal

December 2017

The USA and co-sponsoring economies will draft the workshop agenda and circulate it to other member economies for comment.  The USA will incorporate the comments and finalize the agenda to reflect all interests by stakeholders

Workshop Agenda.

January – May 2018

The USA and co-sponsoring economies will work with the Secretariat to invite speakers and participants from relevant APEC agencies and interested stakeholders

Invite Speakers and Participants

June or July 2018

Implementation of the 3-day Workshop

Implement Workshop

September 2018

Upon conclusion of the Workshop, the USA will work with co-sponsors, speakers and other participants to draft a report to the EWG, and ERTF, and identify other appropriate outlets for further dissemination.

Develop and distribute final report

Risks

A relatively low level of risk is associated with this project implementation. Both the Energy Resiliency Task Force and the Energy Working Group have shown significant interest in promoting energy resiliency and this project builds upon their enthusiasm and collegiality.  It is our objective to capitalize on this high level of collegiality and agreement and move forward rapidly on the utilization of the project framework for climate-resilient energy decision making. The risk of not attracting participation from the EPWG and EWG will be mitigated by providing extra time to identify project participants and speakers.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The attendees at the workshop will be asked to fill-in a survey to obtain feedback about their satisfaction with and knowledge gained from the workshop.  The attendees will also be asked to identify gaps in implementation and future needs to reach their energy resiliency goals.  Analysis of these results would be used to design follow-on workshops to address these needs. The list of attendees including the gender information will provide data on gender equality. Indicators of success will also be measured in terms of number of economies and participants participating as well as the number of best practices that are shared.

Linkages

This project will incorporate lesions learned past ERTF projects such as the EWG 09 2015A, Workshop on Improving Energy Resiliency in Off-grid Areas in APEC Member Economies led by the Philippines and the Energy Workforce Resilience Workshop led by Singapore, the APEC/Clean Energy Solutions Center Energy Sector Resilience webinar led by the USA and the APEC Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and Action Plan developed by the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG). The project will be coordinated with the EPWG and international organizations engaged on resilience planning. This workshop is focusing on building capacity in integrated resource and resilience planning (IRRP) which was has not been addressed in previous workshops, but the information from previous workshops including EWG 09 2015A will be utilized in designing the IRRP curriculum.

Sustainability

This project is expected to have significant and long-term impact on related APEC fora and APEC as a whole, even after project completion. Substantial contribution can be had through the project in strengthening climate change resiliency and promoting green environment, which are key sources in achieving goals of the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy, priorities and important tasks of APEC fora. The project builds on and strengthens existing APEC work. For instance, the Energy Working Group (EWG) may continuously carry out energy resiliency initiatives. APEC Member Economies are expected to continuously carry forward the results and lessons of the project after its completion, since the Framework for Climate-resilient Energy Decision-making will be drawn up to assist APEC Member Economies in increasing climate change resiliency. Also, the workshop report consolidating best practices and successful stories from both public and private sectors will serve as reference for capacity building activities. To maximize the benefits of the project, continuous follow-up may be undertaken and appropriate revisions in the Framework may be developed by APEC Member Economies. The continuous updating of the Framework will ensure that contents remain relevant and that future APEC economies will be able to benefit from knowledge and lessons learned.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer is Dr. Cary Bloyd, a Senior Staff Scientist with Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  He has managed and participated in a wide range of projects associated with the development and implementation clean energy technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy.   Project areas have included the development of analytical models of energy systems, smart grid systems analysis, alternative fuels infrastructure development, energy efficiency building infrastructure development, and economy level energy decision making under uncertainty.

For the past twenty years he has also been supporting the U.S. Department of Energy in implementing its Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) program in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  He is the past Chair of the APEC Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies and is currently serving as the U.S. delegate to both the APEC Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies and the APEC Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation and is on the Energy Resiliency Task Force.  Dr. Bloyd’s work includes over 50 professional publications. 

Dr. Bloyd received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy and has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

A consultant will be engaged to help organize and identify speakers for the workshop, help run the workshop, and participate in the development and completion of the project report.  APEC funding for this task is estimated at $20,000.

Waivers

A waiver from APEC project funding arrangements is requested, which allows energy resiliency expert speakers who are government employees to receive airfare/accommodation/per diem expenses for their participation in the workshop.

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Topics

Committee

Other Fora Involved

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Project Summary

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Dissemination

Gender

Work Plan

Risks

Monitoring and Evaluation

Linkages

Sustainability

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