Project Title

Electromobility: Infrastructure and Workforce Development 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

EWG 10 2017A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 10 2017A 

Project Title

Electromobility: Infrastructure and Workforce Development 

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

123,264 

Co-funding Amount

33,200 

Total Project Value

156,464 

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)

Chile 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Mexico; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/10/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/03/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Corissa Petro 

Job Title 1

Deputy Head of International Affairs 

Organization 1

Ministry of Energy 

Postal Address 1

Alameda 1449, Piso 14, Edificio Santiago Downtown II, Santiago, Chile 

Telephone 1

56-22 3673730 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

cpetro@minenergia 

Project Proponent Name 2

Paula Estevez 

Job Title 2

Head o International Affairs, Ministry of Energy 

Organization 2

Ministry of Energy 

Postal Address 2

Alameda 1449, Piso 14, Edificio Santiago Downtown II, Santiago, Chile 

Telephone 2

56-22 3673730 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

pestevez@minenergia.cl 

Declaration

Corissa Petro and Paula Estevez 

Project Summary

Electric vehicles are considered to be a fundamental component of the transition to a more sustainable energy sector. 

This workshop will focus on sharing best practices and complement previous APEC work on two key issues that must be addressed in order to allow for a greater use and increase regional trade of electric vehicles in road-transport fleets: infrastructure and workforce development. While infrastructure is crucial to planning and the use of electric vehicles, the issue of human capital is also vital to promoting technological development opportunities and jobs associated with electric vehicles within the workforce of APEC economies.

This two-day Workshop would be held in early 2018 in Chile, with the participation of experts and interested economies from throughout the APEC Region. A summary document will also be prepared in the early 2018.  This effort will complement the ongoing development of an EV Roadmap in the APEC Automotive Dialogue, and results will be shared.

Relevance

The deployment of electric vehicles brings diverse benefits including higher energy efficiency in the transport sector and lower operational costs of the vehicles. In environmental terms, their use contributes to air quality improvement in economies, lower carbon emissions and the mitigation of climate change. Furthermore, EVs will enable economies to take advantage of renewable energy used for power generation in the transport sector. The batteries of the electric vehicles can also help to improve the operation of electricity networks, in the case of smart grids, by balancing the intermittent contribution of some renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind.

The economies that seek to expand the deployment of electric vehicles must close the gaps in information, human capital and infrastructure related to this technology, which is the main objective of this project. Greater deployment of EVs will foster broader trade within the APEC Region. Specifically, given that the sale of EVs is expected to rise substantially in upcoming decades, new opportunities for trade will be opened as APEC economies experience an increased deployment of electric vehicles.

This project falls under “Rank One”, given that it addresses Human Development and workforce skills development within a technical area that is expected to be increasingly valued as commerce and the use of electric vehicles grow within the region. Therefore, it will contribute to the alignment of education and training with the regional labor market needs and youth employment.

This project also falls under “Rank Two”, given that it addresses Sustainable Growth in the areas of energy efficiency, energy security and building sustainable and resilient communities, among others.

Objectives

In order to support the deployment of EVs, it is crucial to close knowledge gaps and promote dialogue on infrastructure and workforce development. By sharing individual economies’ best practices and EV development plans, together with APEC’s previous work in these areas, the representatives of economies will:

1) Share knowledge on infrastructure that must be developed to make increased electric vehicle use possible;

2) Build interest and identify opportunities to expand human capital in order to be prepared for the challenges that come together with the deployment of EVs. Topics to be addressed include: how technical and university courses should be developed to perform preventive and corrective maintenance of electric vehicles and charging systems, as well as support for sale and after-sales, and which public or private institutions are adequate to fulfill this role; and

3)  Share and discuss global technology trends on EVs.

Alignment

The transition towards an increasingly sustainable energy sector is a global priority, which has been addressed by APEC Leaders through the establishment of two aspirational goals: (1) to double the share of renewable energy within APEC’s energy mix, including in power generation, by 2030 over a 2010 baseline and (2) to reduce APEC’s aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2035.  Electric vehicle deployment contributes to both of these goals, by enabling a more efficient use of energy and allowing the transport sector to make greater use of renewable energy.  In fact, the APEC Leaders’ Declarations of 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012, among others, recognize the importance of issues related to clean energy, carbon emissions and climate change.

It should also be noted that this workshop would complement other APEC initiatives, projects and workshops on this topic, including: the Electric Vehicle Roadmap implemented through the Automotive Dialogue, and the APEC Workshop on Energy and Green Transport Benefits of Electric Vehicles, among others.

The workshop is in synergy with the APEC Energy Working Group’s Proposed Work Plan for 2017, which includes efforts to enhance energy efficiency in transport. Electric vehicles contribute to energy efficiency in terms of more efficient fuel-use and lowering carbon emissions, and make use of the renewable energy sources used for power generation. The project also has direct synergies with the Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI), of which Smart Transport is a pillar. The workshop can build upon and contribute to the information available on the Knowledge Sharing Platform (KSP).

This topic is also highly relevant within the Transportation Working Group and Automotive Dialogue, and the findings related to workforce skills will be relevant to the APEC Human Resource Development Working Group.

TILF/ASF Justification

As part of the workshop, we will fund up to two participants from each APEC developing economies to ensure they will have the opportunity to attend the event. The workshop will review key aspects on infrastructure and workforce development, as well as advances in standardization matters gathered by other APEC projects, such as the Electric Vehicle Roadmap implemented through the Automotive Dialogue.

Panel discussion will also be held to facilitate active participation and valuable exchanges of ideas and opinions. The main topics of the panel discussion will be how to continue the development of the infrastructure and human capital, and how this information can be of use in the participants’ economies. For example presentations and policy dialogues are planned on topics such as:

1) Global EV outlook;

2)  APEC’s previous and current work in the area of EVs;

3)  Infrastructure

a) Technologies used in the manufacture of electric vehicles (cars and buses)

b) Experience in the development of infrastructure for the use of buses in pubic transport (ex. China)

c) Charging systems for light and heavy duty vehicles, and development of household and commercial networks

d) Experience in the development of infrastructure to adjust household and/or commercial charging system to allow for the use of electric vehicles (eg USA)

4) Human Capital

a) How technical and university courses should be developed on the preventative and corrective maintenance of electric vehicles, as well as support at the time of sale and post-sale.  Which public or private institutions can appropriately play this role.

b) How technical and university courses should be developed to enable the installation and preventative/corrective maintenance of electric networks, as household or commercial charging systems. Which public or private institutions can appropriately play this role.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The main output of this project will be developed in a 2 day workshop, possibly implemented on the margins of the Formula-E race, to be held in Santiago on February the 3rd 2018.

This project also aims to develop a summary with the results of the workshop and a broad vision among the representatives of the economies of APEC regarding the best practices and issues to be addressed in terms of workforce development (such as training) and infrastructure for EVS, all led by project proponents. Furthermore, the summary document will also include the technical information and presentations given, as well as the discussions that took place during the workshop (please refer to Sections 5 and 15 of the proposal for greater detail on the topics planned). Accordingly, this includes collecting feedback from the workshop through a follow-up survey of the participants, to obtain answers, participation in the workshop and creation of contact networks.  The summary document will support further dissemination of the workshop’s results.

This workshop will allow networking between speakers and participants to exchange technical information, opinions and experiences on electromobility, thus taking advantage of the initiative to develop this workshop within the framework of Formula- E, on February 3, 2018 in Santiago, Chile.

Outcomes: This workshop will allow the participating economies to begin or continue to advance in the development of policies or specific measures that promote the development of electromobility, particularly in the areas of development of the workforce and infrastructure related to EVs. It is expected that the participating economies, starting from what is presented in the workshop, will obtain additional inputs to update and improve the economies' regulations regarding vehicles to allow the development of EVs to be fast. 

We expect that the information shared and the contact network formed during this workshop will be a concrete contribution to APEC and the Energy Working Group’s continual work in the area of EVs.

Beneficiaries: The beneficiaries of this project will include the members of the APEC economies involved in plans and policies on the development of electric mobility, as well as academia and participants from relevant industries like the transportation, car industry and electric utilities. Given the specific issues to be addressed in the field of workforce skills development, the participation of entities dedicated to skills training related to vehicles, technical training providers, energy service providers, and decision makers at political and technical level will be included among others. Special effort will be made to include speakers and participants of both genders, and to identify issues of specific relevance to women in APEC economies.

This information should inform decision making within each economy to help adopt lower emission transport technologies and improve economies' air quality. The general public in the APEC region will be the long term beneficiaries as they will benefit from more informed decision making, technological development opportunities, and new employment opportunities associated with electric vehicles within the APEC economies.

Within the public sector, the target audience will include participants in the transport, environment and/or energy ministries within the decision-making line, as well as, the decision-makers in universities and technical training centers in EVs related careers.

Dissemination

The dissemination material will consist of a summary document, including the contents of expert presentations and documents put forward by the participants during panel discussions. This document will contain workshop materials, as well as an analysis of best practices and issues to be addressed with regards to EV infrastructure and workforce development based on the presentations and discussions that took place.  The material will be made available to everyone interested free of charge through the internet. The same material will be uploaded on the APEC website and sent to the APEC Secretariat. If technically possible, the Workshop will be streamed or the videos of the presentation will be available on the Internet. For example, the presentations could be made available on the Chilean Ministry of Energy’s website, as well as other appropriate APEC-related websites (for example, the Energy Smart Communities Initiative’s Knowledge Sharing Platform), if possible.  In the case of streaming or use of social media, APEC guidelines will be followed.

Gender

Women will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of this project. Women are involved in the design of this project and will continue to seek the involvement of women in the planning and implementation of the project. The APEC contacts at the Chilean Ministry of Energy are both women, as well as the official responsible for the project’s technical design. 

Gender specific impacts will be addressed as part of the impact assessment and female speakers will be sought as possible. A workshop session will include illustrating to the participants how the gender perspective can impact the training of women in electrical mobility and the infrastructure required to meet the different patterns of women in relation to the men. We will make all efforts to promote the participation of women, including through our network of contacts who have worked with our Ministry to organize recent activities focused on women in clean energy. 

In addition, the project proponents will ensure that the evaluation forms to be distributed at the end of the workshop will include information on gender for disaggregating of data for project assessment and will help in evaluation of specific responses of women and men.

Work Plan

Timeline

Tasks

Deliverables

Stage 1 Project Planning

(October 2017)

- Development of the workshop agenda

- Identification of experts and potential participants.

- Preliminary planning with regards to logistical issues (please see sections 10 and 13 with regards to gender).

- Preliminary Agenda

Stage 2 Logistical

Arrangements

(November - December

2017)

- Preparation and sending of invitations

- Confirmation of logistical arrangements (workshop location and logistical needs identified)

- Invitations prepared and sent

- Workshop location selected and logistical needs coordinated

Stage 3 Finalization of Preparations

(December 2017 – January 2018)

- Confirmation of participants and Speakers

- Liaising with APEC members with regards to interests and additional relevant topics 

- Elaboration of the definitive workshop Agenda

- Request to speakers to send their presentations one month in advance

- Direct efforts to obtain any remaining confirmations from speakers and participants

- Confirmed workshop agenda

- Compilation of presentations from speakers

Stage 4 Workshop Implementation

(Late January or early February 2018)

- The workshop will be held for a period of two days, where some of the main issues will be: Infrastructure and development of work skills related to EVs, sharing best practices in the region, current & future technologies, as well as performance of electric vehicles, dissemination of previous work on EVs in the APEC region.

- Workshop held and completed

Stage 5 Final results and Dissemination

(February - April 2018)

- Collection of feedback of the Workshop through a follow-up participant survey

- A summary document will be compiled with presentations, best practices  identified and key findings for further dissemination.

- Survey disseminated and results compiled

- Summary document compiled and disseminated

- Presentations available

Risks

The key risks of this project are:

1) Possible speakers having calendar issues. To avoid this, arrangements of the workshop should be locked in at an early stage.

2) Not all speakers provide presentations in a timely manner. To avoid this, we will be working closely with Secretariat, member economies and Energy working group to ensure timely submittal.  We will request that the speakers’ presentations be sent at least one month in advance. 

3) Information presented at the workshop is not of high quality. To avoid this, we will minimize this risk by working closely with the speakers to ensure they are well-informed. By requesting their presentations several weeks before the workshop, this possibility that this risk will take place will be lowered.

4) Low interest in participation. To avoid this, we will minimize the risk by continuing consulting with prospective economies about their interest in specific focused areas, nomination of speakers, comments on the topics of Agenda, and solicit their participations through various channels and opportunities such as discussing and promoting the Workshop in the EWG and SCE meetings, email and video conferences when needed.  Within Chile, invitations can be sent to public agencies as well as private institutions, including municipalities, universities, industries, as well as other relevant actors.

5) Duplication of work. To avoid this, we will be working closely with the relevant fora and review similar projects that have touched on the main theme before and fine tune the Workshop topic to build on previous work and avoid duplication. For example, establishing ties with the representatives of the economies that carried out the “the APEC Energy Workforce Resilience Workshop” (Singapore, April 2017), “Strengthening of energy efficiency policies in the transport sector and lessons learnt from other MRV projects” (Peru, September 2017) and “APEC Electric Vehicle and Hydrogen Technology Policy Workshop” (New Zealand, November 2017).  In this way we can build on these achievements and avoid duplication.

6) Participants’ low ability to influence policies in favor of increased use of EVs in their home economies after the completion of the project. To avoid this, invitations to the workshop would target participants of a certain seniority level. In the public sector, participants of transport, environment, economy and/or energy ministries within the decision-making line or those who work with senior decision makers are a target audience.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The number of economies represented, as well as the number of participants (and female participants) in the Workshop, will be used as indicators of project impact. The project budget considers the participation of 6 international speakers, as well as two representatives of APEC travel-eligible economies.  The workshop will also include Chilean speakers. 

The estimated number of total participants in the workshop is 60-80 people (APEC representatives and Chileans).  Given the topics to be addressed, we estimate that 15% of the total participants will be women, although we expect that the number of female APEC participants will be higher. We will make all efforts to promote the participation of women, including through our network of contacts who have worked with our Ministry to organize recent activities focused on women in clean energy. 

In addition, the participants’ feedback, collected through a follow-up survey on the benefits they perceived from the project and how the workshop has impacted their ability to advance EV infrastructure and workforce development, will be used as indicator of the project impact and success. The survey will be made using Google docs.

Linkages

As noted above, APEC has carried out a significant number of projects, strategies and research related to electric vehicles, while individual APEC economies have also carried out policy efforts.  On one hand, the objective of this workshop is to disseminate and build upon this work, especially among economies beginning stages of facing this challenge on a large scale.  Moreover, the sharing of updated best practices on infrastructure and workforce development will open a dialogue regarding other issues related to EVs and provide the opportunity to identify new areas for future work. These findings will also be shared with the APEC Transportation Working Group, Human Resource Development Working Group and Automotive Dialogue. Given the ongoing development of the EV Roadmap within the Automotive Dialogue, the PO will seek close collaboration with that effort.

Sustainability

The material from the Workshop will be disseminated, in particular the contents of experts presentations. The assistants will be encourage to further use of the material as a means for future actions to build up the respective mechanism and framework under their responsibilities.

Further availability of workshop outputs will be made available to non-participants free of charge through the internet (for example, on the Chilean Ministry of Energy’s website and, if possible, on other websites associated with APEC, such as the Energy Smart Community Initiative’s Knowledge Sharing Platform).The process of reaching the outcomes of Workshop will involve direct participation from the attending economies and this would serve to educate these candidates on succeeding the work in the future. The Workshop would be a place to share information, best practices among the participants and discussing future actions regarding the subjects included in the Workshop. In particular the Workshop would serve as a tool to identify training needs (automotive area, electrical facilities area, cargo stations, etc.); whom to train and who or what institutions will need training . Participants will be encouraged after the Workshop to apply the lessons learned  and further dissimilate the experience from the workshop in their economy.

It will be encouraged that a cooperative network would be formed among the participants to enable future exchange of information and development of the work.

Project Overseers

Corissa Petro is the Deputy Head of International Affairs at the Chilean Ministry of Energy.  Her portfolio includes APEC and other multilateral international energy entities, as well as bilateral relations with Asia-Pacific economies. 

Paula Estevez is Head of the International Affairs at the Chilean Ministry of Energy. She is responsible for advising the authorities of the Ministry of Energy on international affairs, as well as, leading the design and implementation of the Ministry's international activities.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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