Project Title

Best Practices Sharing of Standards and Conformity Assessment Implementation on Eco-Design Products in APEC Region 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 35 2017A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 35 2017A 

Project Title

Best Practices Sharing of Standards and Conformity Assessment Implementation on Eco-Design Products in APEC Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

50,000 

Total Project Value

150,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) 

Topics

Conformance; Standards 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Jianfang Zong 

Job Title 1

Director 

Organization 1

China National Institute of Standardization 

Postal Address 1

Room 1008, No. 4 Zhichun Street, Haidian District, Beijing, China 

Telephone 1

86-18518472066 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

chenjh@cnis.gov.cn 

Project Proponent Name 2

Jianhua Chen 

Job Title 2

Associate Professor 

Organization 2

China National Institute of Standardization 

Postal Address 2

Room 1008, No. 4 Zhichun Street, Haidian District, Beijing, China 

Telephone 2

86-18910756131 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

zongif@cnis.gov.cn 

Declaration

Jianfang Zong and Jianhua Chen 

Project Summary

This project will address the APEC leaders’ priority of ensuring sustainable investment and development of new technology, standardization activities by promoting eco-design products as well as support endorsed SCSC principles on promoting standards & conformity assessment to facilitate the investment, build capacity on eco-design products.

The project focuses on organizing a regional workshop and survey to share the best practices and exchange the information of standards, conformity assessments activities to promote the eco-design products in the APEC region. The project aims to create a platform for exchange information of the experiences, challenges and share best practices on how to implement international and domestic standards, conformity assessment activities in developing eco-design products among APEC economies or other economies. The workshop will be held in China in May 2018 and a survey will be sent to APEC member economies in advance. These activities focus on creating a platform for the leading economies that build eco-design standards of products.

Relevance

Eco-design products are products that comply with the environmental protection requirements, and are harmless or less harmful to the ecological environment, and have high resource utilization rate and have low energy consumption during their whole life cycle, mainly including using clean raw materials in the production process, using clean process; Users do not produce or produce very little environmental pollution when using products; Products rarely produce waste in the process of recycling; Products should minimize the amount of material used, and materials could be reused as much as possible; Product production maximizes energy saving, and consumes the least amount of energy in all stages of its life cycle. Eco-design products are also the ultimate embodiment of green technology applications. People are buying eco-design products for fashion, and promoting companies to produce eco-design products as a way to gain economic benefits. 

In order to differentiate eco-design products from traditional products, many economies including private sectors attach green labels to eco-design products. Green labels have been implemented for more than 20 years, and Germany started to use the blue angel green logo from 1978, and was the first economy in the world to use the green label. Since 1988, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, France and other economies have established their own green label certification system one after another. Nordic economies such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden began to implement the uniform Nordic green label starting from 1989. Singapore, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and other Asian economies have also launched green label work. There are hundreds of species that have green labels, and nearly ten thousand kinds of products that have green labels. 

The past work of APEC SCSC related to Eco-design and environmental standards includes CTI 15/2005T “E-learning on the Practical Use of the Environmental Product Standards: ISO 14000 on EL, LCA, Eco-design and Product-Related environmental regulations” presented by Korea, and other APEC series projects have also involved this subject. At this moment, more and more economies pay much attention to Eco-design products and it will benefit APEC Economies to fully study this subject. 

Thus, through the sharing of experiences and best practices of standards and conformity assessment implementation on eco-design products in APEC region, this project will promote the establishment of harmonious and unified evaluation method of eco-design products, achieve standards interoperability, contribute to the harmonization of standards and mutual recognition of eco-design products, eliminate trade barriers. Through voluntary participation of the APEC economies, use benchmarking products to upgrade the industry in the APEC region, and promote the overall competitiveness of products.

In support of the APEC SCSC 2017’s priority, the project focuses on standards, conformity assessment on issues of eco-design products. As such the project is directly linked to the broader goal of promoting regional economic integration. Furthermore, the project will support the advanced technologies. 

This project is directly relevant to the following 2017 APEC project priorities derived from the instructions of Leaders and Minister: 

Linkage to rank 1: Strengthening innovation capacities and competitiveness of MSMEs and MSMEs insertion in GVCs; Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence; Supporting the multilateral trading system and implementation of Bogor Goals; Structural Reform, including overcoming the MITs and implementation of the RAASR; Human development, capacity building, cooperation on education; Next Generation Trade and Investment Issues. 

Linkage to rank 2: Support the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth, including sustainable, inclusive and innovative growth.

Objectives

1)  To create the network and an ad-hoc group during the progress of the project to share and discuss best practices in terms of standards & conformance together focusing on eco-design products between member economies that having experiences on implementing eco-design products.

2) To identify the opportunities and challenges for implementation of standards and conformity assessment to set up strategies for promoting eco-design products standards and trading among APEC economies.

3) To share the opportunities to all APEC member economies to promote eco-design products practice so that APEC economies can benefit from the achievements and outcomes of this project such as using the standards and conformity assessment methods.

Alignment

This project will address the APEC leader’s priority of ensuring sustainable investment and development of new technology, standardization activities by promoting eco-design products. It will also support endorsed SCSC principles on promoting standards & conformity assessment to facilitate the investment, build capacity on eco-design products and share the opportunities to all APEC member economies. 

This project responds directly to the Leaders priorities of promoting initiative for jointly establishing an Asia Pacific Urbanization Partnership. Join hands to promote the application of eco-design technologies into regional management, governance and construction, and improve people-oriented services by fully tapping the advantages of eco-design technology. 

The best practices sharing of standards and conformity assessment implementation on eco-design products can help APEC member economies to enhance the level of eco-design products, and to reduce the possible technical barriers to trade, and at the same time they also enable APEC economies to achieve pressing environmental, safety and health challenges. There have been a few forums focus on eco-design products, and all these forums have strengthened exchanges and cooperation among APEC member economies to explore diversified paths to build eco-design products. 

The project is in alignment with the SCSC work plan regarding that harmonized standards and conformance procedures improve the efficiency of production and facilitate international trade, resulting in more rapid trade flows, reduced costs and greater integration of production networks.

TILF/ASF Justification

As a project funded by the APEC Support Fund, the best practices sharing of standards & conformity for eco-design products will facilitate APEC developing economies to orient and harmonize the main methodologies and application of eco-design standards, conformity assessment activities. This project will improve the awareness and promote the capacity building of APEC developing economies for applying international standards. This project will also contribute to trade liberalization of eco-design services since it will help to remove technical barriers via supporting regional standards harmonization and promote the investment on eco-design related products and services in APEC regions. 

APEC developing economies will be directly engaged in sharing the best practices of eco-design activities, harmonizing eco-design standards, capacity building for conformity assessment, and developing recommendations to further collaboration. The project budget will allow for funded participation of two representatives of each APEC developing economy to actively participate in the workshop to ensure that they learn the project findings and have the opportunity to provide suggestions.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

1)   A summary (questionnaire on policy, standardization activities on Eco-design Products implementation) to find the concern and focus on Eco-design in not only the economies had built eco-design products but also the economies have a demand to approach eco-design products standards. The summary will be a collection of results from the pre-workshop survey. 

2)  An APEC workshop on best practices implementation of Standards & Conformity assessment on eco-design products. 

3)  Actionable recommendations: participating APEC economies will identify the best practices to promote Eco-design Products standards & conformity based activities in developing economies. 

4)  There will be three reports to reflect all the progress: workshop report, monitoring report and a completion report. 

Outcomes:  It is expected that the recommendations of the project may be put to a Ministers/Leaders’ statements for introducing international standards to facilitate eco-design products growth in APEC region through SCSC, and hope that there will be suggestions to be included in Statements. PO will consider to elaborate a document that could be endorsed by Ministers/Leaders. The international standards are related with eco-design products. More APEC economies, especially those developing economies’ policymakers will be aware of the importance of Eco-design products related standards and conformity assessment when planning Eco-designing or implementing eco-designing. The results of the project will be shared with international Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) such as ISO, IEC… to ensure international eco-design standards of products meet the requirements of APEC economies as much as possible. The network of experts established by this project will be maintained as a sustainable APEC initiative for information sharing and capacity building to promote eco-design products standardization activities in APEC economies. The formality of this network will be a common group connected by email. And the network of experts will be maintained by following up email contact and through other useful means  and the project POs will keep initiating this network, and, and there will be no cost for this continuing work. 

Beneficiaries:  As the issue on Eco-design products is very large, therefore, it must involve all levels of society, the target participants are the following from all member economies:

1) Regulators;

2) Industry stakeholders from APEC and non-APEC economies including SMEs;

3) Producers;

4) Public and private public organization of APEC member economies; and

5) Academia.

The APEC member economies are expected to encourage their regulators and business stakeholders particularly SMES and women to attend as participants and speakers at the conference. Direct beneficiaries include: 

·   The policymakers/government regulators(such as Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China, Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China)  and eco-design products program implementers (such as China National Light Industry Council, China Petroleum Chemical Industry Federation) within APEC economies who will be implementing or have already been implementing eco-design products. They will be invited to give input into workshop agenda, to attend workshop, and to participate in the survey. By participating in all these activities, it is expected that they will improve the integrity of their work plan, programs or schemes through adopting eco-design products standards.

·   The standardization bodies, academic institutes (such as China National Institute of Standardization, China Household Electrical Appliance Research Institute, Tsinghua University). They will be invited to give input into workshop agenda, to attend workshop, and to participate in the survey, and their speeches will focus on eco-design products area.  . Investment on eco-design products equipment or services will be increased because of correct understanding and effective implementation of related standards and conformance. 

·   The manufacturers, suppliers of eco-design products equipment within APEC economies will have the opportunity to give input into the workshop agenda, to attend workshop, and to participate in the pre and post-workshop collaboration. The manufactures and suppliers will be engaged to provide input to workshop agenda through introducing their experience in implementing eco-design according to the evaluation standards, and practice cases of indicator verifications and assessment cases on Life Cycle Assessment(LCA) . As a result, trade of eco-design products equipment and service is expected to be expanded in future based on correct understanding and effective implementation of eco-design products standards, conformance and related policy. 

.   Indirect beneficiaries may include general consumers who will benefit from eco-design products with improved quality services and financial/time savings within the APEC economies.

Dissemination

A report including findings and recommendations will be produced from the workshop and shared among interested stakeholders by following APEC guidelines. Presentations, reports and all relevant materials will be submitted to the APEC Secretariat. The recommendations and action plan will also be conveyed to Ministers/Leaders  through CTI annual report in case SCSC finds it suitable. The outputs of the project will also be uploaded on the APEC website so that more stakeholders could have access to the outputs. The information sharing and capacity building are expected to be continued after the workshop to disseminate the outputs of the project widely, the dissemination method include sharing the project report among economies, and sharing the future standards on eco-design products through electronic means such as emails, website and social media, and PO will facilitate the exchange of information after the workshop, and it will continue for at least one year in a way that PO will communicate and cooperate with APEC secretariat, and there will be no cost for the continuing work.  Communication with external parties such as ISO, IEC will be conducted mainly through electronic means to ensure cost-effectiveness. PO will list other outlets particularly in other economies to disseminate findings and reports for this project so a wider public is reached, and PO will reach out to other for a and workgroups as well.

The target audiences include the policymakers/ government regulators, producers, certification bodies, academia, related industries, etc.

There is no intention to sell any of the publications or materials resulting from this project.

Gender

The APEC member economies are expected to encourage their regulators and business stakeholders particularly SMEs and women to attend as participants and speakers at the workshop. Women will actively participate in the planning, management, allocation of resources and implementation of the project and will play key decision making roles in planning the conference. The project overseer will actively encourage the participation of women to be in the conference, including as presenters at the conference. PO will ensure higher female participant and speaker rate through inviting at least or more than 50% of female to participate in the workshop and in the progress of the project.

Both men and women in the APEC region are affected by regulatory issues. The project overseers team (China) is led by both male and female officials. The proposing economy leads are facilitated by both genders according to the Guide on Gender Criteria for APEC Project Proposals of the Guide book on APEC Projects. Consultations with the project co-sponsors, in which both male and female participants are reflected, indicating no significant gender disparities in the project focal areas. 

For workshop, speakers will be recruited to reflect those with strongest ability to contribute to the subject matter, without prejudice. Regarding the participation, we will collect information/data from participants to enable us to determine whether or not we will need to make adjustments in consultation with the project leads and APEC secretariat. PO will include a session in the workshop that speaks to the needs/impact of women under the project theme and invite a female expert.

Work Plan

Project Planning: September 2017- December 2018 

A.    Actions

C, Outputs

D.    Timeline

Preparation and implementation of a summary from a survey before the workshop on Eco-design activities in APEC region through survey; Development of workshop agenda, and program drafts.

A summary of a survey before the workshop

Agenda

Program drafts

November  2017

Definition of workshop schedule,

 survey and expected date

Expected date

November 2017

Proposal of experts, speakers and participants

List of speakers, moderator

List of participants

List of experts

December 2017

Definition of workshop unfolding,

Activities and survey questionnaire

(with experts support)

List of activities, others

January  2018

Invitation to experts, speakers,

Participants and non APEC

economies

Letters of invitation

February 2018

Set final agenda, program and

Survey questionnaire

Final agenda & program

March 2018

Experts, speakers and participants

confirmation

Answers to invitation letters

April 2018

The workshop for Best Practices

Sharing of Eco-design products

Workshop presentations

And questionnaire circulation

May 2018

Develop workshop report and

Collection of the survey feedback

Collection of survey feedback

Draft report

June-July 2018

Develop project report

Report and recommendations

August 2018

Submit project results to

economies

Results report

September 2018

Submit completion report and

Action plan to Secretariat

Final report

October 2018

Workshop — May 2018:  A one or two-day event, with time allotted to develop conclusions and recommendations. A regional survey will be also circulated during the workshop time.

Expected outputs/Deliverables:  A workshop report documenting the key conclusions, as well as summaries of the discussion, any decisions and/or recommendations. 

A list of capacity building priorities of APEC economies, and how future SCSC work can address these needs. 

Endorsement of the results such as recommendations and action plan:  The eco-design products workshop is held in May 2018, and the survey will be completed during the workshop, then the project overseers will work inter-sessionally in order to secure endorsement at SCSC 2 in 2018. 

Publication of Results of the workshop (September 2018):  Results of the workshop will be published in the APEC website. If possible a new article in the website.

Project completion report (October 2018):  The PO will prepare the completion report by the end of the calendar year.

Risks

Considering the APEC SCSC’s endorsement of best practices of eco-design products standardization activities in a manner that promote the standards & conformance for eco-design products economy and sustainable growth, the project has a high probability of success. 

Potential risks include: 

·   Inadequate participation from economies: on the early stage of the project, enough work will be done to ensure high participation from economies by reaching out to SCSC members to identify their representation, continued communication with the potential participators will be maintained, and draft agenda will be prepared and circulated as early as possible.

·   Failure of survey methodology: The project will work with key member economies, to ensure the questionnaire is prepared under the appropriate survey methodology. The questionnaire will be tested by invited experts to verify the effectiveness before formal circulation.

·   Delays in implementation: This project will avoid delays by having clear and timely communication with co-sponsoring economies, the APEC Secretariat, and the experts participating in the event. Teleconference in the project team will be held regularly (once a month) before the workshop to ensure timely execution. 

.    Industry stakeholders including manufacturers and suppliers play key roles in the success of the project. PO will make sure a good engagement from them and have possible mitigation plans. We will invite 4-5 manufactures that are doing well in eco-design products, the manufactures could include: Haier, Hisense, Gree, Midea, Samsung,etc. We will invite some of them to be speakers for our workshop, and ask them to share their good practice in eco-design products.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The following information will be collected through surveys, the workshop, peer review, etc., to assess progress and impact and used as indicators of progress may be used to ensure the project is on tract: 

·   Number and accuracy of member economies’ responses to the survey, the target number for the survey will be at least 15; 

·   Number of the workshop participants, the target number of participants will be around 50; 

·   Quality of the workshop, assessed by an evaluation form to be filled by the workshop participants;

·   Feedback and comments by APEC economies at SCSC meetings(throughout the whole project); and

·   Number of publications’ downloads or site visits (if feasible, the target number will be 20).

A qualitative measure of success may be expertise and qualification of the organizations and individuals involved at survey. A key indicator of project success may be the best practices that will be identified for ensuring reliability of eco-design products through standardization activities. A medium-term indicator of project success may be the number of APEC economies adopting international standards when planning or developing eco-design products. A compilation of eco-labelling schemes of the presenting economies will be created. A more indirect analysis of the economic impact that the outcomes would generate a MSMEs level (micro) and economy level (macro) will also be created. Currently in China there are two batches of manufactures that have been accepted into the eco-design product pilot project, and for these manufactures they have the right to use eco-labelling for their products. PO will compile the schemes on this aspect in the process of writing a completion report. And the economic impact will depend on the details of indicators provided by the relevant standards, and the impact will focus on the macro level, such as reducing the use of hazardous materials, reduce ozone depletion, we can ask the manufactures to give one example of their product on the economic impact. And these new outputs will be included in the completion report of the project as the main output.  

Contact information of all participants will be captured and kept to allow for future follow-up assessments of how the project has contributed to longer-term change. The baseline data such as how many APEC economies currently develop and use eco-design products standards in their own respective programs will be collected when reviewing current standards & conformance situation of eco-design products development in APEC region in the project.

Linkages

Engagement: The eco-design products project promotes cross fora collaboration with PPSTI as the project overseers seek inputs and supports from the PPSTI. PPSTI members will be sought as speakers or participants in the workshop to provide insight from their work. This workshop should also benefit the CTI, energy working group, and relevant sub-fora. Therefore, the information of this project will be shared with the PPSTI, and FoTC on Urbanization and their comments and input will be highly. 

Previous work: The collaboration and linkage of the SCSC and its work in a variety of APEC fora ensures that there is no duplication of efforts for previous and ongoing APEC initiatives. 

APEC’s comparative advantage:  APEC is the best source for the funds because of the role of promoting standards and conformance frame work to overcome the TBTs and encourage eco-design products in the APEC region.

Sustainability

After the workshop completion, a period of around four months is provided in the work plan for validation of the main findings and finalization of the report. It is expected that the final report with recommendations could be used as a reference material for the project stakeholders, such as eco-design products related policymakers, regulators, producers, industries and academia, etc. from developing economies. The report produced in this project is expected to be relevant in a medium term, for a couple of years. 

The results of the project will be shared with the International Organization of Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission(IEC) IEC’s eco-design products related TCs such as IEC TC111 to allow for a more global and sustained international standards & conformance scheme development. The network of experts and collaboration with international organizations is helpful for establishing a long-term APEC initiative for information sharing and capacity building regarding eco-design products standards. The project team will work out other proposals to continue the APEC initiative after project completion. The project may be useful to support the planning and implementation of eco-design products related programs for developing economies in the region. 

In a wider contact of the SCSC objectives, long-term expected impacts include increased trade of eco-design products and services, plus sustainable growth, environmental benefits of improved eco-design products management. 

Project team will share results with stakeholders and international organizations (e.g., ISO, IEC, ITU) through the SCSC for their information to ensure the future actions to be done by continuously monitoring progress, engaging participating economies in implementation and potentially seeking continued support via APEC, based on demonstrated success. This will allow to measure progress on the outcomes and impacts of the project.

Project Overseers

Dr. Jianfang Zong as the Project Overseer, will manage the project, including managing of contractors and specialists involved. Dr. Zong is the assistant professor of China National Institute of Standardization of Resource and Environmental Branch. She has 6 years experiences with international standards and environmental standards and regulations, and participating in the revision work of IEC standards and ISO standards. She has been a project team leader for IEC TC 61. She has helped to organize three IEC meetings. And she has obtained her PHD from Cornell University from United States, and Dual Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University in China. 

Dr. Jianhua Chen is the Co-Project Overseer, and graduated from Tsinghua University, and has worked for China National Institute of Standardization for nearly 10 years, focusing on the standardization work. Dr. Chen is a registered member of ISO/TC207/Working Group 10 and IEC/ISO Joint Working Group for Eco-design, to develop the international standard in eco-design field. Dr. Chen has participated in activities of international standardization, including acting as the co-conveyor of ISO/TC207/SC7 working group 4 for the ISO 14064-1 revision in GHG emission accounting and reporting of enterprises, Chinese mirror contactor of ISO/TC282 of water reuse. 

Main Point of Contacts: Dr. Jianfang Zong & Dr. Jianhua Chen, with the contact information on the first page.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Short-term clerical to be paid for all logistics arrangement, administrative support for the event.

Contractor fees to be paid for survey design and responses consolidation.

Waivers

a)   Fund the airfare and per diem of Speakers/Experts and Active Participants who are government officials; 

b)  Fund the airfare and per diem of Speakers/Experts from non-APEC members and/or from international organizations; and the conference many include speakers from international organizations, such as the ISO, IEC… If representative from these organizations attend, their travel costs will be funded; and

c)   Fund meals if a “package” cost for hosting is cheaper than a room-only rate.

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