Project Title

Workshop on Implementing the APEC Electric Vehicles Roadmap Outcomes 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

AD 01 2018A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

AD 01 2018A 

Project Title

Workshop on Implementing the APEC Electric Vehicles Roadmap Outcomes 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

60,000 

Co-funding Amount

40,000 

Total Project Value

100,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Automotive Dialogue (AD) 

Topics

Automotive 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Todd Peterson 

Job Title 1

International Trade Specialist 

Organization 1

US Department of Commerce 

Postal Address 1

1401 Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC 20230, USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 4823865 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Todd.Peterson@trade.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Ann Katsiak 

Job Title 2

Chief of Party 

Organization 2

US-ATAARI 

Postal Address 2

1777 N Kent Street, Suite 1400, Arlington, VA 22209, USA 

Telephone 2

1-703 5167743 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

akatsiak@nathaninc.com 

Declaration

Todd Peterson and Ann Katsiak 

Project Summary

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Electric vehicles, or EVs, and smart grid programs can be important components in the region’s transition to low-carbon economies and reduced dependence on fossil fuels, and advances APEC Leaders’ 2010 commitment to help “establish a low-carbon society in which we maintain economic growth while protecting the environment.” However, divergent regulations and standards in EVs could have a significant impact on trade and investment flows in the region, thereby limiting the acceleration of EV use. To prevent this, the international community is making a concerted effort to prevent technical differences and to address the burgeoning needs of the electric vehicles market. 

Following the APEC Workshops on the Electric Vehicles Roadmap 1-4, this project will continue to pursue technical coordination to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both EVs, parts and related advanced vehicle technologies, including interoperability between vehicles and their infrastructure with a view to avoiding and reducing regulatory divergences and adoption of unique standards or regulations that promote autonomy and connectivity. This project is beneficial to all economies, but especially to developing economies that are looking to gain from best practices in developing policies related to EVs. It eases the introduction of new clean transportation which reduces costs and pollution. 

Relevance – Eligibility: This proposed activity directly relates to achieving APEC’s aggregate energy intensity reduction goal of 45% by 2035 as well as the goal of doubling the share of renewables by 2030. The EV industry is both an important component of Asia-Pacific’s transition to low-carbon economies and reduced dependence on fossil fuels, in which economies advance economic growth while protecting the environment. In the developing world, transitioning to EVs provides a sustainable alternative to gasoline and diesel-dependent economies, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and mitigates the effects of climate change. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: Pursuing and promoting harmonized standards and regulatory approaches will be beneficial to the APEC economic community as a whole but developing economies in particular will gain from best practices and lessons learned in advancing regulatory work in EVs to shape domestic policies on EVs. The workshop will identify a number of tools and strategies for APEC developing economies to obtain, share, strengthen, maintain and develop knowledge, abilities, skills and technical know-how to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both EVs and their parts. Economies like Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and Viet Nam have been active members of previous workshops held in 2016 and 2017.

Objectives

The main objective of the APEC Workshop in the Electric Vehicle Roadmap 1-4 discussions was to pursue technical coordination to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both electric vehicles and their parts, including interoperability between vehicles and their charging infrastructure, with a view to avoiding and reducing regulatory and standards divergence. Accordingly, as a follow-on to this these previous workshops, the main objectives of this EV Roadmap Outcomes activity are:

1) To continue to pursue technical coordination to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both EVs and future mobility technologies, with a view to avoiding and reducing divergence. Although this activity is similar in objective to the previous EV Roadmaps Workshops, technical coordination continues to be important in a rapidly evolving market where new technologies are being introduced is an ongoing process;

2)  To continue open dialogue where economies can share the evolution of the EV market, as well as introduce future mobility technologies that will impact reduced dependence on fossil fuels;

3) To identify best practices in the APEC region through shared cooperation and learning on the topics selected as key areas for further focus under the previous Roadmap discussions: emergency response, recycling, interoperability, cybersecurity, personal data, and 2- and 3-wheeled vehicle related standards.  The workshop will also look at connected vehicles, vehicle automation and future road mobility with the same aims; and

4) To identify strategies employed in markets globally, highlighting existing standards and regulations, determining key gaps and effectively coordinating to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches for EVs and related advanced vehicle technologies.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The APEC EV Roadmap worked to promote regulatory cooperation and support alternative energy sources and new technologies for the future. It identified a number of key areas for future cooperation to help promote regional economic integration, reduce energy consumption, improve energy security and resiliency. Further, the Roadmap is directly related to the APEC Actions to Promote Widespread Usage of Electric Vehicles, which was endorsed by Ministers and welcomed by Leaders in their Beijing declarations in 2014. This project also directly responds to the 2016 MRT Statement, where they directed economies to “accelerate the development of EVs in the Asia-Pacific which can be important components in the region’s transition to low-carbon economies and reduced dependence on fossil fuels. We expect that APEC EV Roadmap facilitates the adoption and implementation of international standards pertaining to EVs.” This workshop will build on the outcomes of the EV Roadmap and aim to address those issues.  The aim is to help economies harness available technologies and related standards for the short-term needs of all participants but also help communicate and identify medium- and long-term issues for further standards cooperation and coordination. 

Alignment – Forum: According to the Auto Dialogue workplan, the Automotive Dialogue is an exchange of views in accordance with the Ministerial mandate between private sector automotive industry representatives and appropriate government officials who are involved in developing trade and trade-related regulatory policy within APEC member economies. Accordingly, the workshop will discuss trade and trade-related regulatory issues affecting the competitiveness and sustainable development of the industry in the Asia-Pacific region. It will progressively develop a work program according to priorities identified by industry and officials in the course of their joint discussions, which may focus on non-tariff measures, trade facilitation, standards harmonization, and economic and technical cooperation related to the automotive industry in the Asia-Pacific region. 

This workshop on Roadmap Outcomes directly supports the goals of the Auto Dialogue:

1)  Enhance the exchange of information related to the harmonization of policies, regulations and technical standards related to the automotive sector.

2)   Promote employment and social stability in the region by continuing to encourage investment in the automobile and automotive parts sectors.

3) Improve the auto industry’s technology cooperation, by continuing to foster and improve the auto industry’s innovation ability and competitiveness; further reduce the auto industry’s impact on the environment, promote vehicle safety performance, promote R&D in innovative vehicle technologies, future alternative energy sources and transportation infrastructure.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The main output of this project will be a 2-day workshop.  The workshop will be implemented on the margins of the 2018 AD 2. This 2-day workshop will be an opportunity for speakers and economies to share cooperative activities underway both at the public and private sector level. Within the workshop, other outputs will include the following components:

·  It will also include an emergency response training to ensure the safe and energy efficient operations of EVs, which was identified as an action item in the APEC Roadmap for Electric Vehicles.

·  Further, the POs will be preparing an updated literature review of electric vehicles regulations and standards in APEC that will be presented and distributed during the 2-day workshop. While this document was originally created in 2014, standards and regulatory development in the field has been extremely rapid making the earlier document less effective. This updated document will address how key issues related to EVs have evolved in the APEC region, as well as identify all standards related to EVs by APEC economies. This will aid economies further behind in developing their EV markets while also contributing to the discussions of the workshop by providing an overview of relevant standards by priority areas and potentially identifying gaps and areas for further coordination. This study will be conducted by US-ATAARI and completed in time to distribute during the workshop and will become available to the APEC community through the APEC website.

· To further support the workshop aims, there will be a Project Summary Report to capture discussions, highlights, best practices and recommendations, if any.

·   All presentations and documents provided during the Workshop will be made available through the APEC website.

Outcomes: The goal of this activity is to pursue technical coordination to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both EVs and future mobility technologies, including interoperability between vehicles and their charging infrastructure, with a view to avoiding and reducing divergence. Therefore, a successful program will produce a better understanding of lessons learned, reform measures already undertaken and best practices from international organization representatives having worked with APEC economies and other global partners on relevant EV standards. Economies will also understand where there can be shared cooperation for further work. The APEC industry, transportation officials and other relevant government officials will be better equipped with the knowledge and expertise to better harmonize standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both electric vehicles and their parts as well as open discussions of the interaction with connectivity, automation and future mobility. 

Beneficiaries: This workshop will bring together decision makers, policy makers and researchers as well as private sector partners engaged in developing and implementing EV, connected and autonomous vehicle technologies standards from APEC governments and industries. The direct beneficiaries of this workshop and from the related education programs and process developments in the workshop will be participants from the 21-member economies. Participants from developing member economies will be especially encouraged to participate. Since this is a technical and evolving subject matter, those participants who participated in the previous workshop will still benefit attending this workshop because the presentations will represent the most current work on the topic.  We will be specifically focusing on the areas identified for further work under the previous Roadmap discussions including many areas where work was initiated due to those discussions.  In addition, we will be covering safety and connected vehicle issues which weren’t covered previously.

The selection criteria for participants will mainly focus on the relevant ministries of APEC economies, including transportation, energy, trade and industry. Among the private sector, invited participants will be from relevant industries like the transportation and car manufacturers. Participation of private sector will be drawn from the already active private sector participants in the AD. Examples of previous participants from the private sector include Ford, Honda, Toyota, GM, Malaysia Automotive Component Parts Manufacturers Association, Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, among others. Through this activity, private sector will also be able to support the researchers and experts in learning the market. Among academia, the selection criteria will focus on scientists, engineers, experts from research institutions, including existing interoperability centres like Argonne National Laboratory and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in order to identify opportunities for collaboration. These people will participate in preliminary work on the issues listed above and will participate in the workshop.

Further, the general public of the APEC region will be the long-term beneficiaries as they will benefit from more informed decision making, which will result in investments in more extensive transportation options. The goal is to produce and share valuable information and best practices from industry, government and research experts that APEC participants can take back to their economies and inform or influence their domestic policies related to EVs.

Dissemination

All workshop materials including agendas and presentations will be distributed to the participants electronically and will be made available through the APEC website (Meeting Document Database). The POs are also preparing an updated literature review on EV standards in APEC, which will also be made available through the APEC website. The Summary Report will be provided to be circulated at the AD meeting. 

POs will prepare an event summary agenda which will be circulated to all attendees as well as the AD and CTI to keep all parties updated on progress. Summary Report, presentations and agendas will also be circulated to the Transportation working group and the Energy Working group.

Gender

POs will work to ensure that both female and male speakers and participants have equal opportunities to attend and actively participate in the workshop. POs will try to identify and invite relevant speakers, both men and women, as far in advance as possible and will send invitations to economies with enough time for them to consider the most suitable participants. In the invitation, POs will encourage economies to consider gender balance in their nominations and will pay attention to the nominations received from economies. More and more women have their own vehicles, and motor companies have also manufactured lots of vehicle types that are target at female buyers and drivers. According to an investigation by the WHO, more than 40 percent of the vehicles in the world belong to women. Considering this, any future innovations in traffic or technology related to roads will have a definite impact on the women in the world, and these women must be involved in discussions to ensure that they are represented in the APEC work towards promoting electric vehicles. 

Furthermore, the auto industry is typically a male-dominated industry. Through increasing the participation of women attendees and speakers, we aim to provide a louder voice to women in this industry or women who are impacted by the decisions of this industry to the floor. The last EV Roadmap Workshop had 96 participants, 73 men, 23 women from 15 economies. We are working towards capturing more female attendees to 40% of total attendance. 

POs will collect gender information in the sign-in sheets as well as in the evaluations of the workshop to measure the percentage of women participants.

Work Plan

Time

Task

Deliverables

July

Discuss initial agenda with stakeholders and begin outreach to potential speakers;

send invitation for workshop; and share invitation to EWG and TWG for participation

Draft update to literature review

Agenda

Invitation

September

Finalize agenda and speakers

Finalize logistics for workshop

Circulate and finalize the update literature review

Updated report on EV standards in APEC

October
Implement workshop
Catalogue of presentations

Summary Report

December
the drafting, endorsement and submission of the Completion Report and all supporting documents to the Secretariat.
Project Summary Report /Completion Report

April-October

Participation in the Long-Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat

Long Term Evaluation

The Workshop is scheduled to be aligned with the Auto Dialogue in October 2018. In coordination with industry, the workshop will address EV emergency responder education, recycling, cybersecurity, personal data, and 2- and 3-wheeled vehicle related standards. Additional issues will include heavy EV charging and minimum battery specification however work should not be limited to EVs but also include connected vehicles, future mobility and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Risks

One risk for this project is ensuring that there are a good number of targeted officials and experts in the room for the workshop- given the locations and the timing it might be challenging for some officials to attend. In order to mitigate this risk, the project overseers will actively reach out to targeted speakers and participants well in advance of the workshop, and will also work with Auto Dialogue, Transportation working Group and Energy Working Group delegates and representatives to identify the most appropriate representatives in each of the economies. The invitation will also be issued well in advance to ensure time for participants and speakers to plan for attendance at the event. This will be managed by ensuring that the work is demand driven and addressing identified needs/gaps by members. POs will ensure that members are actively engaged and will work in close consultation with co-sponsoring economies of this activity.

While limited time may be seen as a potential risk, the POs are able to mitigate this because many lead up conversations in advance of the workshop have already begun with potential speakers and participants during the first Automotive Meeting in Singapore. Further, the next Auto Dialogue has been scheduled to be held in Thailand, the week of October 29, 2018.  This timeframe will give allow plenty of time to reach out to targeted speakers and participants and ensure the participation of key speakers and participants.  The Workshop was discussed and a draft agenda was presented at the Auto Dialogue meeting held the week of June 4, 2018.  All economies were encouraged to contribute to the agenda and plan to participate.

Finally, another potential risk is that the goal of producing a useful output that can inform domestic policies may not be met in all economies. However, basic dialogue of sharing lessons learned and best practices allows participants to be better equipped with information on what neighboring economies are doing in this field. Though this may not result in immediate changes to domestic policies, these data points can be expected to be applicable in the medium to long term.  In addition, specific work such as 2- and 3-wheel vehicle standards development is already underway to address issues identified in the previous Roadmap discussions so will now be available to inform in the medium and long term.

Monitoring and Evaluation

As a part of this workshop, the project overseers will design and distribute an evaluation questionnaire at the end of workshop building time into the agenda before the conclusion of the workshop so that speakers and participants can complete the questionnaire. The evaluations will measure participants’ knowledge before and after the workshop in key competencies and skills. The surveys will also ask if the topics were relevant to the work their economy is doing. Participants will be able to provide qualitative feedback on the workshop program through the questionnaire, including suggestions for areas of follow up. 

In terms of participation (a quantitative indicator), the results and feedback will be closely reviewed through an evaluation form that will be given to participants at the workshop, collected and reviewed. Some potential indicators include the number of survey responses and response ratio; the number of survey and workshop participants, including ratio of women to men (40%); the percentage of participants that indicate increased learning from participating in the workshop (65%); and number of economies represented (8 or more). As mentioned above, the POs will also aim to have at least 40% participants by women attendees or speakers. The project overseers will review the evaluations and finalize the feedback prior to finalizing the workshop report and deliverables. The results will be disaggregated by sex as part of the evaluations. The indicator for the follow up survey will be knowledge gained/knowledge applied. This information will be reported through the APEC process – via APEC Monitoring and Completion reports.

Linkages

This workshop is an extension of the work done by the APEC EV Roadmap Workshops 1 to 4 since it builds on the outcomes of previous workshop. As the Roadmap was drafted in cooperation with the Energy Working Group and Transportation Working Group, both Groups will be engaged to develop the agenda, provide speakers and attend the workshop.  The AD will work in concert with both working groups to both develop this work and ensure cross-fora engagement. After the event, the event summary and reports will be made available to attendees, the AD, CTI, TWG and EWG. All workshop materials including the presentations and event summary will be available to all participants, including non-governmental organizations and private sector companies, via the APEC publication database.

Sustainability

This project is one part of a broad engagement among both energy and transportation officials in APEC economies to engage in electric vehicle standard issues. This project builds on and strengthens existing APEC work in EVs by carrying forward the dialogues and advancing issues that were identified as priorities in previous workshops. This event will identify strategies to effectively evaluate coordination that supports harmonized standards and regulatory approaches for EVs and related advanced vehicle technologies. The goal is to produce a useful output that APEC participants can take back to their economies and inform or influence their domestic policies related to EVs. The presentations, training updated literature review (standards compendium) and Project Summary Report are all aimed at providing sustainable results. Any case studies, lessons learned, best practices, and international experiences with EV standards shared during the workshop will be shared with all member economies along with the presentations as well as the updated Report on EV standards in APEC. These outputs will also serve as references for future capacity building and convergence related activities. To maximize the benefits of the project, continuous follow-up will be undertaken and continued through the AD forum.

Project Overseers

Todd Peterson is an International Trade Specialist within the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He is responsible for the Department’s engagement in the APEC Auto Dialogue (serving as U.S. Head of Delegation to the APEC Auto Dialogue).  He has 25 years of experience working in the U.S. government in various office at the International Trade Administration.  Mr. Peterson holds an MA in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a BS from the University of Colorado. 

Ms. Katsiak is Chief of Party of the US-APEC US – APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration and has managed and implemented more than twenty APEC workshops over the last six years. She has more than 11 years of experience in trade facilitation and economic development issues, and presently provides program management and leads US-ATAARI’s efforts on energy as well as trade and investment as well as women’s economic empowerment. Ms. Katsiak holds an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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