Project Title

APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project Dissemination Phase 2 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

EWG 01 2018A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 01 2018A 

Project Title

APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project Dissemination Phase 2 

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

756,600 

Co-funding Amount

102,600 

Total Project Value

859,200 

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)

Japan 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Masaomi Koyama 

Job Title 1

Director, Overseas Energy Infrastructure Office, International Affairs Division 

Organization 1

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 

Postal Address 1

1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8931, Japan 

Telephone 1

81-3 35010598 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

masaomi-koyama@meti.go.jp; harada-tomio@meti.go.jp; yoshida-hiroki@meti.go.jp 

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

Masaomi Koyama 

Project Summary

The APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project Dissemination Phase 2 seeks to accelerate the dissemination of low-carbon towns in order to manage rapidly growing energy consumption in the APEC region. The key activities are: 1) to hold LCMT Symposium for the dissemination of the “Concept of the Low-Carbon Town in the APEC Region (Concept)” through utilizing the APEC Low-Carbon Town Indicator (LCT-I) System; and 2) to conduct feasibility studies for specific assessment items in some towns participated as LCT-I volunteer towns in the previous LCMT Symposium. The nominations of LCT-I volunteer towns are on a voluntary basis and three LCT-I volunteer towns are planned to be selected through the EWG.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: This project directly responds to the declaration at the 9th APEC Energy Ministers Meeting (EMM9), held in Fukui, Japan on 19 June 2010, where ministers discussed low-carbon paths to energy security which also provide cooperative energy solutions for a sustainable APEC as well as growth strategies. Among several messages, they noted that the introduction of low-carbon technologies in city planning to boost energy efficiency and reduce fossil energy use is vital to manage rapidly growing energy consumption in urban areas of the Asia-Pacific region. In this context, APEC Energy Ministers have agreed to launch an “APEC Low-Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project” with a view to presenting successful models for coordinated usage of advanced low-carbon technologies. This project is considered as one of the priority projects for APEC.

While local government and municipal officials are getting interested in making their town low-carbon, their urgent concerns tackling now are to alleviate urban problems such as traffic congestion, air/water pollution, waste management, recycling of used water and so on. However, the main objective of the APEC LCMT Project focuses on CO2 emissions reduction. One element of realizing a low-carbon town is to increase energy efficiency while to reduce unnecessary energy consumption. The investments required for them pay for themselves in a short/medium perspective. The other element is to introduce renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic power generation, advanced technology which include building energy management system (BEMS), electric vehicles, smart grid systems and so on. These technologies are still expensive and some of them may need demonstration tests before putting into commercial applications. However, all these technologies have a huge potential to substantially reduce CO2 emissions in towns. As such, the APEC LCMT Project provides towns with opportunities to obtain financial benefit and a future economic development.

This project is directly linked to “building sustainable and resilient communities” (Rank 1) and “energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency including the development of low-carbon technology and alternative energy sources” (Rank 2), which is because it aims to identify successful models for sustainable communities through coordinated usage of advanced low-carbon technologies.

Relevance – Eligibility: The LCMT Project has a clear relation and contribution to dissemination of low-carbon towns and is the top priority of the Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Measures Sub-fund.

Relevance – Capacity Building: The LCMT Symposium and feasibility studies will be capacity building opportunities for the APEC developing economies who wish to implement low-carbon town design. Since the launch in 2011, the LCMT project had developed the ‘Concept of the Low-Carbon Town in the APEC Region’ as a guidebook for  city planners who wish to implement the LCT design and the 1st edition of the Low-Carbon Town Indicator (LCT-I) System was also established based on the Concept in 2016.  The LCT-I System is a self-assessment tool to monitor the progress of the low-carbon town development and users can easily identify where to improve. It aims at assisting governmental agencies to easily conduct periodic assessment in every development stage from planning to maintenance in consideration of various scales, characteristics of LCT development projects in each economy.

The application of the LCT-I System and review process of the self-evaluation results in the LCMT Symposium will help the LCT-I volunteer towns understand the development level of their low-carbon towns. The feasibility studies to be conducted for the specific assessment items in the previous LCT-I volunteer towns will provide a set of low-carbon measures to achieve their CO2 emission reduction goals.

Objectives

The key objectives of the project are:

1) To disseminate the basic ideas and effective approaches of the Concept through utilizing the LCT-I System, which helps evaluate the progress and status of low-carbon development of various areas in the APEC region;

2) To provide feasibility studies of specified assessment items in the LCT-I volunteer towns selected for the 2nd LCMT Symposium in the LCMT Dissemination Phase 1 and identify how to improve the low-carbon development plans through the feasibility study; and

3) To share best practices and real-world experiences of low-carbon town design with planners and policymakers throughout the APEC region.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  Regarding APEC’s key priorities, the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy, adopted at the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Yokohama in 2010, calls for APEC to achieve five growths attributes, namely, balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth. Two of them, sustainable growth and innovative growth, directly apply to activities under the EWG. 

With regard to sustainable growth, the leaders agreed that APEC needs to encourage new green industries and jobs and to help establish a low-carbon society in which APEC economies maintain economic growth as well as protect the environment. In terms of innovative growth, they agreed that APEC needs to adopt policies contributing to fostering environment for innovative growth that will be increasingly crucial for future prosperity; they specifically emphasized the need for innovation in new products and services that can enhance progress on critical global issues, including the environment and energy. The APEC LCMT Project Dissemination Phase 2 will thus serve as one of the key building blocks of the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy. 

Alignment – Forum: Regarding the EWG Strategic Plan for 2014-2018, the LCMT Project is listed as the EWG deliverables for promoting energy efficiency and sustainable communities according to the EMM9 where Energy Ministers instructed the EWG, through the LCMT Task Force, to develop the Concept of a low-carbon town, conduct feasibility studies to encourage creation of low-carbon communities in urban development plans and share best practices for realizing such communities.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: One report for the results of Feasibility Studies for selected LCT-I volunteer towns will be published as the output of this project. The report of the Feasibility Studies will include background research and data collection, a high-level low carbon vision, CO2 emission baseline as BAU scenario ("Business as Usual", which means that the low-carbon related measures in the selected volunteer towns would be kept in the current status.), comprehensive and feasible low-carbon measures, etc. It will support capacity building for government and municipality officials in other APEC developing economies, since they can refer to the report and apply them, if appropriate, to their own economies. Currently the Feasibility Studies are conducted in Banda Aceh City in Indonesia, Hang Tuah Jaya City and Shah Alam City in Malaysia as a part of the activities of the LCMT Dissemination Phase 1. The progress of implementing the low-carbon measures recommended in the Feasibility Studies will continue to be monitored through the LCMT Dissemination Phase 2. 

The 3rd LCMT Symposium is planned to be held in San Borja, Peru (TBC), which was the case town for the Feasibility Study and Policy Review in the LCMT Project Phase 4. The objectives of the Symposium are:

1) Share information on advanced LCT projects in the world including the previous LCMT case towns in the APEC region;

2) Promote the use and recognition of the LCT-I System as a tool to disseminate LCT in the APEC region;

3) Explore possibility of utilizing the LCT-I System to develop bankable low-carbon development project in APEC developing economies; and

4) Gather feedbacks from experts and delegates of LCT projects for the improvement of the LCT-I System. 

PO will request the EWG members to nominate their LCT and select three LCT-I volunteer towns for the 3rd LCMT Symposium. PO will also ask the EWG members to nominate experienced and knowledgeable expert in the LCT planning and implementation and who are professionals in the areas such as energy efficiency improvement in buildings, town planning and  renewable energy utilization, as review experts. The nominated four review experts could be a representative from governmental agencies, private sector, academia, etc. and will  be requested to make recommendations to PO for the selection of  the LCT-I volunteer towns for the 3rd LCMT Symposium. The review experts will examine the nomination sheets and self-evaluation results of the LCT-I System submitted by the candidates. The review experts will be invited to the 3rd LCMT Symposium to present the review results. Some guest speakers will also be invited, for example, from the advanced LCT in and outside of the APEC region to share the best practices and a financial institution to provide support schemes, etc. In addition, two representatives from 10 travel-eligible economies (excluding Peru) will be included. Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) will closely communicate with the relevant government agency of the host town so that the Symposium will be a follow-up for the host town while they can appeal the progress of their low-carbon development to the participants of the Symposium. The participation of representatives from the APEC developed economies will also be expected, but on a self-fund basis. The list of planned participants for the 3rd LCMT Symposium will be:

a)  Representatives of the central government of Peru and local government of San Borja, Lima as the co-host

b)  Two representatives from APEC travel-eligible economies

c) Representatives of interested APEC developed economies, international organisations, etc.

d)  Review experts

e) Guest speakers

f)  PO and APERC as the organiser of the event 

The 3rd LCMT Symposium is planned to be held in September 2019 (TBC) in San Borja, Peru, which was the case town for the Feasibility Study and Policy Review in the LCMT Project Phase 4 in 2014. It is expected that the participants will visit the previous case town and see the progress in their LCT development after the LCMT project implementation. APERC consulted with the previous case towns and San Borja accepted to co-host the event. 

The nomination of the representatives is up to decisions of the EWG members of each travel-eligible economy, but we are going to ask them to nominate one from the central government and the other from local government in order to share information and enhance the cooperation between the two for the low-carbon development. If a travel-eligible economy believes a follow-up is necessary, the LCT-I volunteer towns of the 2nd LCMT Symposium in the LCMT Project Dissemination Phase 1 can be nominated as one of the representatives to participate in the 3rd LCMT Symposium. 

International financial institutions such as Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank (WB), etc. has programs to financially support the implementation of the low-carbon measures, such as renewable energy installation in developing economies. The LCMT Symposium is planned to be an opportunity for the participants to learn the available financial options for their LCT development and to be connected with the experts in this sector. 

Just like the previous phases in LCMT Project, the progress and the result of LCMT Dissemination Phase 2 will be reported to the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technology (EGNRET) for seeking input from experts and disseminating the information. 

The summary report for the 3rd LCMT Symposium will be published as mentioned in the work plan (https://www.apec.org/Publications/2018/04/First-APEC-Low-Carbon-Model-Town-Symposium). The summary report of the 1st Symposium is already published and that of the 2nd Symposium will be published.

Outcomes: The report of the Feasibility Studies is useful for the LCT-I volunteer towns in improving and elaborating its LCT development plan and supporting policy measures in the medium-term. The developers and the policy planners for the LCT project are required to revise their plans and policies to upgrade the quality of their LCT project. The report is also useful for towns/cities in other APEC member economies, as they encourage low-carbon communities. Through sharing best practices and recommendations in various volunteer towns/cities studied in the project, the economies interested can see appropriate pathways towards becoming low-carbon communities. 

In the LCMT Symposium, a guest speaker from financial institution will be invited to provide their support scheme so that the participants can develop a bankable low-carbon development project. 

The wide spread use of the LCT-I System will accelerate the shift to the development of LCT as the LCT-I System provides guidance to properly evaluates the development of LCT. The first edition of LCT-I System was released in the LCMT Project Phase 6 and are available at both the APEC and APERC websites. The LCT-I System is designed to be as simple as possible with user-friendliness in mind. It is a self-assessment tool to assess and monitor the progress of each LCT development project, but not for comparing the progress with other towns/cities. The assessment areas of the LCT-I System are comprehensive and uses a five point scale evaluation in principle. It is supposed to be used by central and local government officials. 

Beneficiaries: Obvious beneficiaries of the LCMT Project Dissemination Phase 2 will be the local government officials and the planners of the LCT-I volunteer towns in the 2nd LCMT Symposium (to be held in the LCMT Project Dissemination Phase 1). They will gain valuable advice on how to design an attractive and innovative low-carbon development project through the Feasibility Study. The area to be focused in the Feasibility Study in each LCT-I volunteer town will be identified through the review process in the Symposium. The Feasibility Study could provide specific guidance on the selection of mitigation measures in a specific area such as building, transport sector, etc. The Feasibility Study can also be used as a checklist for what needs to be done in each stage of the LCT development project, including planning, design, construction and operation. The Feasibility Study in Dissemination Phase 1 is underway and the results such as success/difficulties will be reported at the LCMT TF Meeting to be held in conjunction with the EWG56 Meeting in November 2018. 

Other beneficiaries are the participants of the 3rd LCMT Symposium. For the 3rd LCMT Symposium, two representatives from 10 travel eligible economies (excluding Peru), the experts including review experts and guest speakers will be invited. PO will request 10 travel eligible economies to nominate two representatives who are in charge of low-carbon design of cities/towns. In principle, one is from the central government and the other is from local government in order to share information and enhance the cooperation between the two for the low-carbon development. If a travel eligible economy believes a follow-up is necessary, the LCT-I volunteer towns of the 2nd LCMT Symposium in the LCMT Project Dissemination Phase 1 can be nominated as one of the representatives to participate in the 3rd LCMT Symposium. The self-evaluation results of the LCT-I volunteer towns and the host town of the 3rd LCMT Symposium will be reviewed by the experts. The invited representatives of the travel eligible economies will also learn from these review results. In addition, best practices of LCT development and financial support schemes to be provided by the guest speakers will be beneficial to all the participants. The 2nd LCMT Symposium in Dissemination Phase 1 will be held in September 2018. APERC will try to encourage the EWG members of the travel-eligible economies to nominate two participants as much as possible. The results such as success/difficulties will be reported at the LCMT TF Meeting to be held in conjunction with the EWG56 Meeting in November 2018. 

This project also provides guidance to anyone who may be involved in the design of urban development projects, including government officials and planners throughout the APEC region. Planners and officials will benefit from the Concept as a guidebook for low-carbon development as it includes basic principles of LCT development and examples of the low-carbon measures. The readers of the Feasibility Study report can learn how they can actually plan a comprehensive LCT development with available low-carbon measures through the examples of volunteer towns. The LCT-I System can be used to monitor the progress in the implementation of possible low-carbon measures. All the findings and outcome of the project will be shared at the ENGRET, LCMT TF and EWG meetings and through the websites, which allows government officials and other relevant stakeholders to know appropriate measures toward LCT development.

Dissemination

For the 3rd LCMT Symposium, guest speakers from advanced LCT and financial institutions will be invited. The best practices of LCT development and financial support schemes will be provided during the 3rd LCMT Symposium. 

The Feasibility Study report and the summary report of the 3rd LCMT Symposium will be published on the APEC and APERC websites. APERC will follow instruction of the APEC Secretariat’s to properly prepare and publish those reports. The results of the Feasibility Study and the 3rd LCMT Symposium will also be presented in LCMT TF meetings held in conjunction with EWG meetings. 40 sets of the Concept and the LCT-I System will be published as textbooks to be used in the LCMT Symposium. 

APERC will continue to seek any opportunities to disseminate the achievement and findings of the LCMT Project in international/domestic conferences where we have been or will be invited. The LCT-I System was presented at the 40th International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) International Conference in June 2017. The article on the LCT-I System was also published in the Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 11, No. 11 in November 2017. 

The target audiences are the government officials and the planners of the LCT development project across the APEC region. 

There is no intention to sell the outputs.

Gender

We had many female participants in the previous phases of the LCMT project. We will continue to encourage economies to nominate both women and men as experts and participants. PO hopes to achieve female participation of 20-30% and also try to achieve female speakers’ participation of 20%. If this cannot be achieved, PO will consider addition of an agenda item at the LCMT Symposium to discuss why there appears to be a shortage of qualified women in this area and how this could be addressed. PO will report the sex disaggregated data for speakers and participants in the project report. 

Studies have shown that climate change exacerbates gender inequality as women, especially in less developed economies, are more affected by the impacts of climate change. For example, women are more likely to die in natural disasters and large scale climate events than men, which increase in frequency and potency as climate change continues (see e.g., http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/10117IIED.pdf). Projects such as the LCMT Project actively aim to reduce the impacts on climate change in the APEC region through also encouraging the leadership of women.

Work Plan

The Concept has been developed and refined in the LCMT Project Phases 1-6. The APEC Low-Carbon Town Indicator (LCT-I) System was established based on the Concept in Phase 6 and will be utilized as a tool to disseminate the basic ideas of the Concept. Some towns will apply the LCT-I System in the 2nd LCMT Symposium in the LCMT Project Dissemination Phase 1 to identify their weakness and assessment items to be improved as the LCT-I volunteer towns.

The 2nd LCMT Symposium will be held in Da Nang, Viet Nam on 20-21 September 2018 as a part of the LCMT Project Dissemination Phase 1.

In the LCMT Project Dissemination Phase 2, Feasibility Studies for specific assessment items for the selected LCT-I volunteer towns will be conducted after the 2nd LCMT Symposium. A consultant for conducting Feasibility Studies will be selected by an international open tender in October-November 2018. The expected period for the Feasibility Studies is approximately one year from December 2018 to December 2019. One report for the results of Feasibility Studies for the selected LCT-I volunteer towns will be published as the output.

The 3rd LCMT Symposium is planned to be held in San Borja, Peru, which was the case town for the Feasibility Study and Policy Review in the LCMT Project Phase 4, in September 2019 (TBC). The nomination for three LCT-I volunteer towns and review experts will start in the first half of 2019. 

APERC will coordinate the work of the 3rd LCMT Symposium under the direction of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. 

Work Plan of Each Task:

1) Feasibility Study

a) Selection of the focus of the Feasibility Studies to be held in the LCT-I volunteer towns selected in the LCMT Dissemination Phase 1: September-October 2018

b)  Selection of Feasibility Study Consultant: October-November 2018

c)  Feasibility Study in the LCT-I volunteer towns selected in the LCMT Dissemination Phase 1: December 2018-December 2019

d) Publication of the Feasibility Study report on the APEC websites: December 2019 

2)  3rd LCMT Symposium

a)  Nomination for three LCT-I volunteer towns: December 2018 (TBD)

b)  Nomination for Review Team: April 2019 (TBD)

c)  Selection of three LCT-I volunteer towns: April-June 2019 (TBD)

d)  Nomination for Guest Speakers: May-July 2019 (TBD)

e)  Nomination for two representatives from travel-eligible economies

f)  3rd LCMT Symposium in San Borja, Peru: September 2019 (TBD)

g) Publication of the summary report of the 3rd LCMT Symposium: December 2019 

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

September -November 2018

Selection of the focus of the Feasibility Studies to be held in the LCT-I volunteer towns selected in the LCMT Dissemination Phase 1
October -December 2018
Selection of Feasibility Study Consultant
Contract with a feasibility study consultant
December 2018-December 2019
Feasibility Study in the LCT-I volunteer towns selected in the LCMT Dissemination Phase 1
Feasibility Study Report
December 2018
Nomination for three LCT-I volunteer towns

April 2019
Nomination for Review Team

April - June 2019
Selection of LCT-I volunteer towns

May - July 2019
Nomination for Guest Speakers

June 2019
Nomination for two representatives from travel-eligible economies
September 2019
3rd LCMT Symposium in San Borja, Peru

December 2019
Publication of the summary report of the 3rd LCMT Symposium
Summary Report of the 3rd LCMT Symposium
Within 2 months from the Project end date
Drafting, endorsement and submission of the Completion Report and all supporting documents to the Secretariat
Completed report and all supporting documents
6 to 12 months after project end date
Participation in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat, as required by all APEC funded projects
Filled out Evaluation forms

Risks

The key risks of this project are:

1) The Feasibility Study report of the Dissemination Phase 2 is ineffective. PO and APERC will avoid this risk by contributing the selecting process of a qualified consultant who not only has expertise in various low-carbon measures and technologies, but also has a deep understanding of the selected project, through a competitive tender. PO and APERC will also monitor the progress of implementation of the LCMT Dissemination Phase 2 periodically.

2) Low interests in nomination of volunteer towns from the eligible economies. PO will request the EWG members’ support and encouraging them to nominate a candidate town.

3)  The LCMT Symposium fails to attract interests of APEC developing economies. APERC, as an executant of this project, will avoid this risk by providing best low-carbon measures in practice not only in APEC economies but also in non-APEC economies.

4)  Low participation in the Symposium due to logistics. PO will provide the administrative information of the Symposium around 12 weeks before so that there will be enough time for the representative to consider and prepare for their participation.

5) Difficulties in finding appropriate speakers from advanced LCT in non-APEC economies and financial institutions. PO will keep networking with the review experts and speakers in the previous phases of the LCMT Project and will find speakers through them such as Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and 100 Resilient Cities, etc.

6) Difficulties in supporting the developing economies to break the barriers in implementing the low-carbon measures. PO will design the Feasibility Study and the LCMT Symposium to be the opportunity for the volunteer towns and participants to know available support schemes from international organisations, information sharing platforms, etc.

7) Delay in nomination of LCT-I volunteer towns. PO will provide necessary technical support for the candidate towns to fill out the necessary documents.

Monitoring and Evaluation

To measure the progress, possible indicators are the number of participants in the LCMT Symposium. The feedback from the participants including representatives from APEC developing economies, review experts and guest speakers will be reflected for the improvement of the LCT-I System and the project’s activity when necessary. The target number of the participants is 50. 

The LCT-I System enables the government officials and policy makers to identify the low-carbon measures to be implemented and monitor the progress by themselves based on the self-diagnosis. The LCT-I System includes both quantitative and qualitative indicators in the areas of energy, environment, resources and governance. The self-evaluation results will be presented by selected LCT-I volunteer towns and the host town in the LCMT Symposium. As of 15 June 2018, there have been 1,573 access on the LCT-I System available at the APEC’s publication website since its original publication in November 2016. PO hopes to achieve 2,000 access by the end of the project completion. 

The PO and APERC will be monitoring the progress of the project on a regular basis, and will take appropriate action in the event that progress is not satisfactory. The LCMT TF will also be monitoring the overall progress of the project and can recommend appropriate changes to the project plan if results are not of the expected quality. The schedule of LCMT Symposium will be used as an indicator to monitor if the project is on track or not. 

The outcomes will be reviewed by the EWG members and posted on APEC and APERC websites. APERC website hits will be logged as another indicator to show the project is successful or not. 

The quality of the Feasibility Study will be measured by its clear set of CO2 emissions reduction targets, and its carbon reduction measures with their quantitative contributions to CO2 reductions. The quality of the Policy Review will be measured by the number of policy recommendations covering wide range of policy issues in the intended LCT. 

PO and APERC will try to achieve the nomination of at least three LCT-I volunteer towns from the EWG members.

Linkages

While the APEC LCMT project focuses on developing economies, OECD mainly focuses on developed economies in its Green Cities Programme. Since the LCMT Project Phase 3, OECD experts on the Programme invited to join in the project activity to share their knowledge and experience in environmentally friendly urban development. In addition, as for the LCT-I System, active discussion carried out with experts of ISO on possible contribution by the LCT-I System to international standardisation of city indicators during 2015-2017. 

The PO will establish the linkage with the previous phases through inviting experts/stakeholders involved in the previous phases to Dissemination Phase 2. The PO is also planning to establish the linkage to other LCMT projects by requesting report the results to the LCMT TF. In this connection, the result of many related projects in China is expected to be summarised and reported by APEC Sustainable Energy Centre (APSEC) based in Tianjin, China. The PO will also consider inviting other sustainable urbanization work inside APEC (eg Urbanisation FotC, Cooperative Network of Sustainable Cities, EGEEC Net Zero Energy / Green Buildings, PPSTI through the APEC Climate Center) in the LCMT TF meetings and examine the possible synergies with other global sustainable urbanization initiatives (eg UNEP, COP21) outside APEC with the guidance of the APEC Secretariat. 

A guest speaker from IDB or WB will be invited to the 3rd LCMT Symposium for the participants from developing economies to explore possibilities of developing bankable projects.

Sustainability

The intention of this LCMT Project is to provide real-life model towns that will be viewed as good examples of LCT development planning. These towns will last for many decades, and they will be open for anyone to see. The towns themselves are, therefore, likely to be the most enduring legacy of this project. If these towns are successful, they will attract the attention of urban planners and policymakers throughout the world, who will visit them, hear about them from each other, and read about them in professional and popular publications. In particular, the LCT-I volunteer towns become educational tools for neighbouring towns in addition to the previous case towns in the LCMT Phases 1-7. The EWG could ask the host economy to prepare a short follow-up presentation after the publication of the Feasibility Study report. 

The LCMT Symposium is held to follow up the progress of previous LCMT case towns and further disseminate LCT utilizing the Concept and LCT-I System. Through the self-diagnosis of LCT-I System, users can see what low-carbon measures they need to implement. Periodical assessment will help sustainable low-carbon growth in each LCT. APERC will keep the evaluation examples of LCT-I System for the reference of other LCT in the APEC region and continue to improve the LCT-I System through reflecting feedbacks collected in the LCMT Symposium and other opportunities. In order to directly involve more LCT in the project, LCMT Symposium will invite selected LCT-I volunteer towns to present the application results of the LCT-I System. The experts’ review of the self-diagnosis results will be a training for the LCT-I volunteer towns, host town (previous LCMT case towns) and the representatives of travel eligible economies. LCMT Dissemination Phase 2 will also include the implementation of Feasibility Studies in specific assessment items of the LCT-I volunteer towns that are identified to be improved in the review process of the 2nd LCMT Symposium in the LCMT Project Dissemination Phase 1. The summary report of the 1st LCMT Symposium was published on both the APEC and APERC websites and the one for the 2nd LCMT Symposium will also be prepared after September 2018. The summary reporting of the LCMT Symposium will also contribute to the sustainability of the project. 

It is ideal if the self-diagnosis of LCT-I System can encourage the implementation of low-carbon development projects utilizing the support scheme of financial institutions which is planned to be introduced in the LCMT Symposium.

Project Overseers

The main points of contact for this project are: 

Mr. Hiroki Yoshida
Deputy Director, International Affairs Division
Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
Email: yoshida-hiroki@meti.go.jp

Ms. Dan Linh Nguyen 
Researcher, PhD 
Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)
Email: dan.nguyen@aperc.ieej.or.jp

The two Project Overseers have a wide range of private and public sector experience in the energy sector. Including carrying out the LCMT project, hosting and organising international conferences, active participation in EGNRET, working on facilitating an increase in the use of new and renewable energy technologies in the APEC region.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

We would like to request a waiver to allow the low-carbon town experts who are government employees from non-travel eligible economies to receive airfare and per diem expenses. They would play an important role in sharing experiences and knowledge of LCT development and dissemination of LCT in the APEC region. 

We would also like to request a waiver for the payment of the expenses for the field trips on the second day of the LCMT Symposium which are the indispensable elements for the implementation of the project. 

In addition, we would like to request a waiver to fund more than three participants from one travel-eligible economy in the category of “Participants” as we would like to invite one of them as a representative of the selected LCT-I volunteer towns and ask the person to deliver a presentation on their self-evaluation result of the LCT-I System.  

PO will follow the instructions of the APEC Secretariat and seek their approvals when necessary for the efficient use of the APEC funding.

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Project Status

Publication (if any)

Fund Account

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Project Year

Project Session

APEC Funding

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

Sponsoring Forum

Topics

Committee

Other Fora Involved

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

Proposing Economy(ies)

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Expected Start Date

Expected Completion Date

Project Proponent Name 1

Job Title 1

Organization 1

Postal Address 1

Telephone 1

Fax 1

Email 1

Project Proponent Name 2

Job Title 2

Organization 2

Postal Address 2

Telephone 2

Fax 2

Email 2

Declaration

Project Summary

Relevance

Objectives

Alignment

TILF/ASF Justification

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Dissemination

Gender

Work Plan

Risks

Monitoring and Evaluation

Linkages

Sustainability

Project Overseers

Cost Efficiency

Drawdown Timetable

Direct Labour

Waivers

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Project Number

Previous Fora

Secretariat Comments

Reprogramming Notes

Consolidated QAF

Endorsement By Fora

PD Sign Off

Batch

Forum Priority

Committee Ranking Category

Committee Priority

PDM Priority

Priority Within Funding Category

Monitoring Report Received

Completion Report Received

PMU Field 1

PMU Field 2

PMU Field 3

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