Project Title

Aligning Conformity Assessment Efforts for Energy Efficiency Regulations of Motors in the APEC and ASEAN Regions 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

EWG 05 2018A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 05 2018A 

Project Title

Aligning Conformity Assessment Efforts for Energy Efficiency Regulations of Motors in the APEC and ASEAN Regions 

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

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

95,000 

Total Project Value

195,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Topics

Energy 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Japan; Mexico; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2018 

Expected Completion Date

15/11/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Cary Bloyd 

Job Title 1

Senior Staff Scientist 

Organization 1

Pacific Northwest National Laboratories 

Postal Address 1

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

Telephone 1

1-301 6518899 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

cary.bloyd@pnnl.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Cary Bloyd 

Project Summary

The project expands a 2008 project conducted by China on motor efficiency and aims to inform the regulatory and policy environments within APEC and ASEAN of the benefits of harmonization of standards and conformity assessment approaches to facilitate trade of energy efficient electric motors and accelerate progress toward energy intensity reduction in the region. The project is divided into 3 phases: Update the 2008 list of standards and conformity assessment policies for motors in APEC and ASEAN (Phase 1); Develop a roadmap for harmonization within APEC and ASEAN based on outcomes and lessons learned via the ASEAN SHINE (Phase 2); and Promote recommendations of harmonization of standards and conformity assessment policies for motors among the economies (Phase 3). The project focuses on APEC and ASEAN economies, (non-APEC, ASEAN members will be funded by ICA (International Copper Association) and UL(UL LLC - formerly known as Underwriters Laboratories). The project will facilitate a public-private dialogue by including industry perspectives.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: According to the International Energy Agency, electric motor systems consume about 70% of industrial electricity and 40% of total electricity worldwide. Furthermore, the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative estimates that electric motor-driven systems account for almost half of global electricity consumption costing more than $565 billion (USD) per year. A modest efficiency gain of 1.5% would significantly contribute to meeting APEC’s energy intensity reduction goal of 45% by 2035. Currently, the SEAD standards and labels (S&L) database contains 44 different standards and labeling efforts for motors in the APEC region alone. The fragmentation of requirements around the globe places a large burden on the motor industry, as diverging specifications have emerged in multiple markets, threatening to create non-tariff barriers and undermine deployment through the rest of the region.  In light of this trend, economies benefit by striving to align requirements globally and implement programs that promote innovation and ensure access to these technologies, which, in turn, can bring energy savings across sectors. Over the past several years, APEC leaders have repeatedly acknowledged the importance of working to achieve trade facilitation to advance sustainable economic growth.  This project will be a joint private-public effort to advance global alignment of energy efficiency regulations for motors to this end. 

Relevance – Eligibility: This project will promote the development of harmonized standards and conformity assessment activities of high-efficiency motors within the APEC and ASEAN[1] regions by identifying whether or not minimum efficiency requirements for motors exist in each economy and then educating officials on the benefits of common/aligned standards and conformity assessment approach for these products. This project directly supports APEC’s aggregate energy intensity reduction goal of 45% by 2035. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: The project will arm regulators in developing economies with the tools for ensuring that higher-efficiency motors are used in their markets. Under the United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative led by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), ICA a number of motors-related resources have recently been developed or are in the process of being developed that will be leveraged in this project. ICA is an implementing partner for U4E and will ensure that this project aligns with U4E’s efforts. The resources that will be leveraged from the U4E initiative include policy guidebooks, training packages and model policies. This project will add tools such as  a mapping of each economy’s motor efficiency requirements (standards and conformity assessment requirements) compared to their neighbors and recommendations for areas for harmonization.


[1] The PO acknowledges the Guidelines on Managing Cooperation with Non-APEC Members (September 2015) and will apply for cooperation with ASEAN.

Objectives

This project has three primary objectives:

1) Identify commonalities and differences in motor energy efficiency standards and labelling efforts in APEC and ASEAN.

2) Advance the ongoing public-private dialogue among APEC and ASEAN economies regarding ways to align motor energy efficiency requirements through the development and use of global standards such as IEC 60034 and more trade-friendly conformity assessment procedures.

3) To address and prevent unnecessary market access barriers for efficient motors, increase the availability and use of energy efficient products in markets worldwide and assist APEC and ASEAN economies meet domestic energy policy objectives.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project will pave the way for a possible harmonization of testing methods and conformity assessment approaches in APEC and ASEAN and is in line with the APEC Regulatory Cooperation Process Mechanism (ARCAM) on Trade-Related Standards and Technical Regulations as this project “target(s) an area [motors energy efficiency standards and labelling requirements] where potential technical barriers to trade are identified and a trend in regulation is anticipated”. It is also directly relevant to the “APEC Growth Strategy” adopted by APEC Leaders in 2010 to achieve growth that is balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure. The goals for sustainable growth, include, “improving access for environmental goods and services” and “promoting private investment in green industries and production processes.” This project also directly supports APEC Leaders’ aspirational goal, reiterated in the Leaders’ 2016 statement, to reduce energy intensity by 45% by 2035. 

Alignment – Forum: This project aligns with three of the EWG’s four strategic priorities for 2017:

1) Promoting sustainable, innovative, and inclusive growth - By helping to create the conditions for wider adoption of more energy efficient motors, this project will contribute to sustainable and innovative growth within the region by increasing region-wide demand for advanced motors.

2)  Fostering far-reaching regional integration and connectivity – use of harmonized standards and conformity assessment approaches for efficient motors will create a common set of requirements across the APEC and ASEAN regions.

3) Supporting small business competitiveness, innovation, and participation in trade – By creating a common set of requirements across the region for manufacturers, small manufacturers will enjoy greater market access and experience fewer barriers to differing requirements. 

Additionally, this directly supports the EWG’s energy efficiency goals contributing to the APEC Leaders’ energy intensity improvement target as laid out in the EWG Strategic Plan for 2014-2018; specifically, supporting efforts to develop and harmonize “product and system standards that enhance energy efficiency.”

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The outputs for this project will entail:

1) Output 1:  List of all existing motor energy efficiency regulations/requirements, referenced test procedures, conformity assessment requirements, and implementing organizations (Department, Ministry, Agency, etc.) by economy in each of the APEC economies and ASEAN members. This list will be compiled from existing resources within UL. Where UL does have information for a certain APEC economy or ASEAN member, UL will research, with assistance from ICA.

2) Output 2:  Interim report of findings and recommendations for harmonizing motor energy efficiency requirements. An Interim report will be used during the workshop.

3) Output 3:  Workshop to present findings and collect recommendations and feedback from motor energy efficiency experts. The workshop will be made up of participants representing energy efficiency standards and labeling regulators from each APEC economy and ASEAN member, relevant motor industry associations, individual motor manufacturers, APEC SCSC representatives from each APEC economy, international standards development organizations, and any other organization with an interest in promoting motor efficiency identified during the course of researching the issue.

4) Output 4:  Final report of findings, recommendations, and action plan to achieve regional harmonization of motor energy efficiency standards and conformity assessment practices. 

Outcomes: The outputs outlined above should lead to more efficient trade of and adoption of more energy efficient motors in the APEC and ASEAN regions. The project aims to identify existing technical barriers to trade of energy efficient motors, identify solutions to overcome those barriers, and build individual economy support for adopting the recommendations outlined in the final report. The project will identify a single approach to motor energy efficiency regulations that could be replicated across the APEC and ASEAN regions with minimal deviances. This approach would allow manufacturers to test their products once and use those test reports, provided the motors meet the performance requirements, to gain access into all APEC and ASEAN economies. 

In order for these benefits to be realized, some if not all of the economies in the APEC and ASEAN regions may need to institute new regulations where they didn’t exist before or amend their existing regulations to incorporate the identified test procedures and conformity assessment requirements identified through the report. 

Beneficiaries: The direct project participants can be categorized into five main stakeholder groups:

1) Standards and Labeling Program Managers – These are government officials (male or female) from each of the APEC and ASEAN member economies who are responsible for designing and implementing economy wide energy efficiency standards and labeling programs. For economy managers where there are currently no standards and labeling requirements for motors, the project will provide a number of recommendations that can be used to cost-effectively implement new programs to address motor energy efficiency. For economies with existing programs, the project provides opportunities to showcase their economy’s efforts to their peers, identify areas for improvement, and expose those program managers to new approaches to designing energy efficiency programs in a more efficient way without sacrificing compliance rates.

2) Motor Industry Representatives – This group of stakeholders includes both individual motor manufacturers as well as regional or economy industry association representatives. The Motor industry would stand to benefit from harmonized standards and conformity assessment approaches to motor energy efficiency regulations by having fewer requirements for their products to meet. Ideally, the project would result in a single set of requirements (test methods, performance standards, and conformity assessment approaches) that industry could use to gain market access in all APEC and ASEAN economies.

3) APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) Participants – Though this project will be conducted under the auspices of the APEC Experts Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEE&C), there are linkages to the work that the APEC SCSC conducts. SCSC participants will benefit from the regular collaboration with EGEE&C members that this project will provide by fostering a better understanding of the needs of energy efficiency standards and labeling program managers.

4) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) – This list includes groups of organizations such as energy efficiency advocacy groups, universities, and other stakeholder groups. While not directly benefiting from the outcomes of the project, their participation will provide different perspectives and ideas for consideration in the project.

5)  Private Sector Standards Developers and Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Organizations – Representatives from international standards development organizations and the TIC industry will provide technical perspectives for consideration of a harmonized approach to standards and conformity assessment. These organization’s capabilities and services could ultimately be leveraged in a harmonized approach to motor efficiency standards and labeling efforts.

Dissemination

A single electronic report will be developed and sent to all project participants, the APEC SCSC and EGEE&C and workshop attendees free of charge at the conclusion of the project. In addition, the report will be published on the APEC website. The report will include final drafts of all of the intended outcomes listed above in Section B.4 as well as any materials produced in the execution of this project in accordance with the APEC publication guidelines. The report will be disseminated widely through the project overseer and its partners (UL, ICA, UNEP) large networks, including United for Efficiency (U4E, an energy efficiency accelerator of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative).

Gender

The project does not aim to explicitly benefit men or women.

To ensure that no gender is disadvantaged, the project team will encourage equitable participation by men and women at all steps of the project. Sex-disaggregated data will be applied for project assessment where feasible, i.e. workshop attendance. The selection of consultants, workshop presenters will be organised in an unbiased environment irrespective of gender. The Project Overseer will take care to ensure that the workshop and all related administrative arrangements are executed in a gender-neutral manner, and in particular in a manner that does not disadvantage women. Women from APEC economies will be targeted as workshop participants and presenters with the goal of having at least four female speakers.

It is expected that the project output would benefit all members of the private and public sector engaged, regardless of gender.  We will also take special care to provide sex disaggregated data for speakers and participants when collecting and reporting data on the workshop.

Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

August 2018

Identify Advisory Group Participants to advise the PO in executing the project. Convene monthly forum calls to identify tasks, responsibilities, and timeline for completing the project

January 2019

Research all existing motor energy efficiency regulations/requirements, referenced test procedures, conformity assessment requirements, and implementing organizations (Department, Ministry, Agency, etc.) by economy in each of the APEC economies and ASEAN members. This list will be compiled from existing resources within UL, information supplied by members of the Advisory Group, and independent research.

List of all current motor efficiency requirements within each APEC economy and ASEAN member

May 2019

The Advisory Group will review the list of current motor efficiency requirements and analyze the list for opportunities to harmonize test procedures and approaches to standards and labeling programs.

Interim roadmap and recommendations for harmonization

June 2019

Identify a consultant to help plan and execute to plan and execute a workshop in an APEC Economy.

Contract with a consultant to plan and execute a 2-day workshop in an APEC Economy.

July 2019

Identify location and venue for the meeting and draft an agenda for the workshop. Advisory Board approves the agenda and compiles a list of participants and speakers for the Workshop

Invitations sent.

Agenda finalized.

September 2019

Execute Workshop to share information and ideas on areas for harmonizing efficiency testing methods and use of common data sources as a means for aligning energy efficiency regulations with the objective of promoting trade, and longer-term energy efficiency gains.

Attendee list with sex disaggregated data.

Workshop presentations.

Recommendations from workshop participants.

November 2019

Compile and publish a Final Project Report, with the assistance of the Contractor and the Advisory Group that includes findings and recommendations for energy efficiency policy makers in APEC economies and ASEAN member economies.

Published Final Project Report

January 2020

Draft, gain approval from the Advisory Group, and submit a completion report with all supporting documentation to the APEC Secretariat

Project Completion Report

November 2020

Participate in the long-term evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat

Risks

Project completion relies on programmatic information from each APEC economy and ASEAN member. There is a risk that this information might not be readily and easily available or that contacts from each APEC and/or ASEAN economy are not responsive. To mitigate this risk, the PO will start this effort with baseline information collected from the 2008 APEC-funded project and use that information as a baseline for any non-response. Furthermore, UL has offered to leverage an internal division called “Global Market Access” which tracks a host of regulatory requirements, not just energy efficiency, across the globe. UL’s Global Market Access team has IT capabilities and language translation capabilities that should be able to mitigate any information gaps. 

Another foreseeable risk relates to the acceptance of the recommendations in the APEC and ASEAN economies. To minimize this risk, the Project will be conducted in a collaborative manner that keeps the identified participants involved throughout the Project timeline. The endorsement and adoption of the recommendations will legitimize the process used during the execution of the project. To do that, the Project will engage representatives from ministries in charge of energy efficiency standards and labelling requirements from the APEC and ASEAN regions through the establishment of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) with members of the APEC EGEE&C and SCSC. The Project is confident of the commitment of these representatives as all economies have an interest in removing technical barriers to trade of energy efficient motors within the regions. These interests are economic in nature in that economies should want to see motor manufacturers in their economies succeed. The interests are also related to the meeting of each economy’s energy intensity goals. Adopting a harmonized approach to identifying and ultimately adopting high efficiency motors would contribute to both sets of interests.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The project will be assessed by several indicators, such as the number of participants, number of economies participating, and proportion of women participants. Additionally, a workshop survey will be used to assess the value of the workshop to participants, including an assessment of the strengths and areas for improvement of workshop, knowledge gained and recommendations for future workshops. Ultimately, the project will be evaluated by the number of economies that adopt the recommendations in their economy specificl requirements. Target indicators will consist of:

·  40 Workshop Participants

·  15 APEC and ASEAN economies participating

·   25% of workshop participants are women

·   4 female speakers at the workshop

·   7 APEC or ASEAN economies adopt the recommendations

Linkages

This project builds upon the previous project EWG 06/2007T on alignment of standards and best practices for electric motors. This project will refresh the information collected during this project from 10 years ago and will go beyond by examining not just the standards that are used, but the conformity assessment requirements that provide the regulatory certainty that electric motors actually perform at or above the standards. This project will also provide specific policy recommendations for harmonizing requirements to make it easier to facilitate global trade of efficient motors. 

It also aligns with past APEC projects from the SCSC that have focused on harmonizing standards and conformity assessment approaches of ICT equipment; past EGEE&C projects on harmonizing room air-conditioner standards; as well as regional initiatives such as ASEAN SHINE. To date, there have been few products focused on efficiency of electric motors, which are prevalent across every industry. This project encourages cross-fora collaboration between EWG/EGEE&C and SCSC, as SCSC participants will be key stakeholders in this project. It also facilitates engagement with industry.

Sustainability

Following the conclusion of the project, relationships between the motor industry and the identified energy efficiency standards and labeling program managers will be established. It will be up to the motor industry, in partnership with the other stakeholders of the project, to leverage these relationships and continue to engage the government officials responsible for each economy’s requirements to encourage the adoption of the recommendations from the project. Specifically, the project report, the main output of this project, will be a significant tool that all workshop participants (manufacturers, industry associations, and energy efficiency NGOs) will be able to use to engage motor regulators on harmonizing energy efficiency regulations within the APEC and ASEAN regions. 

UL and ICA will continue to play a coordinating role in bringing these groups of stakeholders together with the goal of region-wide adoption of the recommendations. Furthermore, through the involvement of ICA in the project implementation, the project will benefit from the United for Efficiency (U4E) capacity building program which will provide technical assistance to economies for the adoption of the recommendations made by this project after the end of the APEC funding. 

UL and ICA, as regular participants in the APEC EGEE&C will continue to keep the Experts Group apprised of developments related to this project long after the project has completed.

Project Overseers

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

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

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

Role of UL. UL LLC (UL), wholly owned by Underwriters Laboratories Inc., is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. Its nearly 11,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. UL is wholly owned by it’s not-for-profit parent company, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is an ANSI-accredited standards development organization with over 1,500 published national, bi-national, and international standards documents addressing issues such as electrical safety, sustainability, and cybersecurity. 

UL’s Director of Global Government Affairs, Derek Greenauer will coordinate the participation of UL’s technical experts in the project and work closely with the Project Overseer on all day-to-day project-related activities. Mr. Greenauer has been participating in APEC EGEE&C meetings and projects since 2011 and has been working on energy efficiency policy and program design and implementation since 1999. UL will provide monetary and in-kind support for this project on matters related to technical standards and conformity assessment practices.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

A consultant will be engaged to help organize and identify speakers for the workshop, help run the workshop, and participate in the development and completion of the project report.  APEC funding for this task is estimated at $18,900.


Waivers

Not Applicable.

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