Project Title

12th SCSC Conference: Applying Digital Technology and Standards to Respond to the Impacts of Climate Change on Infrastructures 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

SCSC 03 2018A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

SCSC 03 2018A 

Project Title

12th SCSC Conference: Applying Digital Technology and Standards to Respond to the Impacts of Climate Change on Infrastructures 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

148,338 

Co-funding Amount

77,552 

Total Project Value

225,890 

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)

Papua New Guinea 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; Indonesia; Japan; New Zealand; Peru; Philippines; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2018 

Expected Completion Date

30/04/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Dan Yansom 

Job Title 1

Acting Executive Manager, Standards Development 

Organization 1

National Institute of Standardsand Industrial Technology (NISIT) 

Postal Address 1

Porton 414, Reke Street, P O Box 3042, Boroko, Papua New Guinea 

Telephone 1

675-3231852 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

dan.yansom@nisit.gov.pg 

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

Dan Yansom 

Project Summary

This project will identify priority areas for applying standards and digital technology in response to the impacts of climate change on infrastructure, with special emphasis on the built environment. Specifically, the project aims to:

1) identify opportunities for mainstreaming the use and application of digital technology in developing building standards to respond to climate change, possibly through the establishment of minimum acceptable levels of resilience, and

2) align with APEC priorities to strengthen standards harmonization, technical alignment and regulatory coherence and cooperation on digital technology and building standards by member economies.

The project includes four key activities, namely: (i) APEC-wide survey on key impacts and priority areas; (ii) Discussion paper preparation, examining issues, challenges and opportunities; (iii) 12th SCSC Conference on the margins of the 2019 APEC SOM 3 meeting in Santiago, Chile, ; and (iv) Recommendations report to APEC SCSC and other relevant APEC fora outlining key findings.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Climate change can cause extreme weather conditions, damage natural resources, detrimentally affect the safety of communities, the security of nations and adversely impact infrastructure, globally. The resulting damage and loss to transport, water resources, construction and telecommunications, especially in coastal environments, comes at a significant economic and social cost. It interrupts the movement of goods, services and people both within and between APEC economies and prevent access to market. This is particularly important within those APEC economies exposed to the impacts of climate change and are home to the majority of the region’s poor. Addressing the associated risks effectively requires cooperation that traverses cross-cutting sectors such as the digital economy. 

The impacts of climate change on all of forms of infrastructure are broad-reaching and have a variety of detrimental flow-on effects for APEC member economies. Infrastructure is multifaceted and covers areas such as transportation, energy, water, digital, social and green infrastructure, and the built environment. This project will identify key areas of the built environment impacted by climate change, which for the purposes of this project refers to human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, in particular, buildings and their design, construction, management, and use. Specifically, this project will help to address the impacts of climate change on buildings through the application of standards and digital technology. In particular, it will outline methodologies to improve the resilience of buildings (and communities) to respond to conditions such as rising water levels, extreme hot and wet weather, and an increased prevalence of climate related events including fires, floods and related disasters.

In doing so, this project will outline specific and well-targeted digital standards and related technologies, methodologies and tools that can be applied to effectively respond to varying kinds of climate change impacts on the built environment. For instance, some kinds of interventions will be required in immediate response to unpredictable climate change events, whereas other interventions can be used as part of a long term approach to preventing damage to the built environment. Concurrently, this project will highlight and map the standards and related methodologies and approaches that can be utilised at different parts of the construction life-cycle, including design, building and maintenance. The project will also highlight the importance of co-ordination between standards developers and regulators in relation to building resilience levels. 

This project will also assist with harmonising on digital and building standards by exploring possible avenues for greater information sharing across APEC member economies through the application of digital technology (e.g. through cloud computing). With rapid advances in computing power, connectivity, mobility, and data storage capacity over the last few decades, digital enabling technologies such as Building Information Modelling offer standards development bodies many opportunities for developing standards to enhance interoperability and data flows. The digital economy is fast moving and significant advances in the development of international digital standards have also been made to help address information technology and communications user requirements. Many APEC member economies have high levels of digitisation, including through smart phone use and internet connectivity, and less reliance on traditional infrastructure. Within this context, it is timely that APEC member economies become collectively informed on the opportunities available to them to innovatively apply digital technology and building standards to their built environments.

Through the course of its delivery, the project will identify the benefits of utilising national building standards as well as international digital standards and related products and services that mitigate against the impacts of climate change on the built environment. Case study examples are to highlight methodologies that can be applied to the use of digital and building standards. Activities will not only inform the design of new infrastructure developments but also help to better manage and maintain existing investments. In doing so, the project will highlight tools to help ameliorate against adverse impacts, reduce the risks and prevent damage to sustain investments in built infrastructures adjusting to the consequences of climate change. 

By bringing together leading experts across the APEC region on digital technology, built environment and climate change, with standards bodies and other key stakeholders, the project will increase knowledge and information sharing between member economies on digital and building standards, products and services that are within the context of climate change with potential to having broad reaching implications. In doing so, the project will also highlight areas in which APEC member economies can collectively focus additional efforts to improve standards harmonisation, reduce inefficiencies and improve the sustainability and maintenance of built environment investments over the short, medium and long term. 

Relevance – Eligibility: The effective use of digital technologies to address barriers to trade and mitigate against the impacts of climate change is of relevance to all APEC member economics, given its broad reaching implications. Through its delivery, the project will build the capacity of participants to identify their own member economy priorities for responding to the impacts of climate change on built infrastructure. By identifying digital and building standards and digital technologies, the project also support member economies to adapt to the challenges of climate change in the built environment. Over the medium to longer term, the project is expected to strengthen economic infrastructure through standards harmonization, technical alignment and regulatory coherence and cooperation that will assist with reducing technical barriers to trade and integration into the global economy. 

Given its focus on using digital standards and digital technologies in conjunction with building standards, this project is expected to better equip member economies with the information and tools available across APEC to harness technologies for the future in the design, building, operation and maintenance of the built environment. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: Less developed economies continue to be on the frontline of climate change, often experiencing gradual sea-level rises, stronger cyclones, more unpredictable rainfalls and heatwaves. Digital readiness and the adoption of international digital standards vary greatly across developed and developing APEC member economies as does the development, adoption and use of building standards. By increasing the market awareness, knowledge and know-how of members, this project will help to prevent climate change impacts on built infrastructure investments. It will build awareness of digital technologies, alternative building designs, materials and construction standards and in turn help address differences in design, construction and asset management. 

More specifically, the project will identify opportunities that will potentially have a positive impact on human development and well-being. For example, through the use of digital technology to scope the requirements for cyclone resistant housing. By highlighting opportunities for increasing the use of digital technologies in such areas, and highlight how the increased digitisation of standards more broadly, is of benefit, the project will help to ensure that all APEC member economies are better equipped with the knowledge they require to promote more resilient communities and development within their own economy and between APEC members. 

Within this context, it is particularly important the project has the support and participation of APEC’s developing economies. Of the seven APEC members who have agreed to co-sponsor this project, two - The Philippines and Indonesia - are classified as developing economies. Additionally, the participation of other APEC developing economies as well as transitioning and middle-income economies will be central to the collaborative effort in identifying priority areas, case studies and developing minimum acceptable levels of resilience across the full range of APEC economy’s contexts. The important role of regulators in setting building resilience levels will also be highlighted as part of this project.

Digital Standards play a critical role in helping all economies deal with climate change and disaster risk reduction responses. Standardisation activities encouraged under this project will support economic development by fostering the use of new technologies by APEC member economies. As part of the approach, it is envisaged that the project will further regional and international collaboration as well as identify new business opportunities to address areas of priority in the built environment identified through the survey and conference proceedings. 

Developing economies such as Indonesia are in a unique position to share their experience and expertise on areas such as security and resilience and warning systems (e.g. through their role on ISO Technical Committee 292 - Security and Resilience). Additionally, knowledge sharing in other areas will help to build common understanding on the benefits of key international digital standards like data exchange, which is a key enabler for transferring information amongst stakeholders. It is expected that through participation in the project, member economies will also increase their knowledge and capacity on standards in the area of Building Information Modelling, Smart Cities, Climate Change Adaptation for Settlements and Infrastructure, Environmental Management and Sustainability, Risk Management, and Organisational Governance.

Objectives

The overarching aims of this project are to:

·   Strengthen standards harmonization, technical alignment and regulatory coherence and cooperation on digital technology and building standards by APEC member economies; and

·  Identify opportunities for mainstreaming the use of digital technology in developing building standards that respond to climate change, possibly through the establishment of minimum acceptable levels of resilience. 

These will be achieved through delivery of objectives, which are to: 

·  Identify priority areas within the built environment impacted by climate change within APEC member economies and the associated key building and digital standards;

·  Explore methods for using digital technologies, building standards and digital standards to reduce climate change vulnerability in built infrastructure, demonstrated through case studies; and

·  Outline opportunities for sharing best practice in mainstreaming climate change adaptation actions through digital technology and standards development within and between APEC’s member economies.

A related objective is that the project establishes a standards framework or matrix that maps climate change responses against different components of the building life-cycle.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The 2015-2025 APEC Connectivity Blueprint (ACB) sets the pathway to advance efforts in allowing for a seamless and interconnected Asia-Pacific region and sets physical, institutional, and people-to-people connectivity are a strategic priority. This project will help to increase links between member economy standards development with best practice use of digital technology in the building and construction sector. 

In addition, this project will also further APEC’s innovation agenda by encouraging innovation in building design, construction and asset management as well as best practices, materials science - especially to improve the resiliency of structures built or rebuilt in high-risk areas. The project also aligns with APEC priorities on advancing regional economic integration and strengthening connectivity and infrastructure development. In particular the project responds directly to Rank 1 and 2 of the APEC project priorities, namely: 

-  Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, and regulatory cooperation and coherence; and 

-  Gender equality and innovative growth on the use of standards to support the development and wider adoption of new technologies. 

The project also importantly aligns with the thematic priorities of the SCSC specifically under strengthening Good Regulatory Practices and cooperation and strengthening standards harmonization, transparency and information sharing; and the Pacific Area Standards Congress’ (PASC) Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 which supports the Regional Economic Integration agenda of APEC. 

Alignment – Forum: This project aligns with the main objectives of the SCSC, especially in relation to reducing technical barriers to trade and enhancing market access through standards and conformance. The project will help to align each economy’s standards with international standards by identifying relevant international digital and building standards and highlighting best practice through demonstrating pertinent and practical case study examples. Through the project activities and the active participation of stakeholders, the project will increase awareness of available opportunities, build linkages between NSBs and industry stakeholders and in the long term enhance the competitiveness of businesses, particularly those in the building and construction sector. 

The project builds on the Ningbo Initiative at the APEC High-Level Urbanization Forum and aligns with the SCSC CAP and thematic priorities on strengthening connectivity and infrastructure development. This, in particular, calls for standards and conformance infrastructures to be developed and promoted to enhance global supply chain connectivity and efficiency to facilitate trade. The project will do so by highlighting opportunities to strengthen standards harmonization, technical alignment and regulatory coherence and cooperation on digital technology and building standards by APEC member economies. This project also builds on from work of the Critical Infrastructure and Support Systems Project (2009), which examined how standardization can contribute towards protection of critical infrastructure against security threats.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: To enhance APEC dialogue in the area of climate change, the built environment and the application of digital and building standards, PNG proposes a four stage approach involving a survey, discussion paper, and conference and recommendations report: 

Survey: Conduct a three month online stakeholder survey utilising the Survey Monkey tool across a minimum of 15 APEC member economies to identify key issues, opportunities and challenges including the impacts of climate change on the built environment, primary digital and building standards and case study examples; 

Discussion Paper: Develop a discussion paper that sets the platform agenda for the two-day Conference on Applying digital technology and standards to respond to the impacts of climate change on the built environment at APEC SCSC meeting during August 2019 in Chile. The purpose of the paper is provide an introduction and overview of the issues, challenges and opportunities related to Applying Digital Technology and Standards to Respond to the Impacts of Climate Change on Infrastructure. The paper will be up to 10-12 pages in length and will outline the key findings of the survey results and explore the main issues raised. The paper will be synthesising information from a number of sources. It does not seek to be comprehensive or fully representative of all issues but a primer for the conference discussions. The PSWG will provide comments on the draft document and once finalised will be made available to all potential conference attendees to stimulate debate and further thinking on this important topic. 

Conference: Conduct the two day conference hosted by Chile with the participation of standards bodies, regulators, industry, academic, trade promotion organisations, professional and technical associations, and subject matter experts from APEC member economies. 

The Conference agenda will be developed and finalised in conjunction with the project co-sponsors who will form a Project Steering Working Group during December 2018. Indicative agenda items are to include: 

Key themes identified within the Issues Paper:

·   survey results covering both quantitative and qualitative analysis of the findings

·   priority areas of the built environment impacted by climate change across APEC member economies

·   identification of key digital technologies and building standards that can be applied to respond to the impacts of climate change on the built environment.        

·   A variety of presentations from international guest speakers that:

·   demonstrate methods and tools for applying digital technologies, building standards and digital standards to reduce climate change vulnerability in built infrastructure

·   highlight the benefits of more digitally available standards and their role in providing greater access to better support communities

·   highlight practical case study examples that highlight pathways for possible replication in other economy contexts

·   highlight mechanisms for improving harmonisation between APEC member economies (e.g. through increased data sharing / recording effects of climate change on the built environment in a cloud-base resource)

·   explore relevant standards and related topic areas. Indicative topic areas include:

·   Building Information Modelling (e.g. data interchange, asset mapping)

·   ISO/TC 292 Security and Resilience (e.g. disaster recovery responses and warning systems)

·   Fire and other emergency responses

·   Human and national security

·   Climate Change Adaptation for Settlements and Infrastructure

·   Environmental Management and Sustainability

·   Risk Management and Organisational Governance

·   Smart Cities

·   Business continuity

·   Artificial intelligence and modular construction.

·   Identify areas for inclusion in the Recommendations Report, possibly including:

·   opportunities and methods for mainstreaming climate change adaptation actions through digital technology and standards development

·   opportunities for digital technology to be used to coordinate data sharing on building standards between member economies

·   establishing a standards framework / matrix mapping climate change responses against different components of the building life-cycle

·   establishing minimum acceptable levels of resilience.

Recommendations Report: the result of the previous project activities will be production of the Recommendations report to APEC SCSC outlining key findings, to assist in areas of potential future standards development, harmonisation and collaboration. 

Outcomes: Through the survey findings and outcomes of the workshop, participants will acquire a better understanding on how digital technologies and standards can help address impacts of climate change on infrastructure. The project will also identify APEC wide issues and propose new approaches on climate change adaptation. The project also will provide a baseline for APEC member economies to develop individual action plans and also identify areas for collaboration at the regional level. 

The project is designed to deliver on APEC’s overarching goals of social inclusion, economic development, regional integration, and importantly the promotion of gender equality. In addition to aiding the process of international standards development, adoption and harmonisation, the project will provide information that will help participants to gain an understanding of what is available or under development internationally, as well as identify the standards bodies involved in developing adopting and implementing these standards. 

It is suggested that the outcomes of this project may assist public policy makers in considering how to best work across sectors to address the future needs of regulators, standards bodies, consumers, businesses and industries in dealing with the impacts of climate change. For this initiative, it will bring together stakeholders in the construction, building and digital sectors with standards bodies and compliance organisations to work together to identify common areas that are mutually challenging and require a coordinated response that draws on international best practice. 

Furthermore, as the project is not only regionally focused, but is designed to build the capability of developing economies, the project may place PNG in partnership with others in the region, including the co-sponsors of this project, in a leadership position on developing public policy solutions to these shared problems.

Beneficiaries: 
Conference participants including Public Policy Officials from Ministries and Regulators will be selected on the basis of their knowledge and experiences with regards to standards setting, climate change, the built environment and digital technology. The private sector, NGOs, multilateral and regional organisations, ISO and IEC as well as academia will be invited. The Project Overseer will actively encourage the participation of women, including as presenters at the conference.

Given the range of activities that are enabled by information and communications technologies, the digital economy is increasingly integrated with the broader social and economic development. The use of digital technologies, products and services has implications that cut across all sectors of the economy. Identifying priority areas for innovation and standardisation activities in the construction and digital sector  is therefore expected to yield benefits for other aspects of the digital and broader economy (e.g. through data sharing and cross border data and information flows).

Dissemination

The outputs of the project involve an APEC wide survey, a discussion paper, conference and recommendations report. Progress reporting for the project will be provided inter-sessionally and in line with the requirements of the APEC Support Fund. The survey will be distributed to key stakeholders with the findings used to develop the discussion paper. In addition, the project partners, i.e. the standards development bodies, will engage with their stakeholders who include regulatory agencies, business groups, entrepreneurs, consumer and community groups, academia and technical organisations as well as women’s groups. 

The Conference findings and recommendations report is proposed to become an official APEC document and will be disseminated via the APEC website and through the co-sponsors participating in the project. It is intended that this document will be relevant to a wide group of climate change stakeholders, including (but not limited to) ICT manufacturers and service providers, architects and building companies, policy makers, regulators, consumers and national standards bodies and international standards development organisations. 

Press release(s) and the use of social media will also be utilised throughout the project and following an official APEC publication of the results and the framework. 

This project will comply with the requirements for publication and distribution of project documents and press releases as stated in the Guidebook for APEC Projects, the APEC Publication Guidelines, and the APEC Logo Guidelines.

Gender

A priority of this project is to identify and promote equal opportunities for participation from all stakeholder sectors in APEC member economies. PO will particularly welcome the attendance and participation of women at the Conference, to lead and present sections of the agenda and to participate in the project survey. As much as possible, the PO will aim to engage at least 30% of the speakers to be women. As part of its approach, PO will collect gender disaggregated data on the survey responses, and has ensured that women have been actively involved in the conceptualization and development of this project. PO is also committed to collect sex disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only the APEC-funded) at the project event. This data will be included when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat at the completion of the project. 

Also, since the involvement of women in the digital economy is critical to its success, gender sensitive language and possible challenges and gaps that could apply to women in the standards and conformance requirements will be considered in the production of all written products. For example, the Discussion Paper will include an analysis of how digital technology and building standards may affect women and girls differently; of which a specific conference agenda on these issues is planned. 

Where possible, the project will also highlight examples or case studies of women who have applied digital technology and standards to help adapt to the impact of climate change on their businesses or communities. This approach will give existing and new standards users confidence that the project outcomes and recommendations reflect not only the Conference participants but that this initiative has taken into account the concerns and priorities of the wider standards users’ community.

Work Plan

Workplan: Papua New Guinea, with the support of its co-sponsors, have developed an indicative timeline for this project:

Time

Task

Deliverables

Sep ’18 – Oct ‘18

Secure services of a Project Contractor

Competent Contractor to assist the PO deliver this APEC Project on time. 

Oct ’18 – Nov ‘18

Project kick-off including survey design and preparations, research, and stock-take of issues

General consultations with stakeholders including Ministries, Regulators, industry, and consumer groups.

Nov ’18 – Apr ‘19

Conduct the project survey. Establish the informal working group with the co-sponsors.

Circulate survey to 21 APEC member economies to complete and return to the PO.

Confirm tentative Conference Program and Agenda.

Identify, invite, and confirm expert speakers, devise presentations, and coordinate attendance.

Apr ’19 – Jun ‘19

Analyse the survey data and prepare the Discussion Paper.

Participants, Speakers and Stakeholders to understand the topics of discussion in advance of the Conference.

Aug ‘19

Convene the 2-day Conference in Chile (Host for APEC 2019)

Present Draft Key Outcomes of the Conference at the SCSC 2 Plenary.

Aug ’19 – Sep ‘19

Prepare Draft Completion Report and circulate to 21 APEC member economies.

Obtain endorsement before finalizing the Completion Report.

Oct ’19

Submit Project Completion Report to APEC Central Secretariat

Completion Report

Oct ‘19

Prepare key findings from the Project for APEC SCSC to consider in future Voluntary Action Plan on standards alignment, standards collaboration work, and standards development.

Recommendations Report

6 to 12 months after the Project End Date 

Participation in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat as required by all APEC-funded projects.

Long Term Evaluation Survey completed

Risks

The following have been identified as the main project risks (risk assessment - low/moderate/high) along with corresponding mitigation measures: 

Implementation Risk – (lack of commitment to this project) is rated as low. This project is deemed a strategic initiative and is technically, economically and socially justified to address the needs of the APEC region and provides opportunities to address the risks associated with climate change and provides the opportunity for businesses to gain competitive advantage. In addition, the project has eight co-sponsors which demonstrates strong support for this APEC project. 

Project Risk - (the design, delivery, monitoring and sustainability of the project) is rated as moderate. The Project Steering Working Group (PSWG) will establish an internal monitoring system for the project upon commencement. The system will comprise ongoing monitoring of the quality/ outputs of the survey, Discussion paper, conferenceand recommendations report. The establishment of the PSWG will enable the Project Overseer to better understand priority issues and risks and provide the opportunity to deal with matters upfront before they become significant. Moreover, the PSWG will be a mechanism to boost the consultation process and collaboration of stakeholders. 

Lack of Project Planning - (due to lack of Standards Body coordination) is rated as low. The PSWG will meet at key times for the duration of this project to provide strategic guidance, support, review and endorsement of project plans, reports, and deliverables and to facilitate contact amongst stakeholders. The PSWG will be composed of representatives from NISIT, PNG (as Project Overseer), Standards Australia and representatives from each of the co-sponsoring member economies. 

Operational Risk - (due to delays in implementation and obtaining key project inputs) is rated as moderate. Strong political and industry commitment and ownership are critical for the development of a successful project. This project has been designed to maximise the involvement of stakeholders and to maximise collaboration between regulatory agencies, industry and standards development bodies. In order to most effectively leverage stakeholder engagement, adequate time must be provided to stakeholders to ensure APEC member economy participation and secure the attendance of key speakers and other participants. 

Overlap of Previous Work - is assessed as low. NISIT, the PSWG and Standards Development Bodies will work closely and consult with other APEC fora to ensure that the work of this project is complementary with any previous and/or existing activities.

Stakeholder Risk – (lack of availability of innovation and standards experts for the conference ) is rated as low. Dialogue with APEC member economies early in the project design, development process and additional meetings are planned with standards bodies in order to discuss the project proposal including the expected outputs, which are a key part of the risk mitigation strategy. Already standards bodies and industry have shown strong support for involvement in this project. The PSWG and standards bodies will carry-out extensive stakeholder consultation within their respective economies to identify and mobilise the involvement of targeted stakeholders.

Monitoring and Evaluation

SCSC members will be expected to widely share the conference outcomes within their regulatory and standardisation systems and business communities through their websites. 

Indicator of input: the availability of resources in terms of value/quantity and time. 

Indicator of activities: The survey will be circulated to all 21 APEC member economies. A broad range of stakeholders can provide inputs but one response will be allowed per Economy for ease of reporting. The conference program and agenda shall be well accepted by majority of SCSC members. Where there are more women Expert Speakers and participants, 50% of the Speakers shall be women. Two participants will be sponsored funded by APEC to attend the Conference whereby, member economies will be encouraged to nominate one man and one woman unless otherwise stated. The Discussion Paper is disseminated in advance of the conference, broad ranging attendance at the event by ASEAN member economies, recommendations reporting is prepared and distributed in a timely manner. 

Indicator of output: discussion paper is well-received by APEC member economies, conference and related proceedings are conducted as planned, recommendations reporting is completed. The number of key findings shall be limited to the agreed conference topics and discussions. 

For evaluation: feedback questionnaire from APEC member economies who will be attending the Conference are completed and received.

Linkages

The project will build on the Ningbo Initiative and promote linkages with other APEC fora such as the APEC SME Working Group, given that MSMEs are an integral part of global supply chains, by drawing on their experience on the impact of climate change on this sector. Given the cross-cutting nature of its work, the project will also draw ontThe International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) who will be consulted to ensure this project harmonizes with related work in this area. Multilateral and regional organisations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank will be invited to inform best-practice methodologies in the use of technologies to support climate change adaptation, update of digital technologies and improve the built environment.

Sustainability

The project outputs and deliverables will provide a strong incentive for stakeholders, particularly from the private sector and other relevant organisations, to participate in the survey, contribute substantively to the development of the Discussion Paper and to attend, participate and present at, the Conference. A consultative process that collects the ideas, opinions and suggestions of all stakeholders, prior to and during the associated drafting processes, will be ensure that the Discussion Paper and Conference agenda have strong stakeholder buy-in and ownership. 

This project already has APEC SCSC endorsement and there is widespread support already across co-sponsors and the broader member economies. Given that the focus is on digital and climate change; two of the most critical issues of our time that require on-going strategic and regulatory responses, it is expected that the project will continue to have positive impacts in assisting industry, regulators, and other stakeholders to respond to the challenges these areas present, well beyond the life of the project.

By increasing awareness and knowledge of relevant digital and building standards, the project is expected to promote greater understanding of the role that standards can play in helping to deliver innovative market based solutions. By presenting case study examples that highlight related tools and methodologies that have application across member economy and regional contexts, the project will assist APEC member economies in the development of their own responses to climate change impacts. In doing so, the project is expected to help mitigate against future risks to infrastructure investments, and for those businesses that take up new technologies and opportunities, provide a longer term competitive advantage. 

The future work of SCSC regarding Voluntary Action Plan (VAP) on alignment of national to international standards will take into account the recommendations and outcomes of this conference.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer on behalf of NISIT is Mr Dan Yansom, Acting Executive Manager Standards Development Division, NISIT. He is a Civil Engineer by profession, and has 7 experience in the petroleum industry and some 15 years’ experience in standards and conformity assessment work. He will assisted by Mr. Reuben Harokave to coordinate and deliver this project. Their contact details are: telephone +675 323 1852; facsimile +675 3258793; email reuben.harokave@nisit.gov.pg; and email dan.yansom@nisit.gov.pg.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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