Project Title

Low-Carbon Hydrogen International Standard 

Project Year

2020   

Project Number

SCSC 05 2020 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

SCSC 05 2020 

Project Title

Low-Carbon Hydrogen International Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2020 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

80,000 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

80,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) 

Topics

Conformance; Standards 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

New Zealand 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Chile; China; Japan; Korea; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2021 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2022 

Project Proponent Name 1

Alex Kay 

Job Title 1

Not Applicable 

Organization 1

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(64-4) 8965124 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

alex.kay@mbie.govt.nz 

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

Alex Kay 

Project Summary

This project proposes a survey and virtual workshop to discuss the feasibility and value of developing an international standard on the production of low-carbon hydrogen (including both green hydrogen[1] and blue hydrogen[2]). Such a standard could encourage investments in low-carbon hydrogen, thereby encouraging emissions reduction, facilitating the achievement of APEC’s energy goals and supporting post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

The survey would compile an overview of economies’ views on developing a low-carbon hydrogen production international standard. This overview would feed into a discussion document for the workshop.

The workshop seeks to initiate an APEC-wide discussion on the criteria and definition of low-carbon hydrogen, the benefits of certifying low-carbon hydrogen, how an international low-carbon hydrogen standard could be implemented, and the value of developing a low-carbon hydrogen international standard which reflects the APEC region’s views. The work of other international organisations (e.g. IPHE) on hydrogen will be considered in this discussion.



[1] Green hydrogen is hydrogen produced from renewable sources.

[2] Blue hydrogen is hydrogen produced with carbon capture, utilization and storage technology.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: The APEC region accounts for around 60 percent of world energy demand and is expected to become more dependent upon oil imported from outside the region, exposing the region to possible additional supply shocks. Low-carbon hydrogen can contribute to lowering emissions from energy in the APEC region. The region’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fuel combustion are expected to rise by about 32% between 2010 and 2035. Many APEC economies are committed to international agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, which focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Continuing the development of a low-carbon hydrogen market across the APEC region can facilitate the achievement of APEC’s aggregate energy intensity reduction goal of 45% by 2035, and the goal of doubling the share of renewables by 2030. Furthermore, expansion of the low-carbon hydrogen market, which involves new investments and can generate economic activity and jobs, can support the APEC region’s economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Establishing a low-carbon hydrogen international standard could help provide certainty to investors by clarifying the carbon emissions associated with hydrogen production, transportation and storage technologies, which are recognised as key components of a future hydrogen supply chain. Internationally, there is currently a lack of consistency of terminology for classifying hydrogen based on its production method. This project would allow APEC economies to discuss how low-carbon hydrogen should be defined and support APEC economies having a unified view on these definitions. This could help build confidence in the environmental integrity of the source of hydrogen and encourage investment in low-carbon hydrogen in the APEC region, thereby encouraging sustainable growth and strengthening regional integration, and in the longer terms aligning international standards. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project will support Malaysia’s priorities for APEC 2020, specifically the priorities to restore public confidence in multilateralism, investment, and trade, and to foster more innovations that promote sustainability. This project meets the eligibility criteria and funding priorities of the General Project Account, particularly the priority of “Driving Innovation for Sustainable Growth”. Establishment of a low-carbon hydrogen international standard can accelerate the growth of a sustainable international hydrogen market, and therefore has significant potential to help APEC and other economies to decarbonise. Many APEC economies are investing in innovation on hydrogen production, transport and usage. Development of a low-carbon hydrogen international standard could help to differentiate low-carbon hydrogen in the supply chain, thereby encouraging innovation towards establishing a sustainable low-carbon hydrogen market. This project will focus on how to develop a standard which all APEC economies can use, ensuring it is inclusive. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: Establishment of a low-carbon hydrogen international standard has the potential to support all APEC economies to build their capacity to participate in an international hydrogen market. Large energy users in the region can align their strategies for increasing demand of low-carbon hydrogen with the standard to support their energy and emissions targets, as well as support innovation in hydrogen technologies such as fuel cells that could help enable further carbon reductions of the hydrogen supply chain. Energy rich economies in the region will be able to invest in hydrogen production and transport systems in line with the standard to support their participation in hydrogen export markets. Expansion of the low-carbon hydrogen market would involve new investments and create jobs, which could support the region’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. An internationally recognised standard will help provide confidence for investment in developing APEC economies to develop their domestic renewable energy resources to support low-carbon hydrogen production. It will also help participants in the hydrogen market understand the basis for calculating the impact of the product on emissions. 

Across the 10 APEC economies identified as developing (Viet Nam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Philippines, Mexico and Peru) all were assessed as likely net exporters of hydrogen. Sharing knowledge with these economies demonstrates that the project will meet capacity building needs for APEC developing economies.

New Zealand; Australia; Canada; Russia and Chile were also identified as likely net exporters of low-carbon hydrogen. Japan; Chinese Taipei; Singapore and Korea were assessed as likely net importers and the US and China as producers for self-consumption.

Objectives

1) To build consensus on the definition and criteria of low-carbon hydrogen, and how a low-carbon hydrogen international standard could look.

2) To perform an opportunity assessment of developing an APEC consensus on a low-carbon hydrogen international standard, taking into account linkages to existing domestic and international standards on renewable energy and existing international processes on low-carbon hydrogen.

3) Support the development of markets and trade in low-carbon hydrogen across the APEC region, thereby achieving positive outcomes for APEC members’ economies, energy security and emissions reduction.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:

This project is aligned with:

· The 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 APEC leader statements which highlighted the importance of energy security to support sustainable economic growth in the APEC region. The 2018 leader statement committed to enhancing access to sustainable and clean energy by facilitating energy-related trade and investment, reducing energy intensity, enhancing energy resilience to avoid disruptions to the energy sector, and scaling up deployment of efficient and clean energy sources. This project aims to support the development of markets and trade in low-carbon hydrogen across the APEC region, thereby contributing to these goals.

· The Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting Joint Statement 2019 which recognized that the viability of global trade depends on the protection of ecosystems and the sustainable development of natural resources and committed to strengthening our cooperation in this regard. This project focusses on low-carbon hydrogen energy which, comparatively, has little negative effect on ecosystems and does not deplete natural resources.

· The action to accept equivalence in accreditation and increase harmonization of energy standards as set out in the Osaka Action Agenda to support the Bogor Goals. This project directly supports this action through exploring how a common standard on the production of low-carbon hydrogen could be defined and developed to support APEC region participation in the standard.

·  The APEC Economic Leaders' Economic Vision Statement 1993 which stated, "Our environment is improved as we protect the quality of our air, water and green spaces and manage our energy resources and renewable resources to ensure sustainable growth and provide a more secure future for our people". This statement is as relevant now as it was 27 years ago and provides the mandate for APEC's work on sustainable development. Developing markets for low-carbon hydrogen contributes to protecting the natural environment and ensuring resources are not being depleted for future generations.  

·  The pillars of APEC’s agenda, particularly focussing on economic and technical cooperation through the priorities of energy security and environmental protection. 

Alignment – Forum: This project aligns with SCSC priorities to align each economy’s standards with international standards; promote good regulatory practices in the preparation, adoption and application of standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures; progress mutual recognition arrangements for conformity assessment within the region; pursue regional cooperation in accordance with international agreements and; ensure greater transparency. The project achieves these objectives through:

· Collaboration between APEC economies on how an international standard could be developed so that all APEC economies can meet the standard and benefit from it

· Performing an opportunity assessment of developing a low-carbon hydrogen international standard

· Exchanging information, developing understanding and sharing experiences of standards and low-carbon hydrogen

· The 2011 APEC Leader’s Declaration to strengthen the implementation of good regulatory practices

· The 2011 Conference on the Implementation of Energy Management Systems Standards

· Building on the 2017 China-hosted workshop on best practices sharing and technical capacity building for measurement and verification standards of energy savings.

As this project will facilitate the development of low-carbon hydrogen in the APEC region, it also aligns with all of the objectives outlined in the EWG strategic plan: strengthens energy security, advances clean energy, promotes energy efficiency and low-carbon communities, enhances energy resiliency and energy access, and facilitates energy trade and investment. This project also aligns with EWG major goals of doubling Renewable Energy, Low Carbon Development and Enhancing Energy Security.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

1. Project research will be done by a contractor to identify the state and trends of low-carbon hydrogen development in APEC economies, such as their production capabilities, technological developments, demand outlook, government strategies and policy settings. Research will also include consultation and information sharing with hydrogen experts in the APEC region to determine what the APEC region needs to benefit in this space. The contracted research consultant will approach hydrogen experts, seeking opportunities to work together and learn from each other. This will inform the survey sent to APEC member economies.

2. Survey to substantiate and compare APEC economies’ views on the definition and criteria of low-carbon hydrogen, existing standards relevant to low-carbon hydrogen, the value of developing a low-carbon hydrogen international standard which reflects the APEC region’s views in addition to existing international work, and how a low-carbon hydrogen international standard could be implemented, particularly from the perspective of certification, accreditation and assurance. The survey will help identify gaps in knowledge to address, the state and trends of low-carbon hydrogen development in APEC economies and existing standards which have aspects of interest to APEC economies.

3. Issues paper which will be based on the research and findings from the survey and will feed into the post-workshop report. The issues paper will be a document produced by consultants which sets out the state and trends of low-carbon hydrogen development in APEC economies, gaps in knowledge and potential features of a low-carbon hydrogen production international standard which would benefit the APEC region. The issues paper should have approximately 40 pages, with an executive summary of less than 5 pages.

4. A virtual workshop during SOM1 2022 on low-carbon hydrogen trends, the case for developing a low-carbon hydrogen international standard which reflects the APEC region’s views, and next steps. The workshop would explore: international trends in low-carbon hydrogen markets, relevant international and domestic work, and the approach to developing low-carbon hydrogen standards. In the workshop we would consider existing work, such as that done by the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE)[1], and whether APEC would benefit most from contributing to and building on this work or developing a separate international standard. This ensures the project complements the current work of other international fora like IPHE which some APEC member economies are engaged with. International experts will be invited to speak at this workshop and share their insights and lessons learnt.

5. Post-workshop report completed by a consultant setting out lessons learnt and the extent to which consensus on how a low-carbon hydrogen international standard could look was reached, and what this consensus is. The Project overseer and project team will oversee the development of the report. The Post-Workshop Report should be approximately 70 pages. Topics which the report covers will include:

1. APEC member economies’ potential capability to produce, import and export low-carbon hydrogen

2. APEC member economies’ experiences with existing hydrogen production standards

3.  Examples of approaches to developing standards and information on the process

4.  Examples of hydrogen production

5. Features of an international standard on the production of low-carbon hydrogen which would benefit the APEC region

6. Next steps for developing and implementing an international standard on low-carbon hydrogen.

Outcomes:

1. Consensus built among APEC economies on how an APEC and eventually an international low-carbon standard could look, in order to benefit the region. This will be measured by comparing the level of similarities in answers in the post-workshop survey about how economies think a low-carbon hydrogen international standard which reflects the APEC region’s views should look.

2. An increased understanding and knowledge of APEC economies’ capabilities to produce, import and export low-carbon hydrogen, and how this can contribute to the APEC regions economic recovery from the COVID-19 global pandemic. This outcome will be measured through the results of the post workshop survey on how the information shared in the workshop increased APEC economies knowledge in this area.

3. Increased APEC cross fora collaboration on approaches to developing standards and information sharing on new, advanced energy technologies, particularly between SCSC and EWG. We will measure an increase in cross fora collaboration by taking a record of the numbers of delegates attending from different APEC fora.

Beneficiaries: The immediate beneficiaries of the project are the end users of the information that will be gathered through the project process. This includes delegates from international bodies and hydrogen market participants, and the participants of the workshop from APEC member economies, including government departments responsible for standards policy, standards enforcement, energy and the environment.

A larger group of people, who did not attend the workshops, will subsequently benefit from the project through accessing online recordings of the workshop and documents such as the post-workshop report and guidance document. This audience may include junior policy makers, end-users of hydrogen, international standards organization employees and others, within and outside the APEC region. This has the potential to help international standards organisations understand the APEC region’s views and may lead to increased APEC member economies contribution to standards development and standards development discussion.

There may be further beneficiaries who benefit from future work which is informed by the workshop, such as further exploration of developing a standard or the development of a standard.


[1] IPHE is working on establishing a methodology to quantify emissions from hydrogen production, and developing a compendium of hydrogen safety codes and standards. More information on the IPHE’s work can be found on its website, https://www.iphe.net/. Currently, only some APEC member economies, including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, and the US, are IPHE members.


Dissemination

The Project Overseer will organize for notes to be taken at the Event to capture the information shared, and these will be edited by New Zealand and then published on the APEC website. The post-workshop report (including information from the survey and the issues document) will also be published online. The target audience is agencies within APEC member economies responsible for energy, the environment and standards as well as standards developers and low-carbon hydrogen producers in the APEC region. There is no intention to sell outputs from this project.

Gender

Promoting the involvement of both men and women, and gender balance principles will be considered when planning the workshop and its contents, including invited participants and expert speakers. The project team will aim to have women make up 40% of workshop attendees and speakers. We will measure whether the workshop has achieved gender balance through attendees, speakers and expert’s statistics. The project team will collect sex-disaggregated data for all speakers and attendees at the project workshop. This data will be included in the Project Completion Report to the Secretariat.

The UNECE “Gender Responsive Standards unit” aims at providing a practical way forward for standards bodies wishing to take a step towards making the standards they develop and the standards development process they follow gender responsive. The initiative brings together a diverse working group composed of representatives from standardization bodies as well as experts on gender issues and women’s empowerment, representative of regulatory bodies and policymakers, as well as NGOs, UN Organizations and members of the academic community from the entire world. The project team will endeavor to have an expert speaker from at least one institution which participates in this initiative.

This project supports the APEC women’s economic empowerment pillar “access to capital and assets” through promoting participation in the workforce.  Women represent 32% of the workforce in the renewable energy sector, whilst only making up 22% of the workforce in the non-renewable energy sector. A shift to renewable energy sources is an opportunity to increase employment of women and women’s participation in the energy sector.

Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

June 2021

Submit Request for Procurement for Secretariat review

RFP to Secretariat for approval

June 2021

Start contracting process for research consultant to draft the issues paper and post-workshop report

Start contracting process

July 2021

Issue request for research consultant according to
contracting process

Request contracting bids

July 2021

Draft project survey developed by project overseer

Project survey

August 2021

Evaluate and identify preferred research consultant

Evaluate and identify research consultant

August 2021

Contract research consultant

Research consultant start

Begin August
2021

Contractor researches APEC sector practices & identifies survey recipients

Contractor

September 2021

Develop programme and invite speakers and facilitator

Event timeline form submitted

September 2021

Issue project survey to APEC member economies

Circulate project survey

October 2021

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

October 2021

Confirm provisional arrangements with facilitator and speakers for virtual hosting

Start event arrangements

November 2021

Review project survey results

Review project survey

November 2021

Send the proposed speakers and participants list for Secretariat approval

Approve invitation list

December 2021

Issue invitations

Issue invitations

December 2021

Contractor submits draft issues paper

Draft issues paper

December 2021

General Information Circular (GI) submitted for  Secretariat review and approval

Draft programme

January 2022

Finalise issues paper

Issues paper

January 2022

Circulate final draft of research consultant’s issues paper

Circulate issues paper

February 2022

Hold facilitated virtual workshop and issue evaluation survey

Complete online event

March – April 2022

Complete post-workshop evaluation tasks including
funding reimbursements

Post event tasks completed

April 2022

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

April 2022

Contractor submits post event report for PO review

Draft event report

April 2022

PO provides feedback to contractor

Report amendments

May 2022

Post event report is finalized by contractor

Final version of report

May 2022

Submission of the post-workshop report to PD

Post workshop report submitted

June 2022

Post-workshop report is made public

Publication on APEC website

June 2022

Submit APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to APEC Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

July – Dec
 2022

Participate in the Long-Term Evaluation of APEC projects conducted by the Secretariat



Risks

· The pre-workshop survey does not identify enough possible hydrogen development examples, gaps in knowledge or relevant information needed to create an issues paper. In this case, the issues paper will need to be based on research by consultants.

·  Lack of participants attending the workshop. The project team will actively seek attendees from SCSC, EWG and potentially non-APEC fora to invite to the workshop. The project team will stay in contact with member economies about their intentions to attend and will seek out other participants if numbers are looking low. The project team will also consult member economies, particularly the 9 who endorsed the project concept note, to ensure the agenda and contents are of interest which will attract attendees.

·  Lack of availability of experts to speak at the workshop. While there are many areas of expertise which speakers could have in order to meaningfully contribute to the workshop, if this was an issue the speakers would focus more on the contents of the issues paper.

·  Lack of engagement of attendees due to the workshop being held virtually. To facilitate discussion at the workshop, New Zealand will provide workshop materials to the participants prior to the workshop and gather comments in advance. New Zealand will also use a chatbox function for ease of engagement from participants who are in time zones where it is very early or late. The workshop facilitator will test the chatbox function with participants to ensure that they can use it effectively for discussion at the workshop.

.  Reaching 40% participation by women is not successful. New Zealand will encourage and request gender balance is considered when APEC economies select participants.

Monitoring and Evaluation

At least 15 participants from different APEC economies which will indicate a good level of engagement. The Project Overseer will try to ensure that the virtual workshop is at a time that, as much as possible, suits all economies when scheduling the date and time for the event.

At least three expert speakers present at the workshop.

The survey which is circulated before the workshop, in order to inform the issues paper, has a 40% or higher response rate.  The survey will be developed by the project overseer, who will ask the SCSC secretariat to circulate the questionnaire to member economies. The project overseer and consultant will collate and analyse responses in order to formulate the issues paper.

An evaluation survey, in the form of an online questionnaire, that is sent to all participants who were at the workshop has a completion rate of 75% or higher with the majority of responses rating the issues paper and workshop overall as good, very good or excellent. The project overseer will ask the SCSC secretariat to circulate the evaluation survey and the consultant and project overseer will collect and analyse the results.

At least 75% of participants say their knowledge has increased as a result of this project in the evaluation survey.

At least 40% of workshop participants and expert speakers are women.

At least 1 speaker from an institution which participates in the UNECE Gender Responsive Standards Unit.

The post workshop report meets all of the requirements set out in the Guidebook on APEC Projects, the APEC Publication Guidelines and the APEC Logo Guidelines, and is of high quality.

The evaluation survey which is an online questionnaire that is sent to all participants at the workshop has a completion rate of 75% or higher with over 50% of responses rating the issues paper and workshop overall as good, very good or excellent.

The evaluation survey indicates the workshop generally met the expectations of attendees and information was successfully shared. At least 75% of participants say their knowledge has increased as a result of this project.

The pre-workshop survey will be in the form of an online questionnaire that is sent to all APEC member economies. The Project Overseer will ask the SCSC Secretariat to distribute the surveys. The pre-workshop survey will identify the state and trends of low-carbon hydrogen development in APEC economies and be used to substantiate and compare APEC economies’ understanding of how to define low-carbon hydrogen, existing low-carbon hydrogen standards, whether APEC should undertake work beyond the international hydrogen standards work that is already underway and if so, what should be included in the international standard.

Information on participants (such as gender, economy, agency, APEC fora) will be collected through a questionnaire during the workshop and collected beforehand.

The evaluation, post-workshop survey will gather information on whether the workshop achieved its purpose through collecting information from participants. This will include questions about whether the workshop increased knowledge surrounding low-carbon hydrogen and low-carbon hydrogen standardization.

Linkages

Engagement: This project is in collaboration between SCSC and EWG as it involves subject matter in the standards and energy areas, so supports APEC cross fora collaboration.

Organisers will invite hydrogen experts from international organisations (e.g. the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy's Hydrogen Production Analysis Taskforce and the International Organization for Standardization), APEC economies and advanced non-APEC economies (e.g. the OECD) to contribute to the discussions at the workshop. These experts will be asked to provide insights into the existing international work on low-carbon hydrogen standards, and explore opportunities for tapping into such work to help develop a standard suitable for APEC economies.  Outcomes of the project will be shared with these experts after the workshop, with a view to create further collaboration opportunities.

Previous work: This project aligns with SCSC priorities to align each economy’s standards with international standards; promote good regulatory practices in the preparation, adoption and application of standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures; progress mutual recognition arrangements for conformity assessment within the region; pursue regional cooperation in accordance with international agreements and; ensure greater transparency. This project aligns with all of the objectives outlined in the EWG strategic plan: strengthens energy security, advances clean energy, promotes energy efficiency and low-carbon communities, enhances energy resiliency and energy access, and facilitates energy trade and investment. This project also aligns with EWG major goals of doubling Renewable Energy, Low Carbon Development and Enhancing Energy Security.

APEC’s comparative advantage: It is integral that the APEC region are included and have representation in international standardization of low-carbon hydrogen to ensure the region benefit. Low-carbon hydrogen and energy is increasingly topical and APEC economies have capability in this area.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused significant global economic shocks. A low-carbon hydrogen market can contribute to the APEC regions economic response to this. COVID-19 has also caused a shift in thinking and attitudes and people have an increased awareness of how important environmentally sustainable and inclusive growth is. This project aligns with this shift in attitude.

This project also builds on work on standards and energy which has been carried out by SCSC and EWG, as outlined in section 3, alignment with APEC fora.

Evaluation matrix

Category

Evaluation Focus

Indicators

Target Goals

Evaluation Method

Reporting

Outputs

1. Project research

1. Contractor executed

May 2021

Certification by PO

Contract

2. % of post-event survey responses rating the issues paper and workshop overall as good, very good or excellent

Min. 50%

Post-workshop survey responses

Completion Report

2. Survey

3. % of responses

Min. 40%

Survey responses

Issues paper

3. Issues paper

4. No. of pages

Approx. 40

Certification by PO

Email to the Secretariat

5. Submission to the Secretariat

January 2022

Submission to the Secretariat

Email to the Secretariat

6. % of post-event survey responses rating the issues paper overall as good, very good or excellent

Min. 50%

Post-workshop survey responses

Completion Report

4. Virtual workshop

7. No. of expert speakers

Min. 3

Event programme

Event Programme

8. No. of attendees

Min. 25

Event attendance list

Completion Report

9. No. of economies attending

Min. 10

Event attendance list

Completion Report

10. % of participating women/men

40/60

Event attendance list

Completion Report

11. % of post-event survey responses rating the workshop overall as good, very good or excellent

Min. 50%

Post-workshop survey responses

Completion Report

5. Post-workshop report

12. No. of pages

Approx. 70

Certification by PO

Email to the Secretariat

13. Submission to the Secretariat

May 2022

Submission to the Secretariat

Email to the Secretariat

Outcomes

1. Consensus built

1. Similarities in answers in the post-workshop survey about how economies think a standard should look.

Min. 50% agreement on main aspects of standard

Pre and post-workshop survey responses

Completion report

2. An increased understanding and knowledge

% of post-event survey responses who say their knowledge has increased as a result of this project

Min. 75%

Post-workshop survey responses

Completion Report

3. Increased APEC cross fora collaboration

No. of participants from APEC fora other than SCSC

Min. 10

Event attendance list             

Completion Report

Sustainability

The project will help attendees from APEC economies understand and explore their potential to take part in a low-carbon hydrogen market and how this could benefit economies and communities. Information will be shared on the development of standards and features of low-carbon hydrogen standards which may be beneficial to the APEC region.

The post-workshop report will help spread the information from the workshop. The project and post-workshop report will equip APEC member economies with the knowledge needed to actively take part in the development of low-carbon hydrogen standards.

We aim to publish the post-workshop report and videos of the sessions in order to benefit people who were unable to attend the workshop. This will help transfer knowledge from the workshop and its participants with others from APEC member economies.

This project will also help create a network and build relationships between economies to continue working with each other, sharing information and collaborating on a low-carbon hydrogen standard.

The results of the workshop, particularly the consensus built on what a low-carbon hydrogen international standard could look like to benefit APEC economies, will help the APEC region have a unified voice and be involved in standardization of low-carbon hydrogen. This will help APEC economies to be involved in work to build a standard in non-APEC fora such as International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy.

We will measure whether the project has successfully built consensus among APEC economies on how a low-carbon hydrogen international standard which reflects the APEC regions views could look, by comparing the level of similarities in answers in the post-workshop survey about how economies think an APEC low-carbon hydrogen standard should look to benefit the APEC region.

The post-workshop survey will include questions about how the information shared in the workshop increased knowledge of capabilities to produce, import and export low-carbon hydrogen, and how this can contribute to the APEC regions economic recovery from the COVID-19 global pandemic. This will measure whether an increased understanding of those topics has been achieved.

Increased APEC cross fora collaboration on approaches to developing standards and information sharing on new, advanced energy technologies, particularly between SCSC and EWG will be measured by taking a record of the numbers of delegates attending from different APEC fora.

Project Overseers

Project Overseer: Adam Dubas is Policy Manager of the Trade and International team at New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Adam represents New Zealand in APEC’s Sub Committee on Standards and Conformance.  Adam holds a LLM in International Law from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and, a LLB from the University of Ottawa and a BA(hons) from the University of Western Ontario.

Bertrand Ngai is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Energy Markets team at New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Bertrand is New Zealand’s contact for APEC’s Energy Working Group. Prior to joining MBIE, Bertrand worked for New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment in the areas of climate change and freshwater policies. Bertrand holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Australian National University and degrees in law and economics from the University of Auckland.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Refer to project proposal (word version).

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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