Project Title

Impacts of COVID-19 on Renewable Energy Development in APEC Economies 

Project Year

2021   

Project Number

EWG 07 2021A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

EWG 07 2021A 

Project Title

Impacts of COVID-19 on Renewable Energy Development in APEC Economies 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Measures (EELCM) 

Project Year

2021 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

59,610 

Co-funding Amount

23,485 

Total Project Value

83,095 

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)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Hong Kong, China; Malaysia; Singapore; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2021 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2022 

Project Proponent Name 1

Ma Jinlong 

Job Title 1

Professor 

Organization 1

Tianjin University 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(86-22) 27400847 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

jinlong_ma@tju.edu.cn 

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

Ma Jinlong 

Project Summary

The project is to examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on renewable energy (RE) development and provide policy and decision-making reference for sustainable recoveries in the APEC economies. Key activities to be performed include: 1) assess the impacts on RE projects, including these under the plan, construction and in operation, and the impacts on renewable industry supply chains; 2) evaluate the resilience of RE development and deployment during the crisis; 3) analyze likely recovery trajectories and changes in energy demand, review economies’ stimulus packages, and analyze RE development under the stated policies. The project will develop and circulate a questionnaire among the APEC economies, to collect, analyze and assess the key issues and recovery strategies, priority and approach addressing sustainability and supporting renewable energy development, which include the relevant energy policy, investment support and adjustment of relevant regulatory framework. Among the project outcomes, recommendations will be provided for sustainable recoveries, enhancing the resilience of the energy systems, sustaining and accelerating RE development and facilitating to achieve the RE doubling goal in the APEC region.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: The COVID-19 pandemic has made significant impacts on the social and economic situation across the APEC region and beyond. Over the crisis period, it nearly stopped the economic production and social activities, reduced energy consumption, affected the operation of energy plants and the development of the new projects. The pandemic caused a significant drop in global primary energy demand in 2020, which is the biggest since the World War 2. However, it has been observed that renewables have been the most resilient energy sources over the period of the crisis. With the situation gradually under control, some economies have been on the track of recovery, while others have still been in the midst of the worst crisis so far.

This project seeks to examine the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on RE development in APEC economies, and to provide recommendations to facility sustainable recovery and support RE development. The benefits of the project outcomes will benefit for all APEC economies and beyond.

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project responds directly to Rank 2 of the APEC Funding Criteria as it supports APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth. The project is to assess the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on RE development and estimate RE development under different COVID-19 recovery scenarios in APEC region. The outcomes of the project will contribute to achieving the goal of doubling the share of renewables by 2030 which was endorsed by the APEC Leaders Meeting in Beijing in 2014. The project objective is related to Sustainable Growth (energy security and energy resiliency including the development of low carbon technology and alternative energy sources), Secure Growth (human security), and Innovative Growth.

Relevance – Capacity Building: Actions responding to COVID-19 pandemic, stimulus packages, sustainable recovery policies and strategies will be reviewed and assessed. Furthermore, the best practices will be shared among all APEC member economies to enhance policy making processes and implementation capacity, aiming at raising RE’s role in the energy systems.

As one of the main outcomes of the project, a Project Report will be produced. Presentations on the progress and final report will be made in EGs’ meetings, APSEC’s events for members to examine findings of the project and discuss how to promote RE development as part of post-COVID recovery strategies. A Project Workshop will be organized. Through sharing the project outcomes and attending the events, all the participants from APEC economies can keep updated with the experience and best practices toward sustainable recovery.

The world has faced unprecedented challenges from COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the project will benefit for both APEC developing and developed economies. The relevant capacity of the APEC economies will be built up through the project implementation and completion, especially in the following areas, namely, policy formulation, target setting, fiscal and financial incentive mechanism, and regulatory support to support RE development.

Objectives

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant impacts on the APEC economies, resulting in slacking of economic activities and reduced energy consumption, curbing investment, disturbing supply value chain of the energy industry, delaying energy project construction and interrupting operation of the existing energy plants. Efforts have been made by different economies to control the spread of the virus, aiming at bringing back social and economic conditions of the societies. Across the region, different economies have formulated programs and stimulus packages for the economic recoveries.

The project will gather, analyze, and assess the key issues and recovery strategies, the priority and approach addressing sustainability and supporting renewable energy sector development, which include energy policy, investment environment, and adjustment of relevant regulatory framework. Through the Research Work, capacity building activities, namely the Project Workshop, and information dissemination, relevant experience and knowledge will be shared among the APEC economies toward sustainable and green economic recoveries, enhancing the resilience of the energy systems, sustaining and accelerating renewable energy development, and facilitating to achieve the renewable energy doubling goal of the APEC region.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The project supports the 2017 APEC priorities of “Fostering Sustainable Innovative and Inclusive Growth” and “Deepening Regional Economic Integration”, which had reached a consensus on the 1st APEC SOM1 2017.

The project can contribute to achieving the goal of doubling the share of renewables in the APEC energy mix from 2010 by 2030, which was endorsed by the APEC Leaders Meeting in Beijing in 2014. 

Alignment – Forum: This project responds to the EWG strategic plan (2019-2023) in pursuing sustainable and resilient energy development, strengthening energy security, and promoting cleaner energy sources and usage.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The project outputs comprise the products and services as listed below, including primarily the Research Work, the Project Workshop, Recommendations, and the Project Report.

1)   The Research Work

a)  Information and data gathering and literature review

i.  Energy supply and demand: energy supply and consumption before during the COVID-19 Pandemic and structure of energy supply.

ii. Renewable energy project operation, and situation of renewable energy projects under development and these at the planning stage.

iii. Stated economic recovery policies, plans and strategies: the components related to renewable energy development, relevant incentives and programs.

iv. The information and data will be sourced from the relevant economic development and energy authorities of the economies.

b)  Survey and investigation

i. Develop questionnaire on key concerns, issues of recovery strategies, priority and approach addressing sustainability and supporting renewable energy envelopment, including policy, investment supporting and regulatory framework, main drives, and obstacles.

ii. Survey will be conducted online among the APEC economies. The number of target economies will be 8.

iii. Target sample group covers policy makers form energy authorities, departments or ministries, technical experts, energy producers and equipment suppliers.

iv. Response to the questionaries will be gathered. Seeking for clarification if required through emails and other media.

c)  Research and analysis

i.  Literature review

ii. Statistical analysis on the data and information gathered, identifying constraints, barriers and challenges faced toward sustainable recoveries

iii. Research: identify renewable energy development status and trends, synthesize impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic observed and expected from experts, energy suppliers and equipment suppliers as well as member economies government officials, which include:

- Impact analysis: RE development plan, RE project implementation, and RE project operation

-  Impact analysis: technology development, RE industry supply chain

-  International collaboration conditions

-  Scenario analysis for RE investment

-  Scenario analysis of recovery path and the role of RE

iv.  Case study and best practice

-  Conduct case study on the best practice of sustainable recovery practices in the selected economy

2)  Project Workshop

a) Purpose of the Project Workshop: i) exchange information and experiences regarding supporting RE development on the trajectories of economic recoveries; ii) presenting findings of the Research Work and receive comments and feedbacks from the member economies’ representatives and participants of the Workshop; iii) capacity building for relevant policy making process and policy implementation.  

b) The Project Workshop will be fully virtual.

c) The Project Workshop will be organised as 2 half-days with a 3-hour session in each day.

d) The indicative Workshop Agenda is given as below. Detailed agenda, including the delivery format and speakers’ details will be submitted for reviewed 4 months before the Workshop. General Information Circular (GIC) with the final Workshop Agenda to invite participants will be sent 2 moths before the Workshop.

3)  Recommendations

a)  Based on survey and investigation, literature review, research work and case study, policy recommendations will be formulated to facilitate sustainable recovery, enhancing the resilience of the energy systems, and supporting RE development. 

b) It is expected that 8 main recommendations will be drawn from the Research Work and the Project Workshop.

c) The recommendation will be part of the Project Report, as discussed below.

4)  Project Report

a) The Project Report will encapsulate the key findings of the Research Work as well as the Workshop.

b) The project will contribute to knowledge dissemination and information sharing: the Project Report will be uploaded to APEC and APSEC websites, available to all members and non-member economies to access.  

c)   The Project Report will be about 80 pages.

Indicative agenda of the Project Workshop

Day 1 (3 hours)

1)  Workshop opening

·   Remark by the EWG Representative

·   Remark by the Tianjin University Representative 

2)  Economy recovery strategies and the role of renewable energy

·   Presentations of the economies

Day Two (3 hours)

3)  Report of the Research Work

·   Key issues of sustainable economic recovery

-   Approach of survey and analysis

-   Indicators and questions

-   The sample groups

-   Results and implications for policy makers toward sustainable green recovery

4) Assess the impacts of COVID-19 on renewable energy development and support sustainable recovery

- Impact analysis: RE development plan, RE project implementation, and RE project operation

- Impact analysis: technology development, RE industry supply chain

- International collaboration conditions

- Scenario analysis of the recovery paths and the role of RE

5) Workshop summary and closing 

Indicative Outline of the Project Report

-  Cover page

-  Executive summary

-  Table of Contents

-  List of Tables

-  List of Figures

-  List of Abbreviations

1.  Introduction

2. The impacts of COVID-19 on renewable energy development and support sustainable recovery

- Impact analysis: RE development plan, RE project implementation, and RE project operation

-  Impact analysis: technology development, RE industry supply chain

-  International collaboration conditions

-  Scenario analysis of recovery path and the role of RE

-  Case study and best practice

3. Economy recovery strategies and the role of renewable energy of 6 economies (issue-based Summary of the Project Workshop)

-  Introduction

-  Recovery policies and strategies

-  The role of renewable energy for a sustainable recovery

-  Summary

4. Key issues in relation to sustainable economic recovery

-  Approach of survey and analysis

-  Indicators and questions

-  The target samples

- Results and implications for policy makers toward sustainable green recovery

5.  Recommendations

- It is expected 8 recommendations will be drawn from the Research Work and the Project Workshop. 

6. References

Outcomes: The project supports the 2017 APEC priorities of “Fostering Sustainable Innovative and Inclusive Growth” and “Deepening Regional Economic Integration” which had reached a high consensus on the 1st APEC SOM1 2017.  

With the unprecedented social and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19, the data and information received so far indicated that renewables have proven to be among the most resilient energy sources throughout the COVID-19 pandemics, while the proportion of financial resources into sustainable energy has been way less than expected on the path of economic recovery globally. In addition, impacts on each economy are different subject to the government policy, the effectiveness of its implementations, and the response from the public. Given the climate change challenges faced by the region and globally, it is of great significance to examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on RE development in APEC economies, and draw recommendations to facilitate green and sustainable recovery.

With the completion of the project, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on RE development assessed, RE development under different COVID-19 recovery scenarios in APEC region estimated, best action practices responding to the COVID-19 pandemic shared among APEC member economies, references provided to enhancing member economies’ policy frameworks, raising renewable energy and technologies’ role in the energy systems. Recommendations provided are to facilitate sustainable recovery, enhance the resilience of the energy systems, and support RE development in the APEC region.

The direct results of the Project, which will support the delivery against the Project Objectives after the completion over the medium and longer terms, can be summarized as below:

a) Bringing renewable energy into the recovery policy and strategy, which will contribute to achieving the APEC renewable energy doubling goal, and support energy transition in the participating economies and in APEC broadly.

b) Raising the policy making efficacy coping with the crises while maintaining the sustainable development goals over medium and longer terms.  The is one of the results of the capacity building activities of the project. 

c) Providing reference and guidance, supporting the renewable industry sector to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain the growth of the industry in the post-COVID period, from planning, project development and operation perspectives.

d) Knowledge dissemination through sharing the Project Report, which will be made available on the APEC website to broad APEC community, including individuals and economies, for renewable energy development.

Beneficiaries: It is expected that government officials, policy makers, industrial partners, financial institutions, and research organizations in APEC member economies are among the beneficiaries of this project. Some of them will be directly involved in the project activities, whose opinions will be collected as part of research activities. The outcomes of the project, for example, the RE development under likely different COVID-19 recovery scenarios and relevant recommendations will be beneficial to broad community, including the industry partners and project developers as a reference and guideline.  .

a) The government officials and regulators: They are direct beneficiaries of the project, as they are responsible for policy and regulation in relation to COVID-19 pandemic response and economic recovery. The target group include senior officials of the planning division at energy ministries/departments/agency and regulatory authorities, with background and responsibility on policy formation and program design and implementation.    

b)  Researchers and experts in the field of RE: They are also the direct beneficiaries. They will get the latest information and update on the current situation and trend of economy recoveries, as well as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on RE development. They will have opportunities to communicate directly with the project team that is made up of the experienced professionals from the academia and industrial sector.

c) Manufacturers and developers: The policy and recovery strategies, priority and approach addressing sustainability and supporting RE development, including development plans, incentives and investment supports affect directly the planning and operations of manufacturers and developers, who therefore are among the beneficiaries. The target group are managerial staff for strategies and project development.

d) Financial institutions: the policies and incentives for RE development, and a clear picture of the RE industry during and in the post- COVID-19 period are among the key concerns for investment decisions of energy project financiers. This Project aims to provide a reference for the senior staff of the relevant financial institutions.

The relevant APEC fora to the project include APEC Energy Working Group (EWG).

The communications with the beneficiaries will be made through relevant professional networks, individual contacts, the APSEC advisory committee, and Tianjin University’s international collaboration programs. 

By disseminating relevant information and findings, sharing in-depth knowledge on key issues and recovery strategies, the project will help enable the beneficiaries to support energy policy making processes, enhance resilience of the energy systems, and promote innovation and technology progress of RE applications.

Dissemination

One of the main channels of information dissemination will be through the APEC website.  The Project Report will be solely published electronically as an APEC publication. There will be no paper-based publication using the APEC funding for this project, echoing the APEC efforts for paperless operation. All project outcomes and presentation materials made at the Project Workshop will be included in the APEC Project Database, allowing APEC community to access.

The targeted audience includes these working in the RE fields from government, business, and academic sectors, as well as the industrial sector experts of the APEC community who are interested in sustainable economic development and RE policies.

There is no intention to sell any outputs arising from the project.


Gender

The PO will execute this project in a manner taking the gender equity issue into serious consideration to ensure the project and the results benefit both women and men, and do not disadvantage women. The PO will actively promote the involvement of women at the different stage of the project implementation and at all activities. To guarantee that no gender is disadvantaged, the PO will encourage equitable participation by both women and men.  

For the Project Workshop participants and speakers, the PO expects that at least 40% of participants and 30% of speakers are female.

Targets

Female Participants (%)

40%

Female Speakers/Experts (%)

30%

The steps to take to ensuring the participation and engagement of both men and women in project activities include:

·       Sex-disaggregated data will be applied for the project assessment and evaluation where feasible, including workshop attendance rate, which is used to monitor and ensure achieving gender balance in selecting of workshop speakers and participants.

The selection of consultants for the project activities will be organized in an unbiased environment irrespective of gender of the candidate. As shown in the following Table, the project supports 3 pillars in promoting women’s economic empowerment.

Pillars in promoting women’s economic empowerment

1

Access to Capital and Assets

2

Access to Markets

3

Skills, Capacity Building, and Health

4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

5

Innovation and Technology

The project addresses these 3 pillars in the ways as briefed below:  

a)  Skills, Capacity Building, and Health:  The project provides capacity building opportunities for women through their direct involvement in the Research Work and other project activities and participating in and contributing to the Project Workshop. The technical and managerial skills can be honed through the involvement in these project activities.     

b) Leadership, Voice and Agency: The project intends to create a platform to practice and improve women’s leadership and raise the influence of workmen at the workplace.  For the research team, females will be encouraged to take the lead role and contribute to relevant activities. For the invited speakers and participants of the Project Workshop, a minimal proportion has been set for females. The Workshop intends to be organized in such way to make more females’ voices heard and thoughts shared over the discussions.

c) Innovation and Technology: The project seeks for innovative solutions, in terms technology development, new policy tools in order to support RE, identify novel business models for the deployment of technology. The engagement of women in the project help enhance workman the role in Innovation and Technology.

Work Plan

The work plan is given in the following table:

Month

Key Activities

Deliverables

Nov 2021

(Expected Started Date)

Proposal submission, revision, and approval:

a)     Proposal submission

b)     Proposal revision if required

c)     Proposal approval from the BMC

Proposal approved from the BMC

Nov - Dec 2021

Project commencement:

a)     Mobilize the project team

b)     Discuss with co-sponsors and other stakeholders

c)     Finalize project tasks and the project workplan

d)     Discuss the outline of the Project Report

Finalized key tasks and project workplan

Outline of the Research Work

Outline of the Project Report   

Dec 2021

Contracting

a)     Prepare TOR

b)     Tendering process

c)     Review and assess proposals

d)     Finalize contract

Signed contract

Jan-Feb-May 2022

Research Task 1:

a)     Information gathering from member economies

b)     Review and analysis of stated policy, plans and relevant stimulus packages of economic recovery 

c)     Stakeholder consultation

Research summaries

Draft section of the Project Report

Mar – May 2022

Research Task 2:

a)     Development of the questionnaire on issues, concerns, drives and obstacles in relation to sustainable recovery

b)     Discuss and finalize the questionnaire

c)     Circulation and collection of the responses from the member economies

d)     Analysis of survey results

Questionnaire developed

Questionnaires circulated and collection

Draft section of the Project Report

1 Apr 2022

Submit the APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

Apr – Jul 2022

Research Task 3:

a)     Impact analysis: RE development plan, RE project implementation, and RE project operation

b)     Impact analysis: RE industry supply chain

c)     Scenario analysis of recovery path and the role of RE

d)     Scenario analysis for RE investment

e)     Analysis of the RE development under different COVID-19 recovery scenarios

Draft section of the Project  Report

Frist half 2022

Participation in EWG/EGNRET meetings - Report the project progress

Feedback received

Jul – Sep 2022

a)     Research Task 4:Technology development, supply chain condition analysis 

b)     International collaboration conditions

c)     Case study and best practice analysis

Draft section of the Project  Report

Jull – Aug 2022

Prepare the Project Workshop

a)     Develop the Project Workshop agenda

b)     Invite the speakers

c)     Invite the participants of the Project Workshop

The Project Workshop program

Aug 2022

Prepare General information Circular

a)   Prepare General information Circular (GIC)

b)   Send the GIC with confirmed the Project Workshop agenda in August 2021

The General Information Circular

Oct 2022

Organize the Project Workshop (full virtual, two half-days with a 3-hour session each day)

a)     Host workshop and present the progress results of the project, and receive feedback on the draft Report Sections  

b)     Discussion and exchange information on policies and sustainable recovery strategies and impacts on RE development

c)     Workshop evaluation process 

d)     Video recording of the Project Workshop

The Project Workshop

Event Attendance List

Feedback received on the draft report 

Workshop Evaluation Form

Sep 2022

Participation in APSEC Sustainable Energy Forum

a)     Present the results of the project

b)     Receive feedback and comments

Presentations

Feedback received

Second half 2022

Participation in EWG/EGNRET meetings: Report the project progress

Feedback received

Jan-Nov 2022

Development of the draft Project Report

Draft Project Report

1 Nov 2022

Project Report finalization:

a)     Submit the Project Report

b)     Revise and finalize the Project Report

Revised draft Project Report

31 Dec 2022

Project completion

a)     Submission of the final Project Report

b)     Project completion

Final Project Report

Feb 2023

(two months after the project completion)

APEC project completion process: Submit the APEC Completion Report and supporting documents to the APEC Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

6 to 12 months after the project completion

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


Risks

1) The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on each APEC economy are different subject to the economic background, government policy and effectiveness of its implementation, and the response from the public. Different APEC economies are at different levels and stages of RE development, so their social and economic development and the ways to address the sustainability issue. There is a risk if the project aims at a single solution for all in terms of the practice and plan of sustainable recovery. The PO plans to achieve the objective of the project by carrying out analysis on different APEC member economies as much as possible. This will be supported by case studies.

2) There is a general risk that the workshop does not attract the optimal range and number of participants. However, the PO has already been in the professional field for a long time of working with many organizations to be involved. The risk can be mitigated through relevant partner networks so to have expected number of participants at the workshop. The risk can further be managed by using a range of communication channels to promote the workshop; likely holding it alongside another relevant event, providing adequate notice on workshop information, and assisting with travel expenses for travel-eligible economies if travel is needed and feasible.

3) Possible delay in finalizing the Project Report and uploading documents to the APEC website. The PO will assign a Project Administrator to ensure the progress of project activities as planned, allow sufficient time to collecte information, and conduct surveies, complete research activities and report review processes.

Monitoring and Evaluation

PO will prepare the Monitoring Report and comply to timely submissions to the APEC Secretariat for effective monitoring of the project’s implementation, including the progress of project activities and the project deliverables. The Project Administrator, who is assigned by the PO, will coordinate project activities and inputs, organize events and meetings, and support the deliverables being made on schedule and to the standard. The main indicators to be used for monitoring and evaluation purposes are listed in the following Table.

Outputs/ Outcomes

Evaluation Focus

Indicators

Target Goals

Evaluation Method

Reporting

Outputs

Research Work

Contracted executed

31 Dec 2021

Certification by PO

Contract

% of women of the research team

40%

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

Research scope defined and outline produced 

31 Dec 2021

Certification by PO

Completion Report

Research Task 1

Apr 2022

Certification by PO

Completion Report

Research Task 2

May 2022

Certification by PO

Completion Report

Research Task 3

Jul 2022

Certification by PO

Completion Report

Research Task 4

Sep 2022

Certification by PO

Completion Report

Number of target economies for the survey

8

Certification by PO

Completion Report

Recommendations for sustainable economic recovery

8

Certification by PO

Completion Report

Workshop

Content developed and deployed

31 Aug 2022

Certification by PO

Completion Report

No. of experts/speakers engaged

8

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

No. of attending economies

8

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

No. of participants

30

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

% of participating women

40%

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

Project Report

No. of pages

80

Certification by PO

Email to the Secretariat

Submission to the Secretariat

1 Nov 2021

Submission to the Secretariat

Email to the Secretariat

Outcomes

Raising the policy making efficacy and dissemination of knowledge on green recovery

% of the participants report substantial capacity increase on policy making

70%

Ex-post evaluations

The APEC longer-term evaluation of APEC Projects

% of participants of the Project Workshop report substantial knowledge increase

70%

Ex-post evaluations

The APEC longer-term evaluation of APEC Projects

% of women report substantial knowledge increase

40%

Ex-post evaluations

The APEC longer-term evaluation of APEC Projects

Recommendations made on sustainable recovery with a focus on green energy transition

No. of recommendations made

8

Included in the Project Report

Completion Report


Linkages

Promoting RE applications and raising the resilience of the energy systems are among the common objectives of sustainable development of all APEC economies and non-APEC economies.

The project will promote cross-fora collaboration within APEC/EWG including these with EGNRET, APSEC, EGEE&C etc. Outside APEC, the project will link with relevant research activities at international organizations such as IEA, IRENA and multilateral development agencies including ADB. The materials and outcomes of the project will be shared with both APEC and non-APEC stakeholders, available for the public to access on the APEC official website.

Sustainability

The research outcomes on key issues and recovery strategies, priority and approach addressing sustainability and supporting RE development can be a reference for APEC economies for RE development and enhancing the resilience of the energy systems, promoting innovation and technological progress, and facilitate achieving RE doubling goal in APEC region. The results of the project will provide a reference for the policy makers, professionals and researchers and industrial sector on sustainable COVID-19 recovery strategies. Other beneficiaries include manufacturers, developers and investors, and PO will keep the communication channels open, understanding the needs and challenges of the industry, updating the policy development, sharing the best practices, and contribute to shaping the industry toward healthy and sustainable development.

After project completion, the PO will upload all project documents on the APEC project database and APSEC’s social media platforms which will continue to act as capacity-building and resource-sharing channels where APEC stakeholders  could access relevant information, contributing to the knowledge pool and supporting sustainable post-COVID-19 recoveries.

In addition, after the completion of the project, the PO will continue following up on the inquires and clarifications in relation to the project outcomes, mainly the Project Report, in order to the support the beneficiaries to carry forward the results of the project.

The relevant stakeholders of the project who engage in the renewable energy sector will help to carry the project objectives forward by periodic communications and running relevant seminars.

Project Overseers

The project will be managed by Prof. Jinlong MA of Tianjin University, China

Prof Jinlong MA has extensive experience in the energy and electricity sector, and at the different stage of his career held senior managerial and technical positions at international technical advisory and engineering firms (DNV GL, WSP, SMEC), global energy corporation (ENGIE), R&D and academic institutions (CEPRI, AIT). His expertise encompasses energy system planning, renewables, power sector development, energy management and energy efficiency, electricity market, sustainable development, climate changes, and energy transition solutions. He has hands-on experience in most APEC economies’ energy sector, having advised member economies  and local government authorities, private sectors, bilateral development agencies, and regional and international organizations such as EU, AFO, ADB and ACE. Prof Ma have a good understanding of renewable energy development in APEC economies. He is the PO of the on-going APEC self-funded project EWG 04 2020S (Innovative Approaches for Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Deployment in APEC region). His qualifications include PhD in energy economics, Master’s in energy technology and planning, and B. Eng. in electric engineering.

Another main point of contact of the Project

Prof. Li ZHU is a professor at Tianjin University. She obtained her PhD degree from the School of Chemical Engineering and technology at Tianjin University. She specializes in low carbon technologies, focusing on low carbon building design, new energy integration and sustainable energy system planning. More than 120 papers have been written by Prof. Li ZHU and published in international and domestic journals. Research results were applied in 60 practical projects and were granted 15 innovative patents. Prof Li ZHU was the PO of APEC funding project EWG 22 2015A and EWG 13 2019A.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

This proposal has 2 direct labour covered by APEC funding:

1)    Short-Term Clerical Fees: For administrative support during the project execution, 300 hours to be funded by APEC with an hourly rate of $20. APEC funding for short-term clerical services is estimated at $6,000, and the services to performed include:

Description of Task

No. of hours

Project management

a)     Administrative support

b)     Tendering processes and communications for contractor selection   

c)     Contract management

d)     Communications with consultants and assistance in progress monitoring of the research Tasks

e)     Support financial management including communications with APEC Secretariat and contractor 

f)      Sorting and filing of research materials and forms

Project workshop permeation and organising

a)     Communication with event attendees (experts, participants), with APEC Secretariat, EWG Secretariat and EWG Expert Group.

b)     Online meeting platform setting

c)     Liaison with technical services providers and all the Workshop attendees testing the online meeting platform

d)     Logistical support for the Workshop  

e)     Support to conduct workshop survey

300 hours (37.5 days)

@ $20/hour = $6,000

Total

$6,000

2)  Contractor Fees (Research): A maximum funding amount will be $28,800 for 300 hours + 60 hours @ $80/hour. Funding will be for research tasks and drafting/ finalizing the report.

No. of Hours

No. of Hours / Hourly Rate (Secretariat)

Research Task 3

a)  Impact analysis: RE development plan, RE project implementation, and RE project operation

b)  Impact analysis: RE industry supply chain

c)  Scenario analysis of recovery path and the role of RE

d)  Scenario analysis for RE investment

e)  Analysis RE development under different COVID-19 recovery scenarios

300 hours @ $80/hour = $24,000 for Research Task 3 and 4.

1.     The Research Report is the Project Report; and

2.     80 hours include the time for the Contractor to draft the Project Report.

Research Task 4

a)     Technology development, supply chain condition analysis 

b)     international collaboration conditions

c)      Case study and best practice analysis

Research Report review and proof:

a)     Research Report review

b)     Research Report proof

60 hours @ $80/hour = $4,800

(for the research report review, proof-reading, drafting and finalising the Project Report)

$28,800 (360 hours)


Waivers

Not Applicable.

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Project No.

Project Title

Project Status

Publication (if any)

Fund Account

Sub-fund

Project Year

Project Session

APEC Funding

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

Sponsoring Forum

Topics

Committee

Other Fora Involved

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

Proposing Economy(ies)

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Expected Start Date

Expected Completion Date

Project Proponent Name 1

Job Title 1

Organization 1

Postal Address 1

Telephone 1

Fax 1

Email 1

Project Proponent Name 2

Job Title 2

Organization 2

Postal Address 2

Telephone 2

Fax 2

Email 2

Declaration

Project Summary

Relevance

Objectives

Alignment

TILF/ASF Justification

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Dissemination

Gender

Work Plan

Risks

Monitoring and Evaluation

Linkages

Sustainability

Project Overseers

Cost Efficiency

Drawdown Timetable

Direct Labour

Waivers

Are there any supporting document attached?

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Project Number

Previous Fora

Secretariat Comments

Reprogramming Notes

Consolidated QAF

Endorsement By Fora

PD Sign Off

Batch

Forum Priority

Committee Ranking Category

Committee Priority

PDM Priority

Priority Within Funding Category

Monitoring Report Received

Completion Report Received

PMU Field 1

PMU Field 2

PMU Field 3

On Behalf Of

Proposal Status

Originating Sub-Forum

Approval Status
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