Project Title

Achieving Carbon Neutrality through Bio-Circular-Green Economy Principle in APEC Region 

Project Year

2021   

Project Number

EWG 10 2021A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 10 2021A 

Project Title

Achieving Carbon Neutrality through Bio-Circular-Green Economy Principle in APEC Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency, Low Carbon and Resiliency Measures (EELCER) 

Project Year

2021 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

100,000 

Co-funding Amount

10,000 

Total Project Value

110,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Topics

Energy 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Thailand 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

China; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Malaysia; Chinese Taipei; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2022 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2023 

Project Proponent Name 1

Munlika Sompranon 

Job Title 1

Director of Energy Cooperation Section 

Organization 1

Department of Alternative Development Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(66-2) 2230021-9 Extension 1402 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

munlika_s@dede.go.th 

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

Munlika Sompranon 

Project Summary

As identified in previous APEC project on co-benefit of RE&EE, low carbon (or more aggressively carbon neutrality) is among top key success factor to support two main energy goals of APEC, namely 45% energy intensity reduction by 2035 and doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030. Even though APEC has launched ‘Carbon Neutral’ effort since 2008 followed by Low Carbon Model Towns Task Force (LCMT-TF) in 2010, only 7 out of 21economies (Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States) has policy implication at various stages; whereas, other economies may face difficulties in limited resources, lack of experiences and experts. In line with APEC2022 priority on ‘Sustainable and Inclusive Growth’ through Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle, this project aims to extract lesson learned, best practices and low-carbon technology foresight from those economies with established carbon neutral policy, through documentation studies and interactive workshop, to help accelerate carbon neutral policy dialogue in the rest of economies, which would altogether help achieve APEC RE&EE goals, as well as APEC contribution to global climate action.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: The two main energy goals of APEC, namely 45% energy intensity (EE) reduction by 2035 and doubling the share of renewable energy (RE) by 2030, could be more economically achieved through implementing projects with RE&EE co-benefit under six categories, such as flattening peak demand, low carbon, digital, electrification, cost effectiveness, fuel standard, local context and sustainability. With recent effort to help achieve two-degree scenario of climate action, carbon neutral goal has been set worldwide. APEC ‘Carbon Neutral’ effort has been launched since 2008, followed by Low Carbon Model Towns Task Force (LCMT-TF) in 2010 with periodic monitoring of low-carbon target for APEC economies, but only 7 out of 21 economies (Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States) has policy implication at various stages nowadays in addition to CO2 reduction goal in Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted to UNFCC. Hence, intra-APEC policy dialogue could help facilitate other economies with limited resources/ experiences/experts to learn from 7 economies. In line with APEC2022 priority on ‘Sustainable and Inclusive Growth’ through Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle, lesson learned, best practices and low-carbon technology foresight from those economies with established carbon neutral policy can help accelerate carbon neutral policy dialogue in the rest of economies, which would altogether help achieve APEC RE&EE goals, as well as APEC contribution to global climate action

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project addresses carbon neutral challenge, which is among key success factors for RE&EE co-benefit, to achieve APEC’s aggregate energy intensity reduction goal of 45% by 2035 and APEC’s doubling renewable share goal by 2030 through intra-APEC policy dialogue of appropriate low-carbon technologies suitable for APEC economies under Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle. Therefore, this project detail aligns with the Category 2 Projects of the EELCM Sub-Fund Eligibility Criteria. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: Capacity building aspect of this project aims to develop the understanding of the impact and benefit of low-carbon technologies with appropriate policy mechanism on sustaining global warming. The topics of the capacity building will focus on balanced integration of current/future RE/EE technologies with APEC-specific policy oriented toward Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle.

Objectives

1) To review methodology and framework of carbon neutral plan from all around the world especially APEC economies on power, transport, and building sectors

2) To share best practices and lessons learned on carbon neutral policy formulation under Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

3) To build capacity on carbon neutral policy formulation with balanced integration of RE/EE technologies and regulation with an aim to have one APEC economy as case study.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project aligns with APEC goals for Energy intensity reduction goal of 45% by 2035 from APEC Leaders Meeting in Honolulu in 2011 and doubling the share of renewables by 2030 from the APEC Leaders Meeting in Beijing in 2014, as well as APEC2022 priority on Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle. 

Alignment – Forum: This project aligns with EWG Strategic Plans in the area of:

1) Engage in clean energy technology assessment and related activities to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of clean energy applications

2) Develop within APEC Member Economies to improve the human resource analytical capacity in the area of low-carbon project development, as well as carbon neutral plan

3) Support the development of low-carbon projects, as well as carbon neutral plan in the areas of power, transport and building sectors under carbon neutral framework.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The project aims to deliver the following outputs:

1. Research Work and Report on lesson learned and best practices on carbon neutral policyfrom around the world especially those APEC economies with carbon neutral policy implication at various stages to extract policy framework and methodology, focusing on decarbonization technologies in power generation, transport and building sectors (due to high carbon emission) with appropriate policy tools. To initiate carbon neutral policy dialogue in rest of economies, Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle will be explored to support sustainable and inclusive growth. Concise and easy to understand documents in English (no more than 20 pages) will be developed (called Research Report) as follows:

a) Scope: Documentation analysis and policy studies to identify steps and potential low-carbon technologies with CO2 reduction assessments in power, transport and building sectors for Thailand as APEC case study development under Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle. Interview with Thailand expert on Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle.

b) Target audience: general participants, where findings will be first introduced to workshop participants.

c) Channel of distribution: soft copy in presentation format at the workshop and soft copy report after project completion as APEC publication.

2. Organization of Workshop in Tokyo, Japan with the workshop agenda as follows:

Day 1:

a) Capacity building activities for policy maker representative from those APEC economies without carbon neutral policy using Thailand as case study. Related documents on Thailand case study will be developed by the contractor to be conducted by contractor with input from expert speakers.

i. Summary of lesson learned and best practices of carbon neutral policy with decarbonization technologies

ii. Summary of Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

iii. Interactive discussion on how Thailand as APEC case study use Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principleto draft carbon neutral policy framework and mechanism for potential dialogue initiative in those economies without carbon neutral policy

b) Linkage network of policy makers on carbon neutrality among APEC economies will be established for further cooperation.

Day 2:

a) Capacity building activities for understanding decarbonization technologies in power generation, transport and building sectorsfrom Japan’s Green Growth Strategy through achieving Carbon Neutrality in 2050, Possible framework will be identified in relation to climate finance initiative from COP26 between APEC economies with carbon neutral policy and those without carbon neutral policy.

b)  Workshop post-workshop evaluation questionnaires.

3. Final Report consisting of lesson learned/best practices from those APEC economies with carbon neutral policy implication, appropriate decarbonization technologies in power generation, transport and building sectors, Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle, Thailand as APEC case study of carbon neutral policy recommendation on achieving carbon neutrality through Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle (total no more than 50 pages including Research Report) will be drafted by contractor in consultation with workshop participants and APEC expert groups, especially EGNRET and EGEE&C consisting of

a) Table of contents,

b) Executive Summary,

c) Review of carbon neutral policy with lesson learned/best practices from APEC economies (part of Research Report)

d) Review of decarbonization technologies in power generation, transport and building sectors (part of Research Report)

e) Review of Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle (part of Research Report)

f) Thailand as APEC case study of carbon neutral policy recommendation on achieving carbon neutrality through Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy

g)  Annex of Workshop details including presentation materials

Outcomes:

1. Carbon neutral policy framework can be developed as a concept though lesson learned and best practicesfrom those APEC economies with carbon neutral policy in place, especially high carbon emission section such as power generation, transport, and building sectors, which can be measured by the number of economies with carbon neutral policy concept. 

2. Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle can be developed as a concept through Thailand case study on carbon neutral policy toward sustainable and inclusive growth, which can be measured by the number of economies with BCG concept. 

3. Capacity building on policy maker representative from those APEC economies without carbon neutral policy with established network among experts in APEC economies can lead to policy dialogue in own economies, which can be measured by the number of policy maker representative from those APEC economies without carbon neutral policy attending capacity training.

Beneficiaries: Primary beneficiaries: This project will benefit representatives from the APEC Energy Working Group (EWG), APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI), APEC Economies energy related ministries, who are interested in developing carbon neutral policy and implementation and attend the workshop. Participants from both policymakers and technical officers in government, international organisations (e.g. UNEP, UNDP), regional organisations (e.g. ASEAN Centre for Energy, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia),research institutes, universities and private sectors related to energy and environment landscapes are encouraged to attend.

Secondary beneficiaries: The workshop is planned to share and disseminate the final report to the stakeholders, which include the APEC EWG members, APEC member government representative, researchers and industries.

Dissemination

The results and outputs of the project will be disseminated in soft copy during workshop/capacity building on APEC website/social media in accordance with APEC Social Media Guidelines, to allow wide spreading of information. Final report will be produced and published in electronic file through the APEC Publications Database website, which will be easily shared with all APEC economies and relevant APEC bodies such as PPSTI, EWG, EGNRET, EGEE&C, LCMT. Potential use of the report may be extended to other government sectors within economies later on.

The target audience is mainly APEC member government officials and researchers in the area of low carbon, renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, but extends to all practitioners of energy and environmental policy in APEC economies.

There are no plans to sell any output related to this project.

Gender

Women’s participation of at least 30% is the target in all aspects and stages of this project such as project development, consultation, productive inclusive conversation, implementation, and reporting. The project will explicitly encourage female nomination from the travel-eligible economies, as well as inviting female expert speakers, to achieve a target of least 30% of female participants and 30% of female speakers for each workshop.  PO is committed to collect sex-disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (and not only the APEC funded) from the project event. This data will be included as part of the submission of the Completion Report to the Secretariat when the project completes and will serve to guide future POs on their own gender parity targets. Throughout previous PO extensive network, female experts and participants will be empowered to voice out.

Targets

Female Participants (%)

30

Female Speakers/Experts (%)

30

Referring to the Guide on Gender Criteria for APEC Project Proposals in the Guidebook on APEC Projects, please tick the pillar or pillars that this project supports, in promoting women’s economic empowerment:

With review of carbon neutral policy supported by low-carbon technology foresight from those economies with established carbon neutral policy, capacity building on evidence-based preparation for carbon neutral plan drafting will empower female participants to voice out recommended approach with suitable low-carbon technologies in own economies.

5 Pillars (you may tick more than one)

1

Access to Capital and Assets

2

Access to Markets

3

Skills, Capacity Building, and Health

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4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

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5

Innovation and Technology

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Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

Jun – Sep 2022

Open Tender Process for Contractor

A signed contract

Oct 2022 – Jan 2023

1)      Documentation studies on lesson learned and best practices from around the world especially those APEC economies with carbon neutral policy implication at various stages, focusing on decarbonization technologies in power generation, transport and building sectors (due to high carbon emission) with appropriate policy tools.

2)      Documentation studies on Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle to support sustainable and inclusive growth.

3)      Documentation analysis and policy studies to identify steps and potential low-carbon technologies with CO2 reduction assessments in power, transport and building sectors for Thailand as APEC case study development under Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

4)      Bi-lateral interviews with various international experts on decarbonization technologies in power generation, transport and building sectors

Progress report 1: Project planning and timeframe and Initial summary of documentation studies

Oct 2022

Review the delivery format of the Workshop

Format of Workshop is confirmed

1 Oct 2022

Submit the APEC Project Monitoring Report to the Secretariat

APEC Project Monitoring Report

Dec 2022

General Information Circular (GIC) to be disseminated to participants 8 weeks in advance of the event. The GI contains the nomination form and registration details along with the agenda and list of speakers

Workshop Agenda and Speaker List

General Information Circulation

Feb 2023

1)    Prepare and organize a 2-day workshop in Tokyo, Japan. 

2)    The format of the workshop:

a)   Day 1: Sharing best practice and Capacity Building

b)   Day 2: Understanding decarbonization technologies in power generation, transport and building sectors under Japan’s Green Growth Strategy focusing on sharing Thailand as APEC case study development for carbon neutral policy framework under Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle.

                i.     Build capacity and network for APEC carbon neutral policy dialogue from energy sector stakeholders e.g. government, industry and academic

               ii.     Workshop post-workshop evaluation questionnaires

Japan was selected because of strong policy formulation in Japan’s Green Growth Strategy through achieving Carbon Neutrality in 2050.

Workshop in Tokyo, Japan, implemented

Event Attendance List

Mar 2023 - Apr 2023

Analysis of all documentation from Workshop

Prepare for the Final Report with the topics:

a)  Lesson learned/best practices from those APEC economies with carbon neutral policy implication

b)  Appropriate decarbonization technologies in power generation, transport and building sectors

c)   Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

d)  Thailand as APEC case study of carbon neutral policy recommendation on achieving carbon neutrality through Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

Final Report

1 May 2023

Submission of the draft Final Report for the Secretariat’s review and approval, then for forum endorsement

Endorsed Final Report

Aug 2023

Submission of the APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to the Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

Jan  – June 2024

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

Risks

The following risks and risk management can be summarized as follows:

1) Risk of identifying committed representative from APEC member economies with willingness to learn carbon neutral policy and participate in subsequent capacity building can be minimized by highlighting decarbonization technologies in transport sector - EV & biofuel because this topic is the topic of interest to most of the eligible economies. 

2) Given ambitious goal to implement many activities in such a tight timeline, mitigation plan includes careful selection of project contractor with already existing network in APEC economies.

3) Risk of participants from APEC economies not able to apply the knowledge learned and recommendations from the Project can be minimized by planning materials for capacity building to be easy to follow documents with the topic of interests to the APEC economies, as well as incorporating a session towards the end for participants to reflect on unique challenges of their respective home economies and individual action plan to implement.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Outputs/

Outcomes

Activities

Indicators

Target goals

Evaluation method

Reporting method

Outputs

Open Tender Process for Contractor

Contract executed

May 2022

Certification by PO

Contract

Documentation studies

Best practices of carbon neutral policy from around the world especially those APEC economies with carbon neutral policy implication

3 for each sectors (power generation, transport and building sectors)

Certification by PO

Completion of Research Report

Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

BCG concept in discussion

Certification by PO

Completion of Research Report

Workshop – Sharing Best Practices and Brainstorming

Participants with organization details and roles in carbon neutral policy formulation

Workshop held

Participants from experts and 11 travel-eligible economies

Event attendance list

Certification by PO

Completion of Workshop Report

No of experts engaged as speakers and active participants

6

Event attendance list

Completion of Workshop Report

Discussion on carbon neutral policy framework under Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

Discussion section

Certification by PO

Completion of Workshop Report

Discussion points and concerns regarding carbon neutral policy implementation and mechanism

Discussion section

Certification by PO

Completion of Workshop Report

Workshop post-workshop evaluation questionnaires

Workshop evaluation questionnaires

Questionnaires

Report write-up

Final report

Final report with < 50 pages to be peer-reviewed and submitted to APEC secretariat by Apr 2023

Certification by PO

 Email to the Secretariat

Number of best practices

3 for each sectors (power generation, transport and building sectors

Certification by PO

Completion of Final Report

Number of recommendations

3 for each sectors (power generation, transport and building sectors

Certification by PO

Completion of Final Report

Outcomes

Carbon neutral policy framework

Developed as concept

2024-5

Tracking economies six months after event

Report to Working Group

Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

Developed as concept

2024-5

Tracking economies six months after event

Report to Working Group

Capacity building on policymaker

APEC economies without carbon neutral policy with established network among experts in APEC economies

2024-5

Tracking economies six months after event

Report to Working Group


Linkages

APEC (cross fora such as Transportation, PPSTI) and non-APEC stakeholders with interest in low-carbon technologies and carbon neutral policy framework will be engaged through invitations to the workshops.  The report and outcome will be submitted to APEC secretariat and posted on the website.  Non-APEC stakeholders can access the report and case study.

Sustainability

Since document on lesson learned, best practices from carbon neutral policy framework is shared on APEC database for easy reference, all beneficiaries of this project can utilize it in the future. In particular, APEC case study on Thailand can be example to start policy dialogue in those APEC economies without carbon neutral plan yet. In addition, the global trend on carbon neutral commitment will help sustain the project activities. Perhaps some kind of BCG network could be established with some APEC economies as members to help sustain the concept after project completion.

Project Overseers

Name:  Mrs. Munlika Sompranon

Title: Director of Energy Cooperation Section

Organization: Department of Alternative Development Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy

Tel: 662 223 0021-9 ext. 1402             E-mail: munlika_s@dede.go.th


Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The contract will be awarded as a single contract to one entity with the following details:

Position

Roles

Man Hr

(rate = 40 USD/hr)

Total for Person

(USD)

Project Manager

a)  Project Management

b)  Budgeting

c)   Reach out for expert interviews in decarbonization technologies

d)  Develop and prepare agenda for workshop

e)  Organize and manage workshop

f)    Workshops summary

g)  Document analysis and reporting consolidation

h)  Customized survey evaluation after workshop to suit the needs of the specific targets (not standard APEC evaluation surveys)

i)    Analyse best practices/lesson learned from developed economies suitable for developing economies

j)    Follow up on project outcome

400

16,000

Researcher

a)  Documentation Studies on best practices of carbon neutral policy in power generation and building sectors

b)  Workshop summary

c)   Draft capacity building materials

d)  Conduct experts’ interview on decarbonization technologies in power generation and building sectors with some survey

250

10,000

Researcher

a)   Documentation Studies on best practices of carbon neutral policy in transportation sector

b)   Workshop summary

c)   Draft capacity building materials

d)   Conduct experts’ interview on decarbonization technologies in transport sector with some survey

250

10,000

Researcher

a)  Documentation Studies on Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

b)  Draft Thailand as APEC case study of carbon neutral policy recommendation on achieving carbon neutrality through Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Principle

c)   Workshop summary

d)  Draft capacity building materials

e)  Conduct experts’ interview

f)    Follow BCG framework in Thailand

250

10,000

Contacting Officer

a)  Administrative supportto PO

b)  Contacting Speakers, Participants, Venue for the workshops

c)   Prepare workshop documents and logistics

137

(rate = 20 USD/hr)

2,752


Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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