Project Title

APEC Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Hub: Training and Registration Scheme 

Project Year

2022   

Project Number

EWG 07 2022A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 07 2022A 

Project Title

APEC Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Hub: Training and Registration Scheme 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

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

Project Year

2022 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

25,950 

Co-funding Amount

113,000 

Total Project Value

138,950 

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)

Hong Kong, China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

China; Japan; Singapore; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2023 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2023 

Project Proponent Name 1

Yiu Tai Tai, Boris (wef 24 Jun 2024) 

Job Title 1

Assistant Firector, Electricity and Energy Efficiency 

Organization 1

Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, HKSAR 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(852) 28083818 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

ttyiu@emsd.gov.hk 

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

Yiu Tak Tai, Boris 

Project Summary

APEC continues to confront unprecedented challenges posed by the impact of climate change. In APEC, buildings account for 24% of total end-use energy demand and thus play a crucial role in decarbonisation. With continued economic development, urbanisation and population growth across the APEC region, improving the energy efficiency of building envelopes and systems for both new buildings and the existing building stock is a fundamental pillar to achieving the APEC energy intensity reduction goal and attaining carbon neutrality.

Retro-commissioning (RCx) is a systematic and cost-effective process periodically examining the building services system and energy performance. Following the APEC Project EWG 09 2020A, Hong Kong, China proposes to develop a website, “APEC RCx Hub”, for capacity building among APEC member economies. The objectives of this project are to establish an APEC RCx online platform to share guidelines, policies, best practices, and registration scheme, as well as organise online RCx training for APEC economies to build the capacity to drive energy-efficient buildings. The deliverables of this project will accelerate the move toward the APEC energy intensity reduction goal.

Relevance

Issues: APEC accounts for 65% of global carbon emissions. Climate change can impact both individuals and economies, with developing economies experiencing the most adverse effects. Climate change contributes to the increasing number of natural disasters, about 70% occurring in Asia. Buildings are accounting nearly 40% of global carbon emissions. Therefore, decarbonisation building, especially older stock, through energy efficiency improvements not only reduces carbon emissions but also generates co-benefits in health, energy affordability and the labour market. APEC committed to tackling climate change by reducing 45 per cent of energy intensity by 2035 against the 2005 level. According to the APEC Energy Outlook 8th Edition, the energy consumption by the buildings sector is expected to increase by almost one-quarter in the reference scenario owning to rising standards of living that allow people to access more services. Retro-commissioning (RCx) is an energy-efficient process that helps improve energy efficiency, leverage technical knowledge, create green jobs, enhance well-being, and encourage broader energy efficiency investment in buildings. Through the implementation of RCx, energy efficiency and operational performance of the buildings can be elevated by analysing and refining the building system operation. With the success of APEC funded-project “Capacity Building Workshop on Retro-commissioning” (EWG 09 2020A), the member economies acknowledged the benefits of RCx can optimise the operation and energy efficiency of buildings, thus saving costs and reducing carbon emission. Riding in Hong Kong, China’s RCx Training and Registration Scheme received a Gold Award under the “Smart Jobs and Consumers” Pillar of the 5th Energy Smart Communities Initiatives Best Practices Awards Programme in 2022, this project aims to build capacity on RCx knowledge and skills through creating an APEC RCx Hub and conducting RCx Training Courses. This project will create and maintain an APEC RCx Hub website, provide RCx Training Courses and share the registration scheme experiences for APEC member economies. This project will build and sustain an APEC RCx Hub website, covering the training framework, registration scheme, etc. The APEC RCx Hub aims to drive capacity building in RCx, improve building energy efficiency, create RCx job and project opportunities, drive economic growth, and reduce carbon emissions. 

Eligibility and Fund Priorities: The prime objective of this project is to capacity building in APEC economies in energy efficiency improvements, and RCx skills and knowledge sharing on various aspects of decarbonisation buildings in the APEC region. This project aims to build APEC economies’ capacity to enhance the energy efficiency of buildings by sharing RCx guidelines and training the RCx workforce to progress towards reducing APEC energy intensity by 45% from 2005 levels by 2035. This project provides opportunities to increase employment and economic activity to accelerate economic recovery. The project cuts across the mandates of EWG and EGEE&C.

Capacity Building: With the success of APEC funded-project “Capacity Building Workshop on Retro-commissioning” (EWG 09 2020A), the member economies acknowledged the benefits of RCx can optimise the operation and energy efficiency of buildings. In this project, the APEC RCx hub will be created to share the guidelines and best practices. RCx Training Courses will be provided for APEC member economies, particularly developing economies, to build capacity to enhance energy efficiency in the building sector. In the meantime, how to establish and maintain the RCx registration scheme and workforce directory will be shared during the training courses.  

The APEC RCx Hub is a website to serve as an open platform for APEC member economies to share RCx policies, guidelines, best practices, training schemes, etc. The RCx training alongside this project promotes skilled jobs and green projects by implementing RCx in the existing buildings. The knowledge and skill transferred from this project will benefit both developed and developing member economies by enhancing skills and knowledge of energy efficiency improvement in the building sector, promoting jobs related to sustainable growth and equitable development in the APEC region and nourishing RCx experts in APEC member economies. The project is expected to familiarise APEC economies with the concept of Retro-commissioning (RCx) and further promote cooperation among APEC economies in this area, including related activities in the future such as conducting research, building capacity and furthering governmental collaboration. Any such future activities, (including on or through the RCx hub website,  linked to the RCx Training and Registration Scheme and this shared APEC concept would be taken forward as APEC projects, and subject to the relevant project policies and approvals.

Objectives

The project objectives are to build the capacity of retro-commissioning of APEC member economies and drive energy-efficient buildings. It supports meeting growth needs for urbanisation while limiting the growth in energy-related demand and carbon emissions. The deliverables of this project, which comprises an APEC RCx Hub, RCx Training Course, sharing of registration scheme, will contribute to achieving the APEC energy intensity reduction goal of 45% by 2035 and responding to the 2021 Leaders’ Declaration and APEC Priorities.

Alignment

Alignment to APEC: This project aligns with the 2011 APEC Leaders’ goal to reduce APEC energy intensity by 45% by 2035 and to 2022 APEC Priorities, “Promoting Balance, Sustainability and Inclusive in all Aspects”. APEC member economies shall balance all aspects by integrating inclusivity and sustainability objectives with economic goals. This project promotes the RCx knowledge sharing to sustain the energy efficiency improvements in the building sector, create green projects and jobs and pave the path to economic recovery. The APEC RCx Hub is an open platform to share policies, guidelines, best practices, etc. RCx Training Courses for APEC member economies to build the capacity of RCx to strengthen the joint efforts in moving towards the APEC goals and priorities. 

Alignment to Forum: This project directly supports the EWG’s 2019–2023 Strategic Plan stated goal to promote efficient energy usage and support innovative technology for achieving the goal. This project works for EGEE&C focus, (1) facilitate the exchange of energy efficiency policies, practices and tools among APEC member economies to promote the development of energy smart and low carbon communities across the region; (2) strengthen coordination and cooperation by sharing best practices, accelerating innovation and promoting advanced technologies' deployment; and (3) strengthen dialogues and cooperation with APEC sub-fora and international organisations on cross-cutting issues.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

Item

Output

Description

1

APEC RCx Hub website

APEC Hub is a website to serve as an open platform for APEC member economies to share RCx policies, the latest technology, guidelines, best practices, training schemes, etc. Information for the APEC RCx hub website will be collected from APEC member economies through emails and online interviews.

The APEC RCx Hub is a publicly accessible website. A hyperlink to APEC RCx Hub will be on the EGEEC website. The official launch of the APEC RCx Hub will announce by email and reported in EWG and EGEEC meetings to APEC member economies. Hong Kong, China will host, maintain and operate the APEC RCx Hub from 2023 to 2026. Around the end of 2026, a consultation with EGEEC will be conducted for the further operation arrangement of the APEC RCx Hub.

2

RCx Training Courses

RCx Training Courses alongside this project promote skilled jobs and green projects through the RCx of existing buildings. This project enhances skills and knowledge of building energy efficiency improvement to achieve the APEC energy intensity reduction goal. The training courses will be pre-filmed training for participants to log in to the online training system in their time zones.  

The training and examination materials will be developed with different modules for different proficiency levels, covering beginner, intermediate and advanced. About one-hour training course is planned for each module to allow more flexibility in taking the modules.

The modules will be related to RCx knowledge, such as the details of the investigation approach of RCx, the Energy Saving Opportunities (ESO) implementation of RCx, the Measurement and Verification (M&V) approach of RCx, and the awarded registration scheme experiences in Hong Kong, China for APEC member economies.

The total training hours for the attended modules will be verified with the online training platform. The participants will be certificated as completed certain levels of training according to the training hours and examination results.

A report named as “Training Summary Report” on participant results and feedback will be prepared for EWG members to assist in a sustainable project and training development.

Outcomes: This project provides outcomes of sharing several RCx-related information and capacity-building RCx knowledge to the APEC region by providing an APEC RCx Hub website and RCx Training Courses.

APEC RCx Hub is an open platform for sharing the RCx-related information with APEC member economies to promote capacity building and knowledge sharing. The information includes policy development, the latest technology and implementation measures of RCx among APEC member economies.

In the RCx Training of this project, the participants will be trained with RCx knowledge, such as the details of the investigation approach of RCx, the Energy Saving Opportunities (ESO) implementation of RCx, the Measurement and Verification (M&V) approach of RCx, and the awarded registration scheme experiences in Hong Kong, China for APEC member economies. There will be examinations after the training to assess whether the participants are capacity built. 

The expected outcomes of this project will be as follows:

1. Extend knowledge and understanding amongst participants on the investigation approach of RCx;

2. Increase knowledge and understanding amongst participants on energy saving opportunities (ESO) and implementation of RCx;

3. Enrich knowledge and understanding amongst participants on the measurement and verification approach of RCx; and

4. Provision of resources for APEC member economies in the implementation RCx policies and practices to reduce energy usage. 

Beneficiaries: Primary Beneficiaries are the participants in the training course.

1. The APEC RCx Hub will directly benefit APEC EWG and sub-fora, including EGEEC, APSEC, APERC and international organisations, with the transparency of RCx information for further research study.

2. Government officials and policy-makers responsible for formulating energy efficiency policies benefit by understanding the importance of the RCx training and registration scheme. The Hub will allow the policy-makers to have an easier reference for EE&C-related policymaking and promotion activities planning. This project will help them to plan the RCx framework, policies and training programmes. 

Secondary Beneficiaries are all others who will benefit from the successful delivery of the objective and outcomes of this project.

1. The RCx Training will benefit the engineers and technicians from APEC member economies with the knowledge transfer and recognition of professional skills and the potential for job opportunities. The technology, guidelines and best practices on the APEC RCx Hub will benefit trade and academia by exploring the technologies for RCx. The professionals and experts will benefit from the rising in green job opportunities.

Female trainers and participants will be invited to promote gender inclusion and engage women in the RCx sector.

Dissemination

The APEC RCx Hub is a publicly accessible website. A hyperlink to APEC RCx Hub will be on the EGEEC website. The official launch of the APEC RCx Hub will announce by email and reported in EWG and EGEEC meetings to APEC member economies. Hong Kong, China will maintain and operate the APEC RCx Hub from 2023 to 2026. Around the end of 2026, a consultation with EGEEC will be conducted for the further operation arrangement of the APEC RCx Hub.

The training material from the RCx Training will be disseminated to those attended participants after the training only and will not be an APEC Publication. A report (named “Training Summary Report”) on participant results and feedback will be prepared for EWG members to assist in a sustainable project and training development.

Gender

Targets

Female Participants (%)

30

Female Speakers/Experts (%)

30

PO is committed to collecting sex-disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only those funded by APEC) at the project event. This data will be included when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat upon completion of the project, as well as providing guidance to future POs on their gender parity targets.


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:

5 Pillars (you may tick more than one)

1

Access to Capital and Assets

2

Access to Markets

3

Skills, Capacity Building, and Health

ü

4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

5

Innovation and Technology

ü

The PO will invite female participants and speakers from international organisations, universities, the trade, and APEC member economies to attend the training for increasing gender diversity in APEC’s retro-commissioning field.


Work Plan

Timeline

Tasks

Deliverables

Jan – Feb 2023

Project commencement and develop Request for Proposal for Contracting

Contract

Feb – Apr 2023

Develop General Information Circular, nomination form

Confirm training program and speakers

Confirm the virtual platform

Invite participants from EWG and sub-fora

General Information (GI) Circular

Speakers list

Draft training agenda

Virtual platform confirmation

1 Apr 2023

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

Apr – May 2023

Design the APEC RCx hub website

Number of the subpage

Navigation method

Apr – Aug 2023

Collect information for the APEC RCx hub website through emails and online interviews

Email to APEC member economies

Interview

May – Sep 2023

Delivery of the online training and examinations

RCx Training Courses and examinations

Jul – Sep 2023 (one week after the training)

Dissemination of post-training participant evaluation survey

Post-training participant survey

Sep – Oct 2023

Soft-launch of APEC RCx hub website for APEC member economies to review

Soft-launch of APEC RCx hub website

Sep – Nov 2023

Prepare the Training Summary Report.

Draft the Training Summary Report with reporting on participant results and feedback.

Nov – mid of Dec 2023

Modify the APEC RCx hub website as per the suggestions

Modified APEC RcX hub website

Dec 2023

Launch the APEC RCx hub website

Official launch of APEC RCx hub website

Email notification and announcement in EWG and EGEEC meetings for the official launch of the APEC RCx Hub will be provided to APEC member economies.

Feb 2024

Submit the APEC Project Completion Report and all supporting documents to the APEC Secretariat by email

APEC Project Completion Report

Dec 2024

Participate in the Longer-Term Evaluation of APEC Projects



Risks

No.

Risks

How will it be managed?

1

Low response emails for the APEC RCx Hub information collection

PO will arrange online interviews with co-sponsoring economies, EWG, EGEEC and EGEDA members will be conducted to collect information.

2

Ensuring a sufficient number of participants at the training

PO will liaise with EWG and its Sub-fora, particularly EGEE&C, EGEDA and co-sponsoring economies, to nominate speakers and participants four months before the training. PO will identify related organisations in APEC member economies and invite them to the training as participants.

3

Poor targeting of training participants

PO will recommend target participants in the General Information Circular in responding to the project objectives and expected beneficiaries in this Project Proposal.

4

Ensuring a sufficient number of female participants at the training

PO will mention the objective of achieving gender equality in the General Information Circular and encourage active participation from females.


Monitoring and Evaluation

Evaluation Focus

Indicators

Target Goals

Evaluation Method

Reporting Method

Outputs

1.   APEC RCx Hub website

1.1   Contracted executed

31 Mar 2023

Certification by PO

Contract

1.2   No. of interviewed economies

5

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

1.3   No. of economies with information input

8

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

1.4   Content developed and deployed

31 Dec 2023

Certification by PO

Website launched

1.5   No. of economies share information on policy development of RCx

5

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

1.6   No. of economies share information  technology in RCx projects

5

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

2.    RCx Training Courses

2.1   Contracted executed

31 Mar 2023

Certification by PO

Contract

2.2   No. of participants (excl. trainers)

50

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2.3   % of participating men/women (excl. trainers)

70/30

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2.4   No. of trainers engaged

4

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2.5   % of trainers (men/women)

70/30

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2.6   No. of attending economies

5

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2.7   No. of attending developing economies

2

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2.8   % of participants pass the final exam of training

60%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

Out-comes

3.   Capacity Building

1.1     % of participants report a substantial knowledge increase in understanding investigation approach of RCx

60%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

1.2     % of participants report a substantial knowledge increase in understanding Energy Saving opportunities (ESO) implementation of RCx

60%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

1.3     % of participants report a substantial knowledge increase in understanding Measurement and Verification (M&V) approach of RCx

60%

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report

4.   More resources available to APEC economies to guide their implementation of RCx policies and practices to reduce energy usage

4.1   Number of new resources generated by the project

2

RCx website and the RCx training course

Completion Report


Linkages

HKC will collaborate with the EWG, the EGEE&C, and international organisations in the green buildings industry, such as World Green Building Council. Collaboration with these organisations will benefit from exchanging knowledge and experience sharing in promoting RCx, and developing skills and expertise for creating green projects and jobs to drive energy-efficient buildings among the APEC member economies.

Sustainability

APEC RCx Hub is an open platform for sharing the latest RCx-related information, including policy development, the latest technology and implementation measures of RCx among APEC member economies. Hong Kong, China will maintain and operate the APEC RCx Hub from 2023 to 2026. The validity of information disclosed on the Hub will be continuously checked with APEC member economies on a half-year basis. In 2026, a consultation will be conducted to seek EGEEC’s view on the continuity of APEC RCx Hub. In the future, RCx Training may extend the network of trained RCx experts in the APEC region. The training material will update time-to-time to ensure the latest technologies, case studies, and training course feedback will be incorporated to meet the project’s sustainability.

Project Overseers

Project Overseers - Mr CHU Kei Ming Barry, Assistant Director / Electricity and Energy Efficiency of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, HKSAR. Mr CHU is the Head of the Electricity and Energy Efficiency Branch of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, HKSAR Government. He is responsible for developing, implementing, and promoting various EE&C and renewable energy programmes. The Branch is also the enforcement body for Ordinances on energy efficiency labelling, building energy efficiency and electrical safety.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

 

Waivers

No.

Specific Tasks

No. of Hours

1.               

Assist in developing the training agenda

Identify and invite applicants according to the target participants (around 70 in a total of different proficiency levels).

24

2.               

Assist in nomination to training, consolidate nomination, and review the registration according to experience requirements.

24

3.               

Prepare training and examination material with different proficiency levels modules.

160

4.               

Organise online training courses (around 6-12 hours per course).

70

5.               

Organise online examinations for the training with the online training system.

21

6.               

Collect, assess and notify participants of the examination results.

100

Total:

399


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