Project Title

Promoting Digital Solar Resource Maps and Management Technologies in Advancing Renewables Growth in APEC 

Project Year

2023   

Project Number

EWG 01 2023A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 01 2023A 

Project Title

Promoting Digital Solar Resource Maps and Management Technologies in Advancing Renewables Growth in APEC 

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

2023 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

83,374 

Co-funding Amount

72,000 

Total Project Value

155,374 

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; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/10/2023 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2024 

Project Proponent Name 1

Yiu Tak Tai, Boris (wef 24 Jun 2024) 

Job Title 1

Assistant Director, 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

The 2022 Leader's Declaration reaffirms the importance of capacity building and technical assistance for innovation and growth for addressing all environmental challenges, including climate change. The Declaration advocates that digital technology and innovation are vital in advancing inclusive and sustainable development. Hong Kong, China proposes a project to promote digital solar resources maps and management technologies to increase APEC's renewable growth. The project comprises a one-day capacity-building workshop to foster digital technology and innovation in renewable energy and strengthen cooperation in sustainable energy transition that reduces green gas emissions. A pre-workshop study will summarise the digital solar energy tools and innovative technologies, including solar resource maps and management systems, in APEC, assisting in formulating climate change policies for energy transition through technological advancement. A Workshop Summary serves as a reference for APEC economies supporting policies to progress towards APEC's doubling the share of modern renewables goal and attain carbon neutrality.

Relevance

Issues: Climate change is an existential threat to the whole world. APEC makes up 38% of the world's population and 55% of GDP but contributes 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 65% of carbon emissions. Due to location and geographic diversity, APEC economies are exposed to climate change and suffer from more than 70% of global natural disasters.

In addressing environmental challenges, renewable energy is one of the concerted efforts in APEC to tackle climate change and is at the centre of the energy transition to address ecological challenges. Development and deployment of renewable energy, particularly solar energy, are vital to driving renewable power generation and capacity expansion in the share of the energy mix. With emerging digital technologies, this project promotes digital solar resource maps and management technologies to advance distributed and concentrated generation and direct consumption. By leveraging innovative technologies, digital solar resource maps can evaluate the potential for solar energy generation. Through the digital solar energy management system with technologies such as artificial intelligence and digital twin, renewables information and data can be connected for analysing, benchmarking, and exploring improvements and operations can be territory-wide monitored and managed effectively. These two technologies facilitate policymakers to formulate renewable energy policy, trade to make industrial decisions, and academia to develop innovative technologies, and the market creates green jobs on the energy transition pathway. APEC economies can plan energy transition policies and roadmaps by projecting and collecting solar energy data and information from solar resource maps and energy management technologies.

The project comprises a pre-workshop study, a one-day workshop, and a Workshop Summary. The pre-workshop study summarises the development, deployment, strength, and limitation of solar resource maps and management technologies, encouraging APEC members' adoption of digital technology in renewable energy generation.

The one-day provides a direct dialogue platform for building capacity on the development, deployment and operation of digital solar resource maps and management technologies among APEC members, international organisations and academia. The Workshop Summary with recommendations is a valuable reference document to foster APEC members and the public in formulating climate change policies with innovative technologies. The project accelerates APEC members to achieve the aspirational goal of doubling the share of renewable energy in APEC's overall energy mix by 2030 (over the 2010 levels), aligns with APEC's Putrajaya Vision 2040 and Aotearoa Plan of Action, and advocating cooperation in APEC to address climate challenges.

Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project aims to promote innovative technologies development and deployment in renewable energy use and improve the capacity of digital technology and innovation in facilitating the development of energy transition policies and roadmaps to progress towards achieving APEC's doubling the share of renewables by 2030, over the 2010 levels. A pre-workshop study through desktop research will summarise the digital solar resource maps and management technologies in APEC and assess their performances. The pre-workshop study finding will be disseminated at the one-day workshop with APEC members, academia, international organisations, and EWG and EGNRET members during their meetings. Distinguished speakers and experts, particularly women, will be invited to exchange knowledge on the development and deployment of digital solar resources maps and management systems, emerging and innovative technologies and strategies to develop roadmaps and policies in energy transition as well as promote gender equality in green jobs. The meaningful insights from the workshop speakers and participants will be epitomised in the Workshop Summary with recommendations to serve as a reference for APEC economies in formulating climate change policies and appreciating knowledge in innovative technologies to drive doubling the share of renewable energy use in the energy mix and achieve sustained growth, inclusion, and equality.

Capacity Building: The workshop comes alongside this project will provide a capacity-building opportunity for APEC members, especially the developing member economies, to enhance digital technology and innovation knowledge and skills in formulating energy transition policy, to increase cooperation and growth of renewables, to intensify efforts to promote regional and remote area connectivity of renewable energy information and data, and to support global efforts to comprehensively address all environmental challenges.

Objectives

This project aims to promote digital technology and innovate and improve capacity in the development and deployment of renewables, particularly solar energy, of APEC economies. The project provides a capacity-building platform for APEC economies to take advantage of digital and innovative technologies in formulating energy transition policy, increase cooperation and growth of renewables to address climate change, intensifies efforts to promote regional and remote area connectivity through digital infrastructure development and contribute to the achievement of APEC's doubling the share of modern renewables by 2030, Putrajaya Vision, and carbon neutrality by 2050 for addressing all environmental challenges.

Alignment

Alignment to APEC: This project countenances the APEC’s doubling renewable energy goal and 2022 Leader’s Declaration on capacity building for addressing environmental challenges, deepening cooperation in digital technology and innovation, and more intensive efforts to address climate change and sustainable energy transition that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project aims to strengthen the collective efforts in progressing towards doubling the share of modern renewables by 2030, relative to 2010 levels. Aligning with the Putrajaya Vision’s three drivers of inclusive growth, this project will improve the capacity of APEC members by encouraging innovation and digitalisation in renewable energy development and deployment. The Pre-workshop study will summarise the digital solar resource maps and management technologies in APEC and assess their performances. The one-day workshop will provide a collaboration platform for APEC members, academia, and international organisations to build capacity on digital solar resource maps and management systems, strengths and limitations of innovative technologies development and deployment, and strategic roadmap and policy of energy transition. The Workshop Summary will encapsulate the insights from the workshop speakers and participants and recommend strategies in supporting policies and formulating roadmaps to double renewable energy use in the energy mix and to attain carbon neutrality through energy transition in addressing environmental challenges.

Alignment to Forum: This project cuts across the Energy Working Group (EWG) and Expert Group of New and Renewable Energy Technologies (EGNRET) mandates. It supports the EWG Strategic Plan 2019-2023, which includes (1) facilitating the exchange of energy-smart and low-carbon policies, practices and tools among APEC Member Economies to promote the development of energy-smart and low-carbon communities across the region; and (2) strengthening coordination and cooperation through sharing best practices, accelerating innovation and promoting the deployment of advanced technologies.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

Item

Output

Description

1

Pre-workshop Study

A self-funded pre-workshop study will be conducted before the workshop. The desktop study aims to review and promote APEC members' adoption of digital solar resources maps and management technologies.

The pre-workshop study facilitates the identification of speakers for sharing the knowledge and deployment of digital technologies in renewable energy.

The pre-workshop study and outcomes will circulate to the workshop speakers and disseminated at the EWG and EGRNET meetings to encourage members to participate in the workshop actively.

2

Workshop

A one-day workshop will be organised in the second-half session 2024 in Hong Kong, China. The invited speakers will share their experiences and knowledge to foster digital technology and innovation in renewable energy and strengthen cooperation in sustainable energy transition that reduces green gas emissions. The corresponding Workshop Summary will be published on the APEC website.

The tentative agenda of the workshop is as follows:

Duration

Sessions / Activities

Session 1: Digital solar resources maps and management technologies development status

30 mins

Presentations

15 mins

Plenary discussion

Session 2: Initiatives and supports for utilising digital solar resources maps and management technologies

1 hour

Presentations

15 mins

Plenary discussion

15-30 mins

Polling and Summary of sessions 1 and 2

Session 3: Women participations and opportunities

30 mins

Presentations

15 mins

Plenary discussion

Session 4: Emerging technologies for digital solar resources maps and management technologies

1 hour

Presentations / Demonstrations

15 mins

Plenary discussion

15-30 mins

Polling and Summary of sessions 3 and 4

The workshop will provide a capacity-building opportunity for APEC members, especially the developing economies, to enhance their digital and innovative technologies knowledge and skills.

The government officials, APEC EWG and its sub-fora, and international organisations will be invited to be the workshop speakers for addressing the importance of digital solar resource maps, management systems, and innovative technologies in supporting renewable energy policies and actions to achieve a doubling of renewable energy in the energy mix and attain carbon neutrality. The workshop encourages participants to adopt digital technology in their energy transition policies and share data and information to accelerate renewable energy generations and collectively address environmental challenges. Thus, PO will invite Government officials, including government ministries, government departments, and agencies related to renewable energy and innovation technology as well as the experts, academia, researchers, private sector related to renewable energy and women in the energy industry to actively participate in the workshop to appreciate renewable energy and technology development.

3

Workshop Summary

The pre-workshop findings and the workshop presentation materials, insights and recommendations from the workshop speakers and participants will be documented in the Workshop Summary (approximately 20 pages) and disseminated to co-sponsoring economies for monitoring and evaluation. The Workshop Summary will be published and shared on the APEC website.



Outcomes: 
This project will enrich the knowledge of digital solar resources maps and management technologies to the APEC member economies. Participants will learn about the development and deployment of digital solar energy tools, innovative technologies, best practices, investment, knowledge and expertise.  The expected workshop outcomes are listed below:

(1) Increase in understanding the strengths and limitations of innovative technologies development and deployment

(2) Increase in understanding the importance of deploying digital solar energy tools and innovative technologies in renewable energy generation; and

(3) Increase in understanding of the best practices and strategies to develop roadmaps and policies related to the deployment of digital technology in renewable energy generation for the energy transition.

Beneficiaries: 

Primary Beneficiaries - Government officials, including government ministries, government departments and agencies related to renewable energy and innovation technology, will be invited to exchange the best practices and strategies to develop roadmaps and policies related to deploying digital technology in renewable energy generation for the energy transition. These government officials will be invited to be speakers and participants  for sharing and appreciating the importance of digital solar resource maps, management systems, and innovative technologies in supporting renewable energy policies and actions to achieve a doubling of renewable energy in the energy mix and attain carbon neutrality. Moreover, this project aims to promote digital and innovative technologies and build capacity in developing and deploying renewables in the APEC region. In this connection, APEC EWG and sub-fora, e.g. EWG, EGNRET, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC), and APEC Sustainable Energy Center (APSEC) will be invited to be speakers and participants in the workshop to share the digital renewable energy data and information as well as the performance of various solar resource maps and management technologies. International organisations, such as International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), will be invited to share global renewable energy innovative technologies development and the advantages of digital solar resource maps and management systems for capacity building to APEC member economies.

Secondary Beneficiaries – Experts, academia, researchers, private sector related to renewable energy technology development, and women in the energy industry will be indirectly benefit from this project. The project advocates building the capacity to develop and deploy digital technology in renewable energy generation for energy transition and creating gender equality green jobs.

The project will collaborate between the secondary and primary beneficiary groups to contribute to achieving APEC's doubling the share of modern renewables by 2030 and Putrajaya Vision for addressing all environmental challenges.

The Workshop Summary will be posted on the APEC website. International organisations and the general public can learn more about energy modelling and the benefices of the application.

Dissemination

The pre-workshop study and outcomes will circulate to the workshop speakers and disseminate to EGRNET members during the meetings to encourage them to participate in the workshop actively. The Workshop Summary will submit to the APEC Secretariat for evaluation and sharing with EWG and EGNRET by emails. The Workshop Summary will be published on the APEC website as an APEC publication and shared with APEC, EWG and its Sub-Fora, workshop speakers and participants, international organisations, and professional institutions.

Gender

Targets

Female Participants (%)

30

Female Speakers/Experts (%)

30

PO will promote female attendance by requesting the PD to send emails to members seeking suggestions of female speakers/experts and using the General Information Circular to encourage economies to nominate more than one female participant.

PO is committed to collecting sex-disaggregated data for all speakers and participants at the project event. The data will be included when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat upon project completion, 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

X

4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

5

Innovation and Technology

X

The PO will invite female participants and speakers from international organisations, universities, private sector, and APEC member economies to attend the workshop for increasing gender diversity in the field of digital solar resources maps and management technologies in the APEC region with capacity building of innovation and technology.

Work Plan



Timeline

Tasks

Deliverables

Oct – Nov 2023

Engage Consultant for the pre-workshop study

Project commence

Dec 2023 – Apr 2024

Commence research for the pre-workshop study, including:

a)      Summarise the development status and adopted technologies of the digital solar resources maps and management tools in the APEC region

b)      Explore emerging technologies and showcase digital solar resources maps and management tools globally

c)       Summarise the policies and initiatives that support the adoption and development of digital solar resource maps and management tools in the APEC region

d)      Identify speakers, particularly women, for the workshop

Pre-workshop findings will be shared at the EWG and EGRENT meetings

Feb – Mar 2024

Engage the Event Logistics Planner

Signed Contract

Apr - Jun 2024

Report on the progress of the Pre-workshop Study at the ENGRET meeting

Progress updates

1 Apr 2024

Submit APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

May – Jun 2024

Liaise with EWG and sub-fora to nominate speakers and participants. Invite speakers and prepare workshop materials, including:

e)      Develop workshop agenda, General Information Circular (GIC), and nomination form

f)        Confirm speakers

g)      Confirm workshop venue

h)      Confirm virtual platform

Ÿ GIC

Ÿ Speakers list

Ÿ Draft workshop agenda

Ÿ Workshop venue confirmation

Jul 2024

The GIC with the agenda, logistical details, speaker list, and nomination form will be sent to APEC member economies at least 8 weeks before the workshop.

Draft email invitation

Aug – Sep 2024

Conduct one-day workshop

One-day workshop implemented, final agenda, and Event Attendance List.

Sep 2024 (one week after the workshop)

Dissemination of post-workshop participant evaluation survey

Evaluation results of Post-event participant survey

Oct 2024

Prepare Workshop Summary

Draft Workshop Summary

Nov 2024

Submit the draft Workshop Summary to the Secretariat to review and follow by EWG endorsement

Endorsed Workshop Summary

Dec 2024

Publication of Workshop Summary

Workshop Summary published,

Project Completion Date

Feb 2025

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

APEC Project Completion Report

6 to 12 months upon project completion

Participate in the Longer-Term Evaluation of APEC Projects survey conducted by APEC Secretariat

Risks

No.

Risks

How will it be managed?

1

Ensuring a sufficient number of participants at the Workshop

PO will liaise with EWG and its Sub-fora, particularly EGNRET, and co-sponsoring economies, to nominate speakers and participants four months before the Workshop. PO will identify potential speakers for Sub-fora and co-sponsoring economies to seek help connecting to speakers or provide alternative suggestions. PO will identify related organisations in APEC member economies and invite them to the Workshop as participants.

2

Quality speakers to attend the workshop

PO will report the project progress at EWG and EGNRET meetings to ensure member economies understand the details of this project. The PO will seek APEC member economies’ assistance, particularly from the co-sponsoring economies, EWG and its Sub-fora, and international organisations, to identify and nominate appropriate speakers for the Workshop. Nevertheless, the PO will make early contact with the potential speakers to increase their chances of attending the Workshop.

3

Economies may not apply knowledge and experiences learned from the project

PO will conduct a Pre-Workshop Study to identify gaps in the development, deployment, strength, and limitation of solar resource maps and management technologies for encouraging APEC members' adoption of digital technology in renewable energy generation.

4

Poor targeting of workshop participants

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


Monitoring and Evaluation

The project will be assessed by indicators, including the number of workshop participants, the number of member economies participating in the workshop and the proportion of women participants. A post-workshop survey will evaluate its value to participants, including knowledge gained and recommendations for future works. Target indicators will include 30 workshop participants from more than 6 APEC member economies, 30% women participants, and 30% women speakers.



Evaluation Focus

Indicators

Target Goals

Evaluation Method

Reporting Method

Outputs

1.   One-day Workshop

1.1 Contract executed

Dec 2023

Contract awarded

Contract

1.2 No. of participants (excl. speakers / experts)

25

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

1.3 % of participating men/women (excl. speakers/experts)

70/30

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

1.4 No. of speakers/ experts engaged

6

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

1.5 % of speakers/ experts (men / women)

70/30

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

1.6 No. of attending economies

6

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

1.7 No. of travel eligible economies

3

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2.   Workshop Summary Report

2.1 No. of pages

20

Certification by PO

Email to the Secretariat

2.2 No. of digital solar energy tools and innovative technologies reviewed.

4

Summary of Workshop sharing

Workshop Summary Report

2.3 No. of economies to be reviewed for the status of deploying digital solar energy tools and innovative technologies in renewable energy generation.

4

Summary of Workshop sharing

Workshop Summary Report

2.4 Submission to the Secretariat

Dec 2024

Submission to the Secretariat

Email to the Secretariat

Out-comes

Capacity Building

1. % of participants report a substantial increase in understanding the strengths and limitations of innovative technologies development and deployment.

60%

Post-event participant survey

Completion Report

2. % of participants report a substantial increase in understanding the importance of deploying digital solar energy tools and innovative technologies in renewable energy generation.

60%

Post-event participant survey

Completion Report

3. % of participants report a substantial increase in understanding the best practices and strategies to develop roadmaps and policies related to deploying of digital technology in renewable energy generation.

60%

Post-event participant survey

Completion Report


Linkages

Hong Kong, China will collaborate with the EWG, EGNRET, APERC, APSEC, Digital Economy Steering Group (DESG), IRENA, policymakers, experts, academia, and international organisations. Collaboration with these APEC and non-APEC stakeholders will benefit from exchanging knowledge and experience in promoting innovative technologies development and deployment in renewables in APEC. The Workshop Summary is a reference for APEC economies supporting policies to progress towards APEC's doubling the share of modern renewables goal and attain carbon neutrality.

There is no previous project with similar topics/themes in the APEC project database. This first-ever project of promoting digital technology and improving capacity in the development and deployment of renewables, particularly solar energy, shall build the capacity of APEC member economies and assist in moving towards the APEC goals.

Sustainability

The project will deliver long-term impacts on APEC economies. The Workshop Summary will be published on the APEC website to promote digital solar resources maps and management technologies to increase APEC's renewable growth. The project workshop provides a sharing platform for policy-makers, experts, academia, professionals, practitioners, international organisations, and APEC member economies to support governments in adopting innovative technologies in renewable energy policies, encourage investment, and create green jobs.

The diversified background of speakers and participants will form a cooperative network for information exchange. The project outcomes will support the EWG’s Strategic 2019-2023.

Project Overseers

Project Overseers - Mr CHU Kei Ming Barry, Assistant Director of 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  energy efficiency 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

No.

Specific Tasks

No. of Hours

1.             

Before the workshop, the contractor shall conduct a site visit to check room size and facilities provided by the venue and then propose a sitting plan and equipment setup for consideration.

8

2.             

Before the workshop, the contractor shall design graphics and workshop decoration material.

15

3.             

Before the workshop, the contractor shall handle guest registration to the workshop, prepare correspondences and collect presentation materials.

40

4.             

On the workshop day, the contractor (min. 6 nos. of on-site crews) shall provide photo taking, reception, preparing attendance summary, audio and visual system control and time management control.

48

5.             

The contractor shall attend progress meetings (approximately five times two hours of meetings).

10

6.             

After the workshop, the contractor shall submit an attendance report and materials to the PO.

4

Total:

125


Waivers

Not Applicable.

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