Project Title

Promoting Energy Efficiency Enhancement in Electricity Generation 

Project Year

2023   

Project Number

EWG_211_2023A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG_211_2023A 

Project Title

Promoting Energy Efficiency Enhancement in Electricity Generation 

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 2 

APEC Funding

83,720 

Co-funding Amount

72,000 

Total Project Value

155,720 

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

Chile; Japan; Singapore; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/04/2024 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2025 

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 2808 3818 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

ttyiu@emsd.gov.hk 

Project Proponent Name 2

Wong Kin Tam, Anthony 

Job Title 2

Senior Engineer/Energy Efficiency A1 

Organization 2

Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, HKSAR 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

852+28083254 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

wongkt@emsd.gov.hk 

Declaration

Yiu Tak Tai, Boris 

Project Summary

APEC’s electricity generation nearly doubled between 2000 and 2018, accounting for 68% of world electricity generation and 60% of global carbon emissions. Energy efficiency (EE) in electricity generation plays a crucial role in providing affordable, resilient and accessible energy, supporting economic growth and energy security, accelerating just energy transition, and reducing carbon emissions. HKC proposes a project to promote EE enhancement in electricity generation in supporting APEC Putrajaya Vision, Aotearoa Plan of Action, and Bio-Circular-Green-Economy. HKC will collaborate with the Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEEC) and the Expert Group on Clean Fossil Energy (EGCFE) to accelerate EE in electricity generation (e.g efficient coal- and gas-fired power plants) and accelerate the

phase-out of unabated fossil fuels through ambitious targets, effective policy, technological advancement and digitisations. The project comprises a study to summarise the standards, targets and indicators in high-efficiency electricity generation and measures related to the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels, a workshop to exchange best practices and policies to boost energy transition and drive emerging technologies, and a Workshop Summary Report to document workshop findings and discussions. This project will contribute to achieving APEC's aggregate energy intensity reduction goal.

Relevance

Region

APEC accounts for 68% of world electricity generation and 60% of global carbon emissions. According to the 8th Edition APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook, APEC's electricity generation nearly doubled between 2000 and 2018. Two-thirds of the increase came from coal- and gas-fired power plants. Accelerating the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels and energy efficiency in electricity generation play a crucial role in providing affordable, resilient and accessible energy, supporting economic growth and energy security, accelerating the energy transition, and reducing carbon emissions. Hong Kong, China, proposes a project to promote accelerating the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels and energy efficiency enhancement in electricity generation to support APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, Aotearoa Plan of Action, and Bio- Circular-Green Economy.

The project comprises a study to summarise the standards, targets and indicators in high-efficiency electricity generation and measures related to the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels, a workshop to exchange best practices and policies to boost energy transition and drive emerging technologies, and a Workshop Summary Report to document workshop findings and discussions. APEC economies can plan energy transition policies and roadmaps through supportive policies, regulatory frameworks, practical energy efficiency indicators, and innovative technologies. This project aims to collaborate with APEC member economies through sharing knowledge and experiences and providing a dialogue platform for government officials, utilities, experts, academia, and APEC members to achieve the APEC-prioritised clean energy transition and the energy intensity reduction goal, which aligns with APEC's Putrajaya Vision 2040 and Aotearoa Plan of Action to address climate challenges.

Eligibility and Fund Priorities
A pre-workshop study will summarise the standards, targets and indicators in high- efficiency electricity generation and measures related to the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels. The pre-workshop study findings will be shared with APEC members, academia, and international organisations at the workshop and the EWG, EGEEC and EGCFE meetings. Distinguished speakers and experts, particularly women, will be invited to exchange effective policies, best practices and programmes to boost energy transition, energy intensity reduction and adoption of emerging technologies. This project paves the pathway to promoting gender equality in green jobs. The meaningful insights from the workshop speakers and participants will be epitomised in the Workshop Summary Report with recommendations to serve as a valuable reference for APEC economies in formulating policies and regulatory framework as well as adopting innovative technologies to contribute to achieving APEC's aggregate energy intensity reduction goal of 45% by 2035, energy transition and achieve sustained growth, inclusion, and equality.

Capacity Building
The workshop is a part of this project provides a capacity-building platform for APEC members, especially the developing economies, on effective policies and regulatory frameworks, best practices, and emerging technologies to enhance energy efficiency in electricity generation. The project outcomes will help APEC members to enrich energy transition policies, increase cooperation and intensify energy intensity reduction efforts to address all environmental challenges comprehensively. The project will help APEC members to achieve the APEC's energy intensity reduction goal, APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, Aotearoa Plan of Action, and Bio-Circular-Green Economy.

Objectives

This project aims to promote accelerating the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels and energy efficiency enhancement in electricity generation through implementing effective policy and boosting innovative and technological improvements to pursue strong, balanced, secure, sustainable and inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific region. This project supports the Putrajaya Vision 2040, the Aotearoa Plan of Action, and Bangkok’s Goals for a Bio-Circular-Green Economy. This project supports APEC members to adopt energy efficiency policies and efforts in electricity generation in achieving the APEC prioritizes clean energy transition and energy intensity reduction goal.

Alignment

APEC

This project supports the goals set forth by APEC, including the reduction of energy intensity and the focus on capacity building to address environmental challenges. It emphasizes the need for increased efforts in digital technology, innovation, climate change mitigation, and sustainable energy transition, which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Chair's Statement of the 13th APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting recognizes the importance of facilitating access to clean energy technologies, removing barriers to their deployment, promoting investment in early-stage innovation, facilitating voluntary technology transfer, investing in relevant workforce and manufacturing programs, and reducing production costs.

The primary objective of this project is to promote the enhancement of energy efficiency in electricity generation and phase-out of unabated fossil fuels. It aims to achieve this by implementing effective policies and programs, driving investment in energy efficiency, and fostering innovation and technological advancements. The overall goal is to foster strong, balanced, secure, sustainable, and inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

Furthermore, the project aims to support capacity-building efforts by providing expertise on effective policies, best practices, and advanced technologies related to energy efficiency in electricity generation. The outcomes of this project will assist APEC members in formulating energy transition policies and regulatory frameworks.

This project aligns with the Putrajaya Vision, the Aotearoa Plan of Action, and the Bangkok Goals for a Bio-Circular-Green Economy. By focusing on the three drivers of inclusive growth outlined in the Putrajaya Vision, the project will enhance the capacity of APEC members through innovation, digitization, and the achievement of energy transition priorities and energy intensity reduction goals. Before the workshop, a study will be conducted to assess the current electricity generation landscape in the APEC region, including energy efficiency indicators, technologies, and regulatory requirements. The one-day workshop will serve as a platform for direct dialogue among APEC members, experts, academia, and international organizations. Its purpose is to build capacity in policy and framework development and to share best practices for enhancing energy efficiency, accelerating the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels and driving emerging technologies in electricity generation. The Workshop Summary Report will capture insights from workshop speakers and participants and provide recommendations for policy setting and roadmap formulation to strengthen policymaking, implementation, and investment in contributing to the achievement of the APEC energy intensity reduction goal and energy transition.

Forum

This project cuts across the EWG, EGEEC and EGCFE 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. This project will promote decarbonisation while enhancing economic growth, energy security and energy transitions. This project aligns the objective of monitoring and analysing energy markets to inform decision-making on energy policy and energy investment in the region. The project will enhance cooperation to achieve greater energy efficiency towards APEC’s aspirational goal of reducing energy intensity.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs

1) Pre-Workshop Study

A self-funded pre-workshop study will be conducted before the workshop by PO and a self-funded consultant. The desktop study aims to summarise the standards, targets and indicators in high-efficiency electricity generation and measures related to the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels in the APEC region.

The pre-workshop study facilitates the identification of speakers for the workshop. Moreover, HKC will collaborate with EGCFE and EGEEC to coordinate with speakers.

The pre-workshop study (in presentation format) will be disseminated at the EWG, EGEEC and EGCFE meetings to encourage members to participate in the workshop actively.

2) Workshop

A one-day workshop of 8 hours will be organised in the first half session of 2025 in Hong Kong, China. The invited speakers will exchange the study, best practices and policies to boost energy transition and drive emerging technologies.

The tentative agenda of the workshop (except Opening and Closing Remarks) is as follows:

Session 1: Policies and indicators of energy efficiency in electricity generation

60 mins - Presentations

15 mins - Plenary discussion

Session 2: Best practices and innovation technologies adoption for energy efficiency in electricity generation

60 mins - Presentations

15 mins - Plenary discussion

15-30 mins - Polling and Summary of sessions 1 and 2

Session 3: Policies and indicators of phase-out of unabated fossil fuels 60 mins - Presentations

15 mins - Plenary discussion

Session 4: Advanced technologies and gender issue that related to the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels

60 mins - Presentations

15 mins - Plenary discussion

15-30 mins - Polling and Summary of sessions 3 and 4 Session 5: Summary of workshop

15 mins - Presentation

15 mins - Plenary discussion

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

The government officials, APEC EWG its sub-fora, and international organisations will be invited to be the workshop speakers to exchange effective policies, best practices and programmes to boost energy transition and drive emerging technologies.

The workshop supports capacity-building on effective policy, best practices and advanced technologies. To help APEC members formulate energy transition policies and regulatory frameworks, PO will collaborate with EGCFE and EGEEC to invite Government officials, including government ministries, government departments, and agencies related to the supply side of the energy system as well as the experts, academia, researchers, private sector related to advanced technologies of electricity generation. Also, PO will encourage women in the energy industry to actively participate in the workshop to appreciate the technology development. A post-event participant survey will be conducted right after the Workshop to evaluate and assess impacts resulted from the Workshop.

3) Workshop Summary Report
The pre-workshop findings and the workshop insights and recommendations from the workshop speakers and participants will be documented in the Workshop Summary Report (minimum of 20 pages (excluding annexes)) and disseminated to co-sponsoring economies for monitoring and evaluation. The Workshop Summary Report will be published and shared on the APEC website for APEC member economies' consideration.

Outcomes
1) 60% of workshop participants increased in understanding of the importance of promoting energy efficiency in electricity generation and phase-out of unabated fossil fuels. The outcome will be measured through post-event participant survey.

2) 60% of workshop participants increased in understanding the strengths and limitations of innovative technologies development and deployment for energy transition. The outcome will be measured through post-event participant survey.

3) 60% of workshop participants increased in understanding of the best practices and strategies to develop policies and targets of energy transition. The outcome will be measured through post-event participant survey.

Beneficiaries

Primary Beneficiaries – Government officials, including government ministries, government departments and agencies related to the supply side of energy systems, will be invited to be speakers and participants for sharing and appreciating the importance of setting regulatory requirements and adopting advanced technologies. Moreover, APEC EWG and sub-fora, e.g. EWG, EGEEC, EGCFE, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC), and APEC Sustainable Energy Center (APSEC) will be invited to be speakers and participants in the workshop to exchange the best practices and strategies to develop roadmaps and policies for deploying advanced technology in energy efficiency enhancement of electricity generation and phase-out of unabated fossil fuels.

International organisations will be invited to share global policies and innovative technologies that are related to the topics. Experts, academia, researchers, and women participants in the APEC region will be invited to be speakers and participate in the workshop to share digital and innovative development in energy transition and address green jobs, gender equality, and inclusion in the just energy transition.

Secondary Beneficiaries – The Workshop Summary Report will be published on the APEC website as an APEC publication for APEC societies and private sectors that are not project participants.

The project will facilitate the information disclosure between the secondary and primary beneficiary groups to contribute to capacity building on high-efficiency electricity generation and measures related to the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels, to promote energy transition in supporting APEC Putrajaya Vision, Aotearoa Plan of Action, and Bio- Circular-Green-Economy.

Dissemination

The pre-workshop study presentation will be circulated to the workshop speakers and disseminated to EGEEC and EGCFE members during the meetings to encourage them to participate in the workshop actively. The Workshop Summary Report will be submitted to the APEC Secretariat and sharing with EWG, EGEEC and EGCFE by email. The Workshop Summary Report 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

Please see Project Proposal in Supporting Documents folder.

Work Plan

Please see Project Proposal in Supporting Documents folder.

Risks

Please see Project Proposal in Supporting Documents folder.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Please see Project Proposal in Supporting Documents folder.

Linkages

Engagement:

Hong Kong, China will collaborate with the EWG, EGEEC, EGCFE, EGNRET, APERC, APSEC, International Energy Agency (IEA), the Energy Efficiency Hub, policymakers, experts, academia and international organisations for exchanging knowledge and experience in promoting innovative technologies development and accelerate energy transition to support APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, Aotearoa Plan of Action, and Bio- Circular-Green Economy. 

Previous work:

There were several similar topics/themes in the APEC project database, however, the focus was different with the new proposed project. The projects EWG 06 2007, EWG 01 2008, EWG 02 2013A and EWG 19 2013A, the discussions were about the adoption of different technologies like clean coal technology (CCT), carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) to the coal-fired power generation plant. The project EWG 08 2014A discussed the water-energy nexus of the coal-based power generation and production of synthetic natural gas and chemicals in new and retrofitted energy facilities. Instead of studying the technical details, this new proposed project will mainly focus on the regulatory situations, energy efficiency indicators and requirements aspects. In addition, because the previous projects were conducted around 10 years and even more, the latest and most advanced technologies that can be applied to electricity generation for energy efficiency enhancement will be included. 

APEC’s comparative advantage:

The project supports capacity-building on effective policy, best practices, and advanced technologies in increasing energy efficiency in electricity generation and accelerating the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels by organising a one-day workshop. The Workshop Summary Report will be a documentary output of the project and will be valuable to strengthening policy making, implementation and investment to achieve the APEC energy intensity reduction goal and energy transition. This project will accelerate APEC members to achieve the APEC-prioritised clean energy transition and the energy intensity reduction goal, which aligns with APEC's Putrajaya Vision 2040 and Aotearoa Plan of Action to address climate challenges.

Sustainability

The project will deliver long-term impacts on APEC economies. The Workshop Summary Report will be published on the APEC website to strengthen policy making, implementation and investment to achieve the APEC energy intensity reduction goal and energy transition. 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 advanced technologies to enhance energy efficiency in electricity generation and and promoting measures related to the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels which will 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 align the Detroit dialogue of 2023, which emphasized that member economies should take practical actions to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels for power and energy production and increase the use of clean energy.

Project Overseers

Mr CHU Kei Ming Barry, Principal Energy Advisor of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, HKSAR. He is responsible for the development, implementation and promotion of various EE&C, and renewable energy (RE) programmes.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Please see Project Proposal in Supporting Documents folder.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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Yes 
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