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Key Initiatives

Energy Security Initiative

In September 2000, APEC Senior Officials considered what action APEC could take to respond to oil price volatility, and directed the EWG to analyse the situation and make recommendations on ways to strengthen regional energy security. Following a series of workshops the EWG developed the APEC Energy Security Initiative, which was endorsed by the EWG in September 2001, and by APEC Economic Leaders in October 2001.

The APEC Energy Security Initiative (ESI) comprises a series of short-term measures to respond to temporary energy supply disruptions, and longer-term measures to address the broader energy challenges facing the APEC region.  Short-term measures include improving transparency of the global oil market, maritime security, implementing a real-time emergency information sharing system and encouraging Member Economies to have emergency mechanisms and contingency plans in place. Long-term measures include facilitating investment, trade and technology cooperation in energy infrastructure, natural gas (including LNG), energy efficiency, clean fossil energy (including carbon capture and geological sequestration), renewable energy and hydrogen and fuel cells. The ESI Factsheets describe each of the short and long term measures implemented under the ESI.

Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI)

In November 2010, U.S. President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Kan launched the Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and monitored by the EWG. ESCI aims to foster green growth, sustainable development and long-term job creation among APEC members. It will also help realize the APEC Leaders' goal to reduce the energy intensity of their economies by 45 percent by 2035 (over a 2005 base).

ESCI initially had five main pillars, with projects organized under each. There are also two cross-cutting initiatives:

I. Smart Transport

ST-1: Energy Efficient Urban Transport Network

ST-2: Energy Efficient Freight Transport Network

ST-3: Electromobility Survey and Roadmap

ST-4: Electric Vehicle Demonstrations

II. Smart Buildings

SB-1: Low Energy Buildings Network

SB-2: Materials Testing and Ratings Center

SB-3: Cool Roof Demonstrations

SB-4: Low Energy Windows Demonstrations

III. Smart Grids

SG-1: Smart Grid Survey and Roadmap

SG-2: Smart Grid Test Bed Network

IV. Smart Jobs and Consumers

SJ-1: Energy Efficiency Training Curricula

SJ-2: Energy Efficiency School Curricula

SJ-3: Sister Schools Programs

V. Industry

VI. Cross-Cutting

LCMT: Low Carbon Model Towns (LCMT) 

The ESCI Knowledge-Sharing Platform Website (ESCI-KSP):