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In line with the priorities identified and agreed with the national climate change focal points or responding to direct country requests, SEAN-CC activities cover technical assistance (including policy advice), capacity building, and knowledge generation and information sharing. For more information on how the network operates click here.

Latest SEAN-CC activities

Below you will find information about the most recently completed activities. More information and outputs related to all SEAN-CC activities to date can be found here

December 2011 - Chang Mai, Thailand. Technical Study reports: “Energy Efficiency Improvements for Motors & its Drive Systems”, “Room and Small Commercial Air Conditioners” and “Energy Efficient Transformers”

As a follow-up to the regional training on Energy Efficient technologies for Climate Change Mitigation held in Chang Mai, Thailand in May 2010, SEAN-CC produced 3 Technical Study Reports (TSRs) (“Energy Efficient Transformers”, “Room and Small Commercial Air Conditioners”, “Energy Efficiency Improvements for Motors & its Drive Systems”) that provide ways and technologies to improve energy efficiency of the studied equipments, increase their reliability, and minimize their effects on climate change and lowering their carbon footprints. The TSRs will help policy makers/regulators, and operations/energy managers of utilities, commercial buildings, and industrial plants to make sound low carbon technology related decisions.

13-19 November 2011 - Dhaka, Bangladesh. Training Workshop on Planning, Implementing, and Mainstreaming Adaptation in Government Programme

The Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Focal Points (SEAN-CC) supported the participation of 12 government officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar to a Training Workshop on Planning, Implementing, and Mainstreaming Adaptation in Government Programmes. The training workshop was organized by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 13 – 19 November 2011. The training showed participants approaches and methodologies to mainstream climate change adaptation into national and sectoral planning processes and enhanced their capacity and knowledge in that regard. The participants sponsored by SEAN-CC reported that the training workshop benefitted them a lot, not only through the knowledge and experiences learnt, but also through the building of network among training participants. They consider partnership and collaboration very important for building resilience and respond to adverse impacts of climate change and this type of events is really helpful in that regard. Experiences sharing, particularly from the regional and international resource persons and experts, were really appreciated. They committed to apply the knowledge and experiences gained during the training in their institutional work and would welcome similar capacity building opportunities in the future.

4 October 2011 - Manila, Philippines. Baseline Market Study on Air Conditioner Use in Government Buildings and inception seminar

A survey was initiated by Department of Energy, Government of Philippines in partnership with International Copper Association, Philippines and UNEP under SEAN-CC project. The objective of this survey was to gather baseline information in preparation for a technical and financial feasibility study for promoting efficient air conditioners or replacing inefficient air conditioning units with more efficient ones among government buildings. Air con inventory and utilisation questionnaires were sent to 120 government agencies and government owned corporations, of which 54 responded. The survey counted a total of 4,473 air con units installed within the buildings of the 54 respondents. The units were practically evenly divided between window type and split type units. Centralized air cons comprised only 1% of the total air conditioners. Majority of window type units had cooling capacities of 18,900-19,000 kJ/h, while units with 60,000 kJ/h cooling capacities are the most predominant among split type units. Of the total, some 2,040 units included information on their operating age. More than one-third (39%) of these had been operating for at least 10 years. A close look at the correlation between age and energy efficiency ratios (EER) suggested that units that are more than 10 years old do not necessarily have low EER values. In fact, some air cons that are more than 10 years old have very high EERs. Majority (79%) of air cons that reported their EERs were above the new minimum energy performance standards, or equivalent to 1-star rating, by the Philippine National Standards. In fact, most had 4-star rating. Replacing all air cons that do not comply with the MEPs with air cons that have higher EER values have a potential total monthly electricity savings of Php 693,000 (USD16,500) to PhP 981,000 (USD23,360), with paybacks ranging from a high of 30 months to a low of eight months. In fact, replacing with higher EER air cons significantly reduces the payback period. The results of this survey were shared with high level government officials during the inception seminar for the initiative that took place in manila on 4 October 2011.

21-22 September 2011 - Bangkok, Thailand. Fifth Meeting of Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Focal Points

High-ranking representatives from the climate change offices of the 10 ASEAN countries met with SEAN-CC Secretariat, other UNEP Staff and a representative from the Embassy of Finland in Bangkok to discuss current project activities, share respective perspectives on climate change priorities and on on-going negotiations of the UNFCCC and lay out the foundations for network activities during the 2012-13 period. The meeting presentations can be viewed by opening the agenda and clicking on the corresponding tittles and speakers' boxes

27 May 2011 - Singapore. A Roadmap for the Harmonization of Energy Efficiency standards for appliances in ASEAN

UNEP – through SEAN-CC - and the International Copper Association (ICA) developed a Strategic Framework for the Harmonization of Energy Efficiency Standards for Appliances in ASEAN in line with the ASEAN Roadmap which aims at the harmonization of standards in the region by 2015. The roadmap was approved by the ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Sub-Sector Network (EE&C SSN) during its annual meeting on 27 May 2011 in Singapore. The priority appliances to be considered for harmonization of MEPS in ASEAN are air conditioners, fans, televisions and CFLs. At this same meeting, EE&C SSN also provided the mandate to UNEP and ICA to support and coordinate the harmonization process for Air Conditioners (ACs) under the lead of the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE); as the first experience in the region for harmonizing Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for appliances.

4-5 - May 2011 - Jakarta, Indonesia. Fourth Meeting of Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Focal Points

Main highlights of the recent event were the review of SEAN-CC activities conducted to-date, implications of post-Cancun discussions and the good fit with the activities carried out and planned through the Network in the region, presentation by network members of National priorities for Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and endorsement of the project mid-term strategy and work plan, with their emphasis on continuing the engagement of all major stakeholders (ministries, government agencies, industry, energy professionals) of the energy sector, in coordination with the UNFCC focal points.

The meeting presentations can be viewed by opening the agenda and clicking on corresponding titles and speakers' boxes. For further details on the discussions during the meeting you may access the full report.

21-23 - March 2011 - Philippines. AEMAS Training of trainers training

The Energy Efficiency Practitioners Association of the Philippines (ENPAP), in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE), Government of Philippines - implementing the AEMAS project in Philippines - The target is training and certification of Country Experts, Trainers, Auditors and Five hundred (500) Energy Managers nationwide. Also, representatives from five hundred (500) companies will be trained to implement the EMS for the companies to initially qualify for certification. The first such Training of the trainers programme was organized by ENPAP from 21 to 23 March 2011 at Hotel Richmonde, Manila. The project officer of the SEAN-CC secretariat participated as a resource speaker and also facilitated presentations by other speakers in the programme. The standard AEMAS training course agenda and the presentations were delivered. This programme was attended by 26 participants including representatives from the local government, industries, energy institutions and energy professionals. The workshop report and presentations will be made available soon.

13-18 February 2011 - Bangkok, Thailand. PISA-UNEP Workshop: Enhance Capacity of ASEAN Countries on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Programme.

The Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) Regional Leadership Institute on Climate Change and the United Nations Environment Programme Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Focal Points (SEAN-CC) jointly organized a Climate Change capacity building event gathering a rich audience of participants from ministries and government agencies, research institutes, and civil society practitioners, who are all working on climate change adaptation and/or mitigation issues in ASEAN Countries. The workshop report and presentations will be made available soon.

19-21 January 2011 - Siem Reap, Cambodia. Release of the Feasibility Study for Developing Programmatic CDM on Small Scale Sustainable Energy Activities in Cambodia and Training on Developing Programmatic CDM (POA) on Small Scale Sustainable Energy Activities.

The Ministry of Environment, Kingdom of Cambodia, and the United Nations Environment Programme in the framework of SEAN-CC have jointly undertaken a  Feasibility Study for Developing Programmatic CDM on Small Scale Sustainable Energy Activities in Cambodia. The study gives an overview of the potential areas for the future development of Programs of Activities (PoA) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Cambodia. The study report serves as a basis for the selection of the focus areas for the development of PoAs in Cambodia.

In order to disseminate the results of this study report and also share the examples on PoA from other Southeast Asian countries a training programme was organized. The target audiences for the training programme were officials from the designated national authorities (DNAs) and representatives from a few selected private and public project developers from Cambodia and Vietnam. The training, permitted to familiarize 17 representatives from the SEAN-CC member countries with the various options which can be undertaken for developing PoAs. The workshop report can be found here.

17-18 January 2011 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Release of the Market study on the Harmonization of Energy Efficient Standards in SEA for Air Conditioners and Refrigerators and Dissemination workshop.

The SEAN-CC Secretariat (UNEP) and the International Copper Association (ICA-SEA) jointly conducted a market study on the Harmonization of Energy Efficient Standards for Air Conditioners and Refrigerators in Southeats Asia. The main findings of this study estimated the potential for electricity savings from harmonization of Energy Efficiency performance standards in ASEAN for Air Conditioners is estimated to be up to 5,374 GWh per year. As for Refrigerators, the electricity savings is estimated to amount to 8,514 GWh per year. The potential total savings for harmonizing both Air Conditioners and Refrigerators energy efficiency performance standards could reach 13.9 TWh per year in all 10 countries of ASEAN.

Releasing of the report, UNEP and ICA invited 17 representatives from relevant government institutions in ASEAN countries to a workshop in Kuala Lumpur. This workshop was organized in order to disseminate the results of the survey to the relevant stakeholders of the ASEAN countries, discuss with them the probability of such harmonization efforts and further develop a Strategic Roadmap towards achieving the benefits of Harmonizing energy efficiency standards for Air Conditioners in ASEAN. Through this workshop UNEP and ICA also sought an in principle agreement from ASEAN countries to support the development of a joint UNEP-ICA initiative to support ASEAN countries for the Harmonization of Energy Efficiency Standards in Southeast Asia for Air Conditioners and engage the ASEAN countries in achieving the benefits of harmonizing energy efficiency standards for Air Conditioners. The workshop report can be found here.

13-15 December 2010 - Bangkok, Thailand. First AEMAS Country Experts’ Training-Workshop.

The SEAN-CC Network secretariat has provided technical support to the first Training of Trainer (ToT) programme organized under the AEMAS project.

The Training Workshop of AEMAS Country Experts was attended by 18 participants from the ASEAN Centre for Energx (ACE), Copper Development Center South East Asia (CDC SEA), Pelangi Indonesia, GreenTech Malaysia, Myanmar Enghneering Society (MES), Energy Efficiency Practitioners’ Association of the Philippines (ENPAP), Research Center for Energy and Environment (RCEE), Ministry of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR, Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy of Cambodia and Ministry of Energy of Thailand. The trainers were Mr. Kittisak Sukvivatn from Action for Sustainable Development (ASD) and Mr. Rajiv Garg from UNEP. The workshop report  as prepared by the ASEAN centre for Energy ( ACE) can be found here.

25-27 October 2010 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Training on IPCC 2006 Methodology on GHG Inventory for Energy Sector and Industrial Processes and Quality Assurance & Verification.

The Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change Focal Points (SEAN-CC) organized three-day training on IPCC 2006 Methodologx on Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Energy Sector and Industrial Processes and Quality Assurance & Verification on 25-27 Obtober 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with support from Malaysian Green Technology Corporation and Ministry of Natural Resourcds and Environment (MNRE), Malaysia. The main objective of this training was to improve the understanding on the new methodology and related quality assurance and verification aspects. The training was conducted by three experienced resource speakers and the participants included two representatives from each network member country involved in formulation of national communic`tions and having a good knowledge and understanding of conducting GHG inventories for the energy sector and industrial processes. Moreover, additional participants and high level government officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Malaysia and the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation attended the training. The workshop report can be found here.

Major partnership programs

In line with the SEAN-CC priorities, UNEP through the SEAN-CC Secretariat has engaged as an official partner with major regional initiatives:

Training and certification of energy managers

Aemas Since March 2011, UNEP – represented by the SEAN-CC Secretariat - is an official associate of the ASEAN Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS). This initiative was designed in 2004-2006 under the Steering of the ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Sub-Sector Network and subsequently endorsed by the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM). It is now being established with funding from the European Commission (Switch Asia program) by the ASEAN Center for Energy and 7 partners in ASEAN countries. Please find more information on the AEMAS initiative by visiting its dedicated website ». You may also view the first issue of the AEMAS  newsletter.

Power Quality

AemasSince January 2011, UNEP – represented by the SEAN-CC Secretariat - is an official partner of the Asia Power Quality Initiative (APQI). The SEAN-CC Secretariat participates in APQI coordination meetings, provides expert’s opinion on the development of knowledge contents and contributes to specific activities agreed by APQI partners. More »