APEC, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, is calling for case study submissions from public and private sectors for the 2016 APEC Energy Smart Community Initiative (ESCI) Best Practice Awards. The award program focuses on successful efforts within the membership that promote the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the reduction of carbon emissions.
There are five award categories: smart transport, smart buildings, smart grids, smart jobs and consumers, and low carbon model town.
The awards program is run by the APEC Collaboration on Energy. This working group has two main goals: to double the share of renewables in the APEC community and to reduce APEC’s aggregate energy intensity by 45% from 2005 levels by 2035. The group cites that the APEC region, which includes four of the world’s five largest energy users (China, the United States, Russia and Japan), accounts for around 60 percent of world energy demand. In 2013, the region consumed over 8000 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent) and was a net energy importer, importing over 650 Mtoe, 90% of which was oil.
The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016. Entrants should file their case submissions electronically at http://esci-ksp.org/submit-your-post . The final results of the award program will be announced on February 27, 2017.