|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Recruitment of consulting firm was finalized on 21 February 2013. Consultants commenced services on 25 February 2013. An inception workshop was held on 15 April 2013 which was fully financed by the AQSIQ, the EA and organized by CNIS. The consultants presented the project overview and implementation plan. All experts emphasized the importance of improving CEL. As confirmed during the inception workshop, all inputs, comments and feedback will be incorporated in the inception report. The revised inception report was approved on July 2013.
The TA completion date has been extended to 14 August 2014 in order to accommodate all TA related activities.
The interim workshop was held in 6 November 2013 with participants from AQSIQ, CNIS, product energy efficiency experts, and other stakeholders including media and civil society groups. The interim workshop consisted of two major sessions: the morning session focused on the presentation of the progress of TA 8174-PRC and getting external experts feedback. The afternoon session was on experimental dialogues with civil society groups to discuss the need and/or the usefulness of continuing stakeholders dialogues regarding behavior change communication to promote CEL and energy efficient projects in the PRC. The interim workshop concluded with strong support from external experts and civil society groups. The consulting firm incorporated experts feeback received during the workshop and improved the report.
In addition, after having a successful communication session at the TA interim workshop, the EA and IA requested to add an activity to develop a Communication Action Plan for CNIS. Considering the TA timeframe, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), who has expertise in communications and promotion on energy efficient products and energy labelling, was engaged using single-source selection method. Since the assignment was output-based, a lump sum contract was made. CLASP was working closely with CNIS, ADB, and other stakeholders to draft the communication action plan for CNIS, which would be a part of TA outputs.
The International Workshop on Improvement of Compliance Regime of China Energy Labelling Program was held in 3-4 June 2014. Over 100 participants joined the workshop, including representatives from AQSIQ, CNIS, NDRC, International Energy Agency, Korea Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Assessment Center, Energy Conservation Center Japan, Nemko Canada, CLASP, Lund University Sweden, VDE Germany, and other stakeholders including product energy efficiency experts, media and civil society groups. The workshop was successful sharing experiences from different energy labelling schemes, getting feedback and comments on CEL from international experts, and also providing technical training on the newly developed technical instruction for energy efficiency testing under the TA, and discussing how to promote CEL further using a draft Communication Action Plan report prepared by CLASP.
Prior to the final workshop of the TA, the final Communication Action Plan report was submitted and approved and a draft final TA report was submitted. The final workshop was held on 22 and 23 December 2014 with over 100 participants, including representatives from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, China National Institute of Standardization, NDRC, National Energy Conservation Center, consumer associations, product energy efficiency experts, researchers, and other stakeholders including manufacturers, testing laboratories, retailers, media and civil society groups. TA activities and outputs were presented. Experts and other stakeholders provided valuable comments on various components of the draft final TA report. The final report of the Communication Action Plan for CNIS was presented and received strong support from EA, IA, and other experts. The final TA report was finalized after incorporating comments from the final workshop and submitted and approved at the end of December 2014. All the TA activities were completed and outputs were finalized within 31 December 2014, the TA completion date. No further extension was made.