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                                     TERMS OF REFERENCE


APEC’s basic objectives, as stated by APEC Economic Leaders at their second meeting in
Bogor, are to:

i)        strengthen the open multilateral trading system;
ii)       enhance trade and investment liberalisation in Asia-Pacific; and
iii)      intensify Asia-Pacific development cooperation.

At the request of APEC Economic Leaders, the APEC Senior Officials preparing for the Osaka
Leaders’ meeting began the task of developing an Action Agenda to implement the Bogor
Declaration. Working Groups and other APEC fora were asked to contribute to the Action
Agenda by designing mid-term and long-term action programs on economic and technical
co-operation (including infrastructure); and where possible, on trade and investment
liberalisation and facilitation. The APEC Senior Officials called for short term tangible results
which could serve as down payments for the Action Agenda. The Action Agenda was
subsequently endorsed by APEC Economic Leaders at their third meeting in Osaka.

In addition to these general requirements, the Energy Working Group (EWG) was specifically
requested to include in its action program measures to give effect to the 3Es initiative (economic
growth, energy security and environmental protection) of APEC Economic Leaders.

At the eleventh meeting of the EWG held in Taipei, agreement was reached on the full Action
Program for the Group. The EWG’s Action Program seeks to focus on a limited number of key
initiatives that will produce outcomes of direct relevance to the achievement of the objectives of
the Bogor Declaration and the 3Es initiative. The activities set out in the Action Program
address both elements of the APEC Action Agenda (Part One concerning trade and investment
liberalisation and facilitation; and Part Two concerning economic and technical co-operation)
and consist of four themes:

      Fostering a common understanding on regional energy issues;
      Facilitating investment in the energy sector;
      Reducing environmental impacts in the energy sector; and
      Acceptance of equivalence in accreditation and increasing harmonisation of energy

At the inaugural Energy Ministers Meeting held in Sydney, Ministers identified objectives of
fundamental importance to the region’s future prosperity. These include:

      Improvement of regional energy security primarily through the enhancement of open
       efficient regional energy markets, and through supply capacity expansion and energy
      Reforms to mobilise business investment in power sector infrastructure;
      A strategic approach to reduce environmental impacts;
      A framework to reduce business costs through cooperation on energy standards; and

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   The adoption of energy policy principles which give impetus to regional initiatives to reform
    energy policies for incorporation into member economies’ domestic energy policy

The mission statement of the EE&C Expert Group is to be considered within the context of the
Bogor Declaration, the Osaka Action Agenda, the 3Es initiative, the Energy Ministers’ Meeting
Declaration, the EWG Action Program and the organizing themes and priorities contained in the
1996 Manila Declaration on the Cooperation Framework for Strengthening Economic
Cooperation and Development which are set below.

To achieve sustainable growth and equitable development and benefit from the move towards
free and open trade and investment, and to promote the welfare of economies of the region, we
give priority to joint cooperative activities which:

   Develop human capital, the region’s main asset in economic development, to broaden the
    benefits of economic growth, deepen the basis for sustainable growth, and strengthen social
    cohesion domestically and regionally;

   Develop stable, safe and efficient capital markets to promote capital flows that generate real
    economic returns, to mobilise domestic savings through broad, deep capital and financial
    markets, as discussed by the Finance Ministers Meeting, and to enhance the environment for
    private investment in infrastructure;

   Strengthen economic infrastructure to eliminate bottlenecks to economic growth, especially
    in such areas as telecommunications, transportation, and energy, in order to further integrate
    members into the regional economy, and the region into the globel economy;

   Harness technologies for the future to ensure that APEC joint activities promote the flow and
    expand the capacities of its members to absorb existing industrial science and technology as
    well as develop new technologies for the future, thus promoting a free flow of information
    and technology;

   Safeguard the quality of life through environmentally sound growth by promoting sound
    policies and practices, taking into account concerns about sustainable development;

   Develop and strengthen the dynamism of Small and Medium Enterprises so that they may
    respond more efficiently and effectively to market developments in a more open and liberal
    economic development.

Mission Statement

To advance the economic and social well-being in the Asia-Pacific region through energy
conservation and the application of energy-efficient technologies.

The following objectives have been established to accomplish the mission:

   Assist in achieving energy security and securing adequate and affordable energy supplies in
    support of basic human needs and continued economic growth;
   Advance the application of demonstrated energy-efficient technologies in appropriate
    regional end-use sectors (residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, transportation, etc);
   Assist in developing and enhancing trade between APEC member economies’ energy
    products and services and energy-efficient technologies; and

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   Contribute to the international effort to reduce the adverse impacts of energy production and
    consumption upon our global environment.

The strategy consists of the following major elements:

   Maintain a dynamic organisation structure and associated “modus operandi”, that focus on
    outcomes consistent with the EE7C’s mission and objectives.
   Perform technological and institutional assessment to increase the knowledge base about
    energy conservation, the optimization of energy use systems, the application of
    energy-efficient technologies, and environmental impacts of energy use in the Asia-Pacific
   Engage in collaborative energy technology exchange endeavours such as seminars,
    workshops, and personnel exchange programmes that facilitate the education and training of
    energy efficiency and conservation “stakeholders” in the region.
   Establish cooperative linkages with other international energy technology transfer
    organisations to maximise energy efficiency and conservation information exchange, and
    minimise costly duplication of efforts.
   Deploy technology transfer mechanisms such as computerised databases and products and
    services directories that compile information about the availability and successful
    implementation of energy-efficient technologies and conservation measures that apply to the
    Asia-Pacific region.
   Conduct projects that enable a large number of APEC member economies to participate
    jointly in research, development and demonstration projects that promote energy
    conservation and result in the application of energy-efficient technologies in the Asia-Pacific
   Facilitate exchange of information on member economies’ programs and policies to promote
    energy efficient and conservation.
   Maintain liaison groups in relevant energy end-use sectors to encourage business/private
    sector participation in applying energy efficiency technologies region-wide.


The EE&C Expert Group shall operate according to the following guidelines:


   The EE&C Expert Group is open to all APEC member economies. Each APEC member
    economy should appoint an official contact person to the Expert Group.
   The chairman of the EE&C Expert Group should be notified of member economy delegates
    in writing at least one month prior to the scheduled EE&C Expert Group meeting.
   APEC member economy delegations to EE&C Expert Group meetings may have more than
    one person who are welcome to participate in the activities of the Expert Group meeting.


The EE&C Expert Group elects one member economy as chair and two member economies as
vice-chairs for a two-year (four-meetings) term of office. In the event the current chair is unable
to carry on as the chair, the member economy should nominate another of its representatives to
assume the responsibility for the chair. However, this member economy may decline to
continue to be the chair in which case the group shall elect a new chair at its next meeting. Any
elected chair/co-chair can serve no more than two consecutive terms (four years) of office. In
the event that the chair cannot attend a specific EE&C Expert Group meeting, then he (she) shall

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designate one of the vice-chair to serve as chair for that specific meeting. During the course of
an Expert Group meeting, the chair may enlist the services of any official EE&C delegate to
assist with designated chairship duties during the course of the Expert Group meeting. It is the
chair’s responsibility to make arrangements for administrative and clerical support services,
including preparation of meeting minutes, during the course of the EE&C Expert Group meeting.
The host economy shall do its best to provide all the necessary assistance for the conduct of the
meeting including support/secretarial staff.

Decision Making

All decisions on issues deliberated by the EE&C Expert Group should be endorsed by
“consensus” of the member economies.

Meeting Arrangements and Venue

The EE&C Expert Group shall normally meet twice a year. The chair shall issue advance notice
of this meeting at least two months prior to the scheduled EE&C Expert Group meeting. A
meeting agenda will also be sent to all official EE&C Expert Group contact persons at least one
month prior to the scheduled meeting. As a general rule, when EE&C sponsored workshops
and seminars are planned, they should be scheduled in concern with an Expert Group meeting.

Members should endeavour to circulate papers to be considered by the Expert Group in time to
allow them to adequately considered by other members prior to the meeting. In the case of
matters requiring substantive decision of the Expert Group (such as proposals requiring funding)
papers should be circulated at least two weeks before the meeting. The Expert Group may
decide to accept papers circulated after this period.

Meeting locations will be rotated amongst APEC member economies. Serving as meeting host
will be strictly on a voluntary basis. However, every member economy is expected to host at
least one meeting to complete the rotation. If an APEC member economy volunteers to hose an
EE&C Expert Group meeting in its economy, the venue obligations of the host economy shall
include the following arrangements:

   Arrange for hotel accommodations.
    Note: Delegates to pay for their own hotel accommodation.

   Arrange and pay for meeting facilities including:
    - meeting rooms;
    - audio-visual equipment (as required);
    - computer equipment (as required);
    - reproduction services;
    - miscellaneous materials (flip charts, note pads, etc); and
    - delegate name tags (personal and desk type).

   Arrange for refreshment and hospitality.

Reporting Mechanism

Chairs of the liaison groups and project facilitators will present reports on the status of the
groups and projects at every EE&C Expert Group meeting. The chairs of the liaison group as
well as the project facilitators must circulate the reports to all contact persons of the EE&C one
month before the Expert Group meetings.

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