Asian Development Bank, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Manila, Philippines
Note: Resources and presentations from this event are now available online!
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Resources Institute are pleased to announce the 5th Asia Clean Energy Forum 2010. The World Resources Institute was asked to be the first NGO co-sponsor of the Asia Clean Energy Forum.
WRI will also host an open space event, Powering Up Financing for Energy Efficiency in Asia
For the past four years, the Asia Clean Energy Forum has progressively served as the premiere knowledge sharing platform on best practices in policy, technology, and finance for clean energy in the Asia region. Last year’s Forum gathered more than 800 participants from 51 countries, comprised of a diverse group of experts including stakeholders from governments, national and multinational banks, carbon and clean energy investment funds, project developers and service providers, environmental regulators, academe, civil society, and development partners and other international organizations.
This year’s Forum promises to be the most dynamic yet as it continues to respond to real-world clean energy issues. To meet the challenges of the new era of clean energy it will explore:
- how the technology transfer and diffusion process can be accelerated;
- what strategies and program approaches work best;
- case studies of successful examples from around Asia, as well as the US, Europe, Latin America, and Africa; and
- how energy efficiency and renewable business and projects can be effectively linked with sources of finance and investment.
Parallel breakout sessions will provide opportunities to discuss technology transfer, diffusion, and finance in a range of areas, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, access to energy for the poor, and global climate change.
Powering Up Financing for Energy Efficiency in Asia
Thursday, June 24th, 2:00-3:30
Sponsored by: WRI and ECO-Asia
Location: Asian Development Bank, Main Auditorium, Zone C
The World Resources Institute (WRI) and ECO-Asia will present their various initiatives on energy efficiency focused on innovative financing mechanisms, technology transfer, deployment, and diffusion in Asia.
As a leading global environmental think tank, WRI goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. Our mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.
The Bangkok-based ECO-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program works to promote policy and finance solutions for clean energy in Asia’s largest developing economies and is funded and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia.
During the open space, WRI will present work on the following:
Tools and Data
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. The GHG Protocol Initiative, a decade-long partnership between the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is working with industry, businesses, government, and environmental groups in India, China, and the Philippines to build a new generation of credible and effective emissions accounting and reduction programs for tackling climate change.
WRI is working with Shanghai Jiaotong University to aggregate 15-20 industrial energy efficiency projects into a single portfolio to attract financing and ESCO implementation of these projects in China. This aggregation approach seeks to support emerging energy efficiency financing programs by better connecting financing sources with energy efficiency projects in the industrial sector. This discussion will be an opportunity to explore the benefits of this kind of aggregation and how this approach could be best designed to address market failures.
ECO-Asia, with partners the Regional Advisory Project and the Natural Resources Defense Council, has provides business planning and capacity building support to the Hebei FaKai Scientific Electricity Services Limited Liability Company’s development of a 600 MW Energy Efficiency Power Plant.
WRI’s research on the market potential of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in India has shown that a lack of financing mechanisms targeting the ESCO industry is hindering the industry’s growth. Based on these findings, WRI is partnering with a local bank in India to develop and pilot such financing mechanisms.
ECO-Asia supported the design and on-going development of the newly-initiated Kerala State Conservation Fund, collaborates with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency of the Ministry of Power, and provides support to the newly-formed Energy efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an Indian Super ESCO.
Technology Deployment and Diffusion
WRI is working with Tsinghua University to examine how low-carbon technologies have been introduced, adopted, deployed and diffused in three greenhouse gas intensive sectors in China. The purpose is to assess its implication for climate change and global clean energy industry. The project delivers some important messages to key audiences, such as Chinese policymakers, policymakers in OECD countries, technology providers and other developing countries adopting clean technologies.
Manish Bapna, Vice President and Managing Executive Director, World Resources Institute
Tools and Data: The Greenhouse Gas Protocol
Neelam Singh, Associate, Climate and Energy Program
- Ella Delio, Senior Associate, Markets and Enterprise Program, Stimulating the growth of the Indian ESCO industry through financing
- Alex Perera, Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program, Aggregating industrial demand for energy efficiency projects in China
- Patrick D’Addario, ECO-Asia, Supporting Financing for Energy Efficiency Power Plants - ECO-Asia’s Ongoing Experience
Technology Deployment and Diffusion
Xiaomei Tan, Project Manager, China Climate and Energy Program, Lessons Learned in technology transfer, deployment and diffusion in China
The presentations will be followed by breakout discussions on the three themes.
A short reception will follow from 3:30-4:00
WRI Event Participants
|Date & Time||Event||Description||WRI Participant|
|8:30-5:30||Regional Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Accounting||Pre-Forum Event. USAID’s ECO-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program (ECO-Asia) will hold a GHG accounting monitoring and evaluation workshop that will serve as a platform for sharing experience across the region and for highlighting key challenges and technical assistance needs for the future.||Neelam Singh|
|8:30-5:30||Asia Pacific Clean Energy Governance & Regulatory Day||Pre-Forum Event. The Asia‐Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation, to be held during ADB’s Asia Clean Energy Forum in June 2010, seeks to share experience that will lead to improved Governance, Planning, Policies and Regulations for Clean Energy in Asia and the Pacific, and initiate a dialogue for sharing information and considering the need for ongoing networking, twinning arrangements, and capacity building within the Asia and Pacific region to this end.||Smita Nakhooda, Bharath Jairaj & Francisco Almendra|
|2:00-3:30||Session 3: Effective Regulation and Governance in the Energy Sector||This session will report on the results of the Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation. Panelists will report on key themes and conclusions related to policy and regulatory planning of the energy resource mix, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and system issues, including grid design and operation for clean energy.||Smita Nakhooda|
|4:00-5:30||Session 9: Financing for Sustainable Energy Access||The availability and accessibility of finance at key points along the financing continuum remains a major constraint for scaling up access to energy for the poor. Speakers will present approaches they have used to secure and place financing for energy access projects, enterprises and end-users, and that have potential to be replicated elsewhere in the region.||Ella Delio|
|11:00-12:30||Session 12: Regional Issues in Greenhouse Gas Inventories||This panel discussion session will report on the results of a pre-Forum workshop held on 21 June that addressed greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and accounting. The discussion will address two main themes: 1) understanding the roles of different stakeholders, including manufacturers, utilities, civil society, and national, regional, and local governments; and, 2) sharing experience with approaches for developing GHG programs (both internationally and within Asia) that build on existing systems where possible and create new systems where needed.||Neelam Singh|
|2:00-3:30||Session 17: Open Space Meeting: Powering Up Financing for Energy Efficiency in Asia||The World Resources Institute (WRI) and ECO-Asia will present its various initiatives on energy efficiency focused on innovative financing mechanisms, technology transfer, deployment, and diffusion in Asia.||Manish Bapna, Neelam Singh, Ella Delio, Alex Perera & Xiaomei Tan|
|11:00-12:30||Session 27: Strategies for Energy-Efficiency Financing||Although energy efficiency is widely accepted as the single largest cost-effective source of greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the financing of energy-efficiency projects and businesses is hampered by their small size and the distributed nature of the interventions. Experts in the panel will describe a range of new and innovative approaches and strategies being used to channel financing into energy-efficiency investments.||Alex Perera|
|2:00-3:30||Session 30 (Plenary): Panel Discussion: Challenges in Scaling Up Renewable Energy||This plenary session brings together leading experts from government, business, and the research and non-profit sector to provide a vision of the bold steps that are needed to effectively scale up investment in renewable energy technologies and businesses to a scale that is commensurate with the ambitious targets being set by international leaders.||Athena Ballesteros|
|4:00-5:30||Session 31 (Plenary): Putting the Pieces Together: How to Make it all Work||Speakers in this closing plenary session will lay out a vision for how different actors in the political and energy ecosystems can work together and marshal the resources to move beyond talk and planning in order to catalyze a rapid transition toward a society and economy that is based on sustainable energy practices and resources. This session will also include presentation of awards for the Clean Energy Marketplace.||Manish Bapna|