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.

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Powering Up Financing for Energy Efficiency in Asia

June 24th, 2:00-3:30
Sponsored by WRI and ECO-Asia

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.

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.

Financing Models

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.

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.

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.


12:30-1:45 Lunch--Invitation only

2:00 Opening Remarks
Manish Bapna, Vice President and Managing Executive Director, World Resources Institute

2:10-2:20 Tools and Data
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Neelam Singh, Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program

2:20-2:50 Financing Models

  • Aggregating industrial demand for energy efficiency projects in China, Alex Perera, Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program
  • Stimulating the growth of the Indian ESCO industry through financing, Ella Delio, Senior Associate, Markets and Enterprise Program
  • Supporting Financing for Energy Efficiency Power Plants - ECO-Asia's Ongoing Experience

2:50-3:00 Technology Deployment and Diffusion
Lessons Learned in technology transfer, deployment and diffusion in China, Xiaomei Tan, Project Manager, China Climate and Energy Program

3:00-3:25 Question and Answer and Discussion

3:25-3:30 Wrap up and concluding remarks
Athena Ballesteros, Senior Associate, Institutions and Governance Program

WRI Event Participants

Date & TimeEventDescriptionWRI Participant
June 21
8:30-5:30Regional Workshop on Greenhouse Gas AccountingPre-Forum Event (see attached description)Neelam Singh
June 21-22
8:30-5:30Asia Pacific Clean Energy Governance and Regulatory DayPre-Forum EventSmita Nakhooda & Bharath Jairaj
June 23
2:00-3:30Session 3: Effective Regulation and Governance in the Energy SectorPolicy and RegulationSmita Nakhooda
2:00-3:30Session 5: Scaling Up Business Solutions to Energy PovertyEnergy for AllElla Delio
June 24
11:00-12:30Session 12: Regional Issues in Greenhouse Gas InventoriesClimate, Carbon Finance and Market MechanismsNeelam Singh
2:00-3:30Session 17: Open Space Meeting: Powering Up Financing for Energy Efficiency in AsiaOpen Space Manish Bapna
June 25
11:00-12:30Session 27: Strategies for Energy-Efficiency FinancingFinancing Efficiency and RenewablesAlex Perera
2:00-3:30Session 30 (Plenary): Panel Discussion: Challenges in Scaling Up Renewable Energy(Plenary)Athena Ballesteros
4:00-5:30Session 31 (Plenary): Putting the Pieces Together: How to Make it all Work(Plenary)Manish Bapna