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Brief News: Asian Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2019

The “Asian Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2019” was co-hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Korea Energy Agency (KEA), and supported by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Manila, the capital of the Philippines from June 17 to 21. Under the theme of “Partnering for Impact”, the meeting highlighted coordinative efforts in Asia Pacific to tap the market potential and advance the development of clean energy. Based on key elements of UN Strategy 2030, it featured the following thematic tracks: Energy and Livable Cities, Energy and Rural Poverty Alleviation, Energy and Innovative Finance and Clean Energy Trends and Directions, involving various renewable energy technologies, marketplace, and the empowerment of women in the energy sector. More than 1,300 delegates from the Asia-Pacific region, including government officials, private companies, experts and scholars, and members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), attended the meeting.

As noted by ADB President Mr. Takehiko Naka in his speech, the advancement of affordable and reliable clean energy is not only at the forefront of Asia and the Pacific’s development progress, it is also at the heart of the region’s development of resilient infrastructure and fight against climate change. ACEF has been dedicated to the exchanges and discussions of best practices and innovative approaches to address the common energy issues via regional cooperation progress. Through Strategy 2030, ADB has committed at least 75% of its operations to support climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts by 2030. Climate finance from ADB’s own resources will amount to $80 billion in support of renewable and energy efficiency for the period 2019–2030. ADB has also affirmed its commitment to advanced technologies in sustainable energy by launching the “High-level Technology Fund” with the support from the Government of Japan, which invites the clean technology developers to submit proposals for grants from the Fund for collaborative research and development, aiming to accelerate technological innovation and application. ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao, Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute Mr. Amory Lovins and Global Strategic Development Advisor (Member of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment) Ms. Fiza Farhan have expressed their views in the opening panel discussion of ACEF.

More than 40 Chinese delegates participated in the meeting. Among them, Ma Dingping, Secretary-General of the Chongqing Renewable Energy Society, a member of the China Civil Climate Action Network (CCAN), attended the meeting on invitation. Yu Qingchan, Program Manager of Global Environmental Institute (GEI) of CCAN was invited to speak at the thematic track of Urban Energy Planning for Smarter Utilities”, introducing the “Renewable Energy Planning and Instruments” demonstration project in Sri Lanka, and the practice of renewable energy promotion in other regions. Yu also said in her concluding remarks, “The renewable energy and the comprehensive strategic plan of energy marks the very beginning of clean energy development and energy transformation in a city or region, with a leading role in technology and financing." The thematic track was welcome by more than 100 participants, followed by more in-depth exchanges.

There were more than 20 Deep Dive Workshops focusing on a range of topics, including “How to Promote Renewable Energy Development in Asia”, “Energy Contract Management Model and Clean Energy Development”, “Energy Technology Innovation and Financing”, etc.