ACEF 2016: Call for Abstracts Announcement
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Dear Clean Energy Colleague,
Last year, ACEF celebrated its 10th anniversary by bringing in more than 1,500 people from 64 countries to participate in the forum events, including more than 200 expert speakers. This year, we are thrilled to bring back the 11th edition of ACEF with a deeper focus on the challenges, opportunities, and new frontiers for Asia's clean energy sector after the adoption of the Paris Agreement at CoP 21. 

The Call for Abstracts for ACEF 2016 is now open. This year, we have streamlined the program from six (6) to four (4) tracks.  As usual, we will have three sector focused tracks, covering the core pillars of Energy for All: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Energy Access.
We have done away with the Technology, Policy, and Finance tracks, as we believe it will be more productive, and reduce “stovepiping”, to have discussion of these tools (technological, policy, financial) contextualized around the three pillars of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy access. We believe that this can deliver a more well-rounded perspective and hence generate innovative thinking.

In addition to the three sector focused tracks, we are introducing a new track, titled Charting the Future of Clean Energy in Asia. This track will be cross-cutting and focus on big ideas that will be important for the transition to a clean energy future for Asia.

The deadline for submissions is 25 March 2016, at 17:00 Manila time (+8 GMT). Submissions must be short (no more than 150 words), and should highlight concrete outcomes and achievements. You can find the form for submissions on the Call for Abstracts page on our website here.

Guidance for development of abstracts
Sectoral tracks
Submissions for the sectoral tracks should be based on experience in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of clean energy and energy access projects and initiatives. We encourage submission of abstracts covering innovations in technology and systems; new approaches to policy and financing; new business models; and detailed case studies.
Below are the suggested topics for each of the three sectoral tracks:
Track 1: Innovations in Energy Efficiency
  1. Energy Efficiency in the post-COP21 world. The shape of the major and emerging initiatives, structures and mechanisms for international action on EE, and integrating the energy efficiency agenda with priorities for renewable energy and energy access
  2. Energy Efficiency and Big Data. Realizing the promise of smart grid and M&V information technologies through new business models and regulatory approaches 
  3. National Energy Efficiency Standards and Regulation. Best practice models for building the enabling environment, regional harmonization and enforcement
  4. Financing Energy Efficiency at Scale. Techniques for formulating projects and mobilizing funds to overcome the first-cost barrier and match EE investment with potential
  5. Cities as Key Decision Makers in Energy Efficiency. The partnerships, business models and capacity required to deliver projects and greater municipal action on EE, and case studies of good practice
  6. Bridging the EE ‘perception gap’ between policymakers, project developers, technology providers and financiers. Overcoming institutional inertia through innovation, communication and implementation partnerships
  7. New Models for Investing in Energy Efficiency Projects and Businesses. New developments in the business of financing of energy efficiency and energy productivity improvements.
Track 2: Innovations in Renewable Energy
  1. Scaling up Renewable Energy Deployment: From Grid Integration to Pro-active Energy Planning
  2. Outlooks for Renewable Energy Development in Asia: Country and Regional Perspectives
  3. Renewable Energy Costs: Implications for Policy and Project Development
  4. Innovative Business Models: Value Creation from Renewable Energy and Enabling Technologies
  5. Innovations: Technology, Policy, Power Market Design and Financing Schemes
  6. Renewable Energy in the Transport Sector
Track 3: Increasing Energy Access 
Increasing access to energy has historically been assumed to be synonymous with increasing access to electrical connections or to clean non-solid fuels. There is an emerging consensus, however, that energy access should also be characterized by attributes such as capacity of service connections, affordability, reliability and convenience. We encourage submission of abstracts that draw out this multi-dimensional nature of energy access and increase knowledge of how innovations are (or are not) contributing to improvements along multiple attributes.
  1. Business Models for Access that Spur Innovation: New Financial Mechanisms, Technical Solutions, and Institutional Arrangements
  2. Lessons from Renewable Energy Mini-grids for Energy Access
  3. Adopting Clean Solutions for Cooking and Heating
  4. Characterizing Energy Demand for Last Mile Connectivity: New Approaches for Economic and Social Inclusion
  5. Financing Energy Access: the Role of Domestic Financial Institutions
  6. Integrated Resource Planning Revisited: Synergizing Energy Access Solutions in National Plans
  7. Energy Efficiency for Energy Access: A Game Changer?
Track 4: Charting the Future of Clean Energy in Asia 
In this track, we will explore big ideas and cross-cutting issues that could influence the future direction of clean energy efforts in the ASIA/ASEAN region.  In line with the "Implementation and Innovation” focus of this year’s ACEF, we encourage topics related to the role of innovation, technology, policy, and finance that will encourage debate and deep and holistic discussion about what works in practice.  We want to hear about new implementation models and approaches, and integrated ways of thinking about energy and infrastructure development that can accelerate and scale-up the adoption of low-carbon approaches.

Below is a list of potential session topics. We encourage participants to contact the ACEF Steering Committee if you have additional ideas for session topics. 
  1. The Utility of the Future in Asia: What are the Likely Models?
  2. What will ASEAN’s Transition to a Clean Energy Future Look Like?
  3. Smart Cities: Perspectives from Urban Leaders on the Clean Energy Transition
  4. The Demographic Divide: Is There a Shortage of Manpower to Handle Our Future Clean Energy Challenges?
  5. Transport and Energy: Examples that Work and Directions for the Future
  6. Food, Water, and Energy:  Case Studies of Integrated and Innovative Approaches in Planning and Delivery
Priyantha Wijayatunga
Asian Development Bank
Peter du Pont
US Agency for International Development
Regional Development Mission Asia
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