ACEF 2016 Newsletter 10: Clean Energy & Implementing Successful NDCs in Asia and the Pacific
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27 May 2016

Dear Clean Energy Colleague,
We are just over one week away from the start of ACEF 2016, Asia’s premier clean energy event! This year’s forum will bring together more than 1,000 government officials, project developers, sector experts, equipment and service providers, advocates, researchers, and development specialists. These clean energy practitioners and thought leaders will discuss and share their experience in developing innovative business models and strategies, and in applying appropriate technology solutions to accelerate the deployment and roll-out of clean energy across Asia. We are looking forward to welcoming you to in Manila on 6 June, for this exciting week-long event. In our last remaining newsletters, we will be highlighting some not-to-be missed sessions and information to help you make the most of ACEF 2016.

Specials Sessions on Clean Energy and Implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
2015 was a watershed year in setting a new agenda for global sustainable development with the COP 21 defining ambitious climate change mitigation goals and targets. This year and beyond, governments will be turning their attention to the implementation of their national climate change action plans, with their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and integrating these goals and commitments into national-level planning processes and policies. The increased uptake of clean energy solutions will play a significant part in helping countries to achieve their NDCs.
On Thursday 9 June, ACEF is running a plenary session entitled, From Commitment to Action: Implementing Successful Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Asia and the Pacific. This plenary session will feature a panel of distinguished thought leaders working in clean energy, climate, and sustainable development. The panelists will describe the challenges countries face as they implement their NDCs, and the types of technical and financial support needed to assist in successful implementation. Yongping Zhai, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at ADB, will moderate this session with the following participants:
  • Emmanuel de Guzman, Vice Chairperson, Philippine Climate Change Commission
  • Leena Srivastava, Vice-Chancellor, TERI University
  • Indonesian representative (Invited)
  • Trigg Talley, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, US Department of State
  • Mario Sander, Executive Director, Asian Development Bank
  • Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute
  • Preety Bhandari, Director, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
Following this plenary, we will organize a parallel session in the Future of Clean Energy Energy Track (Session 8), in which panelists will share their views on how best to support NDC planning and implementation, and discuss the key role of the deployment of clean energy to achieve NDCs in Asia. This parallel session will feature the following panelists:
  • Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros, Director, Finance Center, World Resources Institute
  • Ashok Sarkar, Senior Energy Specialist, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, The World Bank
  • Lukita D. Tuwo, Secretary, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Indonesia
  • Varsha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy India
  • Jorn Brommelhorster, Principal Climate Change Specialist, Energy Division, East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Marian Van Pelt, Vice-President, ICF International
Registration Extended to 31 May
The deadline for registering for ACEF 2016 has been extended to Tuesday 31 May. If you are not yet registered for this year’s Forum, make sure to register before the deadline here.

Raffle Draw
ACEF will once again hold a raffle draw during the Closing Plenary session on Friday afternoon. Qualified participants will need to complete an ACEF evaluation survey (which will be distributed during the Forum itself) to enter the raffle. Eligible raffle participants will have a chance to win one of 10 iPads. These iPads are proudly sponsored by Transcendergy LLC and CTC Global. Be sure to plan on staying at ACEF through Friday to take part in the raffle draw!
News Beyond ACEF
World Energy Council Clean Energy Activities
The World Energy Council will host a workshop on energy efficiency policies, indicators and measures on Monday, 6 June 2016 at the Oakwood Premier hotel, close to ADB HQ. This event will start at 9:00am. The Council together with ADEME has been monitoring global energy efficiency trends for over 20 years and evaluating their impact on national economies. The workshop will present results of the most recent survey in nearly 100 countries and the emerging key findings. We encourage participants with a specific interest in energy efficiency to attend both this activity and the deep dive workshop titled The Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform: Making Public-Private Partnerships Work for Energy Efficiency in Asia, organized by the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and EESL Limited on Tuesday 7 June 2016, 09:00am –5:30pm at ADB HQ.

On Tuesday, 7 June 2016 at 6:00pm, the World Energy Council will also host a reception and a presentation of the key findings of its forthcoming study on Renewables integration in electricity systems. The event will take place at the Oakwood Premier hotel.

For further information and to secure your place at the activities hosted by WEC, contact Catriona Nurse at
IChemE Energy Centre - ACEF in Partnership with IChemE
The IChemE Energy Centre is a forum for the chemical and process engineering community to provide decision makers around the world with expert advice on energy issues, while highlighting the role of chemical engineers in meeting the energy challenges that society faces.
The Energy Centre does this by actively engaging in policy debates, responding to consultations and requests for evidence, and producing green and white papers.
Green papers produced will seek to highlight gaps and add value to the energy debate, while white papers will provide authoritative and evidence-based positions on energy policy issues from a chemical engineering perspective.
Reflecting the breadth of expertise within IChemE’s membership and Special Interest Group community, the Centre can provide insight, advice and analysis on the following topics:
  • Energy efficiency in industrial processes, transportation and domestic applications
  • New and low-carbon technologies
  • Carbon capture, storage and utilisation
  • Biofuels
  • Oil and gas production, processing and transportation
  • Nuclear technology
  • Life cycle analysis and the sustainability implications of energy solutions
  • System impacts of energy policy on industry
The Energy Centre works with fellow science and engineering bodies to ensure that it provides new and complementary advice and insights.

If you would like to find out more about what the Energy Centre can do for you, please get in touch via
Deep Dive Workshops and Technical Seminars
Below we present a complete lineup of the 19 Deep Dive Workshops (DDWs) and Technical Seminars held on Monday and Tuesday of ACEF week (6-7 June 2016). These Pre-forum events provide a chance for in-depth discussion around specific topics or challenges. The events range in length from 90 minute seminars to full day workshops. The DDWs can take the form of in-depth working discussions, interactive panels, or training sessions. The Technical Seminars are typically shorter in length (90 minutes or half a day) and are focused less on brainstorming and problem solving, and more on sharing information on technical developments in the clean energy and climate field. For more details, check out the all the DDWs and Technical Seminars in the list below. Participants will need to register here whether they intend to attend the entire Forum or just the pre-Forum DDWs or Technical Seminars. Those attending pre-Forum activities will be contacted separately by the activity organizers.
All these events are featured on the website, and will be highlighted in more detail over the next 3 weeks on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn ACEF Group, and Twitter). Please share widely among your networks.
Day 1 – Monday 6 June
  1. Wind Power: Accelerating Deployments in Emerging Wind Markets
    Organizers: ADB Quantum Leap for Wind
  2. Green Energy Finance Workshop
    Organizers: Renewables Academy (RENAC) and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)
  3. Carbon Capture and Storage – Way Forward in Asia
    Organizers: ADB
  4. Mapping the Future: Energizing Data-driven Policy Making and Investment in Renewable Power
    Organizers: US Agency for International Development (USAID) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  5. Deep Dive Workshop Mini-grids 
    Organizers: ADB Energy for All Initiative
  6. Organizational Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs in Southeast Asia: Thailand and Philippine Initiatives 
    Organizers: USAID Low Emissions Asian Development Program (LEAD) and UNDP Low-Emission Capacity Building Project (LECB)
  7. How Corporate Demand for Renewable Energy Can Support Renewable Energy Markets in Asia
    Organizers: World Resources Institute (WRI)
  8. Reaching the Last Mile: Gender and Socially Inclusive Approaches for Energy Access
    Organizers: Energia, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, World Bank, Energy for All
  9. Powering ASEAN: Can The Nordic Model Work?
    Organizers: ASEAN Studies Center
Day 2 – Tuesday 7 June
  1. Scaling up Clean Energy: Early Actions to Facilitate Integration of Variable Renewable Energy into Existing Power Systems
    Organizers: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), US Agency for International Development (USAID), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clean Energy Solutions Center
  2. Practical Actions for Accelerating Energy Efficiency: Finance, Policy, and Public-Private Partnerships
    Organizers: Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
  3. Waste-to-Energy, Transforming Strategy into Reality 
    Organizers: ADB Waste to Energy Working Group
  4. Sustainable Energy for All Investor Forum | REGIONAL 
    Organizers: ADB Energy for All Initiative
  5. Powering the Asian Tiger with Renewables
    Organizers: Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  6. Case Studies in Clean Energy Project Development: Lessons Learned in Southeast Asia
    Organizers: Overseas Private Investment Corporation, U.S. Trade Development Agency, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Agency for International Development
  7. Launch and Introduction of DigiCollect´s Multi-purpose Online Marketplace for Energy and Infrastructure
    Organizers: ACO Investment
  8. Scaling Cleantech: What it Really Takes 
    Organizers: ADB Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Finance Center; California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
  9. How the HOMER® Pro Software Can Improve the Design and Development of Clean and Sustainable Energy Projects
    Organizers: Homer Energy
  10. Microgrid Energy Storage: Power Systems of the Future 
    Organizers: Embassy of Canada in Manila
Priyantha Wijayatunga
Asian Development Bank
Peter du Pont
Climate Change Team Lead
USAID Regional Development Mission Asia
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