Newsletter 8: The Road to ACEF 2016
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12 May 2016

Dear Clean Energy Colleague,
This June, clean energy practitioners and thought leaders from around Asia are converging on ADB’s Headquarters in Manila for the 11th edition of the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF). The event draws together more than 1,500 government officials, project developers, sector experts, equipment and service providers, advocates, researchers, and development specialists who will discuss and share their experiences in spurring the growth and acceleration of clean energy solutions in Asia. We are less than a month away from start of the Forum, and we have many updates to help you make the most of your time and participation in this exciting week-long event.
Keynote Speakers
We are proud to announce that Mr. Li Junfeng and Mr. Makoto Watanabe, leaders in advancing clean energy in Asia, will be delivering keynote speeches in the opening plenary at ACEF this year. They will provide their perspectives on the way forward for the clean energy sector after the COP 21 climate agreement. 

Li Junfeng currently serves as the Director General of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation and as president of the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association. He is a member of China’s National Energy Advisory Council, the Expert-Committee of National High-tech Program, and Academy Committee of China’s Environmental Protection Ministry. Mr. Li has dedicated his 30-year career to energy economy and energy environment studies. He was in charge of the structure and drafting of China’s Renewable Energy Law and China’s Medium and Long-Term Development Plan for Renewable Energy Development. To learn more about Li Junfeng, click here.
Mr. Li Junfeng, Director General of Chinese Center for Climate Change and International Cooperation, concurrently President of Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA)
Mr. Watanabe has served as the Executive Director of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization since October 2015 where he is in charge of the International Affairs Department, Smart Community Department and Kyoto Mechanisms Promotion Department. In 1987, Makoto Watanabe joined the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and has worked in various MITI bureaus and departments within the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy dealing with policies related to electricity, petroleum, ceramics manufacturing, construction materials, automobiles, and other sectors. To learn more about Makoto Watanabe, click here.
Mr. Makoto Watanabe, Executive Director, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan
Knowledge Networking – Registration is Now Open
After last year’s successful premier, we are bringing back the Knowledge Networking session to ACEF 2016. The Knowledge Networking session is a platform for practitioners to present the very latest innovations and stand-out initiatives. During this fast-paced and highly engaging event, participants will rotate between different tables every 10 minutes to learn about game-changing ideas, practical applications for new clean energy technologies, innovative new business models in the clean energy space, successful clean energy investment funds and strategies, and many more cutting-edge topics. Registration for Knowledge Networking is now open and instructions on how to register can be found on our website here.
ACEF 2016 Guidebook App
This year ACEF will again be featuring a Guidebook App for smart phones, to help all participants stay up to date throughout the week and connect with other members of the clean energy community. Participants will be able to peruse through the entire ACEF agenda, check out the different Deep Dive Workshops and Technical Seminars, learn about the Keynote Speakers and Thought Leaders attending ACEF, and develop a personalized schedule for this exciting week, all right from their mobile device. All ACEF participants will be able to download this app for free. We will make another announcement on the ACEF 2016 website here when this App is available for download. We will also announce it in this newsletter.
Early Bird Registration is Extended

The Early Bird Registration for ACEF 2016 has now been extended to Friday 13 May. To make sure you do not miss this deadline, click here to register.
ACEF 2016 Sponsorships

The ACEF Steering Committee is seeking sponsorships from organizations interested in supporting the Forum this year. If you are interested in pursuing any of the above sponsorships, or have any questions, please contact the ACEF Secretariat (Connie Sayon) at
Deep Dive Workshops and Technical Seminars
We are excited to present to you the complete lineup of 19 Deep Dive Workshops (DDWs) and Technical Seminars during the Pre-Forum 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, over the course of a half-day or full-day event. The DDWs can take the form of in-depth working discussions, interactive panels, training sessions, and other exciting formats. Technical Seminars are typically shorter in duration (90 minutes or half a day) and are focused less on brainstorming and problem solving, and more on sharing information on important technical issues and 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. 
Day 1 – Monday 6 June
  1. Wind Power: Accelerating Deployments in Emerging Wind Markets
    Organizers: ADB Quantum Leap for Wind
  2. Deep Dive Workshop on Green Energy Finance
    Organizers: Renewables Academy (RENAC) and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)
  3. Carbon Capture and Storage – Current Status and Opportunities / Way Forward
    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. E4ALL Pilot Projects on Mini-grid: Lessons learned 
    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 Approaches for Energy Access in Action
    Organizers: Energia, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, World Bank
  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 Clean Technologies: What it Really Takes / How Accelerators are Building Tomorrow’s Cleantech Leaders 
    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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