Newsletter 11: ACEF 2016 at a Glance
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3 June 2016
Dear Clean Energy Colleague,
As ACEF enters its 11th year, we are delighted to be able to bring you a world-class line-up of speakers, workshops, seminars and networking opportunities. ACEF strives to be one of the premier clean energy events in Asia, connecting the policy, technology and finance communities. Here is ACEF 2016 at a glance:
Over the course of the week, you will be able to listen to and meet with more than 250 speakers from across Asia and the Pacific, and beyond. The 46 sessions, workshops, seminars, and roundtable sessions will cover a wide range of clean energy issues in the Post COP21 world. Presentations will cover policy and regulatory frameworks; technology developments and applications; and business models and financing.

Please visit, the ACEF website, for all the latest updates on events. Click here to view a detailed schedule for ACEF week. You can read below for details on how to download the new ACEF smartphone App.
19 Deep Dive Workshops and Technical Seminars
The 19 Deep Dive Workshops (DDWs) and Technical Seminars at ACEF will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion on specific topics in clean energy over the course of a half-day or full-day. These pre-forum activities will be held on Monday and Tuesday of ACEF week and will cover a variety of critical topics in the clean energy field such as scaling up energy efficiency, renewable energy grid integration, lessons learned from mini-grid projects, waste to energy technologies and policies, clean energy business opportunities in developing Asia, and addressing the last mile and gender inclusivity in energy access. Click here for the full list of pre-forum activities that will be featured at ACEF. A list of all the DDWs and Technical Seminars can also be found at the end of this newsletter. On Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, more information will be shared and we encourage you to participate, share, retweet and share your views and photographs of ACEF as it happens on the different forums open to the Asia Clean Energy community.
4 Plenary sessions
During the plenary sessions, ACEF attendees will have the opportunity to hear from many highly accomplished individuals in the field of clean energy. We are privileged to bring you pioneering and visionary thought leaders and game-changing practitioners to deliver keynote speeches. These leaders will be on hand to provide insight on how to advance the deployment clean energy and build a more robust clean energy sector in Asia in an ever changing and complex market.
On Wednesday morning, 8 June, ACEF 2016 will officially kick off with an opening plenary, which will set the scene for the 3 days of the main forum and will engage participants in considering some of the changing priorities and interventions in the Post-COP21 world. 

Part 1 of the Opening Plenary Session will feature messages from Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank and Philip Goldberg, US Ambassador to the Philippines, welcoming participants to ACEF 2016.  In the first keynote address, Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative, will share her views on the challenges and strategies for designing and implementing effective, sustainable, and equitable clean energy solutions that address the threat of climate change in a rapidly changing world.

Part 2 of the Opening Plenary will feature three keynote speakers who will provide their perspectives on the way ahead after the COP 21 climate agreement. Tae-Young Kim, Vice President of the Korea Energy Agency will give opening remarks, followed by keynote addresses delivered by Makoto Watanabe, Energy Director, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Barbara Kreissler, Director B2G Professional Lighting, Philips Lighting, and Bartosz Wojszczyk, President & CEO, Decision Point Global.

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, ADB, will moderate this session with the following participants:
  • Emmanuel de Guzman, Vice Chairperson, Philippine Climate Change Commission
  • Leena Srivastava, Vice-Chancellor, TERI University
  • 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 concurrently Technical Advisor, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
ACEF 2016 will conclude on Friday 10 June with the Closing Plenary. This will include a round-up of the key takeaways from the week, including the challenges and opportunities that have been highlighted in the pre-forum Deep Dive Workshops and the parallel sessions to the main forum. The plenary will include a panel discussion moderated by ADB Vice-President Stephen Groff, with the following distinguished speakers:
  • Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros, Director, Finance Center, World Resources Institute
  • Aurelia Micko, Deputy Director, Regional Environment Office, USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia
  • Soma Dutta, Program Coordinator, Women's Economic Empowerment Program, ENERGIA, International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, India
  • Edwin Lerch, Head of System Dynamics, SIEMENS AG, Germany
  • Yongping Zhai, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
This panel discussion will be followed by a keynote address by Ralph Sims, Professor of Sustainable Energy at Massey University, New Zealand. Prof. Sims reprises his role from ACEF 2015 and is set to give us a compelling round-up and rallying call to energise the Asia Clean Energy Community. Closing remarks will be made by Manish Bapna, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute and Yongping Zhai, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank. Read more about the plenaries at ACEF 2016 here
4 Thematic Tracks
During the main ACEF meeting from 8-10 June, there will be 24 sessions in 4 Thematic Tracks, featuring more than 100 presentations. The sessions will explore the latest trends and successful case studies on sustaining energy efficiency through successful business models, maximizing renewable energy integration in off-grid and mini-grid settings, expanding access to energy, particularly the last mile and showcasing the future with new and exciting technologies and innovations in the clean energy space. The Thematic Tracks and descriptions of the 24 sessions can be viewed here.

Knowledge Networking
On the afternoon of Wednesday 8 June, ACEF will host the Knowledge Networking event, where speakers will have a short window to present their innovative ideas, projects and initiatives. This fast-paced networking session will have 27 presenters, each at a separate table on a rotation basis giving participants 8 opportunities to meet, network and exchange knowledge.
ACEF Smartphone/Tablet App
Download the ACEF Smartphone/Tablet App to stay updated throughout the week and connect with others in the ACEF community right from a mobile device. All ACEF participants can download this app for free by following these steps:
  1. Download the Guidebook App on your smartphone or tablet through the App store.
  2. In the search box, type in “Asia Clean Energy Forum 2016.”
  3. Tap “Get this Guide” to download the guide.
For more support on the ACEF 2016 guide, click here. With this app, participants will be able to browse the entire ACEF schedule, check out the different pre-forum events, learn about the Keynote Speakers and Thought Leaders at ACEF, develop a personalized schedule for the week, and connect with other ACEF attendees, all from a mobile device.
Main Menu for the ACEF 2016 Guide App
Wind Down with the ACEF Community at the Receptions 
On Wednesday and Thursday (8 and 9 June) evening from 6 to 8 pm, come join us and the rest of the ACEF Community at the cocktail reception that will take place in the Executive Dining Room on the 2nd floor at ADB Headquarters. This is a great opportunity to network with other attendees at the Forum in a more relaxed manner and continue other fruitful discussions after a full day of ACEF.
Raffle Draw
ACEF will once again hold a raffle draw after 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! ACEF will officially close at 4pm on Friday, 10 June.
Lineup of Pre-forum Events at ACEF 2016
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). 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 on 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. Deep Dive Workshop: 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. The Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform: Making Public-Private Partnerships Work for Energy Efficiency in Asia
    Organizers: Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
  3. Waste-to-Energy
    Organizers: ADB Waste to Energy Working Group
  4. Sustainable Energy for All Investor Forum | REGIONAL 
    Organizers: ADB Energy for All Initiative
  5. Deep Dive Workshop: 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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