The ACEF Daily Broadcast: Exclusive Clean Energy Updates from Asia - Day 1
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6 June 2016
Dear Clean Energy Colleague,
ACEF 2016 started off today with nine deep dive workshops (DDWs) and technical seminars, all with great turnouts and engaged participants. The auditoriums were near capacity and during some presentations, there was standing room only. Here are some of the key messages from today’s events.
Heard Around the Halls at ACEF
Joshua Forgotson
Senior Technical Officer, USAID LEAD Program: Deep Dive Workshop (DDW) on Organizational Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs in Southeast Asia: Thailand and Philippine Initiatives
Joshua Forgotson of the USAID LEAD Program described examples of greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting platforms in Thailand and the Philippines. Speakers at the USAID LEAD session at ACEF described the role that these governments are playing in providing well-documented platforms for organizations to measure, report, and certify their carbon footprints, and the emerging drivers for corporate participation.  During group discussion, participants highlighted the benefits of linking energy audits, and associated energy cost savings, with corporate greenhouse gas reporting programs. In the future, as markets for GHG emissions reductions evolve, there will be tremendous value in “linked markets” as the ultimate end game in GHG reporting.
Peter du Pont 
USAID and Co-Chair of ACEF opened the USAID LEAD Program
Deep Dive Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Reporting
"Greenhouse gas reporting programs are an essential foundation as countries move toward implementing their obligations under the Paris climate change agreement. You can't manage what you can't measure"
Alexander Boensch
Green Energy Finance Specialist, Renewables Academy (RENAC):  DDW on Green Energy Finance
“The Renewables Academy builds capacity among bankers and the financial community on clean energy project bankability, showing how to predict investment value and mitigate risks.”
Dr. Philip Andrews-Speed
Principal Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore DDW on Powering ASEAN: Can the Nordic Model Work?

“Interconnecting power across the ASEAN grid shows the potential to improve the security, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability of energy for all. This deep dive workshop included a panel on how the Nordic model can help light the way.”

Karen H. Jacob
Social Safeguards and Social Development Consultant, World Bank: DDW on Reaching the Last Mile: Gender and Socially Inclusive Approaches for Energy Access

Karen Jacob pointed out that the many issues related women in energy access, affordability, alignment, and management. Jacob said that international research points out the important gender dimensions of access to energy services, and that energy issues affect women and men differently, as men and women have different roles and responsibilities in households, markets and their communities.

Alexander Perera
Global Director – Charge (WRI’s Electricity Initiative): DDW on How Corporate Demand for Renewable Energy Can Support Renewable Energy Markets in Asia

“Companies are now motivated to secure large amounts of RE globally. Multinational companies are looking beyond the USA for renewable energy opportunities. The discussions in Paris were a game changer. We moved from asking whether there should be an agreement, to establishing an agreement and taking the conversation forward to implementation. Large companies are reacting to this.”
Pictures from around Day 1 of ACEF 2016

Special Side Events on Wednesday and Thursday 8-9 June
There will be two special side events hosted by ADB on Wednesday and Thursday 8-9 June during ACEF week. On Wednesday 8 June, ADB and the International Labor Organization will be featuring a side event on Policy Dialogue on Skills for Clean Energy Transition. During this workshop, panelists and participants will debate the implications of the energy transition for the labor market, training and education policies. Participants will be informed of ways to mobilize employment, training and education stakeholders to prepare and facilitate implementation of national objectives in line with what can be required by the clean energy transition. The policy dialogue will discuss how the energy transition can reinforce three key socio-economic targets: decent jobs, fighting unemployment and poverty.

Then, on Thursday 9 June, the ADB Pacific Department will host a side event on Small Grids: Towards 100% Renewable Energy. This session will explore trends and recent project experiences.  Advances in grid design and falling costs for solar and wind generation, and in battery storage technologies, offer greater opportunities for small systems to reduce their reliance on fuel oil for power generation.

To learn more about these special events, click here.
Download the ACEF 2016 App!
We highly recommend that you download the ACEF 2016 App for smart phones and tablets to help plan your activities at the Forum throughout the week.  You can review and set your schedule, and connect with others in the ACEF community right from your mobile device. It is the quickest way to check on what’s happening in the schedule!

Step 1: Download the Guidebook App  on your smart phone or tablet through the App store.
To get the app, you can either
  1. Open up your device's web browser and visit
  2. Search for 'Guidebook' in the Apple, Google, or Amazon app stores.
Step 2: Download the ACEF 2016 Guide
  1. In the search box, type in “Asia Clean Energy Forum 2016.”
  2. Tap “Get this Guide” to download the guide.
Step 3: Open the Guide, Check In, and start Interacting with the ACEF Community
Be sure to Check In as an attendee and start networking with other ACEF 2016 attendees. You can do this by tapping “attendees” on the toolbar on the left side of the App. Then tap “Check in to this guide” at the bottom. Once you have checked in, you can start networking with other by tapping the “Interact” feature on the left toolbar.

For more support on downloading the ACEF 2016 guide, click here.
Lineup of Pre-forum Events on Tuesday of ACEF 2016
Below we present a complete lineup of the 10 DDWs and Technical Seminars held on Tuesday 7 June of ACEF week. 
  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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