Access to clean, reliable and affordable energy – Reporting back from the 2013 Asia Clean Energy Forum
Posted: 05 Jul 2013 04:46 AM PDT
The 8th edition of the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), gathered some 600 participants from governments, financial institutions, project developers, service & technology providers, civil society, academia, and international organizations. The ACEF’s focus areas this year were clean energy policy, finance, technology, and energy access.
During the ACEF, the ADB and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) co-hosted a half-day forum on “Promoting private sector engagement in energy access”. This collaboration is part of the WBCSD’s engagement in the Energy for All (E4All) Partnership, which was formed by the ADB in 2009 to build platforms for cooperation, exchange, innovation, and project development for solutions to widespread energy poverty. The partnership brings together key stakeholders from business, finance, government, and NGOs with the aim of driving action towards a goal of providing energy access to 100 million people in Asia and the Pacific by 2015.
In his introductory remarks to some 80 attendees, Gil-Hong Kim, Director of the Sustainable Infrastructure Division in ADB’s Sustainable Development Department, underlined that Asia and the Pacific is the key battleground for energy poverty as half the world’s population lives in the region. In developing Asia, 628 million people have no access to electricity, while 1.8 billion people still rely on traditional biomass for cooking. Mr. Kim spoke about the Bank’s strategy in this domain, underlining that since 2008, the ADB has invested a total of USD 3.8 billion in energy access related projects across Asia-Pacific, and provided modern energy to more than 67 million people.
I delivered an introductory presentation, highlighting the WBCSD’s views on the business role and opportunity in enabling access to clean, reliable and affordable energy, in line with the key messages and learnings from our ongoing Access to Energy workstream (chaired by GDF Suez and Schneider Electric).
The forum was split into 3 consecutive sessions on the following topics:
The E4All partners took advantage of the forum to publish a 2-page brochure outlining the value proposition of the Energy for All Partnership for business. In essence, E4All can help companies in:
During the ACEF, I also participated in a 90-minute panel session on “Financing Mechanisms for Sustainable Energy for All” that discussed how public and development finance mechanisms can attract and leverage additional private sector investment in energy access. It also touched upon the financing mechanisms that can be adapted to use existing resources more efficiently (most notably via output-based aid / results-based financing).
I shared our main messages on this specific topic, which we had compiled in chapter 6 of our report “Business solutions to enable energy access for all”. Furthermore, I highlighted 3 examples of WBCSD members increasing their contribution to providing access to energy through their own innovative investment funds that support smaller enterprises:
The Asia Clean Energy Forum website (includes links to presentations, photos, Twitter feeds, etc.).
For all questions related to the WBCSD’s work on Access to Energy, please contact Filippo Veglio at email@example.com
Friday, July 05, 2013
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