Energy & Power Leaders on the Fuel Mix
As the global economy slumps under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, falling electricity demand is increasing financial pressure on fossil fuel plants and creating an opportunity for renewable energy resources to grab a bigger share of the market. Some consider that the pandemic could put another nail in the coffin for coal demand from the utility sector and undermine the position of gas. We ask ASEAN energy and power CEOs their views on building sustainable clean energy baseload strategies and how COVID has impacted business.
OPENING ADDRESS - Guest of Honour (GOH): Singapore's Clean Energy Ambitions
KEYNOTE: How Electrification of Energy Can Supercharge the Energy Transition and Cut Carbon Emissions
Xcel Energy the first major US utility to pledge to go completely carbon-free by 2050 (and 80 percent carbon-free by 2030). Alice was named “power player of the year” by the Smart Electric Power Alliance.
KEYNOTE: 24/7 by 2030: Realizing a Carbon-free Future
KEYNOTE: Creating New Opportunities with Renewable Energy – Post-Covid Recovery
PANEL: Power CEOs on Building Sustainable Power Infrastructure and the New Energy Economy
As economies gradually feel their way to the “next normal” that is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, power companies may need to recalibrate the speed and scope of ongoing efforts to curb climate change. Here we consider how far and fast ASEAN power leaders will go in developing renewables and adopting new technology .
PANEL: Preparing for Mass Electrification and the Big Switch Strategy
Today, 95% of Singapore's electricity is generated using natural gas. While gas will continue to be a fuel for Singapore in the near future, the government recently announced a Net Zero Emission 2050 ambition and has listed four switch pathways for Singapore’s energy transition. How will the Big Switch and Mass Electrification impact power stakeholders?
KEYNOTE: Using the COVID Crisis to Transform the ASEAN Energy System
KEYNOTE: Pathways to a Carbon Free India
KEYNOTE: Build GEI for Sustainable Energy Future
KEYNOTE: Quality Matters: Why Investing in High Power and High Quality Solar Technology is Relevant More Than Ever and Helps Achieve Power Independence While Also Enabling The Transition to Clean Energy
PANEL: Diversifying to Grow - Comparing Pathways to Accelerating the Energy Transition Strategy
Investors and governments are putting pressure on the fossil fuel industry to support a transition to clean energy. Many are now building new infrastructure to improve plant performance. Some are preparing for green hydrogen. Others are pursuing utility scale wind and mega solar investments. We share the experiences of the different approaches.
KEYNOTE: The Post-Covid Green Recovery in the Clean Energy Sector
KEYNOTE: Flexibility, the Enabler for Energy Transition in South East Asia
PANEL: Green, Safe & Reliable Power – Redefining Sustainability as we Enter the Age of the Energy Transition
As utilities chart their course through the energy transition facing rapid change and disruption, some are transforming into a sustainable and integrated power business. Others feel that the time is not right for major change. Will sustainability ever trump price for power consumers and investors? Is there a tipping point for Big Shift change?
Moderator: Ashish Sethia, Global Head of Commodities, BloombergNEF, Singapore
PANEL: Decarbonisation Strategies - Creating the Bridge to Net Zero by Reducing the Carbon Footprint
ASEAN has set an ambitious target of securing 23 % of its primary energy from renewable sources by 2025 as energy demand in the region is expected to grow by 50 %. But there are more opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions. Taking the pragmatic approach, what can we do today to mitigate emissions while creating the bridge to a net zero future.
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Building 100% Renewable Energy Systems
Global progress towards achieving a 100% renewable energy future is being made at an incredibly rapid pace. Power providers, utilities and governments are changing their perspectives towards inflexible generation and existing thermal capacity is being replaced with renewables. What are the challenges and opportunities to shifting to a carbon free power system? And where will the investment required to shift the energy system come from? This session brings together all the stakeholders to debate and envision what this future holds for both the supply and demand side of the capital.
OPENING KEYNOTE: Investing in Clean Energy Infrastructure and the Power of the Sustainable Energy Brand
PANEL: Carbon in the Mix - How the Energy Transition will Impact the Energy and Power Investments
The energy transition will radically transform the entire value chain for how energy is generated, stored, distributed and used. This will result in unique investment opportunities across different industries and sectors. Investors are still generally supporting fossil fuels as they are essential to today’s energy mix. Can we expect a Big Switch to RE in the future?
KEYNOTE: UAE Investment Sentiment for Asian Clean Energy Projects
KEYNOTE: TNB’s pivot to Renewables in the International Market - South East Asia and UK/Europe
PANEL: Green New Deals - Key Considerations for Developing Energy Transition Projects in Asia-Pacific
Europe has raised targets for renewables and energy efficiency as part of its Green Deal to zero-out GHG by 2050. South Korea recently announced a Green New Deal with a net zero 2050 target. China also announced a 2060 net zero target. How should ASEAN’s post COVID energy transition markets approach boosting finance and investment opportunities?
Ingo Puhl, MD, South East Asia, South Pole, Thailand
PANEL: Grids in Transition - Investment Strategies to Bring Balance to the Grid, Ensure Resilience in Renewable Projects, and Reduce Network Cost
High penetration of renewable energy causes grid problems related to stability, flexibility, and adequacy. Early signs of grid congestion in parts of ASEAN are creating challenges for renewable investments.“ For the last decade, large power generation projects attracted the lion’s share of investment. Now grids need heavy investment – from decentralised microgrids to HVAC/HVDC SuperGrids.
Moderator: Rishab Shrestha, Senior Research Analyst, APAC Energy Transition Practice / Power and Renewables, Wood Mackenzie, Singapore
KEYNOTE: Climate Change and the Impact on PLN’s Business Models
KEYNOTE: Expanding the Reach of the Petronas Asia Pacific Wind and Solar Portfolio
KEYNOTE: Why the Energy Transition and Why Does it Matter to Investors
PANEL: Common Challenges - Cooperative Solutions: Lessons from Nordic Regional Energy System Cooperation
As countries in South-East Asia are recognizing the dilemma of increased energy demand and need for decarbonization, regional cooperation within energy and climate gas emission handling is getting ever more urgent. The Nordic region has developed and deployed smart and green city solutions and policies for decades. Experienced in cross-border grid collaboration, the Nordic countries also work together to improve energy security and provide excellent electricity market design and regulatory frameworks. Join us for a dialogue on how Nordic experiences in regional energy collaboration can support addressing challenges in South East Asia through an exchange of ideas and concepts, technologies, and policies.
PANEL: Accelerating Action to Deliver the Net-Zero Emissions Economy – Facing the Scalability Challenge
The goal is aspirational: net-zero by 2050. However, a net-zero world is an incredibly ambitious vision, especially at a moment when oil prices are low and impacting the fossil fuel sector of the economy. ASEAN utilities need help to move up the ladder. How can we master new zero carbon technologies to work with the accelerators of Big Shift change?
PANEL: Financing the Energy Transition: Creating Attractive Market Conditions for Massive Climate Change Investment
Energy investment is set to fall by one-fifth in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pre-crisis expectations of modest growth have turned into the largest fall in global energy investment on record. Funding the energy transition will require trillions of dollars. When will today’s relative trickle of money become investment flood?
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As the longest running gathering in the dynamic floating solar sector, the International Floating Solar Symposium (IFSS) will be once again convening global thought leaders for its Fourth Edition. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, IFSS 2020 will be held as a “virtual” event, over the course of three days, i.e. October 28-30, 2020.
Highlights of IFSS 2020 include:
IFSS 2020 will focus on the latest best practices across the world relating to the development, implementation and operation of floating solar projects, but also provides a platform to raise topics that need a deeper understanding, for example energy yield modelling or environmental impacts. The programme will follow a lively and interactive format that includes fire-side chats, videos and engagements of the audience.
*Access to this virtual summit is included for all registered ACES delegates
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Opening talk - Fireside chat: The next frontier of Floating Solar: Near-shore FPV & Launch of the multi-national / multi-climate near-shore test bed for Floating Solar
Global Market Status, Project Database and Economics
Cooling effect of FPV in temperate and tropical climate zones: Field data comparison from the Netherlands and Singapore
Resource assessment, bankability and FPV performance prediction
Fireside chat moderated by Celine Paton (SERIS): Financiers' perspective on large-scale floating solar projects
Welcome remarks from IFSS co-chair
Floating solar panels: Impacts on hydrodynamics and water quality - Singapore case study
Potential impact of floating solar panels on water quality, fauna and flora in reservoirs - Netherlands case study
Panel discussion: Environmental impacts of Floating Solar - Water utilities' perception
Introduction of design standards for floating photovoltaic power systems in China
Cabling and electrical system components for FPV
Closing panel: Path toward standardisation
Welcome remarks from IFSS co-chair
Real-world O&M experiences in Cambodia (industrial water body)
Country market opportunity – South Korea in focus: Saemangeum's Green Vision: its renewable energy project and development plan
Implementation of floating system under multi-application scenarios
North Sea 1: The First Operational Offshore Solar Farm in High Waves
Closing panel: Summary of IFSS 2020, outlook for IFS² and future trends of Floating Solar
In a warming world, demand for cooling is rising, and with it the risks for vulnerable populations who are unable to access it today. As the global community works to deliver sustainable energy for all, access to cooling has emerged as a modern energy service that is necessary to reduce energy poverty gaps and inequalities. Rather than being a luxury, access to sustainable cooling is vital to health and livelihoods, and a low-carbon future.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic underscored what has been known all along, that ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all (SDG 7) is intertwined with the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in this case, good health and well-being (SDG 3) and climate action (SDG 13). Access to clean cooling, which is one of the modern energy services, reduces inequalities across human comfort and safety, and is essential to health services, and agricultural and food needs as well as to mitigate and combat climate change and its impacts.
Based on a 2020 report of Sustainable Energy for All, more than 1 billion people globally, of which 592.7 million live in Asia, are facing high risks due to lack of access to cooling for basic needs. The shortage of affordable and sustainable cooling solutions negatively impact access to health essentials, and the ability to find respite from dangerously high temperatures. Clean cooling solutions are important in storing and transporting perishable goods, such as food and medicines. With the advent of vaccines that will stamp out COVID-19 and other diseases, clean cooling will play a key role in ensuring universal access to health; cooling will be critical for the effective distribution of the vaccines to billions of people. For those living in hot climates, access to clean cooling has become a necessity to avoid serious risks to their health, and sustain their well-being and productivity.
Ensuring the availability of cooling that is affordable, sustainable, and accessible to all who need it is essential to alleviating poverty and achieving the global SDGs by 2030. The ADB has provided more than 100 million people with modern access to electricity through its Energy for All Initiative. Now, ADB, in partnership with SEAS through the Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence, and SEforALL, is channeling its efforts toward bridging the energy access gaps in clean and sustainable cooling.
Moderator: Clotilde Rossi di Schio, Energy Efficiency Specialist, SEforALL
Session 1: Clean Cooling Situation in the Asia and Pacific Region and the Role of the Government
Clean cooling has emerged as a necessary modern energy service to reduce poverty gaps and inequalities; it is vital to health and livelihood, and has become an important element to a low-carbon future. Since developments in cooling are relatively new compared with other modern energy services such as access to electricity, government plays a key role in ensuring access to clean cooling solutions is affordable, equitable, and timely.
This session describes the cooling scenario in the Asia Pacific region in light of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7. It presents the status, issues, and prospects, and establishes the importance of clean cooling solutions. The presentations will include discussions on product availability, choices, and affordability; and lack of appropriate policies, non-inclusion of clean cooling solutions in energy master plans, and information gaps and awareness building.
This session also discusses the role of the government in encouraging the uptake of clean cooling solutions through policies, subsidies, and incentives; and instituting standards and regulations.
Discussions will include the institutional structure or framework that is responsible for promoting wider access to clean cooling solutions; and challenges governments encountered, their responses, and the ensuing outcomes in providing clean cooling solutions.
Cold Storage Chain Development in Southeast Asia
ADB presents about cold storage chain development in Southeast Asia that can contribute to vaccine distribution, agriculture and fisheries development, among others.
Green and High-Efficiency Cooling Action Plan of the People's Republic of China
Session 2: Innovative Technologies for Clean Cooling Solutions
This session discusses innovative technologies in clean cooling—for health, agriculture, perishables, livelihood—that are applicable to the developing countries of the Asia Pacific region. Some of these technologies are solar-powered storage, solar-powered containers, and ground or waste water used for cooling. The discussion includes issues and challenges in adopting the technologies, and recommendations in replicating and scaling-up access to them in the developing countries of the region.
Sustainable Energy for All's Sustainable Cooling Solutions
SEforALL presents its approach for identifying Sustainable Cooling Solutions, based on the assessment of the cooling needs in comfort and safety, food and nutrition, and healthcare.
Ecozen Solution for Agriculture Cold Storage
Ecozen's Solar Cooling model offered as a service, with market linkage and logistics support, is enabling farmers to reduce logistics cost significantly and access farther markets, and earn more and reduce losses in the agriculture value chain.
Structure Cooling with Near Zero Energy Use
cBalance Solutions explores the principles, urgent need, and contemporary applications of a near-zero-energy consuming Structure Cooling Systems in the built-space context to avert run-away climate breakdown anticipated to be caused by India's inexorable rise in AC consumption.
Enabling Sustainable Cold Chain in India and Bangladesh
Enabling sustainable cold chain can prevent food loss from farm to consumer with innovative milk chilling, cold storage, and refrigerated transport technologies for weak grid and off grid areas.
Session 3: Business Models for Clean Cooling Solutions
This session presents the available business models in clean cooling that are applicable to the developing countries of the Asia Pacific region. It discusses how clean cooling solutions could be financed, replicated, and scaled up, and how they will be set-up, operated, and maintained. It presents ways to increase financial commitments to facilitate access to cooling. Collaboration among government, non-government organizations, financial intermediaries, private sector, and communities could make the provision of clean cooling more efficient and effective.
A Change in the Weather – Cooling Efficiency and the Cooling Imperative
“Cooling as a Service” is an innovative business model to address “The Cooling Imperative,” the phenomena of rising temperatures, population growth, and income levels (notwithstanding COVID-19) accompanied by greater urbanization.
Business Models for Clean Cooling Solutions
A variety of models exists to finance energy efficiency models, each of which has advantages and drawbacks. This presentation would compare and contrast the different models by exploring the dynamics in the models and the implications on various stakeholders.
Closing Remarks from ADB/SEforALL
Around 1.8 billion people or nearly 40% of the Asia-Pacific region’s population in 2018 rely on polluting and unhealthy cooking fuels and technologies. Close to 4 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from illness attributable to household air pollution from inefficient cooking practices using polluting stoves paired with solid fuels and kerosene. Despite stipulations for universal access to clean cooking by 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, the Asia-Pacific has been slow in its journey to achieving this goal.
Further setbacks in achieving the SDGs have been feared due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) this year. But, achieving universal access to clean cooking is a necessary action to achieve not only affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services for all (SDG 7), but also healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3) and readiness to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13). Continuing and accelerating the efforts in the provision of clean cooking, will decrease indoor air pollution, help households avoid respiratory diseases, contribute to allaying the future impacts of natural disasters and calamities, and support in developing the resilience of countries' renewable energy systems.
Provision of clean cooking for the rural and urban-poor population will alleviate the plight of women—who often bear the brunt of household work—and children, who both suffer more from the health consequences of indoor air pollution. Household air pollution is attributable to cooking and heating practices using solid fuel (wood, charcoal, coal, dung, crop wastes) on open fires or traditional stoves. These produce harmful air pollutants such as fine particulates, toxic smoke as well as climate change-inducing gases like black carbon. According the World Health Organization, household air pollution causes noncommunicable diseases such as stroke, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. As such, access to clean fuels and technologies such as clean cookstoves reduces exposure to indoor air pollutants and health risks including death.
Recognizing the critical gap between the SDG7 target by 2030 of achieving universal access to clean cooking, and the current low access and slow progress toward the goal, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), through its Sustainable Energy Center of Excellence (SECOE), and SEforALL, will undertake a workshop focusing on access to clean cooking. Knowledge gained through this workshop would contribute to closing the disparity in clean energy access among countries in Asia and the Pacific, particularly in the field of cooking.
 UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). 2020. Policy Briefs in Support of the High-Level Political Forum 2020: Accelerating SDG7 Achievement in the Time of COVID-19. (Link).
 SDG7 is ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Access to modern energy includes: (a) access to electricity and (b) access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking.
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Opening Remarks by Kavita Gandhi (SEAS) and Kee-Yung Nam (ADB)
Moderator: Michael Williamson, Section Chief, Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Session 1: Accelerating Access to Clean Cooking in the Asia and Pacific Region: Status and Major Issues
The presentation will discuss the status of access to clean cooking in the Asia and Pacific region specifically focusing on the current issues, challenges, and barriers. It will highlight the critical role of clean cooking in the achievement of the SDGs and its current status in terms of technical, policy, and financial challenges and risks.
Focus will also be placed on the major issues and barriers to increasing access to clean cooking, and promoting the shift from traditional to modern cooking technologies.
Rethinking Clean Cooking: State of Access to Modern Energy Cooking Services
Increasing Access to Clean Cooking: Challenges and Prospects from Philippine Perspective
Session 2: Best Practices on Innovative Clean Cooking Technologies
Presentations will showcase case studies of innovative clean cooking technologies already being implemented and piloted in the region specifically in areas lacking access to clean cooking and fuel. The case studies will provide a glimpse of the challenges encountered, measures taken, and recommendations moving forward in order to replicate and scale up said technologies and solutions in other parts of the region. Measures taken to tackle indoor air pollution and its impacts on the health and environment will also be discussed.
A journey towards accelerating electric cooking in Nepal
What We Learnt from Selling A Million Stoves
Scaling Cooking Energy Solutions in South East Asia: Lessons Learned from Practical Experiences
Session 3: Accelerating Access to Clean Cooking in the Asia and Pacific Region: Solutions and Scaling-up
The presentations will discuss the different ways and measures that should be and have already been taken by the public and private sectors, including development financing institutions, in increasing financial commitments in clean cooking. To be highlighted are the roles they have played, and the different mechanisms, approaches used, challenges, and lessons learned to encourage financing of sustainable clean cooking solutions.
Presentation on the critical role of government to promote and achieve access to clean cooking - government program on clean cooking including policy and regulatory standards and framework that are conducive to private sector investment in clean cooking technologies.
Trends in Clean Cooking Finance Commitments
Improved Cookstoves Programme in Bangladesh
Role of Local Governments in the Promotion of Clean Cooking Programs: the Case of Iloilo City
Closing Remarks by Olivia Coldrey (SEforALL)
Singapore has invested steadily in research in smart grid technologies in the past decade. These investments have grown a strong base of researchers with expertise in the smart grid and power electronics domain. The Smart Grid and Power Electronics Consortium Singapore (SPECS) is set up to provide a platform for companies to access the latest technologies developed by these researchers, and to translate them into commercially-viable products and services.
SPECS, a Singapore national programme office, together with the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N), as part of the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) in conjunction with Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW 2020), is organizing the Grid Technology use case roundtable, which will focus on grid technology commercialization through companies. The foremost academic & industry experts will present on how Institutes of Higher Learnings (IHLs) & Research Institutes (RIs) intellectual property (IP) & know-how transfer have accelerated successfully both research and business outcomes.
Grid Converter functionalities for a Smart Grid
Greening the Grid
Energy storage, Enabling the world’s EV charging
Roundtable Q&A moderated by Dr. Marcus Koh
Enabling technologies driving stronger, smarter, greener Distribution Grids
Ms Nirupa Chander (ABB-Hitachi), Country Managing Director
Smart Grid Initiatives
Hurdles and Solutions towards improving the Charging Experience for electric vehicles
Cyber-secure operations during the energy transformation
Mr Jos Menting (Engie), Chief Technologist, Industrial Cybersecurity
Roundtable QnA moderated by Anshuman
The ability to store generated electricity to deploy at later times to meet demand changes, a process referred to as energy storage, offers a flexible solution to overcoming the challenges of supply and demand balancing of the electrical grid. Energy storage increases energy and system efficiency, enhances reliability, and strengthens grid resiliency, all while driving a new market for technology products and services. An electric utility will adjust the electricity it generates to respond to predicted and unpredicted fluctuations in electricity demand.
PANEL: What value do energy storage systems bring to the grid?
Energy storage systems are increasingly being deployed to solve several key challenges facing global electrical utilities. These include the successful and efficient integration of intermittent energy from renewable sources, offsetting or deferring transmission and distribution projects to save money, as well as replacing diesel generators for back-up power.
This panel will discuss the value energy storage systems bring to utilities and their customers.