International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Global Renewables Outlook – Key Technologies and Trends for the Energy Transformation

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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
DATE 29 October 2020
TIME 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
VENUE
Virtual Event Platform
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Global developments have shaken the world in 2020, and the implications for the future of energy need to be understood. Before the current crisis, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region was expected to experience rapid economic growth averaging 5% per year to 2025, which would result in around a 50% rise in energy demand compared to a decade earlier. Surely the near-term impacts will be profound in the region but also globally, but in the medium to long-term it is likely trends will return to the mean, which means an upward trajectory of GDP and energy demand growth.

ASEAN’s fast-expanding economies and growing populations mean rising consumption of energy resources will occurred after the region emerges from this global pandemic. The region has insufficient indigenous fossil fuel resources to meet its growing energy demand, and the share of imported fossil fuel will increase, which has important energy security implications. Therefore, the region stands at a crossroads in terms of its collective energy future. Growth brings challenges as the ASEAN region strives to supply energy affordably, sustainably and securely. Already the region is starting to see the effects including rising energy import dependency, higher levels of air pollution and rising emissions.

In view of this, ASEAN has set the aspirational target of securing 23% of its primary energy from modern, sustainable renewable sources by 2025 – up from around 14% today. ASEAN and its member states have started to explore ways in which they can scale up the use of renewable energy and decouple energy demand growth from economic growth. In addition, with the global health pandemic caused by the COVID-19, and significant health, economic and social disruptions occurring as a result, governments are looking at ways in which to respond.  It is therefore an ideal moment to consider sustainable options available toward a climate-proof and resilient energy future.

To help shed light on the type of transition that is required, IRENA’s Global Renewables Outlook (GRO) 2020 report, released in April, revealed that Southeast Asia could meet about 41% of all its energy needs from renewable energy by 2030. The report outlines key technologies and solutions that are needed to enable the transition, the level of investment needed, and how much it would cost.

Economies need more than a kick-start. They need stable assets, and just as importantly, they need to work well for people and their communities, so that everyone is included in the pursuit of low-carbon development.  Now, more than ever, investment decisions must align with the vision of a sustainable future. Making this happen requires an understanding of the wide ranging socio-economic benefits that also come with the energy transition.

The roundtable will draw from IRENA’s GRO report and other activities at IRENA and its partners. It will highlight the key technologies that will be needed to accelerate the energy transformation and provide insights into what technologies, trends, and accompanying socio-econiomic effects will be in Southeast Asia. The roundtable will also discuss developments and issues affecting the energy sector related to current crisis.

Some of the topics the roundtable will discuss include:

  1. Key GRO findings to provide a global context for the energy transition. What are the key technology solutions for a global energy transformation. What are some of the socio-economic effects of the transformation.
  2. Region-specific findings of the GRO for the ASEAN member countries.
  3. Recent energy sector developments in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential implications for ASEAN
  4. Perspectives for regional leaders in energy transformation and discussion of  insights from GRO 2020 and how can the region accelerate the deep decarbonization process.

Programme Details

Time Programme
14:00 - 14:10 Welcome Remarks

Speakers
Dolf Gielen
Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Dr. Nuki Agya Utama
Executive Director
ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

Jonathan Goh
Director, External Relations
Energy Market Authority of Singapore
14:10 - 14:30 Scene Setting - IRENA’s Global Renewables Outlook and Implications for the ASEAN Region

Speakers
Ricardo Gorini
Senior Programme Officer-Renewable Energy Roadmaps
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Michael Renner
Programme Officer-Policy
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

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14:30 - 14:42 Scene Setting - The ASEAN Centre for Energy’s forthcoming ASEAN Energy Outlook 6

Speaker
Dr. Tharinya Supasa
Senior Officer of Energy Policy Planning and Modelling
ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)
14:42 - 14:52 Scene Setting - The Key Role of Renewables for Climate and Implications for COP26

Speaker
Ken O’Flaherty
COP26 Regional Ambassador for Asia Pacific and South Asia
COP26

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14:52 - 16:00 Moderated Panel Discussion & Question and Answer Session
Key technologies and trends for the energy transformation in an ASEAN context and for a post-COVID recovery

Panel 1 – Country level perspectives for the energy transformation in ASEAN

Panellists
Ir. Dr. Sanjayan Velautham
Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Energy Development Authority of Malaysia (SEDA)

Milag San-Jose Ballesteros
C40 Regional Director for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania
C40 Cities

Matthew Friedman
Chief Digital Officer
Sembcorp Industries

Bernard Salha
Senior EVP of R&D
EDF Group

Moderator
Winston K.H. Chow
Deputy Chief of Party
USAID Clean Power Asia

Panel 2 – Regional level perspectives for the energy transformation in ASEAN

Panellists
Ricardo Gorini
Senior Programme Officer-Renewable Energy Roadmaps
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Aisma Vitina
Special Advisor, DEA Centre for Global Cooperation
Danish Energy Agency (DEA)
 
David Wogan
Assistant Vice President, Senior Researcher
Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)

Tom Moody
Regional Director SE Asia, Climate and Energy
UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Moderator
Rizky Fauzianto
Team Leader
GIZ ASEAN German Energy Programme / AGEP

Speakers

Jonathan-Goh

Jonathan Goh

Director, External Relations

Energy Market Authority of Singapore

Milag

Milag San-Jose Ballesteros

C40 Regional Director for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania

C40 Cities

DGielen

Dolf Gielen

Director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre

International Renewable Energy Agency

Nuki-Agya-Utama

Dr Nuki Agya Utama

Executive Director

ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

Ricardo-Gorini

Ricardo Gorini

Senior Programme Officer-Renewable Energy Roadmaps

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

michael-renner

Michael Renner

Programme Officer-Policy

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Tharinya-Supasa

Dr Tharinya Supasa

Senior Analyst

ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

sanjaya

Ir. Dr. Sanjayan Velautham

Chief Executive Officer

Sustainable Energy Development Authority, Malaysia

ken-o-flaherty

Ken O’Flaherty

COP26 Regional Ambassador for Asia Pacific and South Asia

COP26

matt-friedman

Matthew Friedman

Chief Digital Officer

Sembcorp Industries

bernard-salha

Bernard Salha

Senior EVP of R&D

EDF Group

Aisma-Vitina

Aisma Vitina

Special Advisor, DEA Centre for Global Cooperation

Danish Energy Agency (DEA)

david-wogan

David Wogan

Assistant Vice President, Senior Researcher

Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)

tom-moody

Tom Moody

Regional Director SE Asia, Climate and Energy

UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Moderators

Winston-K.H.-Chow

Winston K.H. Chow

Deputy Chief of Party

USAID Clean Power Asia

Rizky-Fauzianto

Rizky Fauzianto

Team Leader

GIZ ASEAN German Energy Programme / AGEP

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