Highlights

Wrap Up: A Decisive Start to Day 1

Day 1 set the stage for discussions and action on the "Energy Transition Towards A Net Zero World". The day started with Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong delivering the Singapore Energy Lecture. SIEW 2023 also hosted global energy leaders, including from Francesco La Camera, Director-General for the International Renewable Energy Agency, and the Hon. Reece Whitby MLA, Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Racing and Gaming, Western Australia.

Here's a recap of Day 1's key announcements and highlights:

Look out for Day 2 as our ministers make key announcements at partner events tomorrow. Dr Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, will be speaking at the 10th edition of Asia Clean Energy Summit, the Singapore-IEA Forum and the Singapore-IRENA High-Level Forum. Low Yen Ling, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, will present at partner event the Asia Hydrogen & LNG Markets Conference.

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Can Hydrogen Unlock the Net Zero Puzzle?

The pivotal role of collaboration in accelerating the shift to hydrogen adoption, a potential key to solving the net zero puzzle. Bryan Tan reports.

The global imperative to combat climate change has put the spotlight on reducing carbon emissions, driving industry experts and regulators to gather and chart a course towards a greener and more sustainable future. Prominent speakers shared their insights on the pivotal role of collaboration in accelerating the shift to hydrogen adoption, a potential key to solving the net zero puzzle. Read more

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A Resounding Call to Action for a Renewable Energy Transition

IRENA Director-General outlines key conditions to achieve a net zero world, which requires structural transformation of energy systems, substantial investment, regional collaboration, and political will. Samson Shih reports.

In his SIEW Opening Keynote Address, which Director-General Francesco La Camera from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) delivered at SIEW 2023 on 23 October, he underscored the urgency to speed up the renewable energy transition. He stressed the need to create conditions that support the structural transformation of energy systems, address technology gaps, and strengthen corresponding policies. Substantiating his viewpoint, he highlighted the growth, opportunities, and benefits offered by the renewable energy sector. Read more

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Navigating the Complexities of the Net Zero Journey: Insights from IRENA and Temasek

Governments and financial institutions are foundational to overcoming challenges in the energy transition.

Amid the widespread commitments to the energy transition, it's coming increasingly apparent that the world is facing a multitude of formidable challenges. These challenges took centre stage during the inaugural Leaders Dialogue: Road to Net Zero that took place on 23 October at SIEW 2023. Esteemed speakers Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Temasek, and Francesco La Camera, Director-General, International Renewal Energy Agency (IRENA), provided valuable insights. Read more

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As Seen At: SIEW Summit Reception

Held at the end of Day 1 of SIEW 2023, the SIEW Summit Reception was an exclusive evening session, sponsored by Tellurian, for guests to network and continue with the day’s discussions. 

In attendance were Dr Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Ngiam Shih Chun, Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority and Mr Martin Houston, Vice Chairman, Tellurian, who opened the evening session.

SES Closing Session: Charting the Energy Transition Roadmap towards Sustainable Progress

Key insights on challenges, strategies, and solutions in navigating Southeast Asia's energy.

The Closing Session of the "Energy Transition Roadmap" capped off Day 1's culmination of discussions aimed at achieving a sustainable and net zero future in Asia. Panelists shared valuable insights, outlining crucial steps and strategies to make the energy transition as practical and materially progressive as possible. Read more

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SES Session 3: Green Financing Strategies to Accelerate Asia's Energy Transition

Energy and financial leaders share insights into green financing strategies aimed at hastening Asia's energy transition.

In the pursuit of a net zero future, financing stands as a central pillar. In Session 3 of the Singapore Energy Summit, industry experts delved into green financing strategies, exploring strategies that could propel the energy transition forward. Read more

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SES Session 3: Empowering Sustainable Finance for a Net Zero Tomorrow

Indonesia and China share their respective decarbonisation journeys and challenges with green financing.

The keynote session on "Securing Green Financing for a Net Zero Future" featured Rachmat Kaimuddin, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Transportation Coordination, Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Republic of Indonesia, and Li Rui, Chief Executive Officer of Guangzhou Power Supply Bureau. The two speakers shed light on the intricacies of green financing and the transition towards a sustainable future. Read more

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SES Special Session: Hydrogen as the Future of Net Zero Energy

Government and energy leaders explore the current developments in hydrogen technologies, along with their associated opportunities and challenges.

Global investments in hydrogen are on the rise, spurred by the need to jumpstart the hydrogen industry. Within this framework, government representatives and global industry leaders converged at the Special Session of the Singapore Energy Summit. Their purpose? To explore the latest advancements in hydrogen technology and to discuss the opportunities and challenges it presents. Read more

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As Seen At: SIEW Energy Showcase 2023

At SIEW Energy Showcase, you can step into the world of SIEW and experience the 4 Switches for yourself.

Through this showcase, learn how Singapore is harnessing the four Switches of Natural Gas, Solar, Regional Power Grids, and Low-Carbon Alternatives to transform, diversify and decarbonise our energy supply.

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SES Session 2: Intensifying Net Zero Innovation

Energy leaders discuss the path to net zero through innovation and collaboration.

In Session 2 of the Singapore Energy Summit, industry experts discussed key and evolving technologies and innovation that will be instrumental in forging a net zero future. They also discussed barriers and the opportunities that the global community will need to address to unlock the full potential of these technologies. Read more

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SIEW Live Video: Dr Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry

Dr Tan See Leng shares the five “ingredients” needed for Singapore to scale up adoption of low-carbon technologies to realise its net zero ambitions.

Among the five essential components shared by Dr Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, cross-border electricity trading, maximising the deployment of renewable energy and a resilient grid stand out.

Dr Tan also highlighted research and development and developing skilled manpower.

These are all key investment areas for Singapore in its journey towards net zero.

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SES Session 1: Net Zero Asia – Government Support Crucial

Government bolstering crucial for Asia's net zero ambitions. Industry experts stress the need for regulatory backing in diversifying energy sources and accelerating sustainable transitions.

In this Net Zero Asia panel discussion, it was clear that national energy transition strategies and policies are wanted and needed for the road to net zero. The representatives from China and Indonesia found common ground in the need for national-level support in order to gain success. Read more

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SES Session 1: Net Zero Asia - Working Together

Government representatives and industry experts from Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Singapore shared their strategies for achieving a net zero Asia and the importance of collaboration.

In this panel discussion on a Net Zero Asia at SIEW 2023, government leaders and private sector experts came together to discuss the critical strategies, how to close the gaps in the energy transition, and collaborations needed in the energy landscape that hold the key to a sustainable and cleaner global future. Read more

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Leaders Dialogue: Navigating the Evolving Road to Net Zero

Prominent leaders in the inaugural Leaders Dialogue tackled the pressing question of how to navigate Asia's path to net zero effectively.

The dialogue, led by Francesco La Camera, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and Mr Sandrasegara, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Temasek, resounded the urgency associated with the challenging timeframe and immense importance of the endeavour. Read more

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SIEW LIVE Video: Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council

Dr Angela Wilkinson shares the pathway to net zero and how humanising energy is essential in achieving a low carbon future a reality.

In this 90-second video, the 6th Secretary General of the World Energy Council, Dr Angela Wilkinson, discusses the complexities involved in achieving net zero. From understanding diverse energy transition pathways to increasing renewable energy deployment globally, “humanising energy” is key in this journey.

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SIEW Keynote Address: Accelerating Pathways to a Net Zero World

Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, says "much still needs to change, and we need to change fast" to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

In his address, Mr La Camera emphasised the need for a paradigm shift to sustain the energy transition and mobilise global efforts to address the challenges of our time.

He pointed out that there is now increasing global alignment with IRENA’s longstanding estimates, which were considered too ambitious but are now widely recognised. The World Energy Transitions Outlook 2023 made it clear that to stay on track with the 1.5°C pathway, renewable energy capacity must triple and energy efficiency must double by 2030. Read more

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SIEW Live Video: Minister Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore

Minister Gan Kim Yong lays out how Singapore will work towards its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

This year's SIEW theme sets the tone for discussions around "Energy Transition Towards A Net Zero World".

In this 2.5-min video, Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong discusses Singapore's net zero strategies, as well as the responsibility to contribute to global climate transition efforts.

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Singapore Energy Lecture: Three Key Takeaways by Minister Gan Kim Yong

Singapore has made a resolute commitment to the net zero journey, recognising the urgency of addressing climate change and the nation's responsibility to contribute to global decarbonisation efforts.

"The theme of this year's Energy Week—"Energy Transition Towards A Net Zero World"—could not be more appropriate... We must redouble our collective efforts to green our energy sources, if we are to have any hope of addressing the climate crisis."

Minister Gan also unveiled Singapore's approach to creating a net zero energy system. Read more

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Welcome to Day 1 of SIEW 2023!

Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2023 kicks off today with our annual Singapore Energy Lecture. This year’s address will be delivered at 9:00am by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Gan Kim Yong.

The 2023 theme is ‘Energy Transition Towards A Net Zero World’, so expect deep and wide discussions, particularly how governments, multilateral institutions and industry leaders can work together to support the big shift.

We will begin today’s sessions at 9.35am with The Leaders’ Dialogue on “Road to Net Zero” – a panel that will feature both Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, and Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Temasek.

For timely updates and key takeaways on the day’s (and week’s) discussions, announcements and conversations, follow us on our Live Blog, Telegram channel and @SIEW_sg.

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