Singapore-IRENA High-Level Forum 

ORGANISER Energy Market Authority, International Renewable Energy Agency, in partnership with Asia Clean Energy Summit
DATE 26 October 2022
VENUE Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
In-person only

The Singapore-IRENA High-level Forum will focus on the role of green energy financing and investments in realising the full potential of end user decarbonisation technologies towards a net-zero future.

Despite the progress in the energy transition , investments in the energy transition continues to remain fragmented and concentrated, with regions such as Southeast Asia and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region (excluding China, Japan, India) accounting for less than 8% of the total global investments. These trends clearly underscores the gaps and disparities in the energy transition which have exposed the risks that emerging countries and regions would find themselves in building critically needed energy projects that are crucial in ensuring energy security and resiliency. This is especially critical for regions such as Southeast Asia in the face of a surge in energy demand and the effects of climate change where plans are underway to accelerate the region’s energy transition and initiatives under the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC).

Against this backdrop, Singapore and IRENA will co-host the 2nd- High-level Forum at SIEW 2022 with the theme “Realising Green Energy Financing and Decarbonisation Opportunities for a Net-Zero Future". This Forum provides an opportunity for high level government representatives, financial institutions, development partners and industry leaders, to come together to take stock and identify green financing pathways to strengthen the pathways for end use decarbonisation technologies in the road to net-zero.

Time (GMT +8)Session
14:00 – 14:05 hrsWelcome Remarks by Singapore 
14:05 – 14:15 hrsOpening Address
Francesco La Camera
International Renewable Energy Agency
14:15 – 14:30 hrsIRENA Presentation
14:30 – 15:15 hrs
Presented by
Sarawak Energy
Session 1 – Scaling Decarbonisation Technologies

As the world races to average global temperature below 1.5°C from pre-industrial levels, decarbonisation technologies such as green hydrogen represents a game changer for the global energy transition. For it to be meaningfully deploy, there are significant challenges that the international community must work together to overcome. Proactive policy making is needed to strengthen the deployment of these decarbonisation technologies especially in hard-to-abate sectors.

This session will focus on how the international community can come together to scale and address the challenges and opportunities in forging a low-carbon, resilient energy future together.

H.E. Arifin Tasrif
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources

Panel Discussion


Tomas Anker Christensen
Climate Ambassador of Denmark
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of
Climate, Energy and Utilities
Kaveh Zahedi
Deputy Executive Secretary
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili
Group Chief Executive Officer
Sarawak Energy
David Gray
Non-Executive Director
Tokamak Energy
15:15 – 15:55 hrs
Presented by
Session 2 – Fostering Green Financing Leadership

Investments in the energy transition continues to remain fragmented and concentrated. For the energy transition to become truly global, access to financing has to widen considerably, with more than USD 115 trillion of investments needed by 2050. Against this backdrop of challenges and opportunities, there is an impetus for both the public and industry leaders to enhance and foster fiscal and non-fiscal incentives and instruments such as carbon markets and carbon credit trading, to support the development bankable clean energy opportunities in for the global energy transition.

As the world collectively work towards a net-zero future, this session will address how global business leaders, policymakers, and investors can be leaders in bridging the gaps in green energy financing.

Panel Discussion


Christian Krebs
Head of Investment, Head of Investment and Development, APAC
Aquila Capital
Audra Low
Chief Executive Officer
Clifford Capital
Laura Ashton
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Low Carbon Advisors
Thibault Godefroy
Power Systems Vice President, Asia Pacific
Schneider Electric
Kiran Raj
Chief Financial Officer
Sun Cable

Luca Tonello
Managing Director, Structured Finance
Department, Asia Pacific
15:55 – 16:00 hrs Closing Remarks

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