11 Jun 2020

Future development of sustainable urban energy in Asia Pacific

Cities occupy only two percent of the world’s landmass but consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global CO2-emissions. There are 33 Mega Cities (cities with a population of 10 million or more) in the world where 17 is located in the Asia Pacific region. In 2030, it is projected that, there will be 43 Mega Cities globally and 35 of them will be in the Asia Pacific region. With this rapid urbanization rate cities are at the forefront to adopt innovative, sustainable energy solutions. With 10 years remaining for the world to reach the 1.5 degrees Celsius target set out in the Paris Agreement, it is imperative to rapidly employ efficient solutions, including in the energy sector, to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming.  

This webinar was recorded and is available here!

  Building on the ACEF 2020 theme, “Vision 20/20: Cross-sectoral Innovations for a Sustainable Future”, this session aims to explore what challenges cities are facing to develop sustainable urban energy schemes. The session will discuss opportunities and challenges with integrated urban energy systems as well as the importance of cross-sectoral engagement to develop sustainable urban energy. The session will also share regional experiences and international best practices.   It is important to remember that climate change includes society as a whole which also means that solutions have to be directed to all sectors, this again shows the importance of cross sectoral solutions. With the growing evidence of climate change that is visible today, we believe it is safe to say that the future is already here and that we have to act now and speed up the transition to a sustainable society.  

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  Objective
  • Provide insights in the challenges which cities are facing to develop sustainable urban energy schemes
  • Share perspectives on Renewable Energy developments in cities post-COVID19
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges with integrated urban energy systems
  • Discuss the importance of cross-sectoral engagement to develop sustainable urban energy
  • Disseminate regional experiences and international best practices
  Session agenda, 16 June, 2020 08:00 pm - 08:05 pm Opening remarks - Mikael Jakobsson, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA) - Jacqueline Lam, Deputy Regional Director, East, Southeast Asia and Oceania, C40 Cities   08:05 pm - 08:15 pm Cities strategies for accelerating clean energy transition in a post-pandemic world - Constant Alarcon, Programme Manager, Clean Energy Network, C40 Cities   08:15 pm - 08:25 pm Sustainable Urban Energy Systems - Mikael Jakobsson, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA)   08:25 pm - 09:00 pm Panel: Maximizing the benefits of integrated urban energy systems Moderator: Mikael Jakobsson, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association 1) Teruhisa Oi, Principal Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank 2) Arnaud Dauvillier, Head of Aden Smart City, CEO of Adenergy 3) Pär Dalin, President, Devcco 4) Reji Kumar Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum 5) Rebecca Chan, Programme Manager, Climate Action Planner, Southeast Asia, C40 Cities   09:00 pm - 09:25 pm Q&A 09:25 pm - 09:30 pm Closing remarks