Fast-growing cities in the Asia and Pacific region will play a decisive role to address the region’s energy future and its carbon footprint. Cities evolve and develop, and the urban energy systems and climate resilience will be even more important to the entire region’s sustainable and low carbon development pathways. To effectively decarbonize their existing energy systems and scale up the use of low carbon technologies, cities move to adopt an integrated low carbon planning along with innovative energy solutions, backed up by evidence-based emission tracking.


Against this backdrop, the DDW discusses key solutions that are hard and soft and contribute to the current and future energy-urban nexus in the region. The DDW will be structured into two parts consisting of

(1) Session 1: Align Urban Energy Solutions with Low Carbon Development of Cities; and
(2) Session 2: Integrated Low Carbon Solutions for Livable Cites.

The first session highlights the value and coordinating role of cross sectoral urban energy plans and their integration with the cities’ transformation pathways towards sustainable and carbon neutral energy use. Considering most of cities do not have a reliable overview of their emission profiles, the session also illustrates the importance of a proper measuring and tracking of emissions. The second session is dedicated to some of urban energy solutions currently being implemented by ADB and its developing member countries with the support of the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF). UCCRTF is administered by Urban Financing Partnership Facility (UFPF) of ADB, with the contributions from the Governments of United Kingdom and Switzerland, and Rockefeller Foundation.

The second session will highlight the innovativeness and value addition of each project including associated socio, economic, and environment benefits conducive to energy efficient and livable communities and cities in Asia and the Pacific. It is essential to balance and coordinate synergies and nexus across energy supply and demand and other key urban components covering buildings, transport, and green infrastructure. Integrated actions will bring considerable co-benefits including improved public health and reduced air pollution.


Time (Manila) Activities
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Opening Remarks

  • Manoj Sharma, Chief of Urban Sector Group, ADB
Session 1: Align Urban Energy Solutions with Low Carbon Urban Development

Moderator: Sunghoon Kris Moon, Urban Development Specialist, ADB

    Integrated Low Carbon Transition: Lessons Learned from the City of Seoul
  • Yoonjin Cho, Manager of Enviornmental Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Jaehyeon Jeong, Deputy Director of Environmental Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
    How Paris Measures its GHG Emissions: Origins Earth Methodology
  • David Duccni, Chief Executive Officer, Origins Earth
    Piloting Low Carbon Urban Development in Visakhapatnam, India

  • Ashwin Hosur Viswanath, Senior Project Officer (Urban), ADB
Session2: Integrated Low Carbon Solutions for Livable Cites

Moderator: Okju Jeong, Urban Climate Change Resilience Specialist (consultant), Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF), ADB

    Introducing Clean Heating Solutions in Erdenet City

  • Karma Yangzom, Principal Environmental Specialist, ADB
    Urban Transport and Energy Nexus Solutions – Deployment of E-water Taxis in Indonesia

  • Chuenchanok Jantanalikhit, Grutter Consulting
    Lessons from the Urban Energy Portfolio of PPP Center, Philippines

  • Jose Barroco, ADB consultant and Mark Brandon Chan, Project Development Officer, PPP center
Synthesis and Closing Remarks

  • Virinder Sharma, Principal Urban Development Specialist, ADB

About the Organizer

Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. It assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development.

Point of Contact

Virinder Sharma
Principal Urban Development Specialist
Asian Development Bank

Okju Jeong
Urban climate resilience specialist (consultant), UCCRTF
Asian Development Bank