Session 2.2: Promoting Circular Economy Concepts and Decarbonization within the Energy Sector

May 29th, 2022

Speakers and panelists in this session will cover a range of circular economy approaches, including for renewable energy equipment; the fashon value chain; battery re-use and re-fabrication; and anaerobic digestion and carbon capture. The session will also include discussion of decarbonization of heavy industry and an ADB tool for planning waste management systems and analyzing their environmental, economic, and social performance.

Track Chair: David Morgado, Senior Energy Specialist
Moderator: Cindy Cisneros Tiangco, Principal Energy Specialist


Time (Manila) Activities
02:00 - 02:10 p.m. Introduction to the Session and Speakers/Panelists

  • Cindy Cisneros Tiangco, Moderator
02:10 - 02:30 p.m. Presentations (10 minutes per speaker)

  • Kelly Hewitt, Session 2.1 Moderator
2:10 - 2:38 p.m. Presentations (7 minutes per speaker)

    Circular Economies: A New Business Model to Power Development

  • Monica Simarmata, Energy Sector Associate, Tetra Tech
  • Setting up circular economies for renewable energy equipment, as a crucial part of the just energy transition, can boost economies by creating jobs and increasing productivity. USAID’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) program is working to support a transition from a linear economy for renewable energy equipment to a circular economy. This presentation will make the case for a circular economy and explore how a circular economy is creating sustainable businesses and local jobs as well as cultivating economic opportunities throughout Asia.

    Technological Innovation for Deep Decarbonization of Heavy Industry

  • Peter Warren, Team Leader for Climate Innovation Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK
  • Industry represents ~40% of global energy consumption and achieving deep decarbonisation of heavy industries, such as iron and steel, cement and chemicals, requires a range of innovative technological solutions from circular economy approaches to fuel-switching to CCUS. Accelerating the commercialisation of such solutions is both a challenge and an opportunity, and the presentation will cover examples of what the UK is doing both domestically and internationally (through international climate finance) to support countries in Asia-Pacific to decarbonise industry.

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion

  • Kajol K, Senior Manager, WRI India
  • Yu Tack Kim, Division Director Korea Battery Industry Association
  • Elias Towe, Chief Technical Officer, Orenko
  • Piya Kerdlap, Managing Director, PXP Sustainability
3:15 - 3:25 p.m. Q&A from the Audience

  • Cindy Cisneros Tiangco, Session Moderator
3:25 - 3:30 p.m. Closing/Wrap-up

  • Cindy Cisneros Tiangco, Session Moderator