Session 5.1: COVID-19 and the Energy Sector: Technical Perspectives and Opportunities

June 9th, 2020

Description: This session included descriptions of the impacts of COVID-19 on different parts of the energy sector including utility power and decentralized energy systems, as well as new models for delivered technical assistance more effectively.                                      

Moderator: Jerry Yan, Director of Future Energy Profile, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Co-Moderator: Yongping Zhai, Energy Sector Chief, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Scene-Setter Talk: Kelly Hewitt, Principal Planning and Coordination Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Sustainable Biofuel Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges after the Pandemic     
Presenter: David Chiaramonti, Professor, President of Renewable Energy Consortium for R&D Polytechnic of Turin

Global Opportunities through the IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme
Presenter: Jim Spaeth, Program Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office US Department of Energy

This presentation highlighted key potential areas for collaboration in light of the world changing pandemic. It also presented IEA Bioenergy’s strategic focus for the next five years as well as our planned key enabling research areas.

Energy End-use Trilemma - Energy Efficiency, Thermal Comfort and Productivity - Post-COVID-19
Presenter: S.K. Chou, Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering   National University of Singapore

As we emerge from the months of personal physical isolation to the gradual process of regaining productivity at work, we are likely to face numerous challenges in securing a workspace with reduced risks of infection. This presentation seeked to highlight the technical challenges and contradictions, with energy implications, in making our buildings and factories safe and comfortable.


  • Anish Garg, DGM (C&RA), Delhi Transco Ltd
  • Graham Pugh, Principal, Propel Clean Energy Partners