An increasing number of governments and businesses are announcing that they are ‘going green’. This gives us optimism that the growing preference for energy efficiency and renewable energy will help accelerate the region's clean energy transition. As ACEF 2021 focuses on the challenges and pathways to fast-track the low-carbon transition in the region, this years’ event will also serve as an important platform for dialogue leading up to this year's COP26 summit on uniting the world to tackle climate change. ADB’s Southeast Asia Energy Department (SEEN) is holding a virtual workshop to highlight key areas of energy sector development in the region by hosting development partners to share their key activities and discuss opportunities to partner with developing member countries to accelerate the clean energy transition.


A group of development partners with active programs in the Southeast Asia region will introduce their respective programs. Speakers will highlight the support available to assist developing member countries in their journey to clean energy and join in an interactive discussion with attendees on the opportunities, challenges, and gaps for such support.


Time (Manila) Activities
10:30-10:35 a.m. Introductory remarks
Pradeep Tharakan, Principal Energy Specialist (Climate Change) and Unit Head, Sovereign Energy Operations, Greater Mekong Subregion, ADB
10:35-11:25 a.m. Programs to support clean energy development pathways

Greening the Financial System and Energy Sector in Southeast Asia: Experience from the UK ASEAN Low Carbon Energy Programme
Gilles Pascual, Lead, UK Low Carbon Energy Programme

Energy transition challenges in Southeast Asia
Simon Rolland, Programme Director, GIZ Thailand – Energy Office

Road to carbon neutrality is paved by collaboration among the energy transition stakeholders
Sirpa Jarvenpaa, Director, Southeast Asian Energy Transition Partnership

The Clean Power Hub as a Knowledge Accelerator for Southeast Asia
Graham Pugh, Principal, Propel Clean Energy Partners

Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition in Southeast Asia
David Elzinga, Senior Energy Specialist (Climate Change), ADB
11:25 - 11:35 a.m. Intervention by representatives from DMCs

  • Munlika Sompranon, Director of Energy Cooperation Section, Strategy and Planning Division, DEDE, Thailand
  • Ty Norin, Secretary of State, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Cambodia
  • 11:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Stakeholder discussion and Q&A with speaker panel

    About Organizers

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) envisions a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty in the region. Despite the region's many successes, it remains home to a large share of the world's poor: 263 million living on less than $1.90 a day and 1.1 billion on less than $3.20 a day.

    ADB assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development.

    ADB maximizes the development impact of its assistance by facilitating policy dialogues, providing advisory services, and mobilizing financial resources through cofinancing operations that tap official, commercial, and export credit sources.

    Point of Contact

    David Elzinga, Asian Development Bank