Thematic Track Session 1.4

Renewable Energy for Transport, Agriculture and Other Sectors

To achieve net-zero, it is essential that all sectors make use of renewable energy including transport, water supply, agriculture, data centers, and many others. How are renewable energy solutions being deployed and financed across these sectors? How is the private sector being engaged to deliver and operate renewable energy projects for state-owned transport and water sectors? What is the role of utilities in delivering renewable energy solutions in these sectors? What are the different renewable energy fuels being considered for transport (e.g. biogas, bioethanol, biodiesel)? What investments are being made by the private sector in sustainable aviation fuel? Is there a future for biofuels and which should be the priority uses in transportation including in agriculture?

The session will provide insights into the groundbreaking work being done in the Philippines to deploy solar PV on top of and adjacent to irrigation canals the current status and potential of agrivoltaics—an innovative practice that combines solar PV and agriculture to address land scarcity and boost energy and food production—in China; the successful modernization of marine transportation in the Philippines utilizes renewable energy technology; the empowering impact of women-led initiatives in driving the development of clean cooking markets and reshaping gender roles Nepal; and the development of a space-based decision support system that provides a comprehensive assessment and mapping of various renewable energy sources. The session will also include a report from the Water and Energy for Food Program (WE4F) on its $4 million grant program, which has provided technical assistance to more than 40 start-ups across South and Southeast Asia to benefit smallholder farmers through the adoption of technologies such as solar pumps, solar-powered cold storage, and biogas/mass.


11:00 - 11:05 a.m.

Introduction from Moderator

Gurbuz Gonul, Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships at International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA

11:05 - 11:55 a.m.


Ruchika Saluja, ADB (OMDP)

Unveiling Successes and Challenges in Scaling Renewable Energy Adoption through Impact-Driven Startups Acceleration

Radtasiri Wacharapunyanont, Regional Innovation Hub Manager for South and Southeast Asia (Chief of Party), Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) Program

Agrivoltaics, the Dual Use of Land for Solar PV and Agriculture, Addressing the Challenges of Land Scarcity while Increasing Supply of Energy and Food

Shengnian Xu, Research Associate, Sustainable Investment, WRI China

Modernizing Marine Transportation using RE Technology

Kaiser Merz Marcelino, Senior Utility Advisor, USAID ESP Activity / RTI International

Women Led Market System Development of Clean Cooking (CleanCook)

Binita Shrestha, Programme Advisor, MinErgy

Jes Keliebe Petersen, Smart Power Myanmar/ Pact Inc

11:55 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A

12:25 - 12:30 p.m.