Balancing the need for safe and secure energy, social equity, and environmental protection is a challenge shared by many. Across Southeast Asia, countries, corporations, and communities are charting low-carbon development pathways and driving the transition to clean energy economies.

Introduced at the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference, USAID’s Corporate Clean Energy Alliance (CCEA) is a coalition of business leaders and associations committed to working with the Agency, host country governments, and likeminded partners to facilitate the rapid deployment of state-of-the-art clean energy technologies across Southeast Asia.

This Alliance reflects its members’ shared priorities and commitments to decarbonize power systems in Southeast Asia. Working together, CCEA partners will seek to identify, inform, and implement clean energy solutions and policies that drive business and protect the environment.

In cooperation with CCEA, the Clean Energy Demand Initiative (CEDI) brings together corporations and countries to add clean power capacity and fuel broader economic growth.  It builds on companies’ renewable energy commitments to send investment signals to countries supportive of fostering an enabling environment for corporate renewable procurement.  The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources is leading CEDI with relevant stakeholders, including the Clean Energy Buyers Alliance, RE100, the World Resources Institute, as well as NGOs and country partners.

Several USG supported teams are working to accelerate Southeast Asia’s clean energy transition, including:

  • The Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) is an innovative public-private partnership, jointly led by World Resources Institute (WRI), Allotrope Partners, and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), that addresses barriers to clean energy deployment in the commercial and industrial sectors in key emerging markets.
  • Mekong Sustainable Manufacturing Alliance, implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) in partnership with ELEVATE and the Asian Institute for Technology (AIT), uses a market-driven approach to strengthen sustainable and competitive manufacturing by engaging the private sector, catalyzing market forces, and advancing innovative regional initiatives that will increase the adoption of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards
  • USAID-NREL Advanced Energy Partnership - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are partnering to support clean, reliable, and affordable power in the developing world. The USAID-NREL Partnership helps countries with policy, planning, and deployment support for advanced energy technologies.
  • USAID Southeast Asia EDGE Hub (EDGE Hub) supports coordination, communications, analysis, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and private sector engagement for USAID energy programs in Southeast Asia.
  • USAID Southeast Asia’s Smart Power Program (SPP) is a five-year program that will expand energy capacity through deployment of advanced energy systems, increase investment into the region’s energy sector, and improve regional energy trade to ensure secure and market-driven energy sectors that sustain economic growth. The program will leverage bilateral and trilateral partnerships, support regional initiatives, address cross-border issues, and create centers for training of energy sector staff to develop solutions that will help Southeast Asian countries become self-reliant and achieve their sustainable development aspirations.
  • USAID Vietnam Low Emissions Energy Program-II (V-LEEP II) works with the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to mobilize private sector investment to increase the deployment of advanced energy systems and will support project design for clean energy developers and provide technical assistance to lenders for clean energy investment. Recognizing the power of the private sector, USAID V-LEEP II provides grants to support innovative approaches to mobilize private investment in advanced energy systems, facilitate incubation and acceleration programs, and support empowerment for women energy professionals

This workshop explores how the U.S. government can coordinate with and support the private sector to drive Southeast Asia’s clean energy transition.  This workshop will explore how the business leaders can partner with the U.S. government and like-minded partners to rapidly achieve their shared climate and clean energy objectives in the region. Key themes to discuss will be:

  • How can partnering with the United States help leverage limited resources to achieve climate and clean energy objectives in Southeast Asia? 
  • What partnerships should be considered to help drive business in clean energy solutions?
  • What are some examples of successful collaboration that we can learn from moving forward?
  • What tools are in place to facilitate and support technology, policy and regulatory advancements?
  • How can the private sector access these tools?
  • How can governments and the public sector further enable private sector leadership in sustainable energy solutions?
  • What are the highest priority policy and technical barriers to advancing Southeast Asia’s clean energy transition?

This workshop will also feature expert speakers from USAID and State Department energy programs active across Southeast Asia, along with business leaders who will share their perspectives on how partnerships can help power the clean energy transition.


  • Highlight the launch of the Corporate Clean Energy Alliance.
  • Identify barriers to private sector engagement and areas of concern from the private sector with regard to clean energy transition in the region.
  • Share information about the U.S.-supported tools and teams available to support the deployment of clean energy technologies.
  • Increase our understanding of the market-based approaches private sector engagement leverages, including building knowledge, local institutions and driving incentives that enable self-sustaining markets and systems.
  • Inspire partner countries in the region to explore and adopt clean energy policies.
  • Encourage and increase broad participation in and support for the Corporate Clean Energy Alliance and the Clean Energy Demand Initiative.


Time (Manila) Activities
08:00 - 08:05 p.m. Opening Remarks

  • Scott Bartos, Regional Energy Advisor, USAID 
  • Katy Clarke, Senior Clean Energy Advisor, U.S. Department of State (CEDI)
08:05 - 08:55 p.m.
    Setting the stage: the role of the private sector in driving energy transition

  • Derina Man, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Case study in Vietnam

  • Gary Zieff, Senior Clean Energy Director, USAID Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (V-LEEP)
  • Dr. Hang Dao, Vietnam Co-Lead, Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA)

    USAID’s Southeast Asia’s Smart Power Program and Mekong Sustainable Manufacturing Alliance

  • John B. Wells, Chief of Party, SPP
  • Vivek Adhia, Chief of Party, Mekong Sustainable Manufacturing Alliance

    Private Sector perspectives

  • Sasank Goli, Renewable Energy Director, Nike
  • Rahul Mehta, Senior Regional Manager, Fluence
08:55 - 09:25 p.m. Panel discussion and facilitator led Q&A on private sector engagement in energy sector

  • Derina Man, Project Manager, NREL, Facilitator
09:25 -09:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Katy Clarke, Senior Clean Energy Advisor, U.S. Department of State


About the Organizer

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID’s work safeguards this mission and puts countries on a path to pursue clean energy growth and resilient, low-carbon development. Countries around the world are feeling the effects of climate change, from more intense heat waves, droughts, floods and storms to slower-moving changes like ocean acidification. USAID is sharing world-class knowledge, data and tools to ensure countries can predict, prepare for and adapt to change. USAID also helps countries lay the foundations for sustainable growth powered by clean energy and healthy landscapes. 

Point of Contact

Mark Dunn
USAID Southeast Asia EDGE Hub