The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have an ambitious objective to close the energy gaps so that sustainable energy access for all can be achieved by 2030. Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) catalyzes faster, bolder, action to realize SDG 7 -- the goal on universal energy access -- and support the Paris Climate Agreement
Out of the 3.8 billion people in the Asia- Pacific region, 426 million have no access to electricity, while 2 billion rely on solid fuels for cooking and heating. By 2035, developing Asia’s share in primary global energy consumption is expected to increase by as much as 56%. The region is extremely dependent on imported petroleum to meet its energy needs, particularly the Pacific Islands, which is the highest in the world. Under threat from climate change and faced with growing dependence on energy imports, the Asia-Pacific Region is turning to renewables to meet its energy demand.
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) was established to meet the dual challenge of reducing the carbon intensity of energy while making it available to everyone on the planet. SEforALL is a global platform that enables partnerships and unlocks finance to achieve universal access to sustainable energy, and pave the way to a cleaner, just and prosperous world for all.
SEforALL works with the governments of focus countries to develop and coordinate Country Level Actions that help transform their energy systems.
The Country Level Action process can be broken down into three activities. First is the conduct of Rapid Assessment and Gap Analysis (RAGA). Its objective is to help determine the main challenges and opportunities in a country to become an active contributor to the 2030 Goals. The insights from the RAGA are then used to develop a second document called the Action Agenda (AA). The AA formulates a pathway for the government to systematically scale up action in priority areas and undertake strategic reforms. Based on the resources required to implement the AA, SEforALL assists governments to develop an Investment Prospectus (IP). The IP takes stock of the amount of investment required to implement the activities contained in the AA and provides a recommendation to the government on how it can mobilize its own resources and, more importantly, incentivize the private sector to contribute.
Twenty countries in the Asia-Pacific region have expressed their interest in advancing SEforALL. The Asia-Pacific Regional Hub Secretariat played an instrumental role in developing the RAGAs, AAs and IPs of the following focus countries:
- ADB is providing assistance to the governments of Bhutan and Nepal.
- UNDP is providing assistance to the governments of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Armenia and Tajikistan.
Partner organizations such as the World Bank, GIZ, the European Union and the Governments of Denmark, Germany, Japan, Norway and the United states also provide active and significant support to the Country Action Process.
UN ESCAP’s Asia Pacific Energy Portal facilitates research, analysis and informed decision-making with the Asia-Pacific region’s energy sector. It is an open-access information platform, providing data visualizations for an extensive set of energy statistics, full-text policies and interactive infrastructure maps.
In 2015, ADB in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) established the Sustainable Energy Center for Excellence (SECOE). SECOE was established to enhance the SEforALL Regional Hub’s capability to influence the design and implementation of policies and regulations that accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy in Asia. The Singapore-based facility has become a venue for the region’s policy makers to receive training on policy, technology, and project financing matters in the sustainable energy sector.
The report summarizes the initial activities of the Asia-Pacific Regional Hub and contextualizes the challenges in the region with the global efforts to reach the 2030 targets.
Deep Dive Workshop on Energy Access Using Innovative Mini-Grid Solutions Asia Clean Energy Summit, Singapore International Energy Week
1 November 2019, Singapore
The DDW discussed the factors and innovative business models and finance approaches, using technologies available, that could unlock additional investments in mini- grids, especially by the private sector, and create a modern and sustainable 21st century mini-grid industry as a viable solution to providing energy access in Asia and the Pacific Region. It also assessed the roles of both public and private sector and determined how they can work together to achieve the common goal of attaining universal energy access by year 2030.
Deep Dive Workshop on Access to Cooling Asia Clean Energy Summit, Singapore International Energy Week
November 2019, Singapore
The DDW provided a venue for discussing the various issues involved in accelerating access to cooling in the Asia and the Pacific Regions and find ways on how to create awareness and appreciation by stakeholders in both government and private sector about the need and value of undertaking country-specific needs assessment and developing a national cooling plan.