Asia Clean Energy Forum 2021 (updated)

14 June 2021

It is that time of year that stakeholders in the clean energy space come together and tackle the issues of the day. This year, it is about accelerating the low transition in Asia and the Pacific. The Energy Sector Flagship event will again be delivered virtually as in last year.

The 16th Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) will have a warm-up on 14 June with a series of deep-dive workshops and side events on various topics that range from technological solutions in decarbonization to innovations in clean energy financing.

At the Opening Plenary on 15 June, Introductory Remarks will be given by VP Bambang Susantono who will be joined by Chang-Seob Kim, President and Chief Executive Officer, Korea Energy Agency in this task. President Masa will deliver the Welcome Remarks. Alok Sharma, President Designate, 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26); and Karen Freeman, Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia, United States Agency for International Development will be giving keynote messages as well.

A panel discussion on whether Net Zero Emissions by Mid-21st Century is possible for Asia and the Pacific will follow the Opening Plenary to complete the morning sessions. Thought leaders in the region will throw in their thoughts on what it will take for Asia and the Pacific to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

While surely getting the region into the low carbon transition quickly and fast will be front and center of the discussions at the 16th ACEF, the review of ADB’s Energy Policy will equally be in everyone’s agenda. At least two consultations are earmarked during the week: one with energy experts in the region and the other with civil society organizations.

Closing ceremonies will be held on Friday, 17 June. Keynote messages will be delivered by Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy; and John Murton, United Kingdom COP26 Envoy. There will be a panel discussion on Collaborative Actions for a Sustainable and Resilient Asia and the Pacific that will be graced by experts from ADB, UNESCAP and UNEP. VP Ashok Lavasa will cap the 16th ACEF through his Closing Remarks.



7 June 2021

This year marks Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 16th year of building connections and fostering collaborations in clean energy through the annual ACEF event.

The ADB and its partners designed ACEF 2021 to support the global efforts to fast-track clean energy transition within the context of the UN’s sustainable development goals. To stay on track despite the impacts of COVID-19, and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy regime require concerted efforts and harmonized actions.

The theme of ACEF 2021 is Accelerating the Low-Carbon Transition in Asia and the Pacific. The forum is being organized around three main pillars:

(a) technology roadmaps to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs);
(b) rebounding from COVID-19 and prospects for a green recovery; and
(c) consultations to make the ADB Energy Policy more relevant.

As ACEF 2021 focuses on the challenges and pathways to speed-up 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.

ACEF 2021 is a virtual event to be held on the week of 14–18 June 2021.

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  • Asian Development Bank