Conference and Exhibition
27 - 29 October 2020
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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Clean Energy Leaders Dialogue

Energy & Power Leaders on the Fuel Mix
As the global economy slumps under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, falling electricity demand is increasing financial pressure on fossil fuel plants and creating an opportunity for renewable energy resources to grab a bigger share of the market. Some consider that the pandemic could put another nail in the coffin for coal demand from the utility sector and undermine the position of gas. We ask ASEAN energy and power CEOs their views on building sustainable clean energy baseload strategies and how COVID has impacted business.

27 October 2020, Tuesday
9.00AM - 9.05AM

    • Edwin Khew
      Edwin Khew Chairman, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore
9.05AM - 9.15AM
  • OPENING ADDRESS - Guest of Honour (GOH): Singapore's Clean Energy Ambitions

    • Grace Fu
      Grace Fu Minister of Sustainability and the Environment
      Republic of Singapore
9.15AM - 9.30AM
  • KEYNOTE: How Electrification of Energy Can Supercharge the Energy Transition and Cut Carbon Emissions


    Xcel Energy the first major US utility to pledge to go completely carbon-free by 2050 (and 80 percent carbon-free by 2030). Alice was named “power player of the year” by the Smart Electric Power Alliance.

9.30AM - 9.45AM
  • KEYNOTE: 24/7 by 2030: Realizing a Carbon-free Future

    • Leo Wirawan
      Leo Wirawan Senior Lead, Energy Strategy & Global Infrastructure, Google, Singapore
9.45AM - 10.00AM
  • KEYNOTE: Creating New Opportunities with Renewable Energy – Post-Covid Recovery

    • Frank Phuan
      Frank Phuan Co-Founder & Director, Sunseap Group Pte Ltd
10.00AM - 10.30AM
  • Morning Break

10.30AM - 11.30AM
  • PANEL: Power CEOs on Building Sustainable Power Infrastructure and the New Energy Economy

    As economies gradually feel their way to the “next normal” that is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, power companies may need to recalibrate the speed and scope of ongoing efforts to curb climate change. Here we consider how far and fast ASEAN power leaders will go in developing renewables and adopting new technology .


    • Moderator: Azrin Firdaus Osman, MD and Utilities Leader Malaysia, Accenture, Malaysia
11.30AM - 12.15PM
  • PANEL: Preparing for Mass Electrification and the Big Switch Strategy

    Today, 95% of Singapore's electricity is generated using natural gas. While gas will continue to be a fuel for Singapore in the near future, the government recently announced a Net Zero Emission 2050 ambition and has listed four switch pathways for Singapore’s energy transition. How will the Big Switch and Mass Electrification impact power stakeholders?


    • Moderator: Caroline Chua, Associate, BloombergNEF, Singapore
12.15PM - 1.15PM
  • Lunch Break

1.15PM - 1.30PM
  • KEYNOTE: Using the COVID Crisis to Transform the ASEAN Energy System

1.30PM - 1.45PM
  • KEYNOTE: Pathways to a Carbon Free India

1.45PM - 2.00PM
  • KEYNOTE: Build GEI for Sustainable Energy Future

    • Dr. Zhang Yibin
      Dr. Zhang Yibin Deputy Director General of Development Bureau, Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), China
2.00PM - 2.15PM
  • KEYNOTE: Quality Matters: Why Investing in High Power and High Quality Solar Technology is Relevant More Than Ever and Helps Achieve Power Independence While Also Enabling The Transition to Clean Energy

2.15PM - 3.00PM
  • PANEL: Diversifying to Grow - Comparing Pathways to Accelerating the Energy Transition Strategy 


    Investors and governments are putting pressure on the fossil fuel industry to support a transition to clean energy. Many are now building new infrastructure to improve plant performance. Some are preparing for green hydrogen. Others are pursuing utility scale wind and mega solar investments. We share the experiences of the different approaches.


    • Moderator: Sharad Somani, Partner & Head of Infrastructure Advisory, ASPAC Head for Power & Utilities. KPMG, Singapore
    • Sharad Somani
      Sharad Somani Partner & Head of Infrastructure Advisory, ASPAC Head for Power & Utilities, KPMG, Singapore
    • Dr Chen Wei-nee
      Dr Chen Wei-nee VP, New Energy Venture, Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad, Malaysia
    • Alan Mortimer
      Alan Mortimer Director of Innovation, Clean Energy, Wood, UK
    • Brian Selby
      Brian Selby Managing Director at GE Renewable Energy, ASEAN, ANZ & Korea
    • David Boyland
      David Boyland Regional Energy Sector Leader, Mott MacDonald, Singapore
    • Carly Wishart
      Carly Wishart Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, Asia Pacific, ENGIE, Singapore
3.00PM - 3.30PM
  • Afternoon Break

3.30PM - 3.45PM
  • KEYNOTE: The Post-Covid Green Recovery in the Clean Energy Sector

    • Jon Moore
      Jon Moore Chief Executive Officer
3.45PM - 4.00PM
  • KEYNOTE: Flexibility, the Enabler for Energy Transition in South East Asia

    • Nicolas Leong
      Nicolas Leong Energy Business Director, North & South East Asia
4.00PM - 4.45PM
  • PANEL: Green, Safe & Reliable Power – Redefining Sustainability as we Enter the Age of the Energy Transition


    As utilities chart their course through the energy transition facing rapid change and disruption, some are transforming into a sustainable and integrated power business. Others feel that the time is not right for major change. Will sustainability ever trump price for power consumers and investors? Is there a tipping point for Big Shift change?


    • Moderator: Ashish Sethia, Global Head of Commodities, BloombergNEF, Singapore

    • Ashish Sethia
      Ashish Sethia Global Head of Commodities and APAC Head of Analysis & Consulting
      Bloomberg NEF
    • Woochong Um
      Woochong Um Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB, Philippines
    • Aoife McMahon
      Aoife McMahon General Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power, Philippines
    • Dr. Ming Teck Kong
      Dr. Ming Teck Kong MD and Partner, Boston Consulting Group, Singapore
    • Tan Cheng Guan
      Tan Cheng Guan Head, Renewables & Environment Businesses, Sembcorp Industries, Singapore
    • Johan de Villiers
      Johan de Villiers MD (Singapore) & Head of Industrial Automation SEA, ABB, Singapore
4.45PM - 5.30PM
  • PANEL: Decarbonisation Strategies - Creating the Bridge to Net Zero by Reducing the Carbon Footprint


    ASEAN has set an ambitious target of securing 23 % of its primary energy from renewable sources by 2025 as energy demand in the region is expected to grow by 50 %. But there are more opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions. Taking the pragmatic approach, what can we do today to mitigate emissions while creating the bridge to a net zero future.


    • Moderator: William Hudson, Head of South East Asia, The Carbon Trust, Singapore
    • William Hudson
      William Hudson Head of South East Asia, The Carbon Trust, Singapore
    • Noraziah Muda
      Noraziah Muda Head, Renewable Energy and Green Technology Unit, TNB Research, Malaysia
    • Jeremy Stone
      Jeremy Stone Non-Executive Director & Advisor, J POWER, Australia
    • Suzanne Ferguson
      Suzanne Ferguson Carbon Capture Technical Lead, Wood, UK
    • Prakash Sharma
      Prakash Sharma Head of Markets & Transitions - Asia Pacific, Energy Transition Practice, Wood Mackenzie
    • Pascal Radue
      Pascal Radue President & CEO, Hydro, GE, France
  • End of Day One

Clean Energy Financial Summit

Building 100% Renewable Energy Systems
Global progress towards achieving a 100% renewable energy future is being made at an incredibly rapid pace. Power providers, utilities and governments are changing their perspectives towards inflexible generation and existing thermal capacity is being replaced with renewables. What are the challenges and opportunities to shifting to a carbon free power system? And where will the investment required to shift the energy system come from? This session brings together all the stakeholders to debate and envision what this future holds for both the supply and demand side of the capital.

9.00AM - 9.05AM

9.05AM - 9.20AM
  • OPENING KEYNOTE: Investing in Clean Energy Infrastructure and the Power of the Sustainable Energy Brand

    • Ali Izadi
      Ali Izadi APAC Head of Research, BloombergNEF
9.20AM - 10.00AM
  • PANEL: Carbon in the Mix - How the Energy Transition will Impact the Energy and Power Investments


    The energy transition will radically transform the entire value chain for how energy is generated, stored, distributed and used. This will result in unique investment opportunities across different industries and sectors. Investors are still generally supporting fossil fuels as they are essential to today’s energy mix. Can we expect a Big Switch to RE in the future?


    • Moderator: Azrin Firdaus Osman, MD and Utilities Leader Malaysia, Accenture, Malaysia
    • Frank Ochel
      Frank Ochel Senior Principal, Utilities Strategy, Australia and New Zealand, Accenture, Australia
    • Dr. Helena Wright
      Dr. Helena Wright VP, Sustainable Infrastructure & Energy Finance, WWF, Singapore
    • Ray Tay
      Ray Tay Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service, Singapore
    • Ivan Varughese
      Ivan Varughese Head of Green Investment, Asia Pacific, Macquarie Capital, Australia
    • Frederic Carron
      Frederic Carron VP Middle East & Asia, Energy Business, Wartsila, Singapore
    • Bert Deprest
      Bert Deprest Head of Business Development, SEA, ENGIE, Singapore
10.00AM - 10.30AM
  • Morning Break

10.30AM - 10.45AM
  • KEYNOTE: UAE Investment Sentiment for Asian Clean Energy Projects

    • Yousif Al Ali
      Yousif Al Ali Executive Director, Clean Energy
      Masdar Clean Energy
      United Arab Emirates
10.45AM - 11.00AM
  • KEYNOTE: TNB’s pivot to Renewables in the International Market - South East Asia and UK/Europe

11.00AM - 11.45PM
  • PANEL: Green New Deals - Key Considerations for Developing Energy Transition Projects in Asia-Pacific


    Europe has raised targets for renewables and energy efficiency as part of its Green Deal to zero-out GHG by 2050. South Korea recently announced a Green New Deal with a net zero 2050 target. China also announced a 2060 net zero target. How should ASEAN’s post COVID energy transition markets approach boosting finance and investment opportunities?



    Ingo Puhl, MD, South East Asia, South Pole, Thailand

    • Ingo Puhl
      Ingo Puhl Managing Director, South East Asia, South Pole, Thailand
    • Rob Carnell
      Rob Carnell Head of Research and Chief Economist, Asia-Pacific, ING Bank NV, Singapore
    • Mark Rathbone
      Mark Rathbone Asia Pacific Capital Projects & Infrastructure Leader, PwC, Singapore
    • Alex Whitworth
      Alex Whitworth Head of Asia Pacific Power & Renewables Research, Wood Mackenzie, China
    • Isabel Chatterton
      Isabel Chatterton Regional Industry Director, Infrastructure and Natural Resources Asia Pacific, IFC, Singapore
    • Tim Buckley
      Tim Buckley Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, Australia
11.45AM - 12.30PM
  • PANEL: Grids in Transition - Investment Strategies to Bring Balance to the Grid, Ensure Resilience in Renewable Projects, and Reduce Network Cost


    High penetration of renewable energy causes grid problems related to stability, flexibility, and adequacy. Early signs of grid congestion in parts of ASEAN are creating challenges for renewable investments.“ For the last decade, large power generation projects attracted the lion’s share of investment. Now grids need heavy investment – from decentralised microgrids to HVAC/HVDC SuperGrids.


    • Moderator: Rishab Shrestha, Senior Research Analyst, APAC Energy Transition Practice / Power and Renewables, Wood Mackenzie, Singapore

    • Rishab Shrestha
      Rishab Shrestha Senior Research Analyst, APAC Power, Wood Mackenzie, Singapore
    • Achal Sondhi
      Achal Sondhi Asia Pacific Market Director, Fluence, Singapore
    • Maxime Cassat
      Maxime Cassat Managing Director, EDF Lab, Singapore
    • Mark Paterson
      Mark Paterson Chief Strategy Officer & MD APAC, Strategen, Australia
    • Sam Reynolds
      Sam Reynolds Managing Director
      Octopus Investments
    • Teo Yep Min
      Teo Yep Min SVP, Asia Pacific - Grid Automation, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Singapore
12.30PM - 1.30PM
  • Lunch Break

1.30PM - 1.45PM
  • KEYNOTE: Climate Change and the Impact on PLN’s Business Models

1.45PM - 2.00PM
  • KEYNOTE: Expanding the Reach of the Petronas Asia Pacific Wind and Solar Portfolio

2.00PM - 2.15PM
  • KEYNOTE: Why the Energy Transition and Why Does it Matter to Investors

2.15PM - 3.00PM
  • PANEL: Common Challenges - Cooperative Solutions: Lessons from Nordic Regional Energy System Cooperation

    As countries in South-East Asia are recognizing the dilemma of increased energy demand and need for decarbonization, regional cooperation within energy and climate gas emission handling is getting ever more urgent. The Nordic region has developed and deployed smart and green city solutions and policies for decades. Experienced in cross-border grid collaboration, the Nordic countries also work together to improve energy security and provide excellent electricity market design and regulatory frameworks. Join us for a dialogue on how Nordic experiences in regional energy collaboration can support addressing challenges in South East Asia through an exchange of ideas and concepts, technologies, and policies.


    • Moderator: Dr. Per Christer Lund, Counsellor, Innovation Norway/Royal Norwegian Embassy
3.00PM - 3.30PM
  • Afternoon Break

3.30PM - 4.15PM
  • PANEL:  Accelerating Action to Deliver the Net-Zero Emissions Economy – Facing the Scalability Challenge


    The goal is aspirational: net-zero by 2050. However, a net-zero world is an incredibly ambitious vision, especially at a moment when oil prices are low and impacting the fossil fuel sector of the economy. ASEAN utilities need help to move up the ladder. How can we master new zero carbon technologies to work with the accelerators of Big Shift change?


    • Moderator: Jennifer Tay, Partner, PwC, Singapore
4.15PM - 5.00PM
  • PANEL: Financing the Energy Transition: Creating Attractive Market Conditions for Massive Climate Change Investment


    Energy investment is set to fall by one-fifth in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pre-crisis expectations of modest growth have turned into the largest fall in global energy investment on record. Funding the energy transition will require trillions of dollars. When will today’s relative trickle of money become investment flood?


    • Moderator: David Kang, Senior Associate, BloombergNEF, Japan
    • David Kang
      David Kang Senior Associate, BloombergNEF, Japan
    • Cecilia Tam
      Cecilia Tam Head of Programmes, Clean Energy Finance, and Investment Mobilisation (CEFIM), OECD, France
    • James Allan
      James Allan Senior Advisor, Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, Australia
    • Lewis McDonald
      Lewis McDonald Global Head of Energy, Herbert Smith Freehills, UK
    • Sujay Shah
      Sujay Shah Managing Director & Global Head — Cleantech
      Standard Chartered Bank
    • Pradeep Tharakan
      Pradeep Tharakan Unit Head, Sovereign Energy Operations, Greater Mekong Subregion, Asian Development Bank, Thailand
  • End of Day Two

International Floating Solar Symposium

28 to 30 October 2020

*Virtual Event

IFSS EDM Header Dates ACES2

As the longest running gathering in the dynamic floating solar sector, the International Floating Solar Symposium (IFSS) will be once again convening global thought leaders for its Fourth Edition. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, IFSS 2020 will be held as a “virtual” event, over the course of three days, i.e. October 28-30, 2020.

Highlights of IFSS 2020 include:

  • Announcement of a large, multi-national testbed for near-shore FPV
  • Launch of the “International Floating Solar Society” (IFS2)
  • Upcoming business opportunities (future projects on reservoirs and near-shore)
  • Comparison of different energy yield models
  • Real-world O&M experiences

IFSS 2020 will focus on the latest best practices across the world relating to the development, implementation and operation of floating solar projects, but also provides a platform to raise topics that need a deeper understanding, for example energy yield modelling or environmental impacts. The programme will follow a lively and interactive format that includes fire-side chats, videos and engagements of the audience.

*Access to this virtual summit is included for all registered ACES delegates

If you would like to register for this virtual summit separately, CLICK HERE to book your pass.

28 October 2020: IFSS 2020 Opening & techno-economic modelling of FPV
3.00PM - 3.10PM
  • Welcome remarks from IFSS co-chair

    • Dr. Thomas Reindl
      Dr. Thomas Reindl Deputy CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore (NUS)
3.10PM - 3.40PM
  • Opening talk - Fireside chat: The next frontier of Floating Solar: Near-shore FPV & Launch of the multi-national / multi-climate near-shore test bed for Floating Solar

    • Moderator: Dr. Thomas Reindl, SERIS
    • Dr. Thomas Reindl
      Dr. Thomas Reindl Deputy CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore (NUS)
    • Anders Bade
      Anders Bade CEO, Fred. Olsen Renewables, Norway
3.40PM - 4.10PM
  • Global Market Status, Project Database and Economics

    • Celine Paton
      Celine Paton Senior Financial Analyst, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
4.10PM - 4.40PM
  • Cooling effect of FPV in temperate and tropical climate zones: Field data comparison from the Netherlands and Singapore

    • Dr. Arifeen Wahed
      Dr. Arifeen Wahed Senior Research Fellow, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
    • Maarten Dörenkämper
      Maarten Dörenkämper Researcher & Project Manager Solar Energy Applications, TNO, Netherlands
4.40PM - 5.00PM
  • Networking Break

5.00PM - 5.30PM
  • Resource assessment, bankability and FPV performance prediction 

5.30PM - 6.00PM
  • Fireside chat moderated by Celine Paton (SERIS): Financiers' perspective on large-scale floating solar projects


    • Moderator: Celine Paton, SERIS
    • Celine Paton
      Celine Paton Senior Financial Analyst, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
    • Kelvin Wong
      Kelvin Wong Managing Director, Project Finance, DBS Bank, Singapore
6.00PM - 6.30PM
  • Facilitating site analysis and site selection through the use of satellite data

6.30PM - 7.00PM
  • Launch of the International Floating Solar Society (IFS²)

    • Dr. Thomas Reindl
      Dr. Thomas Reindl Deputy CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore (NUS)
29 October 2020: Environmental impacts & path towards standardisation
3.00PM - 3.10PM
  • Welcome remarks from IFSS co-chair

    • Dr. Teresa Barnes
      Dr. Teresa Barnes Director, DuraMAT / Group Manager, PV Reliability and Systems Performance, NREL, USA
3.10PM - 3.40PM
  • Floating solar panels: Impacts on hydrodynamics and water quality - Singapore case study

    • Prof Lloyd Chua
      Prof Lloyd Chua Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Deakin University, Australia
3.40PM - 4.10PM
  • Potential impact of floating solar panels on water quality, fauna and flora in reservoirs - Netherlands case study

    • Dr. Bas Hofs
      Dr. Bas Hofs Researcher CSR, Evides Waterbedrijf, Netherlands
4.10PM - 4.40PM
  • Panel discussion: Environmental impacts of Floating Solar - Water utilities' perception


    • Moderator: Dr. Alona Armstrong, Senior Lecturer, Energy & Environment Sciences & Deputy Director of Energy Lancaster, Lancaster University, UK
    • Dr. Alona Armstrong
      Dr. Alona Armstrong Senior Lecturer, Energy & Environmental Sciences & Deputy Director of Energy Lancaster, Lancaster University, UK
    • Dr Low E-wen
      Dr Low E-wen Senior Principal Specialist, Water Quality Department, PUB, Singapore
    • Dr. Bas Hofs
      Dr. Bas Hofs Researcher CSR, Evides Waterbedrijf, Netherlands
4.40PM - 5.00PM
  • Networking Break

5.00PM - 5.30PM
  • FPV lessons learned from past projects

    • Ludovic Dehondt
      Ludovic Dehondt ASEANO & Turkey Technical Director, Ciel & Terre International, Malaysia
    • Luc Pejo
      Luc Pejo Chief Technical Officer, Ciel & Terre Japan
5.30PM - 6.00PM
  • Introduction of design standards for floating photovoltaic power systems in China

6.00PM - 6.30PM
  • Cabling and electrical system components for FPV

    • Guido Volberg
      Guido Volberg Senior Consultant, Product Regulatory Affairs, Alternative Energies, Stäubli Electrical Connectors, Germany
6.30PM - 7.00PM
  • Closing panel: Path toward standardisation


    • Moderator: George Touloupas (CEA)
    • George Touloupas
      George Touloupas Director of Technology & Quality, Clean Energy Associates (CEA), China
    • Michele Tagliapietra
      Michele Tagliapietra Solar & Storage Consultant, DNV GL, Netherlands
    • Congyi Tan
      Congyi Tan Head, Urban Solar Group, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
    • Susie Ni
      Susie Ni Department Manager, TÜV Rheinland, Solar & Commercial Products, Greater China
30 October 2020: O&M experiences & the next frontiers of floating solar
3.00PM - 3.10PM
  • Welcome remarks from IFSS co-chair

3.10PM - 3.40PM
  • Real-world O&M experiences in Cambodia (industrial water body)

    • Dr. Andre Nobre
      Dr. Andre Nobre Head of Operations & Maintenance, Cleantech Solar, Singapore
3.40PM - 4.10PM
  • Alto Rabagão floating PV – Innovative O&M in challenging environment

    • João Fernando Ribeiro
      João Fernando Ribeiro High Technical Senior Engineer, Commissioning and Tests Division, EDP Produção, Portugal
    • Luís Miguel Rocha
      Luís Miguel Rocha High Technical Specialist, Electrical and Electromechanical Testing, Labelec (EDP Group), Portugal
4.10PM - 4.40PM
  • Country market opportunity – South Korea in focus: Saemangeum's Green Vision: its renewable energy project and development plan

    • Bryan Im
      Bryan Im Director International Affairs & Cooperation Division, Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency (SDIA), South Korea
4.40PM - 5.00PM
  • Networking Break 

5.00PM - 5.20PM
  • Implementation of floating system under multi-application scenarios

    • Sa Sha
      Sa Sha APAC Director, Sungrow Floating, China
5.20PM - 6.00PM
  • Marine Engineering solutions for near-shore Floating Solar & 5 MWp case study in Singapore

6.00PM - 6.30PM
  • North Sea 1: The First Operational Offshore Solar Farm in High Waves

6.30PM - 7.00PM
  • Closing panel: Summary of IFSS 2020, outlook for IFS² and future trends of Floating Solar


    • Moderator: Dr. Thomas Reindl, Deputy CEO, SERIS
    • Dr. Thomas Reindl
      Dr. Thomas Reindl Deputy CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore (NUS)
    • Alexander Minge Thøgersen
      Alexander Minge Thøgersen Vice President - Engineering and Clean Technology, Moss Maritime (Saipem), Norway
    • Nicolas Serrie
      Nicolas Serrie VP Product Management, GE Hydro
      President/GM, GE Hydro France
    • Jan Napiorkowski
      Jan Napiorkowski Global Head Clean Energy, Ariel Re, Syndicate of Lloyd’s of London, Hong Kong

Workshop on Clean Cooling Solutions in the Asia and Pacific Region

ACES 2020 ADB Holding Slide Clean Cooling2

In a warming world, demand for cooling is rising, and with it the risks for vulnerable populations who are unable to access it today. As the global community works to deliver sustainable energy for all, access to cooling has emerged as a modern energy service that is necessary to reduce energy poverty gaps and inequalities. Rather than being a luxury, access to sustainable cooling is vital to health and livelihoods, and a low-carbon future.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic underscored what has been known all along, that ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all (SDG 7) is intertwined with the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in this case, good health and well-being (SDG 3) and climate action (SDG 13). Access to clean cooling, which is one of the modern energy services, reduces inequalities across human comfort and safety, and is essential to health services, and agricultural and food needs as well as to mitigate and combat climate change and its impacts.

Based on a 2020 report of Sustainable Energy for All, more than 1 billion people globally, of which 592.7 million live in Asia, are facing high risks due to lack of access to cooling for basic needs.[1] The shortage of affordable and sustainable cooling solutions negatively impact access to health essentials, and the ability to find respite from dangerously high temperatures. Clean cooling solutions are important in storing and transporting perishable goods, such as food and medicines. With the advent of vaccines that will stamp out COVID-19 and other diseases, clean cooling will play a key role in ensuring universal access to health; cooling will be critical for the effective distribution of the vaccines to billions of people.[2] For those living in hot climates, access to clean cooling has become a necessity to avoid serious risks to their health, and sustain their well-being and productivity.

Ensuring the availability of cooling that is affordable, sustainable, and accessible to all who need it is essential to alleviating poverty and achieving the global SDGs by 2030. The ADB has provided more than 100 million people with modern access to electricity through its Energy for All Initiative. Now, ADB, in partnership with SEAS through the Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence, and SEforALL, is channeling its efforts toward bridging the energy access gaps in clean and sustainable cooling.

[1] Sustainable Energy for All. 2019. Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All. (Link)

[2] UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). 2020. Policy Briefs in Support of the High-Level Political Forum 2020: Accelerating SDG7 Achievement in the Time of COVID-19. (Link)

28 October 2020
14:00 - 14:05
  • Opening Remarks

    • Kee-Yung Nam
      Kee-Yung Nam Principal Energy Economist, Asian Development Bank
14:05 - 14:35
  • Moderator: Clotilde Rossi di Schio, Energy Efficiency Specialist, SEforALL

    Session 1: Clean Cooling Situation in the Asia and Pacific Region and the Role of the Government


    Clean cooling has emerged as a necessary modern energy service to reduce poverty gaps and inequalities; it is vital to health and livelihood, and has become an important element to a low-carbon future. Since developments in cooling are relatively new compared with other modern energy services such as access to electricity, government plays a key role in ensuring access to clean cooling solutions is affordable, equitable, and timely.


    This session describes the cooling scenario in the Asia Pacific region in light of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7. It presents the status, issues, and prospects, and establishes the importance of clean cooling solutions. The presentations will include discussions on product availability, choices, and affordability; and lack of appropriate policies, non-inclusion of clean cooling solutions in energy master plans, and information gaps and awareness building.


    This session also discusses the role of the government in encouraging the uptake of clean cooling solutions through policies, subsidies, and incentives; and instituting standards and regulations.


    Discussions will include the institutional structure or framework that is responsible for promoting wider access to clean cooling solutions; and challenges governments encountered, their responses, and the ensuing outcomes in providing clean cooling solutions.

Presentation 1.1
  • Cold Storage Chain Development in Southeast Asia

    ADB presents about cold storage chain development in Southeast Asia that can contribute to vaccine distribution, agriculture and fisheries development, among others.

Presentation 1.2
  • Green and High-Efficiency Cooling Action Plan of the People's Republic of China

    • Hu Min
      Hu Min Executive Director, iGDP, China Advisor at Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program
Q&A Session
14:35 - 15:25
  • Session 2: Innovative Technologies for Clean Cooling Solutions


    This session discusses innovative technologies in clean cooling—for health, agriculture, perishables, livelihood—that are applicable to the developing countries of the Asia Pacific region. Some of these technologies are solar-powered storage, solar-powered containers, and ground or waste water used for cooling. The discussion includes issues and challenges in adopting the technologies, and recommendations in replicating and scaling-up access to them in the developing countries of the region.


    • Moderator: Clotilde Rossi di Schio, Energy Efficiency Specialist, SEforALL
Presentation 2.1
  • Sustainable Energy for All's Sustainable Cooling Solutions

    SEforALL presents its approach for identifying Sustainable Cooling Solutions, based on the assessment of the cooling needs in comfort and safety, food and nutrition, and healthcare.

Presentation 2.2
  • Ecozen Solution for Agriculture Cold Storage

    Ecozen's Solar Cooling model offered as a service, with market linkage and logistics support, is enabling farmers to reduce logistics cost significantly and access farther markets, and earn more and reduce losses in the agriculture value chain. 

Presentation 2.3
  • Structure Cooling with Near Zero Energy Use

    cBalance Solutions explores the principles, urgent need, and contemporary applications of a near-zero-energy consuming Structure Cooling Systems in the built-space context to avert run-away climate breakdown anticipated to be caused by India's inexorable rise in AC consumption.

    • Vivek Gilani
      Vivek Gilani Managing Director & Executive Board Member, cBalance Solutions
Presentation 2.4
  • Enabling Sustainable Cold Chain in India and Bangladesh

    Enabling sustainable cold chain can prevent food loss from farm to consumer with innovative milk chilling, cold storage, and refrigerated transport technologies for weak grid and off grid areas.

Q&A Session
15:25 - 15:55
  • Session 3: Business Models for Clean Cooling Solutions


    This session presents the available business models in clean cooling that are applicable to the developing countries of the Asia Pacific region. It discusses how clean cooling solutions could be financed, replicated, and scaled up, and how they will be set-up, operated, and maintained. It presents ways to increase financial commitments to facilitate access to cooling. Collaboration among government, non-government organizations, financial intermediaries, private sector, and communities could make the provision of clean cooling more efficient and effective.


    • Moderator: Clotilde Rossi di Schio, Energy Efficiency Specialist, SEforALL
Presentation 3.1
  • A Change in the Weather – Cooling Efficiency and the Cooling Imperative

    “Cooling as a Service” is an innovative business model to address “The Cooling Imperative,” the phenomena of rising temperatures, population growth, and income levels (notwithstanding COVID-19) accompanied by greater urbanization.

Presentation 3.2
  • Business Models for Clean Cooling Solutions

    A variety of models exists to finance energy efficiency models, each of which has advantages and drawbacks. This presentation would compare and contrast the different models by exploring the dynamics in the models and the implications on various stakeholders.   

    • Gary Hui
      Gary Hui Chief Operations Officer, Energenz Consulting Ltd
Q&A Session
15:55 - 16:00
  • Closing Remarks from ADB/SEforALL

Workshop on Access to Clean Cooking in Asia and the Pacific

ACES 2020 ADB Holding Slide Clean Cooking

Around 1.8 billion people or nearly 40% of the Asia-Pacific region’s population in 2018 rely on polluting and unhealthy cooking fuels and technologies.[1] Close to 4 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from illness attributable to household air pollution from inefficient cooking practices using polluting stoves paired with solid fuels and kerosene.[2] Despite stipulations for universal access to clean cooking by 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, the Asia-Pacific has been slow in its journey to achieving this goal.[3]   

Further setbacks in achieving the SDGs have been feared due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) this year. But, achieving universal access to clean cooking is a necessary action to achieve not only affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services for all (SDG 7), but also healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3) and readiness to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13). Continuing and accelerating the efforts in the provision of clean cooking, will decrease indoor air pollution, help households avoid respiratory diseases, contribute to allaying the future impacts of natural disasters and calamities, and support in developing the resilience of countries' renewable energy systems.

Provision of clean cooking for the rural and urban-poor population will alleviate the plight of women—who often bear the brunt of household work—and children, who both suffer more from the health consequences of indoor air pollution.[4] Household air pollution is attributable to cooking and heating practices using solid fuel (wood, charcoal, coal, dung, crop wastes) on open fires or traditional stoves. These produce harmful air pollutants such as fine particulates, toxic smoke as well as climate change-inducing gases like black carbon. According the World Health Organization, household air pollution causes noncommunicable diseases such as stroke, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer.[5] As such, access to clean fuels and technologies such as clean cookstoves reduces exposure to indoor air pollutants and health risks including death. 

Recognizing the critical gap between the SDG7 target by 2030 of achieving universal access to clean cooking, and the current low access and slow progress toward the goal, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), through its Sustainable Energy Center of Excellence (SECOE), and SEforALL, will undertake a workshop focusing on access to clean cooking. Knowledge gained through this workshop would contribute to closing the disparity in clean energy access among countries in Asia and the Pacific, particularly in the field of cooking.

[1] UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). 2020. Policy Briefs in Support of the High-Level Political Forum 2020: Accelerating SDG7 Achievement in the Time of COVID-19. (Link).

[2] World Health Organization. 2018. Household Air Pollution and Health. 8 May. (Link).

[3] SDG7 is ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Access to modern energy includes: (a) access to electricity and (b) access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking.

[4] UNESCAP. 2017. Inequality of Opportunity in Asia and the Pacific: Clean Energy. (Link).

[5] Footnote 2.

29 October 2020
14:00 - 14:05
  • Opening Remarks by Kavita Gandhi (SEAS) and Kee-Yung Nam (ADB)

    • Kee-Yung Nam
      Kee-Yung Nam Principal Energy Economist
      Asian Development Bank
14:05 - 14:40
  • Moderator: Michael Williamson, Section Chief, Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

    Session 1: Accelerating Access to Clean Cooking in the Asia and Pacific Region: Status and Major Issues


    The presentation will discuss the status of access to clean cooking in the Asia and Pacific region specifically focusing on the current issues, challenges, and barriers. It will highlight the critical role of clean cooking in  the achievement of the SDGs and its current status in terms of technical, policy, and financial challenges and risks.


    Focus will also be placed on the major issues and barriers to increasing access to clean cooking, and promoting the shift from traditional to modern cooking technologies. 

Presentation 1.1
  • Rethinking Clean Cooking: State of Access to Modern Energy Cooking Services

    • Ed Brown
      Ed Brown Research Director, MECS, Loughborough University
Presentation 1.2
  • Increasing Access to Clean Cooking: Challenges and Prospects from Philippine Perspective

    • Kee-Yung Nam
      Kee-Yung Nam Principal Energy Economist, Asian Development Bank
Q&A Session
14:40 - 15:20
  • Session 2: Best Practices on Innovative Clean Cooking Technologies


    Presentations will showcase case studies of  innovative clean cooking technologies already being implemented and piloted in the region specifically in areas lacking access to clean cooking and fuel. The case studies will provide a glimpse of the challenges encountered, measures taken, and recommendations moving forward in order to replicate and scale up said technologies and solutions in other parts of the region. Measures taken to tackle indoor air pollution and its impacts on the health and environment will also be discussed. 


    • Moderator: Michael Williamson, Section Chief, Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Presentation 2.1
  • A journey towards accelerating electric cooking in Nepal

Presentation 2.2
  • What We Learnt from Selling A Million Stoves

Presentation 2.3
  • Scaling Cooking Energy Solutions in South East Asia: Lessons Learned from Practical Experiences

    • Bastiaan Teune
      Bastiaan Teune SNV Cambodia Sector Leader Energy / Global Cookstoves Coordinator
Q&A Session
15:20 - 15:55
  • Session 3: Accelerating Access to Clean Cooking in the Asia and Pacific Region: Solutions and Scaling-up

    The presentations will discuss the different ways and measures that should be and have already been taken by the public and private sectors, including development financing institutions, in increasing financial commitments in clean cooking. To be highlighted are the roles they have played, and the different mechanisms, approaches used, challenges, and lessons learned to encourage financing of sustainable clean cooking solutions.


    Presentation on the critical role of government to promote and achieve access to clean cooking - government program on clean cooking including policy and regulatory standards and framework that are conducive to private sector investment in clean cooking technologies.


    • Moderator: Michael Williamson, Section Chief, Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Presentation 3.1
  • Trends in Clean Cooking Finance Commitments

    • Olivia Coldrey
      Olivia Coldrey Lead, Energy Finance and Clean Cooking, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
Presentation 3.2
  • Improved Cookstoves Programme in Bangladesh

    • Md. Enamul Karim (Pavel)
      Md. Enamul Karim (Pavel) Director (Loans) & Head (Renewable Energy), Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), Bangladesh
Presentation 3.3
  • Role of Local Governments in the Promotion of Clean Cooking Programs: the Case of Iloilo City

    • Noel Hechanova
      Noel Hechanova Department Head, Iloilo City Environment and Natural Resource Office, Philippines
Q&A Session
16:10 - 16:15
  • Closing Remarks by Olivia Coldrey (SEforALL)

    • Olivia Coldrey
      Olivia Coldrey Lead, Energy Finance and Clean Cooking, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)

SPECS – Grid 2.0 Technologies Roundtable

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Singapore has invested steadily in research in smart grid technologies in the past decade. These investments have grown a strong base of researchers with expertise in the smart grid and power electronics domain. The Smart Grid and Power Electronics Consortium Singapore (SPECS) is set up to provide a platform for companies to access the latest technologies developed by these researchers, and to translate them into commercially-viable products and services.

SPECS, a Singapore national programme office, together with the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N), as part of the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) in conjunction with Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW 2020), is organizing the Grid Technology use case roundtable, which will focus on grid technology commercialization through companies. The foremost academic & industry experts will present on how Institutes of Higher Learnings (IHLs) & Research Institutes (RIs) intellectual property (IP) & know-how transfer have accelerated successfully both research and business outcomes.

29 October 2020
1.00PM - 1.15PM
  • Organisation Introduction


    • Dr. Nouredine Hadjsaid (SPECS), Technical Committee Chairman
    • Dr. Koh Leong Hai (SPECS), Programme Director
    • Professor Lee Poh Seng (CoolestSG), Programme Director
    • Dr. Chiam Sing Yang (SBC), Director
    • Er. Tse Yau Shing (SWA), Council Member
    • Mr Chia Hock Lai (SFA/BAS), Founding President 
    • Mr Ottar Skjervheim (Danfoss), Electrification Leader
1.15PM - 1.30PM
  • Grid Converter functionalities for a Smart Grid



    • Mr Ottar Skjervheim (Danfoss), Electrification Leader
1.30PM - 1.45PM
  • Greening the Grid



    • Mr Kang Jen Wee, (T-RECs), CEO & Founder
1.45PM - 2.00PM
  • Microgrid Solutions



    • Dr Amit Gupta (Rolls-Royce), Chief, Rolls-Royce Electrical
2.00PM - 2.15PM
  • Energy storage, Enabling the world’s EV charging



    • Mr Duncan Douglas, (Durapower), Senior Manager, Strategic Development
2.15PM - 3.00PM
  • Roundtable Q&A moderated by Dr. Marcus Koh

3.25PM - 3.30PM
  • Opening Remarks



    • Dr. Anshuman Tripathi, (NTU) Programme Director
3.30PM - 3.45PM
  • Enabling technologies driving stronger, smarter, greener Distribution Grids



    • Ms Nirupa Chander (ABB-Hitachi), Country Managing Director

3.45PM - 4.00PM
  • Smart Grid Initiatives



    • Mr Low Ying Hui, (Sunseap) Senior Manager
4.00PM - 4.15PM
  • Hydrogen economy



    • Dr. Aravind Muthiah, (EcoLabs) Lead for Energy Storage and Electromobility
4.15PM - 4.30PM
  • Hurdles and Solutions towards improving the Charging Experience for electric vehicles



    • Mr Benjamin Langer, (AVL/DE) Software & Functions Team Manager
4.30PM - 4.45PM
  • Cyber-secure operations during the energy transformation


    • Mr Jos Menting (Engie), Chief Technologist, Industrial Cybersecurity

4.45PM - 5.15PM
  • Roundtable QnA moderated by Anshuman

U.S. - ASEAN Energy Storage Forum

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The ability to store generated electricity to deploy at later times to meet demand changes, a process referred to as energy storage, offers a flexible solution to overcoming the challenges of supply and demand balancing of the electrical grid. Energy storage increases energy and system efficiency, enhances reliability, and strengthens grid resiliency, all while driving a new market for technology products and services. An electric utility will adjust the electricity it generates to respond to predicted and unpredicted fluctuations in electricity demand.

30 October 2020
9.00 AM - 9.15AM
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

    • Ian Steff
      Ian Steff Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service
    • Jonathan Goh
      Jonathan Goh Director, Energy Market Authority, Singapore
9.15AM - 10.45AM
  • PANEL: What value do energy storage systems bring to the grid?


    Energy storage systems are increasingly being deployed to solve several key challenges facing global electrical utilities. These include the successful and efficient integration of intermittent energy from renewable sources, offsetting or deferring transmission and distribution projects to save money, as well as replacing diesel generators for back-up power.


    This panel will discuss the value energy storage systems bring to utilities and their customers.


    • Moderator: Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association
10.45AM - 11.00AM
  • Closing Remarks

    • Ian Steff
      Ian Steff Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service