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27 March 2023, 12:00 - 13:40 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

Virtual event on Kumospace, Bangkok

Southeast Asia (SEA) was regarded as a "slow starter" in the energy transition but has accelerated the decarbonization path, with most SEA countries developing their own road maps to achieve net-zero emissions between 2050 and 2065. Various efforts have been made to push clean energy expansion. Singapore's first power import project begins through the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration project; the Philippines's inaugural green energy auction awarded 76% of the capacity to solar; and Vietnam's latest Power Development Plan (PDP) 8 draft appears to center on gas and wind. Besides, it was noted that nuclear power is now being considered as one of the clean energy transition options in the region. The heavily coal-reliant countries—the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam—all float their prospects of nuclear power development in the most recent announcements during the second quarter of 2022.

This policy dialogue will bring in key experts both from Canada and Southeast Asia to discuss key issues related to clean energy innovation and transition in the region. The discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule and aims to spark ideas and insights on how Southeast Asia can smoothly undertake its clean energy transition.

This is a side event to the 10th Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development and is co-organized by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and ESCAP's Subregional Office for South East Asia.

27 Mar 2023
Program Opening

Opening Remarks

Dr. Jeffrey Reeves, Vice-President of Research and Strategy, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Plenary Session: Clean Energy Innovation and Transition in Canada and Southeast Asia

This session aims to set the scene for the discussion during the breakout session. It provides insights on the type of technology and innovation developed by Southeast Asia countries and Canada for transitioning into clean energy. These include cross border power grid integration and small modular nuclear reactor.

• Mr. Ruhimat Soerakoesoemah, Head of Subregional Office for South-East Asia, ESCAP


• Regional Power Connectivity for Sustainable Development
Mr. Mathew Wittenstein, Chief of Section, Energy Connectivity, Energy Division, ESCAP (10 minutes)

• Small Modular Reactor: A Clean Energy Alternative
Representative, Bruce Power/Ontario Power Generation/SNC-Lavalin (10 minutes) - TBC

Q&A Session

Breakout Session

In the breakout session, the participants will be divided into three groups. Each group will be moderated by a representative from APF Canada/ESCAP and discuss the following questions:

• What is the state of play of clean energy transition in your country?

• How to balance the energy mix that is more climate-friendly and stable at the same time? What are the intermediate solutions to address this conundrum?

• What are the innovative clean energy solutions that might be suitable for Southeast Asia?

Closing Remnarks

• Mr. Ruhimat Soerakoesoemah, Head of Subregional Office for South-East Asia, ESCAP

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for South-East Asia + 66 22 88 2902 [email protected]
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