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Asian Development Bank and IEA hold joint workshops on low-carbon energy

The Manila workshops drew participants from more than 15 countries across Asia and elsewhere. © OECD/IEA, 2012

First such co-operation between agencies draws more than 50 government and industry participants from across Asia

31 October 2012

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­­­­The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held their first joint workshop this autumn at the ADB headquarters in Manila. Together, they gathered more than 50 participants to explore the potential and best practices for smart grids (high-tech systems that monitor and manage electricity flow and usage to better balance supply and demand), wind energy and other technological innovations in power generation.

Asia is at the forefront of many technologies involving renewable energy, and the ADB alone helps invest more than USD 2 billion in sustainable-energy ventures each year.

The four-day workshop started 22 October with a full day of analyses and outlooks based on the IEA publication Energy Technology Perspectives 2012. Instruction and discussion focused on power generation and the use of smart grids, but also covered carbon capture and storage and new technologies for natural gas.

In subsequent days, IEA and ADB experts concentrated on wind energy and smart grids by launching the IEA How2Guides related initiatives in Asia, which aim to collate best policy practices for technology deployment, providing guidance to governments on how to develop energy technology roadmaps at the national level. The smart grid discussions also addressed integration of variable power sources like wind, while regional market analysts delivered a status report on wind energy in Asia.

The workshop drew participants from such ADB member countries as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines and Thailand as well as joint ADB-IEA members Japan and the Republic of Korea. Other participants included such organisations as the International Renewable Energy Agency and companies like Korea Electric Power Corporation.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. WooChong Um, ADB Deputy Director General, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, welcomed the IEA’s How2Guide initiative and related efforts to support roadmap development at the national level. Mr Um highlighted current Asian economic development that is driving unprecedented increases in demand for low-carbon energy.

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