Developing Urban Energy For A Carbon Neutral Future

While many countries have been successful in curbing the deadly Coronavirus across the globe, we are still yet to see a significant drop in GHG emissions. This is key to achieving the goal of the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius. In 2020, GHG emissions dropped by only 7% as compared to 2019; much more needs to be done for a climate-resilient future, especially starting this year- the year of COP26.

Building on the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2021 theme of Accelerating Low Carbon Transition in Asia and the Pacific, this session aims at exploring and discussing challenges and opportunities that the Asia Pacific region faces to develop sustainable and carbon-neutral urban energy systems. It will also shed light on facilitating the transition to a low-carbon society in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Provide insights in the challenges which cities are facing in the energy transition.
  • Share perspectives on Sustainable Urban Energy developments in cities.
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges to accelerate the low carbon transition post COVID19.
  • Disseminate regional experiences and international best practices.
  • Bridge public and private stakeholders, stimulating partnership, and project developments


Time (Manila) Activities
08:00-08:05 p.m. Opening Remarks and Session Introduction
Peter Lundberg, Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA)
08:05-08:15 p.m. Urban Energy for a Carbon Neutral Future
Mikael Jakobsson, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA)
08:15-08:25 p.m. Developing Sustainable and Efficient Cooling Solutions for Cities in India
Markus Wypior, German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ)
08:25-08:35 p.m. Supporting India’s Energy Transition to Meet National (NDC) and International Sustainability Goals (SDG) via Sustainable Cooling
in Built Environment & Cold Chain

Tarun Garg, Programme Lead – Buildings and Communities, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE)
08:35-09:15 p.m. Panel: Accelerating the Low-carbon Transition in APAC Post COVID19
Moderator: Mikael Jakobsson, APUEA

  1. Arijit Sengupta, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India
  2. Dr. Satish Kumar, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE)
  3. Keerthi Kumar Challa, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  4. Sam Scupham, Black & Veatch
  5. Ksenia Petrichenko, UN ESCAP (Insights in the new report: SDG7 Localization: affordable and clean energy in ASEAN cities
09:00-09:25 p.m. Q&A
09:25-09:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

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