Anteprima WEC Inside - 15 Maggio 2014


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Il WEC Inside è una pubblicazione bimestrale del World Energy Council (WEC) contenente interviste a rappresentanti del WEC e dei Comitati Nazionali, overview e aggiornamenti sulle attività recenti e future del WEC in tutto il mondo e, approfondimenti sulle ultime news in ambito energetico. La versione integrale del WEC Inside è disponibile nell'area Servizi Informativi, riservata ai soli Associati, sul sito del WEC Italia.

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Anteprima WEC Inside - 15 Maggio 2014

  1. 1. WEC Inside 15–31 May 2014 Welcome to WEC Inside, your exclusive briefing from your WEC network News Amid growing uncertainties in the energy sector of eastern and central Asia, the WEC will be hosting closed talks with more than 60 senior energy figures including ministers and company CEOs at its World Energy Leaders’ Summit, to take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, this week (21-22 May). The Summit will be co-hosted with Karim Massimov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. The talks will address the opportunities and emerging risks in an energy sector under rapid transition in the region. It will focus discussions on unconventionals, nuclear power, de-risking energy infrastructure, and power-to-gas technologies. Held in the margins of the Astana Economic Forum, the summit brings together energy leaders from 26 countries, including 10 prime ministers, ministers and senior government officials from eight countries. The ministers will be joined by CEOs and heads of energy companies from 14 countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Political and industry leaders gather at WEC summit co-hosted by Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Italy, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Russia, Switzerland, UAE, UK and the USA. Speaking ahead of the Summit, Christoph Frei, WEC Secretary General, said: “At a time of shifting tectonics in the energy sector it is critical for energy leaders to keep connecting the dots. We are pleased to work with the Kazakh government and we look forward to convening an influential group of energy leaders to discuss implications for the region and beyond. “Of particular interest will be the potential role of unconventionals in the region, emerging new risks in a context of great uncertainty, and updates on inno- vation in the field of energy storage,” he added. The WEC will also use the gathering to inaugu- rate a high-level advisory group on nuclear energy. Three years after Fukushima, the impact on the nuclear sector is still being felt in many parts of the world. The group will assess the realistic future for the sector and analyse how governments will use the technology in the energy mix. ■ 15–31 May 2014 WEC Inside1 What does this year’s ACEF aim to achieve? Asia promises to be a global clean energy investment hub. Investments have been growing exponentially over the past decade, but in order for them to continue to grow the region needs to keep on revisiting its institutional frameworks and strategies. ADB and its development partners designed the ACEF for that purpose. For the past seven years this annual flagship ADB event has been seeking to fill knowledge gaps in energy policy, regulation, finance, investment, energy access, and technology. For the first time, ACEF will this year also co- host a ministerial dialogue with the WEC. This will bring together high-level government officials to tackle policy barriers to the deployment of clean energy solutions. The lessons we learn through this will assist our developing member countries in devising national strategies for the deployment of clean energy. Interview What does the ADB hope to achieve by partnering with the WEC? The theme of this year’s ACEF is “connecting the policy, technology, and finance communities”. This has a multifold meaning. We found that developing member countries are very willing to deploy clean energy solutions. It is just a matter of how to do it. For instance, clean energy technology is available, but choosing the right technologies to fit local needs can be confusing with all of the choices available out there. Thus, only by sharing knowledge and expertise can we realise the “how”. This is where we envision the WEC can pro- vide invaluable assistance. With a network that spans over 90 countries, and with a programme that fosters knowledge exchange across regions, the WEC’s agenda and goals are very much in line with our own. To that end, we are thrilled to collaborate with the WEC in hosting this year’s ACEF at our headquarters in Manila, along with the US Agency for International Development. We envision our collaboration with the WEC in the Forum to be the beginning, and hope to con- tinue partnering with the WEC in future. What is the development finance situation in Asia for energy projects? There is adequate financing for energy projects. While global clean energy investments declined by 11% to $254 million in 2013 and the additions to renewable generation capacity also declined, renewable energy investment in the Asia Pacific region continued to grow steadily, increasing by 10% in the same year. Governments within the region need to be serious about climate change and its impacts on their respective countries. Governments also need to mobilise their pension funds to fund clean The WEC is supporting the Asian Development Bank’s Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) next month. ADB’s Anthony Jude talks about how the collaboration could foster energy knowledge for powering growth in the region. Anthony J. Jude is Senior Advisor and Practice Leader for Energy at the Regional and Sustainable Development Department of the Asian Development Bank. World Energy Leaders’ Summit will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan continued on page 3 ... Visit our website: More news on page 2 ...