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The Konrad Adenauer Foundation responds to the growing regional and global importance of secure and climate save energy supply by establishing a new regional project “Energy security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific”. Climate change and energy supply are among the biggest challenges for many Asian countries in the coming decades. We foster this process towards a more sustainable way of living and economic activities through dialogue measures with policy makers in the region and with Europe – through international congresses and workshops, scholarship and research programmes and publications.

The present situation

Many regions of Asia currently show an enormous growth: the population increases very rapidly; changing production and new consumption habits go along with a dramatically rising demand in energy.

The countries try to diversify their energy supply; however, they still rely predominantly on fossil and nuclear energy sources. The growths of population and economy as well as the intensive exploitation of fossil energy sources have already damaged climate and environment heavily in the past years: air and water are devastatingly polluted; there are droughts, floods and rising sea level. This will severely threaten the positive development of the region Asia-Pacific in the near future. Moreover those threats lead to heavy conflicts within the societies and between the countries of the region, for example through disputes on water resources or when it comes to securing energy supply funnels and sea lanes.

Only an eco-friendly transformation of the way of living and economic activities secures long-lasting development opportunities in and for the region and makes a considerable contribution to the global combat against climate change. This issue is also of high importance for Europe. In this respect new models of sustainable energy supply systems are crucial to solve those problems.

Up to now rapid growth and development are on the top agenda of the national policies – disadvantaging the climate protection, the use of regenerative energy sources and sustainable, socially fair-minded development opportunities for all groups of society. Indeed, the negative outcomes are highly visible. Governments, the society and companies step by step begin to recognise the necessity of an “energetic transformation”.

Europe and Germany are preferred dialogue partners for developing and implementing new sustainable approaches in the areas of urbanisation, traffic and industrial upgrading. On the same time current international crises show that the energy supply based on fossil sources is highly vulnerable worldwide. To master this challenge, unilateral dependencies must be overcome and innovative potentials released. Politics, society and enterprises in Asia and Europe should be aware of the challenges of secure energy supply in the fields of foreign affairs, security and economic policy.

Germany as actor in the global energy and climate politics

By the end of 2010, Germany decided to almost completely rely on renewable energies until 2050. Through this “Energiewende” (energy turn), Germany aims on lowering the emission of climate-damaging greenhouse gases drastically and on reducing its dependence on imported fossil energy sources in the long run. This step caused enormous political and economic challenges for Germany – nationally as well as internationally.

Germany can build on its long tradition of innovation power in the field of eco-friendly, efficient and renewable energies. However, a successful execution of the Energiewende largely depends on a broad consensus in society and companies. New favourable economic frameworks and conditions for the use of renewable energies have to be created. In the past decades, Germany has already achieved very much in regard of its federal structure, new ways of democratic participation and its experiences with decentralised organisations.

Nowadays Germany is considered a credible international actor in the area of environment policy, e.g. in the context of the climate negotiations organised by the United Nations (COP) or the European Climate Protection Goals. But the German Energiewende also highlights the question in what way it can be integrated into a coherent European energy security policy to ensure the competitiveness and the energy supply security of Germany. Furthermore, there are also many challenges of energy policy in the field of multilateral and bilateral development cooperation as well as the foreign affairs and security policy.

The project goals within the Asia Pacific region

We strive to direct the attention of the political and economic decision makers in Asia on the fact that a sustainable energy supply and an effective climate protection are an essential basis for future prosperity and development of the region – and that a sustainable policy is no contradiction to further economic and social development. Both aims can only be achieved through an enforced intraregional cooperation. The region offers multiple possibilities to find new paths and tools for the development of sustainable energy systems. The same statement applies for the prevention of and the adaption to the effects of the climate change. All sustainable concepts that are intended to be successfully implemented by decision makers and society in Asia cannot be imposed from outside. We do not supply ready-made patterns but rather aim on contributing to the development of tailor-made approaches. Nevertheless, we are convinced that a transition of the energy supply system - and the accompanying opportunities and risks – affect an entire society. Therefore, all relevant groups of the society shall be integrated in the processes of planning and decision making. To achieve this, Germany and Europe can provide various experiences, e.g. in the urbanisation. Besides representatives of the politics and the administration, we also consider entrepreneurs, scientific institutions and think tanks as our target groups. The discourse shall be conducted across national and regional borders. We aim can build on already existing intraregional networks such as working groups for energy and climate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) or transnational associations of cities. Renowned Asian universities are important factors for the discussion on energy and climate in Asia, too. Moreover, we build bridges between Europe and Asia in the discourse on energy and climate.

Our approach

Establishing and strengthening networks of political and social decision makers in Asia and Pacific, building platforms for personal and professional exchange, participation in scientific discourses and the development of best practice are key tools of our project work.

  • We strengthen the awareness of the necessity of sustainable energy and climate policies and support the exchange with German and European partners. Foreign affairs, security and development policy and its nexus with sustainable energy supply are particular interest.
  • We cooperate with renowned national and international organisations in politics, business and society.
  • We observe the transformation of existing energy systems and the progress of climate protection and regional cooperation among Asian countries.
  • We provide periodical background information, analysis of recent developments in the region and results of our project works. Along with other KAS regional and country programmes, we are part of a global network. There is a close cooperation with the Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America. more...