Events

Workshop

Digital Decarbonisation: Perspectives of DLT, AI and IoT

The aim of international workshop is to give a platform to discuss the newest development in decarbonisation with digital technologies like Distributed Ledger Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things in Asia-Pacific. Based to the discussions with international experts and use cases from Asia-Pacific presented during the workshop we would like to identify common challenges and possible solutions, analyze governance strategies, and create a network. The topics of the workshops will be (I) peer-to-peer renewable energy networks, (II) climate finance and climate bond, and (III) protecting biodiversity. The workshop is a start for a series of events on this topic in Asia-Pacific.

Workshop

Water Security and Disaster Management in Asia

The workshop aims to analyze the threats to water security in the face of worsening hydro-meteorological disasters due to climate change, as well as the methods of integrating disaster management into water governance.

Workshop

EU-Asia Relations and the Race for Global Resource Leadership

9th Workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics
We are calling for papers on various subjects, about EU-Asia relations and the race for global resource leadership, for the upcoming 9th Workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics, namely: Race-No. 1: Political economy, industrial policy and infrastructure Race-No. 2: Energy resources Race-No. 3: Circular economy and materials Race-No. 4: Business models and management methods.

Workshop

Sustainability in Global Value Chains

International Workshop
Companies and businesses are increasingly embedded in Global Value Chains. This interconnectivity comes along with an increased responsibility for social and environmental conditions and climate change mitigation.

Expert conference

Climate Change and Human Responses

International Conference
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. It does not only have massive impacts on eco-systems, but also on societies and business, in particular for global production chains, value-adding and labour markets.

Workshop

Energy Security and Energy Market Integration in South Asia

Improving Energy Access and Enhancing Regional Stability
In South Asia, energy demand is growing rapidly. The benefits of an interconnected electricity system in the region have not been fully utilized. KAS RECAP and COSATT hold a workshop to discuss energy cooperation between countries in South Asia.

Study and Information Program

Digitalisation in the energy sector

Challenges for Asia and Europe
Digitalisation offers a great opportunity for the energy sector to become more efficient and sustainable, but it also bears security risks. During a study trip, experts from Asia will learn about the current challenges and strategies in Europe.

Workshop

Talanoa Dialogue For Climate Ambition

Workshop in preparation of COP24
Climate change is the most pressing issue of the 21st century and can only be solved by international cooperation. The Talanoa Dialogue is meant to build a better understanding among different stakeholders of climate action in Hong Kong.

Workshop

The Future of Global Energy Security in the Age of Digitalization

Geostrategic Implications for Regional and Global Energy Markets
Digitalization is one of the key evolving trends of the energy sector. It comes with technological improvements, but also concerns over security. KAS RECAP hosts an international workshop to examine how digitalization shapes future energy systems.

Forum

Energy Security and Climate Change in East Asia - Jointly Getting on Track for a More Sustainable Future

The threat of Climate Change, as well as the importance of Energy Security makes it necessary to establish cross-border cooperation and multilateral collaboration. Therefore we aim to discuss regional steps towards a sustainable future in East Asia.

Study and Information Program

City Redevelopment, Infrastructure and Heritage in the Era of Climate Change

A Study Space Program in Singapore
Singapore’s efforts in urban planning are well-recognized in Asia. How does the city address climate impacts and sustainable development issues? KAS RECAP conducts a study tour in Singapore in cooperation with Georgia State University.

Event Reports

Trade Conflicts and Energy Markets in Asia

by Eric Lee

Expert Workshop
KAS RECAP is launching a regional survey on implications of international trade disputes for energy development in Asia-Pacific. For preparing the survey, an international workshop took place in Hong Kong on 22 October 2019. Energy experts were invited to discuss the global economic uncertainties triggered mainly by the US-China trade conflict and their impacts on Asia’s energy sustainable development.

Event Reports

Youth Energy Academy 2019

by Eric Lee

Power to Empower
Supported by KAS RECAP, the Youth Energy Academy took place on 28 October – 3 November 2019. It was organized by the Sustainable Youth Energy Network and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and Pacific at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.

Event Reports

Resource Integration in Central Asia and its impacts on South Asia

by Christian Hübner

International Workshop on Resource Integration and Climate Security
The workshop analysed how the resource integration in Central Asia is triggering developments in South Asia in terms of resource security.

Event Reports

UN Climate Finance & Sustainable Investing Conference 2019

by Felisa Falcon

Financing Sustainable Development / Investing for a Sustainable Future
UNESCAP co-organized with WGO a major UN conference, focusing on key Sustainability themes and Financial topics. UNESCAP sent their key representatives, including the Chief of Financing for Development Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division to Hong Kong. Also, the United Nations invited key government officials globally and distinguished speakers/experts to participate in the event. With more than 40 international and local renowned speakers, the UN Conference fosters comprehensive dialogue among government officials, industry practitioners, scholars and NGOs to accelerate the paradigm shift in the sustainable investment. More importantly, this conference also aimed at facilitating changes in the decision making processes among investors and asset managers towards ESG investing. Through this established platform coupled with the network of the United Nations, extensive collaborations between institutional and private investors and project proponents are able to effectively engage among critical stakeholders towards the development of best practices for the development of Green Finance and Sustainable Investment.

Event Reports

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainability and Digital Cooperation

by Felisa Falcon

Implications of Technological Advancement for SDGs
The Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainability and Digital Cooperation workshop, took place in Hong Kong, on September 12th, organized by KAS RECAP. The framework of the workshop was the recently published report by UN Secretary General’s high Panel of Digital Cooperation “The age of interdependence” https://digitalcooperation.org/, highlighting the rise of awareness coming from the UN Secretary General to consider how digital cooperation can contribute to the achievements of SDGs .

Event Reports

Carbon Markets and the Electricity Sector

by Peter Hefele

Issues, Opportunities, and Priorities for East Asia
The workshop on “Carbon Markets and the Electricity Sector – Issues, Opportunities, and Priorities for East Asia” was held in Bangkok on 20 – 22 March 2019 in cooperation with Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) and the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO). The main topic developed was ETS and Carbon Markets in East Asia.

Event Reports

Coping with Disruption: Dimensions of Digitalisation in Europe and Asia

by Peter Hefele

8th Annual Workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics
The 8th annual workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics was held this year in Singapore, dealing with dimensions of digitalisation, disruption and disruptive innovation in Europe and Asia. International professionals and academics presented insightful papers, highlighting different aspects and opportunities of digitalisation in different economic sectors in Europe and Asia. As every year, the workshop took place in the framework of UACES Collaborative Research Network on EU-China Relations, and is supported by the KAS Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia-Pacific (KAS RECAP).

Event Reports

International Workshop: Fighting Deforestation

by Peter Hefele

New Business Solutions for Increasing Forest Carbon Storage
Growing global deforestation is not only endangering the variety of species living in forests, but also contributes immensely to the current greenhouse gas emissions. There is a huge market resulting from cutting forests down, but are there actual economic opportunities to gain from fighting deforestation? New business solutions have to be developed to increase in forest carbon storage. The workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, was jointly organized by KAS Regional Project on Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia- Pacific and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK.

Event Reports

Neue Business Modelle im Energiesektor in Zeiten der Digitalisierung

by Peter Hefele

The global energy business is under tremendous pressure to reinvent itself. Three major impact factors can be identified: Digitalisation, Decarbonisation and Decentralisation. All types of business operations will be affected – also beyond the traditional energy business. To manage these challenges, new skill, organisational culture and technological knowledge are needed. On invitation of ESSCA School of Management Shanghai, Dr Peter Hefele, Director KAS RECAP, presented main findings of a recent KAS RECAP study on Digitalisation of Global Energy Systems [https://www.kas.de/web/energie-klima-lateinamerika/single-title/-/content/geopolitik-erneuerbarer-energien-in-lateinamerika-eine-umfrage]. He emphasized on the cross-sectoral effects and the need for a better regulatory framework, to maximize the economic and social gains through digitalized energy systems. Enhancing the resilience of digitalized infrastructure and channeling funds into a green transition are further priorities of national and global politics.

Event Reports

Seminar on Sustainable Development Policy

by Maria Francesch-Huidobro

Dr. Francesch-Huidobro, Principal Consultant, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific, gave expert lectures on sustainable development politics and policy to a group of Senior Officials of the Ministry of Public Administration of Bangladesh attending an executive training programme in Hong Kong.  Dr. Francesch-Huidobro shared her expertise on the challenges brought about by having to apply global sustainability norms to local needs. She illustrated her lectures with examples of energy security and climate change policy-making in Asia-Pacific.