Event Reports

Meeting the Energy Demand of Emerging Economies

by Johannes Vogel

RECAP scholarship holders discuss challenges for Asia

How do the challenges for the Korean and Indian energy politics differ? What experiences from Southeast Asia could be valuable for energy regulation strategy in the developed East Asian economies? In what aspects is a closer transnational cooperation in Asia feasible and recommendable? Such questions were discussed at a meeting of young researchers from six Asian countries in Singapore. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung RECAP has sponsored their participation in the annual conference of the International Association for Energy Economics.

One of the most severe challenges emerging economies in Asia are facing is satisfying their energy demand. Consumption of energy in general and electricity in particular is growing rapidly in most countries of the region. The decision makers are now required to put the development of a sustainable energy supply on the right track. These great tasks are at the core of the largest annual meeting of energy economics, organised by the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and hosted this year by the National University of Singapore. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung RECAP is co-financing this impactful four-day conference where several hundred representatives from academia, enterprises and energy suppliers and regulating authorities meet. RECAP has enabled six young researchers from countries across Asia to take part in the conference.

On Sunday, 18 June, RECAP invited the participants to a meeting in advance of the conference. The researchers exchanged ideas and findings of their work. After a short introduction into their respective countries’ energy policy and economics, the young scholars engaged in a vivid discussion on common and different situations and approaches. Scarcity of fossil resources, energy pricing as strategic approach, trans-border grid connection and the various challenges in implementing renewable energies were among the discussed topics.

The 40th annual meeting of IAEE featured nearly 300 presentations of distinct experts and young academics covering all aspects of contemporary energy politics and economics. The lectures dealt with practical examples of challenges and their solutions from all over the world. The participants sponsored by RECAP seized the opportunity to enhance their networks and discuss the state of the art with their fellow experts from other continents. RECAP also co-organised a student breakfast workshop which brought together more than 80 participants and fostered the global academic cooperation among young researchers in energy sciences.