Events

Workshop

Carbon Markets and the Electricity Sector: Issues, Opportunities, and Priorities for East Asia

Regional Workshop on Emissions' Trading
Emission reductions in the electricity sector will be paramount if the Paris commitments of reducing global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius are to be attained. Emissions trading systems (ETS) as a cost-effective instrument for emissions control are now being implemented or considered across a diverse set of jurisdictions in East Asia. KAS RECAP will hold a two-day workshop in Bangkok to discuss the carbon markets in the subregion.

Workshop

Coping with Disruption: Dimensions of Digitalisation in Europe and Asia

Workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics
Digitalisation brings opportunities and challenges to every sphere of our daily lives. Are Europe and Asia on the right track to cope with this latest technological trend? A two-day workshop held by KAS RECAP and UACES will gather young professionals from different sectors to examine its political, economic, social and cultural implications.

Workshop

Fighting Deforestation: New Business Solutions for Increasing Forest Carbon Storage

International Workshop on Climate Change
Deforestation is a worldwide phenomenon and it is depriving millions of people of forest goods and services that are crucial to food security, economic well-being and environmental health. Today with only 0.2 hectares of forest per person, the Asia-Pacific region is, per capita, the least forested region in the world. With the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, KAS RECAP conducts an expert workshop to discuss deforestation in the context of climate change.

Workshop

International NGOs in Global Governance. The Case of Climate Negotiations and Climate Finance

Global governance is today not only the purview of state actors interacting through international treaties but also – and more and more – a space where many diverse non-state actors participate in decision making. It is particularly prominent in climate change diplomacy given the variety of scientific, policy, technical and financial expertise it requires and which non-state actors can provide. As demonstrated by the last conference of parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), INGOs participated in the negotiations as observers, representing the interests of local governments, indigenous people, women, youth, business and industry, and the scientific community.

Workshop

Global Energy Security in the Age of Digitalization

Experiences from Europe and Asia
Digitalization is one of the key evolving trends of the energy sector. It comes with technological improvements, but also concerns over security. KAS RECAP und KAS MNED host an international workshop to examine how digitalization shapes future energy systems.

Book presentation

Investing in Energy Efficiency: Enhancing Hong Kong’s Policy Framework

Experiences from Metropolitan Areas in China, Japan and Europe
Buildings account for a significant portion of overall energy consumption in metropolitan cities. Improving energy efficiency of buildings is one of the key policies for cities to mitigate climate change. A launch event will present the key findings of the research project by the BEC, supported by KAS RECAP on effective energy management. It compares buildings’ energy efficiency measures of different cities with the situation in Hong Kong and offers policy recommendations to the local Government.

Workshop

Powering up Sustainable Development for Asia

The Future of Global and Regional Investment in Asia’s Energy Sector
Renewable energy technologies not only help to mitigate climate change by substituting for carbon-emitting fossil fuels, but also can expand energy security by avoiding exposure to the volatility of fossil fuel markets. Renewables, can also help provide cheap and reliable energy to areas where grid-based provision is unreliable or otherwise prohibited by geography or high costs. The increased efficiency and renewable nature of such energy can improve energy availability, energy security and economic resilience.

Forum

UN Civil Society Organizations' Forum

Third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific
With the support of KAS RECAP, Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) Asia and the Pacific Office host a Major Group and Stakeholders’ Forum on 23rd January 2019. This workshop provides representatives from the civil society in Asia a platform to discuss their positions and strategic inputs, and ensure that voices of marginalized sectors and grassroots are included in the Third Forum of Ministers.

Event Reports

Sustainability in Global Value Chains

by Peter Hefele

International Conference
An international workshop, jointly organised by KAS RECAP, Hinrich Foundation and German Economic Institute Cologne (IW), on Sustainability in Global Value Chains took place in Hong Kong on 14 November 2018. It facilitated a productive cross-sectoral and cross-continental debate on the role of different stakeholders and the legal framework surrounding sustainable value-chains and trade practices on a global scale.

Event Reports

Digitalisation and Energy Policy in Europe and Germany

by Peter Hefele

Study Trip
Digitalisation offers great opportunities 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.

Event Reports

Hong Kong's first Talanoa Climate Dialogue

by Peter Hefele

Dialogue on Climate Change Action
Climate change and sustainability is a major concern not just globally but also for Hong Kong. Being one of the most densely populated cities in the world, reducing climate change and improving sustainability is of great importance. 30 people from a range of Stakeholder organizations came together for a Talanoa style Dialogue to discuss the climate action in Hong Kong and its current situation.

Event Reports

Sustainable Asia — Envisioning Your Future

by Peter Hefele

Workshop on SDGs for Young People From the Asia Pacific Region
Young people are key in helping build an inclusive and promote sustainable development in Asia. However these young activists lack experience and resources to implement their visions. Therefore Konrad Adenauer Stiftung-RECAP and the Hong Kong American Centre invited five teams from Asia to a workshop in Bangkok.

Event Reports

The Future of Global Energy Security in the Age of Digitalization

by Peter Hefele

International Workshop in Singapore
The future of energy security in the age of digitalisation has become a hot topic in the Asia-Pacific region as well as globally. What are the impacts on energy systems in an ever-growing digitalised world? How can we predict and forecast energy demand as disruptive forces and megatrends continue to shape the future energy landscape? Based on a recent study by Dr Frank Umbach, Research Director at EUCERS London, an international workshop was held in Singapore by KAS RECAP in collaboration with the Singaporean- German Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Event Reports

KAS RECAP welcomes its first KAS-CUHK Scholarship Holder in Hong Kong

by Peter Hefele

Mrs. Anjili Gupta starts her first LL.M. Masters in Energy and Environmental Law
Professor Anatole Boute, Director of the LL.M – Masters Program in Energy and Enironmental Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Dr. Peter Hefele, Director of KAS RECAP, welcome its first KAS-RECAP-Scholarship to Mrs. Anjle Gupta from New Delhi, India.

Event Reports

Nachhaltige Rohstoffpolitik

Workshop in der Khuvsgul Provinz
Mit dem ehemaligen Premierminister der Mongolei, Altankhuyag Norov, sowie dem stv. Gouverneur der Khuvsgul Provinz, Erdenebaatar A., diskutierten mongolische Politiker, interessierte Bürger und Experten über aktuelle Entwicklungen der Rohstoffwirtschaft in der Region.

Event Reports

Rundtischgespräch mit Demokratischer Partei in Mörön

Parteienzusammenarbeit im Fokus
In Mörön trafen Vertreter der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mit Lokal- und Landespolitikern zusammen, um über neue Formate für eine bürgernahe Politik und politische Nachwuchsförderung zu beraten.

Event Reports

Balancing Urban Development and Heritage Protection

by Eric Lee

Experiences from Singapore
Singapore is transforming itself into a smart and sustainable city. Its concepts and efforts in urban planning, green development and resource management have made it an outstanding among metropolitan cities in the world. How does the city state strike a balance between development and heritage conservation while utilizing natural resources in a sustainable manner? KAS RECAP, Georgia State University and ICOMOS invited law students, professors, urban planners and NGO representatives to participate in a one-week study trip in Singapore and explore how the country addresses urban challenges.

Event Reports

"Energy Security and Climate Change in East Asia"

Energy Security and Climate Change will be one of the major challenges for the Asian region in near future. Therefore, KAS Japan office invited young leaders and regional experts to discuss new ways of dealing with the topic.