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

Enhancing Hong Kong’s Energy Efficiency

by Eric Lee, Johannes Vogel

Lessons from China and Germany
Private and public buildings count for a large portion of overall energy consumption in cities. Therefore, energy-efficient buildings are one of the key issues to mitigate climate change. A research project by the Hong Kong Business and Environment Council (BEC), supported by KAS RECAP, compares buildings’ energy efficiency policies and measures of different cities around the world and what lesson can be learnt for Hong Kong. On June 11, a third BEC workshop was held to examine the energy efficiency related policy framework of Beijing, Shenzhen and Essen, Europas "Grüne Hauptstadt" 2017.

Event Reports

Mega cities and their role in mitigating climate change

by Peter Hefele

Kick-off Event
Cities and global city networks play a crucial role in combating climate change. Has there been any progress since the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015? And what about the situation in Hong Kong? Local KAS RECAP partner "Paris Watch" presented the first results of a new research project.

Event Reports

Dr. Peter Hefele referiert über Energie und Klima an der „KAS School for Journalism 2018“

Energiesicherheit und Klimawandel gehören zu den großen Herausforderungen auch in der Mongolei. Noch immer fehlt es in der Bevölkerung an Wissen und dem Bewusstsein für die Bedeutung dieser Themen. Bei der Vermittlung dieses Wissen und einer breiteren öffentlichen Diskussion spielen qualifizierte Journalistinnen und Journalisten eine entscheidende Rolle.

Event Reports

Energy Transformations: Experiences from Taiwan and Germany

by Peter Hefele

Luncheon discussion with members of the German Bundestag
On invitation of KAS RECAP, German and Taiwanese politicians, academics and entrepreneurs discussed experiences of the German “Energiewende" and opportunities for closer cooperation with Taiwan in the field of energy security and climate change.

Event Reports

Sustainable Asia — Envisioning your Future

by Johannes Vogel

Webinar for young people from the Asia-Pacific Region
The young generation is key to achieve an integrated and sustainable development in Asia. However, activists often lack know-how and resources for implementing their creative ideas. As a joint project with the Hongkong American Center, KAS RECAP created a webinar providing training on the UN Sustainable Goals (SDGs) and supports selected teams in creating multimedia products on their vision of a future Asia.

Event Reports

Driving Innovations in Hong Kong and Germany

by Peter Hefele

Policies and Incentives
Hong Kong is considered as the leading financial and trade center of Asia. But is it also a place to be for young start-up companies? On invitation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, young entrepreneurs and politicians from Germany and Hong Kong compared their views on how to promote innovation in Hong Kong.

Event Reports

Achieving Universal Electricity Access in Southeast Asia

by Eric Lee

Unlocking the Door towards Sustainable Development
Around 20% of the population in Southeast Asia do not have access to electricity. Lack of energy use serves as a significant factor hindering sustainable development of developing countries in terms of education, health, gender, environment, economic growth, food security, and water. KAS RECAP and the Energy Studies Institute (ESI), the National University of Singapore hosted a workshop from April 17-18 in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss national and regional efforts to accelerate access to electricity.

Event Reports

China´s One Belt - One Road Initiative

by Peter Hefele

7th UACES Workshop on EU-China Relations
The “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) has become a concept central to China's foreign policy – aiming at connecting the Eurasian continent from Ningbo and Shanghai at the shores of the Pacific to Duisburg and Rotterdam in Western Europe. This initiative goes far beyong physical infrastructre, such as pipelines and railroads. It is part of a new emerging world order.

Event Reports

Innovation and Sustainability in Germany

by Peter Hefele

Kick-off event with the H.K.U. Engineering Alumni Association (HKUEAA)
How did Germany succeed in becoming one of the most innovative countries? What are the challenges for the leading European economy in transforming itself into a blueprint for sustainable development? Dr. Peter Hefele, Director RECAP, presented an in-depth analysis of the German innovation system and the energy transformation to members of the H.K.U. Engineering Alumni Association (HKUEAA)and engineering students of the Hongkong University in preparation of a study trip to Munich in June 2018.

Event Reports

New Ideas for a sustainable development in Asia-Pacific

by Johannes Vogel

Asia-Pacific NGO-Forum 2018
The forum for representatives of civil society organizations on the side of the annual environmental minister’s summit in Asia has formulated concrete demands on politics in the past few years and is gaining more and more popularity. This year KAS RECAP was again supporting this event.