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

ENERGY SECURITY IN ASIA

by Johannes Vogel

The Role of Electricity in the Energy Transformation
The large economies in East Asia have begun with a comprehensive reorganization of their energy sector. They want to decrease their dependence on resources from other regions and structure their grid more efficiently. The electricity sector plays a crucial role in this process. In a joint breakfast seminar of KAS RECAP and Chatham House, Antony Froggatt, a researcher at Chatham House/London spoke about the prospects for the region.

Event Reports

Bridging Civil Society and Government Policies

by Eric Lee

Civil Society Forum on the Environment at Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment 2017
As a preparatory meeting for the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment in early September 2017, the Civil Society Organizations’ Forum on the Environment brought together civil society groups from Asian countries to discuss current environmental issues in the region and coordinate their joint engagements with UN agencies and national governments. The results will be presented at the global UN Environmental Ministers´ meeting in Nairobi in November 2017.

Event Reports

REDUCTION OF CLIMATE POLLUTION AND INCREASE OF EFFICIENCY IN THE FIELD OF COAL USAGE

On 13th of July, a round table was held at the city of Temirtau, organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Astana in cooperation with JSC ArcelorMittal Temirtau and Kazakhstan’s renewable energy Association. Energy was the main topic of the round table: ’REDUCTION OF CLIMATE POLLUTION AND INCREASE OF EFFICIENCY IN THE FIELD OF COAL USAGE’. During the whole session of the round table, guests and participants were presenting their reports and were actively engaged in discussions.

Event Reports

Future Energy – Expo 2017 Astana

by Peter Hefele

Solutions for Tackling Humankind’s Greatest Challenge
Expo 2017 in Astana / Kazakhstan, provided a unique space to share experiences and solutions on low-carbon transition strategies. At the accompanying scientific programme, the “future energy forum“, international speakers were invited to discuss their latest findings in the field of national and regional renewable energy policies.

Event Reports

Domestic and Regional Challenges for Kazakhstan´s Energy Transformation

by Peter Hefele

Experts from Asia and Europe elaborate feasible solutions for Central Asia
A joint seminar with Almaty Tech Garden, an innovation hub in Almaty/Kazakhstan, gave KAS RECAP and the European Center for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), the opportunity to analyse the domestic and regional challenges for Kazakhstan’s energy transformation.

Event Reports

Green urbanisation in China: a new vision for the future?

by Johannes Vogel

Study trip for international students to Chinese cities
News featuring pictures of Chinese cities bothered by traffic chaos and air pollution is regularly reported from the People's Republic of China. But in the light of stricter environmental regulations by the Chinese central government, local administrations and organisations on their own behalf explore climate friendly and low-resource pathways of urban development. This very dynamic scene is more and more recognised. KAS RECAP and the Hong Kong-America Center of CUHK invited students from Asia, Europe and the US to explore the huge variety of new urban spaces in Central and Southeast China.

Event Reports

Resources in Central Asia: Chances for Cooperation

by Peter Hefele

Experts from Europe, Central, South and East Asia discuss integrative solutions
Central Asia is facing multifaceted challenges in creating a sustainable supply of energy, water and other resources, solving trans-border conflicts and establishing a mutually beneficial cooperation with the surrounding regional players – Russia, China, India and the European Union. These issues were discussed in an international workshop organized by KAS RECAP and the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security on 8/9 July 2017 in Kyrgyzstan.

Event Reports

Cities after cars

by Johannes Vogel

A creative workshop exploring the beauty and potential of green cities
What would cities look like if there were no cars? The manifold opportunities of sustainable urban transport were explored by students from Asia, Europe and North America at a workshop which is embedded in a two-week study trip on green urban development in Chinese cities.

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.

Event Reports

The future of oil and gas in Asia: Lessons for transitions in energy politics

by Johannes Vogel

Lecture by KAS RECAP and Chatham House London
It is commonly accepted knowledge that renewable energies will replace fossil resources in the long run. Indeed, the development of oil and gas markets in the coming decades is difficult to predict. In a symposium jointly organised by KAS RECAP and Chatham House London, Professor Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow of the renowned British think tank, discussed possible effects of the latest global political developments, the international climate diplomacy and regional conflicts on the future of fossil fuels.