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

Towards an Integrated ASEAN Electricity Market

by Peter Hefele

HAPUA-UNESCAP Meeting in Jakarta
The ASEAN Vision 2020 emphasises the need to construct energy networks across ASEAN. The ASEAN Power Grid (APG) was created as the flagship of this vision to achieve three objectives: (a) achieve long-term security, availability, and reliability of energy supply;(b) optimise the region’s energy resources (c) allow access to affordable energy across the region.At a workshop in Jakarta, the Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA) in cooperation with UNESCAP invited international experts to find out more about regional power integration models and their suitability for ASEAN.

Event Reports

Global Emissions Reductions and the German "Energiewende"

by Peter Hefele

Presentation of an international KAS survey
The Paris Agreement on climate change (COP21) aims at limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius. This can only be achieved through a fast and dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). A new study by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) took a closer look at the emissions reduction policies of the world’s four largest producers of GHG: China, India, Russia and the USA – and examined how they view the German "Energiewende" (energy transition).

Event Reports

Seeking for Asia-Euro Sustainable Development

Luncheon discussion with European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan
More than 50 participants from academia and business attended a luncheon discussion on "Sustainable Management" at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipeh/Taiwan. The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan ECCT, in cooperation with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung RECAP and ESSCA management school Shanghai, had invited to this event to debate fields of common interests in sustainable development between Taiwan, Asia and Europe.

Event Reports

Sustainable Management in Europe and Asia

by Johannes Vogel

Workshop on the role of energy and climate issues in EU-Asian economic cooperation
Ensuring sustainability in global management as well as climate and energy policy was the focus of the 6th Workshop on EU-Asian Relations, organised by KAS RECAP in cooperation with UACES and the European Union Centre in Taiwan. 60 experts and young professionals from European and Asian think tanks, universities and enterprises met in Taipei to discuss the complex challenges ahead of a stronger regional cooperation.

Event Reports

The Regulation of Energy Investments Along the „Belt and Road“

by Peter Hefele

International conference on international energy law
Energy is a central aspect of China’s “One Belt – One Road” (OBOR) policy. It is of strategic importance for China to ensure a secure and reliable supply of external energy resources to the Chinese market. Central Asia and Russia play an increasingly important role in this respect. And Europe as well has to find an answer to this dynamic development. However, the energy investment environment in these countries is challenging.

Event Reports

Who is liable for the impacts of climate change?

by Johannes Vogel

New approaches for the distribution of climate compensation
The Paris Agreement COP21 one more time has highlighted the need of the global community to develop mechanisms of balancing climate induced loss and damage. Opinions differ widely as how such compensation shall be designed. KAS RECAP and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) together with experts from Europe and Asia elaborated innovative solutions.

Event Reports

Cambodia's energy transition

by Peter Hefele

Inception workshop of a new KAS RECAP project
KAS RECAP supports a new project of the Phnom Penh based think tank Enrich institute to develop a comprehensive framework for a national energy transition map.

Event Reports

Mapping the Existential Threats of Climate Change

by Peter Hefele

Security Implications for Bangladesh
Bangladesh is well recognized as one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change. In recent years, as the weather patterns become increasingly extreme and unpredictable, security concerns have been raised. The coming KAS-publication makes a specific focus on the climate-related security issues in Bangladesh.

Event Reports

Mapping the Climate Threat

by Peter Hefele

Energy Security and Climate Change in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka faces challenges not only posed by climate change, and also energy security. As a tropical island nation, it is highly vulnerable to rising sea levels and extreme weather events. The country has been seeking to mitigate and adapt to climate change as well as to transform its national energy system. These challenges in Sri Lanka are addressed by a new KAS study.

Event Reports

Meeting with Ministry of Defenece, Sri Lanka

by Peter Hefele

Treffen mit dem Verteidigungsministerium von Sri Lanka
During his fact-finding mission in Colombo, Dr. Peter Hefele, Director of KAS RECAP was invited for a seminar with the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence in Sri Lanka and exchanged views on the country's political and urban development as well as the impact of climate change on national security.