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

Climate Paradiplomacy & Leadership in Asia

by Peter Hefele, Peter Hefele

The Role of Hong Kong and Singapore in globale climate policy
A KAS RECAP luncheon discussion with Dr. Maria Francesch, Fellow of the Center of Urban Studies and Urban Planning (CUSUP) at the University of Hong Kong

Event Reports

4th Sino-German Forum at Tongji University Shanghai

by Peter Hefele

Global dimensions of the Sino-German Relations
For the forth time the German Research Center at Tongji University/Shanghai, the Center for Global Studies CGS/University Bonn, and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Shanghai invited leading scientists from China, Europe and the US to debate chances and limits for China and Germany on a global level.

Event Reports

Exhibition on Germany’s Energy Transition

by Peter Hefele

Eine Wanderausstellung des Auswärtigen Amtes in Hong Kong
The German Foreign office is currently displaying an Exhibition on Germany’s Energy Transition around the world. In Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong CUHK, is hosting this event on its campus at Shatin.

Event Reports

Energy storage systems ESSJ Japan 2016

by Peter Hefele

Overcoming the bottleneck of a global “Energiewende”
The global increase of renewable energy production went beyond all expectations in recent years. Thus, production is no longer the most burning issue in the debate on the “great transformation”, but storage, distribution and “smart use”.

Event Reports

Emerging Issues in Global Climate Governance after Paris

by Johannes Vogel, Johannes Vogel

Perspectives from Asia and Europe
Despite the great achievements of the Paris Climate change conference COP21 much more decisive steps must be taken by the global community in order to keep global warming below 2 degree. KAS RECAP and Tongji University Shanghai invited 30 international experts to Hong Kong to jointly elaborate new cross-cutting concepts for Europe and Asia.

Event Reports

Internationaler Kongress Walk21 in Hongkong

by Peter Hefele

Lebenswerte Gemeinschaften zu Fuß unterwegs
Laufen ist mehr als eine alltägliche Pflicht. Es ist ein wesentlicher Faktor, damit sich Städte schadstoffarm und lebenswert entwickeln. Viele Verwaltungen haben Konzepte zum Fußverkehr in ihre Stadt- und Mobilitätsplanung aufgenommen. In einer Stadt mit einer hohen Bevölkerungsdichte und begrenztem Raum wie Hongkong indes ist der Weg hin zur Gestaltung einer fußgängerfreundlichen Umgebung nie geradlinig. Der Austausch von Erfahrungen europäischer und asiatischer Städte muss weiter ausgebaut werden, damit beide Kontinente auch zukünftig wegweisend in der Gestaltung urbanen Fußverkehrs bleiben.

Event Reports

Options for a Sustainable Energy Future in Cambodia

by Johannes Vogel

Capacity Building Workshop for Cambodian Policy Makers
Many developing countries like Cambodia face the task of developing a comprehensive and stable energy system. But they also bear responsibility towards climate change mitigation. Therefore, politics and society have to find new answers to the question of how to combine development and the higher energy demand with sustainability.

Event Reports

Climate Change and Energy Security in South East Asia

by Peter Hefele

Mediaworkshop for Cambodian Journalists
Climate change and energy security are two of the most burning issues we face today. Media professionals share a great responsibility to raise awareness and change behavior. To deepen their knowledge on energy security and climate change as well as their skills in investigative techniques, young students of journalism and professional journalists came together in Sihanoukville/Cambodia. Guided by experienced journalists from Germany the participants developed concrete projects, which will conducted in the field in the coming weeks.

Event Reports

Energy Security and Climate Change in South and South East Asia

by Peter Hefele

Mapping the Threats and Enforcing Adaptation
South and South East Asia are among those regions which are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Besides mitigation to climate change, clear and comprehensive strategies for adaptation have to be developed and implemented. This workshop brought together experts from the two regions to analyze the challenges and draft recommendations for politics, business and society.It was jointly organized in cooperation with the Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS), a long-term partner of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Event Reports

Visit of Climate and Energy Experts from Asia in Berlin, Hamburg and Brussels

On invitation by KAS regional project energy security and climate change in Asia-Pacific (RECAP) climate and energy experts from Asia visited Berlin, Hamburg and Brussels for one week. The experts were invited and accompanied by Dr. Peter Hefele, director RECAP in Hong Kong.