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

Ways towards a peaceful and sustainable use of natural resources in Asia

by Johannes Vogel

Workshop “Resources, Sovereignty and Geopolitics”
Cross-national tensions about the access to natural resources constitute a major security risk in Asia and must be addressed by governments more attentively. to share experiences from different regions and to draft recommendations to political decision makers, KAS RECAP jointly with the renowned British think tank Chatham House organised an international workshop on this topic on 26 and 27 May 2016 in Hong Kong.

Event Reports

The Future of Coal and Chances for Clean Coal

by Eric Lee

Global Energy Security and Climate Change Challenges
A two-day workshop, organized by KAS’s RECAP and King’s College’s EUCERS and supported by the Atlantic Council and the National University of Singapore, on the future of coal and CCS technology was held on 5th and 6th May in Seoul. Experts from 11 countries had a debate on the present and future role of fossil fuels from a global and regional perspective and the potentials of technical development on clean coal.

Event Reports

Southeast Asia on its path towards a sustainable energy and climate policy

by Johannes Vogel

RECAP representatives in Thailand and Cambodia
Southeast Asia is playing a crucial role in mitigating the climate change due to its large potential of natural resources and its fast growing economies in the region. As this densely populated region is already suffering from massive changes in local weather conditions, the countries need to adapt their national energy and climate politics and tighten their regional cooperation. To support these transformation processes, RECAP launched a series of presentations in Thailand and Cambodia to raise awareness for the challenges laying ahead.

Event Reports

After COP21: Global Problems, Local Solutions

by Eric Lee

Internationales Studentenforum
On April 9-10, 2016, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, RECAP Hong Kong sponsored a "Student Energy Forum" on “After COP21: Global Problems, Local Solutions”, co-organized by the Hong Kong-America Center and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Event Reports

EU-Asian Energy Politics in the 21st Century

by Johannes Vogel

International workshop
The fifth workshop of the series "EU-Asia Relations in Global Politics", jointly organised by RECAP and the European-Asian research network EUACES, discussed current developments in the energy politics cooperation between Asia and Europe. Numerous contributions of young researchers of different disciplines provided a comprehensive picture of the future challenges for politics and economy.

Event Reports

Challenges for Electricity Industry in an Age of Renewable Energies

by Peter Hefele

The Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia and Pacific (RECAP) and Griffith University/Brisbane jointly organized an international workshop on challenges for the Electricity Industry in an era of growing renewable energy production. Experts from 11 countries gathered in Hong Kong to analyze recent developments in domestic electricity markets and worked on policy recommendation to better frame this far reaching transition process.

Event Reports

Conference about the Issues of Energy Security and Renewable Energies at Nazarbayev University in Astana

In light of the presentation “Strategic Perspectives for Bilateral Energy Cooperation between the EU and Kazakhstan”, a conference about the issues of energy security and renewable energies was held on the 16th of February at Nazarbayev University in Astana.

Event Reports

Dr. Peter Hefele and Thomas Helm visit Astana Solar

Together with Dr. Peter Hefele, the head of the KAS regional program for “Energy Security and Climate Change” in Asia, Thomas Helm, the resident representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Kazakhsan, visited the company Astana Solar in the Kazakh capital on the 15th of February.

Event Reports

Dr. Peter Hefele and Thomas Helm visit Astana Solar

by Johannes Vogel

The director of the Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia and Pacific of KAS, Dr. Peter Hefele, and the head of the KAS country office in Kazakhstan, Thomas Helm, visited the first Kazakh solar panel company Astana Solar in Astana.

Event Reports

Transport Day at COP21 in Paris

by Peter Hefele

Side event at the UN Climate Conference
Sustainable mobility is one of the crucial aims on the path towards a most climate-friendly way of life. Thus, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) with the support of RECAP organised the Transport Day on 6-12-2015 as a side event of the UN Climate change conference.