Events

Workshop

Envisioning Asia - SDG and Local Development

International Workshop
The workshop will gather all Webinar participants from five Asian countries to finalize their multimedia essays and to prepare their presentations in the United Nations' Major Group and Stakeholders’ Forum in Singapore.

Workshop

CarbonCare® Conference 2018 Accelerating Green Finance in Asia: Investing in a +1.5 Degrees World

4 December 2018 (Tuesday) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm The Hong Kong Jockey Club Happy Valley Racecourse
“Limiting global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels would be a herculean task, involving rapid, dramatic changes in how governments, industries and societies function, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The world is on track for around 3 degrees of warming by the end of the century if it doesn’t make major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. It could breach 1.5 °C as early as 2030 if global warming continues at its current rate. At this very juncture, one of the best approaches to tackle this global challenge is to identify the gaps and opportunities for green investments, and to deliver tangible benefits by channeling funds to high-impact projects through green finance. Policy and finance experts from around the region will share their insight on how to accelerate green finance in Asia. This is a pertinent question not only for practitioners in the finance sector, but also for all business and civil society leaders who are committed to avoiding the worst outcome for our future generations.”

Workshop

Sustainability in Global Value Chains

International Workshop
Companies and businesses are increasingly embedded in Global Value Chains. This interconnectivity comes along with an increased responsibility for social and environmental conditions and climate change mitigation.

Expert conference

Climate Change and Human Responses

International Conference
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. It does not only have massive impacts on eco-systems, but also on societies and business, in particular for global production chains, value-adding and labour markets.

Workshop

Energy Security and Energy Market Integration in South Asia

Improving Energy Access and Enhancing Regional Stability
In South Asia, energy demand is growing rapidly. The benefits of an interconnected electricity system in the region have not been fully utilized. KAS RECAP and COSATT hold a workshop to discuss energy cooperation between countries in South Asia.

Study and Information Program

Digitalisation in the energy sector

Challenges for Asia and Europe
Digitalisation offers a great opportunity for the energy sector to become more efficient and sustainable, but it also bears security risks. During a study trip, experts from Asia will learn about the current challenges and strategies in Europe.

Workshop

Talanoa Dialogue For Climate Ambition

Workshop in preparation of COP24
Climate change is the most pressing issue of the 21st century and can only be solved by international cooperation. The Talanoa Dialogue is meant to build a better understanding among different stakeholders of climate action in Hong Kong.

Workshop

The Future of Global Energy Security in the Age of Digitalization

Geostrategic Implications for Regional and Global Energy Markets
Digitalization is one of the key evolving trends of the energy sector. It comes with technological improvements, but also concerns over security. KAS RECAP hosts an international workshop to examine how digitalization shapes future energy systems.

Event Reports

Carbon Markets and the Electricity Sector

by Peter Hefele

Issues, Opportunities, and Priorities for East Asia
The workshop on “Carbon Markets and the Electricity Sector – Issues, Opportunities, and Priorities for East Asia” was held in Bangkok on 20 – 22 March 2019 in cooperation with Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) and the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO). The main topic developed was ETS and Carbon Markets in East Asia.

Event Reports

Coping with Disruption: Dimensions of Digitalisation in Europe and Asia

by Peter Hefele

8th Annual Workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics
The 8th annual workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics was held this year in Singapore, dealing with dimensions of digitalisation, disruption and disruptive innovation in Europe and Asia. International professionals and academics presented insightful papers, highlighting different aspects and opportunities of digitalisation in different economic sectors in Europe and Asia. As every year, the workshop took place in the framework of UACES Collaborative Research Network on EU-China Relations, and is supported by the KAS Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia-Pacific (KAS RECAP).

Event Reports

International Workshop: Fighting Deforestation

by Peter Hefele

New Business Solutions for Increasing Forest Carbon Storage
Growing global deforestation is not only endangering the variety of species living in forests, but also contributes immensely to the current greenhouse gas emissions. There is a huge market resulting from cutting forests down, but are there actual economic opportunities to gain from fighting deforestation? New business solutions have to be developed to increase in forest carbon storage. The workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, was jointly organized by KAS Regional Project on Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia- Pacific and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK.

Event Reports

Neue Business Modelle im Energiesektor in Zeiten der Digitalisierung

by Peter Hefele

The global energy business is under tremendous pressure to reinvent itself. Three major impact factors can be identified: Digitalisation, Decarbonisation and Decentralisation. All types of business operations will be affected – also beyond the traditional energy business. To manage these challenges, new skill, organisational culture and technological knowledge are needed. On invitation of ESSCA School of Management Shanghai, Dr Peter Hefele, Director KAS RECAP, presented main findings of a recent KAS RECAP study on Digitalisation of Global Energy Systems [https://www.kas.de/web/energie-klima-lateinamerika/single-title/-/content/geopolitik-erneuerbarer-energien-in-lateinamerika-eine-umfrage]. He emphasized on the cross-sectoral effects and the need for a better regulatory framework, to maximize the economic and social gains through digitalized energy systems. Enhancing the resilience of digitalized infrastructure and channeling funds into a green transition are further priorities of national and global politics.

Event Reports

Seminar on Sustainable Development Policy

by Maria Francesch-Huidobro

Dr. Francesch-Huidobro, Principal Consultant, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific, gave expert lectures on sustainable development politics and policy to a group of Senior Officials of the Ministry of Public Administration of Bangladesh attending an executive training programme in Hong Kong.  Dr. Francesch-Huidobro shared her expertise on the challenges brought about by having to apply global sustainability norms to local needs. She illustrated her lectures with examples of energy security and climate change policy-making in Asia-Pacific.

Event Reports

Internationale NGOs in Globaler Steuerung

by Peter Hefele

The Case of Climate Negotiations and Climate Finance
The workshop “International NGO’s in Global Governance: The Case of Climate Negotiations and Climate Finance” was held on the 6th of March in the Faculty of Law in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation RECAP and the Chinese University of Hong Kong CUHK invited representatives of local and international NGO’s, professional and academic experts as well as students of international and environmental law.

Event Reports

Powering up Sustainable Development for Asia

by Maria Francesch-Huidobro

The Future of Global and Regional Investment in Asia’s Energy Sector
Dr. Maria Francesch-Huidobro, Principal Consultant of KAS RECAP recounts her observations at Powering up Sustainable Development for Asia at an International Workshop jointly organized by KAS-RECAP, Chatham House and Chulalongkorn University, that took place 24-25 January in Bangkok, Thailand.

Event Reports

International Workshop: Envisioning Asia – SDG and Local Development

by Peter Hefele

Throughout 2018 five groups of students and young professionals from Nepal, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Mongolia had worked video essay projects on what Sustainable Development Goals SDGs meant for their local communities (www.sdgasia.org)

Event Reports

Enhancing Ambition, Promoting Implementation: Three Years After COP21

by Maria Francesch-Huidobro

Insights into COP24
Dr. Maria Francesch-Huidobro, Principal Consultant of KAS RECAP shares her observations at the COP24 in Katowice. In the report, she summarizes key takeaways of the 2018 global climate change conference and discusses the progress of international climate actions after the signing of the Paris Agreement.

Event Reports

Energy Market Interconnection in ASEAN

by Peter Hefele

Implications for Vietnam
On the 20.11.2018 KAS RECAP, in cooperation with the local partner Institute of Energy and Environment, Vietnam (IEEV), hosted a workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam. The event was the follow-up of an event in Bangkok earlier this year on how to improve the access to electricity in Southeast Asia . This time the emphasis was on the development and perspectives of the Vietnamese energy and electricity market.