Events

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Climate Finance & Sustainable Investing Conference 2019

KAS RECAP is supporting the Climate Finance & Sustainable Investing Conference 2019 with World Green Organisation and UNESCAP.
UNESCAP will co-organize with WGO a major UN conference, focusing on key Sustainability themes and Financial topics. UNESCAP will send their key representatives, including the Chief of Financing for Development Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division to Hong Kong. Also, the United Nations will be inviting key government officials globally and distinguished speakers/experts to participate in the event.

Workshop

Impacts of Trade Conflicts on Energy Security in Asia Pacific

Expert Workshop
How are trade disputes between countries affecting the energy landscape in Asia Pacific? KAS RECAP will hold a workshop to examine the impacts of the current trade conflicts on the energy development in the region. Experts from China, Japan, Korea and Singapore will be attending.

Workshop

Youth Energy Academy

Empowering young people in Asia to implement sustainable energy projects
In late October, a one-week training course will be offered to youngsters from South and Southeast Asia to enrich their theoretical and practical knowledge on climate change and energy-related topics.

Workshop

Resource Integration in Central Asia and its political impacts to South Asia

Political Development in Asia-Pacific
The workshop aims to analyze how the resource integration in Central Asia is triggering developments in South Asia.

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.

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.

Event Reports

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainability and Digital Cooperation

by Felisa Falcon

Implications of Technological Advancement for SDGs
The Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainability and Digital Cooperation workshop, took place in Hong Kong, on September 12th, organized by KAS RECAP. The framework of the workshop was the recently published report by UN Secretary General’s high Panel of Digital Cooperation “The age of interdependence” https://digitalcooperation.org/, highlighting the rise of awareness coming from the UN Secretary General to consider how digital cooperation can contribute to the achievements of SDGs .

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.

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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.

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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.