Events

Workshop

Tracking Climate Policy in Cities

Stakeholder's Dialogue with Paris Watch
Cities play a crucial role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. How is Hong Kong doing on the Paris Agreement? Paris Watch will track Hong Kong's performance in meeting the goals of COP21.

Seminar

Sustainable Asia – Envisioning your Future

Young people from Asia elaborate projects for their countries' development
The young generation is the key for achieving integrated development in Asia. But they often lack know-how and resources for implementing their brilliant ideas. A webinar provides training and supports selected teams in creating multimedia products.

Congress

European and Asian Perspectives on China's Belt & Road Initiative

7th Workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics
China`s "Belt and Road" initiative (BRI) is a major factor in the global development agenda. This international conference brings young scholars from East-, Cenral- and South Asia together to discuss BRI's implications for Europe and Asia.

Workshop

Unlocking the Door towards Development

Improving Access to Electricity in Southeast Asia
Roughly 20 percent of the population in Southeast Asia (134 Million), do not have access to electricity. The strong nexus between energy and other development factors such as education, health, food security, and water, can hardly be overestimated.

Workshop

Cambodia’s Energy Transition: Introduction of a Policy Paper

Today's energy mix in Cambodia mostly consists of fossil fuels. But how can Cambodia's future energy supply, based on sustainable renewable energy, be designed? Which role does Cambodia play in the whole region of Southeast Asia?

Workshop

Sustainability in Global Value Chains

Implementing Free Trade and the Sustainable Development Goals
With open markets companies and businesses are increasingly embedded in Global Value Chains. They thereby heavily influence social and environmental conditions in the respective countries.

Book presentation

Energy Efficient Retrofiting of Commercial Buildings

Launch of a Practical Guide to Reducing Carbon Emissions
In metropolitan areas like Hong Kong, energy efficiency of buildings plays a key role in greenhouse gas emissions' reduction. KAS RECAP and HK Business Environmental Council BEC launch "A Guide for Energy Improvement of Commercial Buildings".

Expert conference

Climate Change and Resource Security in South Asia

Exploring Security Risks of Climate Change
The workshop in joint cooperation with COSATT/Nepal and INSSSL/Sri Lanka will focus on the challenges and effects of climate change on national and regional security in South Asia. It will particular emphasis on the roleof the Security Sector.

Event Reports

Resource Integration in Central Asia and its impacts on South Asia

by Christian Hübner

International Workshop on Resource Integration and Climate Security
The workshop analysed how the resource integration in Central Asia is triggering developments in South Asia in terms of resource security.

Event Reports

UN Climate Finance & Sustainable Investing Conference 2019

by Felisa Falcon

Financing Sustainable Development / Investing for a Sustainable Future
UNESCAP co-organized with WGO a major UN conference, focusing on key Sustainability themes and Financial topics. UNESCAP sent 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 invited key government officials globally and distinguished speakers/experts to participate in the event. With more than 40 international and local renowned speakers, the UN Conference fosters comprehensive dialogue among government officials, industry practitioners, scholars and NGOs to accelerate the paradigm shift in the sustainable investment. More importantly, this conference also aimed at facilitating changes in the decision making processes among investors and asset managers towards ESG investing. Through this established platform coupled with the network of the United Nations, extensive collaborations between institutional and private investors and project proponents are able to effectively engage among critical stakeholders towards the development of best practices for the development of Green Finance and Sustainable Investment.

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.

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.