ADB promotes the development of skills and sharing of information, as well as support for government agencies, in the areas of clean energy, access, and regional cooperation.
ADB's Clean Energy Program seeks to increase efficiency on a regional basis in the areas of energy, transport and urban development. The program seeks to help countries adopt renewable energy sources; and to improve access to energy for poor and remote regions--avoiding the use of traditional biomass. The Clean Energy Program seeks to meet energy security needs, facilitate a transition to a low-carbon economy, universal access to energy, and achieve ADB's vision of a region free of poverty.
ADB aims to maximize energy for all, especially the rural poor, and founded the Energy for All Initiative to strengthen its investments and increase its project portfolio in this area. The initiative develops approaches for increasing access to affordable, modern and clean energy among the region’s poor.
As part of the initiative, ADB launched the Energy for All Partnership, a regional platform for cooperation, information and technical exchange that brings together the private sector, financial institutions, governments, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental development partners. The partnership aims to provide access to safe, clean, affordable modern energy to an additional 100 million people in the region by 2015.