Energy Issues in Asia and the Pacific

Energy demand is projected to almost double in the Asia and Pacific region by 2030. There is an urgent need for innovative ways to generate power in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable manner. Compounding the problem is widespread energy poverty across Asia, with almost a billion people still without access to electricity.

This section highlights the energy issues and trends that ADB has identified as priorities in developing Asia and the Pacific in order to achieve access to clean energy for all.

  • Clean Energy

    Energy efficiency is emerging as one of the key options that can help nations in Asia and the Pacific meet the region's growing energy needs in a clean and effective way.

  • Access to Energy

    Access to modern, cleaner energy is essential to human development. The majority of the world’s energy poor are living in Asia and the Pacific.

  • Sector Governance and Reform

    To secure access to energy for all, particularly the poor, developing countries must ensure good governance in the power sector.

  • Regional Cooperation

    Regional cooperation can play a vital role in ensuring energy security in a sustainable manner. Subregional power trade can help meet energy demand while maximizing scarce natural resources.