Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers on Energy Transition from Coal to Low-Carbon Future


Asian Development Bank Institute, Asian Development Bank, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A growing number of countries in developing Asia are committing to more ambitious carbon reduction targets to achieve a 1.5 degrees Celsius global temperature reduction needed to fight climate change. For example, Indonesia, Nepal, the People’s Republic of China, Thailand, and Viet Nam have pledged to move to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 while Kazakhstan will seek to phase out coal by mid-century and realize carbon neutrality by 2060. Yet, achieving these climate objectives will be highly challenging as coal remains a major source fuel for the energy sector in developing Asia.

To support these goals, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently launched a new Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM), a public-private finance vehicle that aims to lower emissions through the early retirement or repurposing of coal-fired power plants, and use the proceeds for clean energy development. The ETM has the potential to be scaled up across Asia and the Pacific, as well as in Latin America and Africa, and could become the world’s largest carbon reduction model.

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is seeking original, unpublished papers on coal-renewable energy transition policy and prospects for a low-carbon future in Asia and the Pacific. Selected papers will be featured during related ADBI events and considered for inclusion in an ADBI edited book or journal special issue. Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Socioeconomic impacts of the transition from coal to renewable energy and related policy challenges and opportunities
  • The need for early action to facilitate low-carbon energy transition
  • Low-carbon transition implications for the energy sector, including power plants and extraction
  • Policies, planning, and institutions needed to enable coal-renewable energy transition
  • Viable technology solutions for energy transition
  • Re-purposing coal-fired power plants and coal mines for low-carbon transition
  • Financing of coal-fired plant and coal mine retirement and re-purposing, such as coal-to-green swap loan programs and ADB’s Energy Transition Mechanism
  • Market mechanisms to accelerate coal transition, including public-private partnerships
  • Workforce preparedness in coal-renewable energy transition
  • Transition strategies of coal-impacted regions and cities
  • Coal industry business strategies for energy transition
  • Impacts of the transformation of coal-impacted enterprises and cities on regional economy
  • Ecological restoration in coal regions
  • Balancing the needs of energy security, economic growth, and climate sustainability
  • The role of international institutions, long-term investors, multilateral banks, governments, private sector investors, and philanthropies in facilitating energy transition

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit a full draft paper in English of around 8,000 words (including a 150-300-word abstract) via this link by 30 September 2022. Please include a description of the paper’s research background, methodology, results, conclusions, and evidence-based policy recommendations, as well as the name, affiliation, position, and email of each author. The corresponding author should be clearly marked. The abstract should briefly state the research purpose, methods, principal results, and primary conclusion.

All papers must contain only original or review work which has not been published, nor is currently under review, by any other journal, conference, or other outlet, including working paper series.

Papers should adhere to the ADBI Guidelines for Authors.

Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by 30 October 2022.

Submissions from authors who are citizens of ADB member economies are encouraged.

Arrangements for Selected Papers

Authors of accepted full papers will be invited to present their work during a related conference, the date and venue for which will be announced later. ADBI will cover the flight and hotel costs of one author from an ADB member economy per selected paper if the event can occur physically. The conference will be held virtually in the event of COVID-19 travel disruptions.

Details about the edited book or journal special issue that may include selected full papers will also be announced at a later date.

Project Organizing Committee (alphabetical order)

  • Kenzhekhan Abuov, Project Officer, Asian Development Bank
  • Dina Azhgaliyeva, Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Alfredo Bano Leal, Senior Energy Specialist, ADB and Adjunct Fellow, ADBI
  • Peter Morgan, Senior Consulting Economist, ADBI
  • Bo Shen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy
  • Tetsushi Sonobe, Dean, ADBI
  • Lei Wang, International Journal of Coal Science and Technology and China Coal Society


Inquiries may be directed to ADBI’s Dina Azhgaliyeva.