The global community is on the brink of transformation as it copes with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, while it strives to achieve the sustainable development and global climate goals. At the center of all these is energy, which powers economic growth, poverty reduction, and climate actions.

Staying on track and accelerating the energy transition to low carbon require concerted efforts and harmonized actions. The ADB Strategy 2030 fully supports the low-carbon transition as it  unites Asia and the Pacific in achieving a progressive, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable region.

Emerging from the pandemic, countries are urged to incorporate into their economic recovery programs the green agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement. Concurrently, countries are expected to update and have more ambitious nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that pitch in to attaining climate neutrality by mid-century.

A handful of ADB member countries have signified their commitment to carbon neutrality, and more are expected to follow closer to the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26). With more ambitious climate goals, ADB is ready to provide assistance in creating integrated solutions, and drawing technology roadmaps to guide policies and strategies for an accelerated low-carbon transition in Asia and the Pacific.

The main theme of the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2021 is Accelerating the Low-Carbon Transition in Asia and the Pacific. ACEF 2021 is organized around 3 main pillars: technology roadmaps to achieve the NDCs, impact of COVID-19 and green recovery, and consultations to make the ADB Energy Policy more relevant. ACEF 2021 will be a virtual event on the week of 14–18 June 2021.


ACEF 2021 aims to:

  • align ADB’s efforts in clean energy and climate mitigation and adaptation toward its member countries’ achievement of their NDCs and Asia and the Pacific’s fulfillment of the development and climate goals — particularly, SDG 7, SDG 13, and the Paris Agreement;
  • assess the multi-sectoral impact of COVID-19 on the ability to achieve the Strategy 2030 of ADB, and the 2030 Agenda of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all (SDG 7), and taking action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13); and
  • discuss technologies, issues, and strategies on accelerating the low-carbon transition in Asia and the Pacific during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Target participants

  • Energy leaders, senior officials and managers in the field of clean energy, water sustainability, climate finance and other related sectors 
  • Government officials from ADB member countries
  • Private sector, development partners, investors, bankers and fund managers, research organizations, academes, and non-government organizations

How to register

Registration is closed. 

The ACEF 2021 Secretariat

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  • ADB
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Korea Energy Agency (KEA)