Workshop on Meeting Environmental Objectives Through Energy Sector Reforms in Asia and the Pacific

Event | 10 - 11 March 2020
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

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Time of event

Day 1: 09:00–17:00
Day 2: 09:30–14:30

Background

Energy prices are typically controlled or subsidized in developing Asia to reduce energy costs to low-income consumers and businesses. However, the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to address climate change is prompting the region’s economies to undertake challenging energy pricing reforms, as called for by international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Energy pricing reforms can help lower government expenditure on energy subsidies, which in India, Indonesia, and Thailand accounts for 2-4% of GDP, according to ADB. They can also promote investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Understanding the short- and long-term costs and benefits of energy pricing reforms is key to advancing their implementation.

This research workshop will examine papers submitted to ADBI on energy pricing reforms and their role in meeting environmental objectives in Asia and the Pacific. This includes the progress of reforms in the region and their effects on energy prices, energy demand, and the environment. Attention will also focus on strategies and approaches for formulating energy reforms in the region’s developing economies while taking into account their local micro-macro and institutional factors.

Objectives
  • Stimulate policy dialogue and research on the role of energy reforms in meeting environmental objective in developing Asia and the Pacific
  • Explore energy pricing reforms, related economic and governance issues, and case studies.
Participants
  • Around 40 policy makers, think tank researchers, academics, and students
Output
  • Sharing of energy reform experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations for enhancing their capacity to deliver environmental breakthroughs
  • Publication of selected articles in a special issue of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management.
How to register

Register here.

Observers from overseas are welcome on a self-financing basis.

To ensure the health and safety of event participants as the new coronavirus situation develops, registrants will be required to complete health clearance procedures and, depending on the result, may be refused entry to the event venue. The health clearance procedures are subject to change. Related questions may be directed to the event contact(s) above.

Partners
  • Nazarbayev University
  • Australasian Journal of Environmental Management