ADB Asia Clean Energy Forum 2020

15 June 2020 Online


Over the last 14 years of ACEF, we have built connections, fostered collaboration, and created a sense of community among clean energy practitioners working in Asia and the Pacific. While the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting how we live our daily lives, we strongly believe that this crisis should not, and will not, deter our important work in responding to the sustainable energy needs of developing countries.

In 2020, ADB will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF). We will use this occasion to reflect on what has been achieved since 2006, and how we can work with partners to significantly accelerate the clean energy transition throughout Asia, with the aim to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support the operational priorities of ADB's Strategy 2030.

ADB is focused on infrastructure project financing, with more than half of its total investment portfolio in the energy and transport sectors. Progress in renewable electricity supply is encouraging globally and in Asia and the Pacific, but it is also important to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy in transport, heating, and cooling. The ACEF 2020 theme of Vision 20/20, with a focus on cross-sectoral innovations, is derived from the broad objectives of the SDGs and covers the seven priorities of ADB’s Strategy 2030.

ACEF 2020 is going virtual and will be held during the originally planned week of 15-19 June 2020.


Target participants

Call for abstracts

The ACEF program is developed based on submission of abstracts targeted at specific, predefined clean energy topics, organized into topic areas (the thematic tracks). Submissions should be based on successful (or in some cases unsuccessful!) experiences in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of projects, programs, initiatives, and business models.

Broadly speaking, we prefer abstracts that are more practical than theoretical, and that cover innovations in technology and energy systems. Abstracts can cover new and proven approaches to policy development through both private and public sector collaboration; investment and financing opportunities that help drive the market; community and grassroots initiatives; creative business models and approaches that are gaining traction in Asia; and detailed case studies of best practices and lessons learned throughout the energy and related sectors in Asia.

We encourage abstracts that fit into the session topics below while also addressing the seven operational priorities in ADB’s Strategy 2030:

Additionally, for abstract submissions for all of the thematic tracks, we encourage thoughts and ideas on the impacts of, and responses to, COVID-19 from an energy perspective.

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to Friday, 24 April 2020, at midnight Manila time (+8 GMT). Submissions must be short (no more than 150 words).

How to register

Registration is now open.

The ACEF Secretariat will review all registration applications to ensure that participants can contribute to, and benefit from, discussions to be held. Confirmation of registration will be provided within 5 business days.

The ACEF 2020 Secretariat

We will provide further updates in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for the latest developments on ACEF and join in on the discussions. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

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