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.
Increasing the efficiency of energy use and supply yields lower costs and increases availability of energy. It also produces large environmental and economic benefits:
- It eases pressure on fossil fuel demand and energy prices.
- It improves energy security.
- It reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Technical advancement and market dynamics offer greater opportunities to improve energy efficiency, have increased the viability of new and renewable sources of energy, and have expanded the options for off-grid and community-based electricity supply.
The Solar Energy Imperative in the Asia-Pacific Region - Haruhiko KurodaWelcome address by ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda at the Second Meeting of the Asia Solar Energy Forum on December 1, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan
Lighting the FutureIf one question could threaten Asia's dynamic growth and impressive gains in poverty reduction in recent decades, it is the region's energy supply. The complex issues that encompass energy security are vital for ensuring a region's economic growth.
ASEAN+3 Forum on Rural Biomass Energy - Paul HeytensOpening remarks by ADB PRC Country Director Paul Heytens at the ASEAN+3 Forum on Rural Biomass Energy on July 13, 2010 in Beijing, People's Republic of China
First Asia Solar Energy Forum: Closing Remarks - Ursula Schaefer-PreussClosing remarks by ADB Vice President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss at the First Asia Solar Energy Forum on July 6, 2010 in Manila, Philippines
Clean Energy in Asia: Case Studies of ADB Investments in Low-Carbon GrowthAsia's relentless demand for energy raises great concerns over energy security and combating climate change. As part of the solution, ADB is funding projects that help countries develop clean energy through renewable power and energy efficiency. This publication features 10 clean energy stories that reduce greenhouse gases as well as improve lives for the poor.
The Golovnaya Hydropower Plant in Tajikistan, upgraded with ADB’s support, improves electricity supply in the country and in the CAREC region.