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.
Professor Hironori Hamanaka on Private Sector Opportunities in Providing Energy AlternativesProfessor Hironori Hamanaka, Chair, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, discusses the renewed controversy surrounding the use of nuclear power, and talks about opportunities for the private sector in providing energy alternatives.
2010 Clean Energy Investments: Project SummariesThis report summarizes the investments in clean energy made by the operations departments of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2010, condensing information from project databases and formal reports in an easy-to-reference format. This report was prepared by ADB's Clean Energy Program which provides the cohesive agenda that encompasses and guides ADB's lending and non-lending assistance, initiatives, and plan of action for sustainable growth in Asia and the Pacific.
Thailand Looks to Sun to Power Country's FutureADB is lending up to $70 million to support the development of the world's largest solar photovoltaic energy plants.
Turning Animal Waste in Energy in Viet NamADB is funding thousands of biogas plants across Viet Nam to help reduce the country’s mounting piles of rural waste, which are harming the environment and endangering health.
Communities Affected by Viet Nam's Song Bung 4 Hydropower ProjectADB and its partners are conducting frequent, thorough consultations with communities affected by the the Song Bung 4 hydropower project in central Viet Nam.
The Golovnaya Hydropower Plant in Tajikistan, upgraded with ADB’s support, improves electricity supply in the country and in the CAREC region.