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Energy Policy Review

This page shows milestones in ADB's energy policy development since the first energy policy was approved in 1981. This page will also inform ADB stakeholders about the status of the ongoing energy policy review and the associated public consultation process. Please check this page often for updates on the review process. You may also contact the review team with any questions, inputs or suggestion via  e-mail

ADB's energy policy

Energy demand is projected to almost double in the Asia and Pacific region by 2030. There is an urgent need for innovative ways to generate power in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable manner. Compounding the problem is widespread energy poverty across Asia and the Pacific, in 2018 over 200 million people still had no access to electricity, around 5% of the region’s population, and around 1.8 billion people, or nearly 40% of the population, relied on polluting and unhealthy cooking fuels and technologies.

ADB's 2009 Energy Policy aims to help developing member countries provide reliable, adequate, and affordable energy for economic growth in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable way. A review of the 2009 policy is underway to align ADB’s energy operations with Strategy 2030, recognizing the changing contexts and increasing needs of ADB’s developing members while mindful of the impacts of increasing energy use to the climate and environment.


This section is the source of important information in the policy development and consultation process. Interested individuals and organizations have the opportunity to join stakeholder consultations, provide online inputs throughout the review process and provide inputs on the draft energy policy which was published on 7 May 2021.

Read the Q&A: A new energy policy to accelerate Asia’s energy transition

  Read the Draft Energy Policy: Supporting Low Carbon Transition in Asia and the Pacific

This draft policy paper has been prepared for public consultation in light of the global commitments on climate change, the changing landscape in the energy sector, and ADB’s Strategy 2030. Feedback may be sent through email. A final draft will be submitted to ADB’s Board of Directors for consideration by October 2021.

Indicative timeline of the review

Independent evaluation on the 2009 Policy August 2020
Desk studies and dialogue with energy sector stakeholders (including the Asia Clean Energy Forum) June to December 2020
Prepare draft energy policy paper January to March 2021
Posting of draft energy policy document in the website for public consultation Published 7 May 2021
Submit draft energy policy paper for Board consideration September to October 2021

History of ADB’s energy policy

The below timeline reviews key highlights of the policy development and consultation process.



ADB adopted its first energy policy in the aftermath of the oil price shocks in the 1970s.



The second energy policy was released which recommended balanced infrastructure investment and development of financially robust and efficient operations.



The policy was reviewed for the first time. The review recommended the development of independently regulated and privatized energy markets.



Another review, coinciding with Strategy 2020. Implementation is guided by: (i) energy efficiency and renewable energy, (ii) access to energy for all, and (iii) energy sector reform, capacity building and governance.



The Board of Directors approved ADB’s third energy policy.



The Independent Evaluation Department shared its findings on the review of the 2009 energy policy and its implementation.



Proposed release of updated Energy Policy.


Yongping ZHAI (Mr)
Chief of Energy Sector Group
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB