Improving ACE’s Data Modelling Capability

While the ASEAN Energy Database System (AEDS) is being finalised, AGEP team members have started  the preparation of capacity development activities for the external audience, targeting the energy statisticians officials of the ASEAN Member States (AMS). The aim of the activities is to prepare ACE as a trainer for energy modelling capability, so that ACE could share the knowledge with the AMS effectively.

In achieving that, in November 2020, AGEP announced the request for proposals titled “Mentoring ACE on Advance Modelling to Improve ASEAN Energy Data Capability”. The scope of the work includes (i) assessment to understand the gap of the AMS in terms of data collection and processing of energy-related data; (ii) develop training syllabus and draft external guideline on data collection and digital processing; and (iii) mentor ACE team to become Trainers equipped with the skills/knowledge needed.

After passing a set of selection process, in March 2021, a consulting service provider was selected to deliver the work. To officially start the activity, a kick-off meeting was organised in April 2021, discussing the current data gap, methodologies, detailed activities, steering structure, communications, and administrations of the project. Estimated to be completed in the 1st quarter of 2022, the mentoring project is expected to foster efficient collaboration between ACE and AMS in terms of energy data collection and processing (include the modelling), so that the region could further analyse the ASEAN energy landscape.

The capacity development for energy data collection and processing is part of AGEP activities under Output B supporting the main objective of the AGEP Phase II, which is to strengthen ACE in its role as a regional centre of excellence for sustainable energy. AGEP Phase-II is a jointly implemented programme by the ACE and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). (JM)