Multistakeholder Dialogue to Improve Energy Efficiency Policy and Financing in ASEAN

The ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP), a jointly implemented programme by ACE and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), organised its first online workshop on energy efficiency (EE) financing in order to support ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing and implementing effective EE financing policies and mechanisms. The workshop was held virtually on 7-8 July 2021 presenting various experts from energy ministries, financial institutions, project developers, and international organisations.

The workshop was opened with updates on the current state of EE financing development in ASEAN. In this session, representative from the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) shared the different financing instruments implemented for EE projects in Thailand such as Energy Conservation Promotion Fund (EnCon Fund) and Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund (EERF). The session was followed by presentation and discussion on opportunities and challenges from the private sector and international organisations’ perspectives. There was also a showcase on digital service model that allows customer to choose the most efficient air conditioning products based on their cooling demand, along with its cost and energy savings calculation. The first day of the workshop was then closed with a technical knowledge exchange session on the different risks in EE projects and the importance of Measurement & Verification (M&V).

One of the most anticipated session in the workshop, conducted on the second day, was the business matchmaking session between project developers and financial institutions to increase the uptake of EE investment. The format consisted of project ideas that were pitched by PT. Energy Management Indonesia (EMI), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), ASEAN Engineering Inspector-Electrical Installation (AEI-EI) and Worldwide Energy Development. The pitches were then responded by questions, comments and inputs in order to bridge the needs of funding and funders’ interest. The participating panelists in this session came from different backgrounds such as Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Clime Capital/Southeast Asia Clean Energy Foundation (SEACEF), Korea Development Bank (KDB), Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), and Asia-Pacific ESCO Industry Alliance (APEIA). The last day of the workshop was then closed by a discussion and input gathering on ACE future plan to develop an online web-based platform for EE projects funding application.

AGEP successfully drew general public attention to this workshop by showing the high interest in EE policy and financing activity coming not only from AMS but also from outside the region such as Japan, India, UAE and UK. This is indicated by the participation of around 200 people, consist of 58% male and 42% female participants, joining each day of the workshop coming from sdifferent background and countries. This workshop also continues AGEP’s milestone to initiate networking between various EE stakeholders which will further enhance the development and dissemination of EE financing mechanisms accross the region. (SGD/MW)