Expert Group Meeting on Conceptualizing the Asian Energy Highway (EGM AEH 2013)

3 Sep 2013 to 5 Sep 2013
Urumqui, China

Enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy are critical to the Asia-Pacific region. One key component in building a more sustainable energy future could be an integrated regional power grid, a concept like the “Asian Energy Highway.”

In 2012, at the 68th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), member States adopted a resolution called “Connectivity for energy security.” This resolution requests the secretariat to identify options on regional energy connectivity, such as an intergovernmental framework for developing an “Asian Energy Highway.” For this purpose, ESCAP is organizing an expert group meeting (EGM) on conceptualizing the Asian Energy Highway. This meeting will discuss the socioeconomic and environmental benefits, as well as the challenges and opportunities, of establishing a regional power grid, paying particular attention to existing infrastructure and the various subregional initiatives under development.

The Expert Group Meeting on Asia Pacific Energy Highway (EGM AEH 2013) has been jointly organized with the Ministry of Science and Technology, China from 3 to 5 September, during the 2013 China Eurasia Expo in Urumqi, China. The meeting consisted of five sessions across two days of discussion, covering the overall concept of the Asian Energy Highway, especially how to position it as infrastructure for sustainable development, the lessons learned from existing operational regional power grids, the current technology available for long-distance transmission, the current status of various subregional initiatives and the way forward. The third day was spent to take a field visit to TBEA Company in Urumqi, a leader in long-distance transmission technology.