Knowledge Dissemination Workshop on Sustainable Energy Options
Over the past 18 months, ESCAP has been implementing a project titled “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Increase the Affordability of Sustainable Energy Options in Asia and the Pacific.” Financed by the United Nations Development Account, this project has two expected accomplishments:
A. Strengthened capacity of policy makers in developing countries, specifically in LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, to develop policies to increase the affordability of sustainable energy and energy saving products and services by tapping into regional and sub-regional knowledge sharing opportunities.
B. Enhanced capacity of policy makers to develop [three] country strategy reports to enhance local production and provide opportunities for sustainable energy options and energy saving products.
Following the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) in February 2013 where participants gathered in parallel sessions in Bangkok and Suva, the project has evolved to meet the requests from member States and other EGM participants, as well as to strategically align with national/regional processes and partnerships. There have been 3 streams of activities for capacity development leading to 4 strategy papers, which form the main outputs from this project.
1) Stream 1 - Pacific Regional Data Repository : In the Pacific, it was recognized early on in that the lack of reliable, quality and up-to-date energy data was hindering the development of projects and policies for sustainable energy. The ESCAP Pacific Office and the Bangkok energy team organized a series of multi-stakeholder consultations in developing the concept of a transnational energy data repository called the “Pacific Regional Data Repository (PRDR) for Sustainable Energy for All”. With the strong support of Pacific countries, intergovernmental organizations and other partners – including the PRDR declaration signed at the highest levels of government – ESCAP developed the project proposal containing the strategy for establishing the PRDR. This proposal has been endorsed by Pacific Energy Ministers who decided that the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will be the interim host for 12 months and agreed to the PRDR Steering Committee.
2) Stream 2 - Affordable and Resource-efficient Housing Concepts: Following a first pilot phase of a related joint ESCAP and Hilti Foundation project on Implementing Alternative Building Technologies for Housing the Urban Poor, this Development Account project provided the opportunity to analyse the energy saving potential of low-cost housing if it were constructed from locally-sourced resource and energy efficient construction materials (such as bamboo or compressed lime soil blocks), maximized energy-saving housing design (including that of immediate surroundings) and basic infrastructure, services and appliances at household and neighbourhood levels. The project also allowed for baseline research and a first strategy development regarding the feasibility of establishing social enterprises and local supply chains for providing such housing systems in Indonesia and Viet Nam.
3) Stream 3 - Technology and Innovation Ecosystem: To develop a national strategy to increase affordability of sustainable energy options through south-south cooperation, it was considered essential to assess the current national enabling environment and technology innovation ecosystem. In this context, APCTT-ESCAP developed an assessment framework for Indonesia and Lao PDR. This framework was presented and validated at the national stakeholder workshop in these two countries. After carrying out analysis of the current framework conditions, a national strategy report was prepared. This report was brainstormed by the national stakeholders in Indonesia and Lao PDR. It includes specific strategies to strengthen their national enabling environment and technology innovation ecosystem for the promotion and adoption of sustainable energy technologies to increase the affordability with emphasis on south-south cooperation.