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02 to 03 December 2021 | By invitation only

This year has seen a greater push towards climate action, as the global economy still grapples with the impacts of COVID-19. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the current climate crisis is a ‘code red for humanity’ and urgently called for bold and decisive action against climate change. The energy sector is key to achieving the targets set out in the Paris Agreement given it accounts for three quarters of today’s global greenhouse gas emissions.

Greater subregional cooperation and energy market integration can support national measures immensely through efficient allocation of resources and economies of scale. Furthermore, subregional cooperation can promote investment and incentives for increasing the use of renewable energy as well as research and development in areas such as green hydrogen and carbon capture and storage technologies.

Against this background, the NEARPIC Forum 2021 is being organized to assess the outcome of COP-26 from the perspectives of North-East Asian countries and to look into opportunities for strengthening power interconnection as a strategy for achieving carbon neutrality in the subregion. The Forum will also take an in-depth look at Japan’s roadmap for energy transition with the goal of promoting the potential for regional power interconnection as a feasible option for reducing GHG emissions in Japan. In addition, the Forum will discuss ESCAP’s project on North-East Asia Green Power Corridor Roadmap, which will closely examine the energy landscape in the subregion and propose feasible pathways for regional power interconnections using renewable sources of energy. 

02 Dec 2021
15:00
15:10
Opening Session
  • Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
  • Mr. Tomas Kåberger (Executive Board Chair, Renewable Energy Institute)
15:10
16:10
Session 1: Country Perspectives on Power Grid Interconnections for Carbon Neutrality Goals or renewed commitments to the Paris Agreement

Moderator: Mr. Sangmin Nam (Deputy Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)

Presenters

*10-minute presentation each

Q&A/Discussions (10 mins)

16:10
17:00
Session 2: Project on Green Power Corridor Roadmap

Moderator: Mr. Matthew David Wittenstein (Chief, Energy Connectivity Section, Energy Division, ESCAP)

Presenters

*10-minute presentation each

Q&A/Discussions (15 mins)

17:00
18:00
Session 3: Japan’s Energy Transition towards Carbon Neutrality

Moderator: Mr. Matthew David Wittenstein (Chief, Energy Connectivity Section, Energy Division, ESCAP)

Key Remarks (15 mins)

Presenters

*10-minute presentation each

Q&A/Discussions (15 mins)

03 Dec 2021
15:00
16:30
Session 4: Developments in Power Interconnections and Energy Market Integration

Moderator: Mr. Tomas Kåberger (Executive Board Chairman, REI)

Presenters

*15-minute presentation each

Q&A/Discussions (15 mins)

16:30
18:00
Session 5: Updates on NEARPIC

Moderator: Mr. Sangmin Nam (Deputy Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)

Presenters

*10-minute presentation each

Q&A/Discussions (15 mins)

18:00
18:10
Closing Session
  • Mr. Matthew David Wittenstein (Chief, Energy Connectivity Section, Energy Division, ESCAP)
  • Ms. Mika Ohbayashi (Director, Renewable Energy Institute)

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia +82-32-458-6600 [email protected]
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