First Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Network of Energy Think Tanks (APNETT)

2 Jun 2020
Virtual Meeting, Asia Pacific
By invitation only

Background and Context

The inaugural meeting of the Asia-Pacific Network of Energy Think-Tanks was held on 8 October 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

APNETT convenes academic institutions, think tanks, universities and not-for-profit entities to facilitate exchange on energy topics and develop collaborative research on energy issues identified by ESCAP’s Secretariat and its member States through intergovernmental processes.

The Network serves to:
a) deliver collaborative research, drawing on contributions from relevant institutes in APNETT, feeding into ESCAP’s regional publications on energy;
b) undertake peer reviews of energy research in support of the ESCAP work program on energy;
c) support capacity development in the form of research tools, databases and assistance to institutes in need; and
d) exchange information across the network and disseminate learnings to Asia-Pacific energy policymakers through ESCAP’s platforms.

Meeting Objectives

The network had planned to meet face-to-face in early 2020 in Melbourne, Australia in a meeting co-hosted by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. However, the ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID pandemic affecting member’s ability to travel makes it difficult to plan for any event this year.

Instead, members will meet virtually with the intention of achieving the following objectives:
a) re-engage member following the inaugural meeting in October 2019;
b) finalise and agree on the Terms of Reference for APNETT;
c) discuss emerging research issues in the Asia-Pacific energy transition, especially those relating to ESCAP’s work program and issues arising as a result of COVID-19; and
d) plan future activities for the network.


ESCAP, University of Melbourne, and Deakin University

Tentative Agenda

12:00: Keynote presentation

12:15: Terms of Reference and forward planning for APNETT in 2020 and beyond [ESCAP]

12:25: COVID-19 and the sustainable energy transition [ESCAP]

– options to support Asia Pacific member States with research focused on how to capture opportunities or manage risks stemming from the pandemic

13:25: Coal phase out in the Asia Pacific [ESCAP]

– review outline of ESCAP study prepared by Climate Analytics (to be circulated prior), for feedback and suggestions

13:55: Other business and additional Q&A [ALL]

14:25: Close [ALL]