Evidence-Based Policies for Sustainable Use of Energy in Asia and the Pacific

Representatives from member States
Representatives from member States shared experiences on the project as panelists at the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Rapid growth in energy demand in Asia and the Pacific, largely driven by economic growth, has resulted in economic, social, and environmental challenges. However, if well managed, energy resources can support sustained development and equitable growth. The objective of this project is to strengthen capacities of policymakers in Asia and the Pacific to develop stronger, evidence-based policy and planning for the sustainable use of energy resources. The project’s activities in particular supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals with focus on Goal 7 on sustainable energy. It is in line with the outcomes of the Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (APEF).

The project aims to achieve its objective through:

1. Increasing project countries’ capacity to assess, forecast and track energy development trends and future scenarios using data, policy and analytical tools;
2. Applying knowledge gained from informational tools and project activities to evidence-based policymaking; and
3. Comprehensively understanding informational sources to monitor and evaluate energy targets.

The project countries Fiji, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Thailand, and Tonga, represent the sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific enabling a comparison of challenges, solution and lessons learnt across the region.

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Regional Workshops under the Project:

  1. Final Workshop for the Project in Bangkok- 8 November 2019 under the 10th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development
  2. Sub-regional Workshop in Papua New Guinea- 20 June 2019 under the Asia Pacific Business Forum 2019

In June 2019, ESCAP delivered a sub-regional workshop on ‘Evidence Based Policies for Sustainable Use of Energy Resources in Asia and the Pacific’ to disseminate lessons learned in the project with the Pacific. Countries attending the workshop made a number of requests to ESCAP to support national energy planning, support data infrastructure, and facilitate more cross-country exchange of lessons learned and best practices. As an outcome of the meeting, the Pacific Community (SPC) invited ESCAP to collaborate on a joint paper on ’Pacific Progress in the SDG 7 and the SAMOA Pathway’ to be presented at the 4th Pacific Energy and Transport Ministers Meeting. ESCAP is also mediating between member States and international institutions to promote wider collaboration beyond the time frame of the project, thereby ensuring that built capacities are sustained and institutionalized.