Expert Working Group on Energy Connectivity

Background

ESCAP at its 73rd Commission Session in May 2017 adopted Resolution 73/8 Strengthening regional cooperation for sustainable energy development in Asia and the Pacific which requested the secretariat to conduct analytical studies, compile and disseminate relevant energy information and data. The Commission also established two expert working groups under Committee on Energy;

  1. Expert Working Group on Energy Connectivity and
  2. Expert Working Group on Universal Access to Modern Energy Services, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Cleaner Use of Fossil Fuels

Objective of these Working Groups is to provide expert input to the intergovernmental discussions at the Committee on Energy and the Asia Pacific Energy Forum. The Working Groups will also review existing knowledge, information and policy research and closely coordinate with relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations.

Meetings of the Expert Working Group on Energy Connectivity

  • First Meeting of Expert Working Group on Energy Connectivity 13 December 2017 held in Bangkok, Thailand


    The First meeting of Expert Working Group (EWG) on Energy Connectivity was held on 13 December 2017 in Bangkok. The objective and concrete focus areas of the EWG was discussed with experts from members and associate members and also relevant stakeholders. The experts also highlighted the necessity to diversify the energy mix in particular renewable energies in the context of regional connectivity.


  • Second Meeting of Expert Working Group on Energy Connectivity 12-14 December 2018 held in Beijing, China.

    Following the results of the first EWG on Energy Connectivity meeting in 2017 and the Second Asian Pacific Energy Forum (APEF) in April 2018, the secretariat organized the Second Meeting of Expert Working Group on Energy Connectivity in Beijing, December 2018. It was aimed to analyze the common challenges and good practice to address the obstacles for the development of energy connectivity in region and sub-regions; South-East Asia, South and South-West Asia, North and East Asia and East and North-East Asia.

  • Third Meeting of Expert Working Group on Energy Connectivity 29 August 2019 held in Bangkok, Thailand

    This meeting was conducted to allow EWG members to review, discuss and refine the draft regional roadmap, before it was submitted to the ESCAP 2nd Session of the Committee on Energy. The members were invited to provide detailed inputs on the draft regional roadmap during the meeting. More information can be found here.

Terms of Reference

  • Objective: To provide expert input to the intergovernmental discussions at the Committee on Energy and the APEF
  • Membership: Experts nominated by their member States become members of the Working Group beyond the individual meetings. Maximum of 2 experts per member State.
  • Meetings: The EWG will meet on a recurring basis, e.g. once per calendar year.
  • Interactions: In addition to the meetings, the EWG could interact remotely, e.g. by email exchange or teleconferencing
  • Chair: The Chair will be selected during Committee sessions. The Chair is responsible for facilitating the discussions of the EWG through meeting and on-line discussion until the subsequent Committee session. The ESCAP secretariat will support the Chair in this task. For the first session of the EWG, the secretariat held informal consultation with member States in identifying the Chair.
  • Reporting: The outputs of the EWG’s analyses and deliberations would inform the secretariat’s reports for the Committee on Energy and the APEF. It is suggested that this output would be captured by a Report of the EWG.

Scope of Work

  1. Examine issues related to national, subregional and regional policy Frameworks and identify specific economic, institutional and regulatory measures in order to facilitate the region’s transition to a more sustainable energy future;
  2. Conduct a study on electricity demand growth and identify scenarios in meeting the future demand (up to 2050).
  3. Identify mutual economic, social and environmental benefits that cross-border electricity connectivity could bring.
  4. Prepare comprehensive regional studies on the current state of and future prospects for selected areas of work with a view to identifying issues and challenges that could be addressed through regional cooperation;
  5. Explore opportunities to enhance cooperation with other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and the business community and private sector by preparing joint studies and participating in joint events, such as surveys, seminars and workshops;
  6. Provide the secretariat with advice in the implementation of the subprogramme on energy, including the formulation and implementation of capacity-building and technical cooperation in the region;
  7. Examine and discuss any other issue recommended to them by the secretariat or requested by the Committee.
  8. Advise the secretariat, where appropriate, in the formulation and implementation of capacity building and technical cooperation activities on energy connectivity in the region.
  9. Explore opportunities to enhance cooperation with other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and the business community/private sector by preparing joint studies and participating in joint events, such as surveys, seminars and workshops.
  10. Provide the secretariat with advice in the implementation of the subprogramme on energy connectivity