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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

24 May 2022


Excellency Mrs. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of India to Thailand and Permanent Representative to ESCAP,

Mr. Surinder Pal Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, India,

Distinguished speakers, experts, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, 

I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India for jointly organizing this side event along with the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of ESCAP.

Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges for our region therefore solutions and Scaling up solution is very much needed.

In this context, may I highlight the energy sector which definitely plays the central role in our effort to combat climate change. Scaling up the use of clean and efficient technologies and adopting emerging technologies in the energy and power sector contributes simultaneously towards multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 13 on climate action, Goal 7 on affordable and clean energy and Goal 3 on good health and well-being, just to name a few.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

The adoption of emerging technologies, including the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies, in the energy sector can play a significant role in climate change mitigation..

The gains are manifold if such technologies are correctly used, supported by a conducive policy ecosystem, And this is very important for APCTT, how we could scale it up across countries in our region.

In this context, allow me to highlight three development strategies for your consideration.

First, strengthening regional cooperation to accelerate adoption of emerging technologies in the energy sector for climate change mitigation.

For faster diffusion of such innovations across countries and to attain the SDGs by 2030, regional collaboration is the key and is indispensable.

Greater collaboration across the region is required through established mechanisms such as South-South and Triangular Cooperation, and institutions such as APCTT can play a catalytic role in that.

Second, a strategic transition to decarbonization which relates to the energy sector which is one of the key sectors for successful decarbonization.

Technologies like Carbon Capture and Storage are seen as solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and convert carbon for other uses. Technological advancement is needed to make renewable energy cost-effective and scalable.

UN has been advocating how to phase out the use of coal, stop fossil fuel subsidies and make use of carbon pricing.

Third, fostering digitalization and augmenting the digital Infrastructure in the energy sector. It is necessary to facilitate widespread usage of digital machines and devices at all levels of the energy and power system, from production and infrastructure to end-user devices.

Energy 4.0, as it is known, is key to enable the industry to implement intelligent energy and power management solutions based on machine-to-machine and machine-human interactions.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

At the United Nations, we recognize that emerging technologies, including 4IR technologies, must be harnessed to deliver and to further accelerate Sustainable Development Goals.

ESCAP, along with the UN system, stands ready to work with governments and all stakeholders in facilitating this solution-oriented drive towards clean energy and enhance sustainable development of the Asia-Pacific region.

Thank you very much and looking forward to hear your further insight, thoughts,   deliberations, as well as recommendations.  

Thank you very much.


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