According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Asian economies will be the fastest growing in the coming decade. Their energy needs will increase. These countries are already among the worst affected by climate change, the costs of which will only rise. Meanwhile, the availability of fossil fuels will be influenced by geopolitics and internal political machinations. Asia's success, and the well-being of its people, will depend on how fast it can green its energy supply.
Energy demand for ASEAN members is projected to increase by about a third of the EU's current total by 2050. India alone will need additional capacity equivalent to that of today's EU by 2040. It would be ideal if this extra demand is met by renewables, but fossil fuels continue to dominate the mix across the region, entrenched through subsidies and political favours.
What technologies are required? What mix of industrial policy and subsidies could help? What type of green financing across bankable projects is available? We'll explore these themes.
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Head of Sustainability, APMEA at Publicis Groupe
Suzy believes businesses have a responsibility to do good in the world as well as make a profit and she specializes in developing and executing strategies and campaigns to help them do so. Building on a 20year career in strategic communications at the highest level (13 of them spent in Asia), the last eight years has seen Suzy focused on growing her experience in sustainability, ESG and social impact, working with some of the world’s biggest brands to help drive positive change inside and outside organizations. She has worked with Unilever brands on advocacy strategies, NGO partnership and behaviour change programmes; with Danone brands on brand purpose development and capacity building; with Epson on SDG prioritization, NGO partnership strategy and employee engagement. Suzy’s role at Publicis is to build capacity around sustainability across the Groupe, provide senior level client counsel on sustainability issues and to help drive corporate sustainable change at Publicis.
Wymen Chan is Head Asia at SUSI Partners, a Swiss-based investment manager focused exclusively on energy transition infrastructure investments. He has extensive equity investment experience across the clean energy sector and leads the firm’s Southeast-Asia focused investment strategy, which has to date made investments in utility-scale renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, and distributed solar PV solutions for commercial and industrial end customers. Before joining SUSI Partners in 2018, Wymen worked for Armstrong Asset Management, where he was a senior member of the investment team. Prior to that, he was a Director at Maybank MEACP, a fund focused on renewable energy investments across Asia.
Regional Head for South East Asia at BNP Paribas Singapore Branch
Joris Dierckx is the Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking for Southeast Asia and CEO of Singapore Branch at BNP Paribas.
Joris started his banking career in 1995 as a graduate trainee at Generale Bank in Belgium. At Generale Bank and subsequently at Fortis, he held various roles in export and project finance in Brussels, Dublin, Mumbai and Singapore. In 2008, Joris was appointed country head for Japan at Fortis, while also serving as interim Head of Merchant Banking Asia during the integration with BNP Paribas. Since joining BNP Paribas in 2010, Joris was successively country head for Greece, South Korea and India.
Joris holds a Post-Graduate diploma in Sustainable Development from the University of London, a Post-Graduate degree in Finance from the University of Leuven, a Master of Laws degree from the University of London and Master’s degree from the University of Antwerp.
Deven leads KPMG’s Infratech advisory practice in Singapore and also co-leads its Cities practice in the Asia Pacific. He has more than 25 years’ industry experience and has led numerous transformation efforts in energy transition, technology and citizen services. He has been actively involved in laying the foundation for Energy Transition in the power sector across Asia Pacific. He has a Doctorate in business model innovation arising from net zero targets set by public and private sector entities. His special interests are in the areas of Asset Reliability, Smart Grids, Renewable Integration and new energy market dynamics.
Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network
Sumana is a senior policy professional with 17 years of experience. Having worked at several dynamic and vibrant tech firms, Sumana designs and implements policies through advocacy, strategic communication and evidence-based analysis. With a flair for writing and communication, Sumana is able to negotiate complex engagements & cultivate senior-level internal/external relationships.
Sumana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from UCLA.