Wednesday 8th March 2017

Provided Interpreter System for Chinese and Japanese

CEO Energy Forum

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Opening Address for CEO Energy Forum

  • H.E. Jesús Miguel Sanz
    Ambassador and Head of Delegation
    Delegation of the European Union in Thailand
09.30-09.45 Keynote Address
  • H.E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima
    Ambassador, Embassy of Japan
09.45-11.00 Exhibition Ribbon Cutting / Coffee Break
11.00-12.00 Energy Transition in Asia(panel discussion)
Briefing: Energy Transition in Asia

Asia is one of the major centers for energy resource exploration and production as well as the major center for manufacturing. Energy production and consumption in Asia is the most notable one. Followed the example of major industrialized countries Asia have relied heavily on fossil-based energy resources. When the World realized that the global climate is changing to the detriment of mankind several International discussion and actions have been undertaken. One direction is very clear and that is the World must use less fossil-based fuels and must reduce the green-house gas emissions, especially carbon-dioxide. Thus a transition from a carbon-rich to a low-carbon energy sources is happening around the globe. In this session transition from the fossil-based to low-carbon energy sources are discussed. The main discussion will be on the Asian initiatives with global perspectives towards a low-carbon society.

  •  H.E.Dr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi
    Under Secretary, Minister of Energy, UAE
  • Distinguished Scholar Dr. Surin Pitsuwan
    Former Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Professor Emeritus at Thammasat University
  • Mr.Sakari Oksanen
    Deputy Director General, lnternationnal Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Ms.Aya Yoshida
    Head of Division for Asia Pacific and Partnerships in the Office of Global
    Energy Relations, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Moderator : Mr.Justin Wu
Head of Asia Pacific Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

12.00-13.30 –Lunch–
13.30-14.30 “How to achieve the Low-carbon commitment following the Paris Agreement?”(panel discussion)
Session briefing: “How to achieve the low-carbon commitment following the Paris Agreement?”
The Paris Agreement was adopted on 12 December 2015 during COP 21. About 129 Parties of the 197 Signatories to the Convention have ratified the Agreement which entered into force on November 4, 2016. Thirty days earlier only about 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55% of the total greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary. The pathway to achieve the low-carbon commitment may be different from country to country depending on the level of development, the self-centric national policy and the sense of global solidarity. In this session we expect to hear the different approaches and the instruments adopted by different countries. Information and opinions on International activities can be included. Recommendations are also welcome.

  • Mr. Jens Radschinski
    Head of the RCC Bangkok (a.i.)
    UNFCCC/IGES – Regional Collaboration Centre for Asia and the Pacific
  • Mr. Saharath Boonpotipukdi
    Deputy Governor, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT)
14.30-15.30 “Energy Policy in Asia”(panel discussion)
Session Briefing: “Energy Policy in Asia”

As a consequence of the global climate change phenomena several initiatives, both at the International and National levels, have been taken. The transition from fossil-based to low-carbon energy sources is being implemented around the World. The first and most important step towards sustainable energy and development is the policy formulation. Most countries, except those countries with self-centric policies or the very poor ones, follow the International trend of shifting from carbon-rich to low-carbon energies. Asia is one of the fastest growing economies in the World. At present it is one of the major centers for manufacturing thus one of the major energy consumers as well. To be able to attain a sustainable development, Asia needs to have a sustainable energy policy without compromising its own people’s increased quality of living. In this session initiatives and experiences in revising the energy policies in some Asian countries are expected to be shared. They will show how the National interests and International agreements can go hand in hand to make the World a better place for every one.

  • Mr. Yota Ono
    Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs
    Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
    Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • H.E.Viraphonh Viravong
    Former Deputy Minister , Ministry of Energy and Mines Vientiane, Lao PDR
  • Eng. Abdulla Al Shahyari
    Director of Electricity and acting Director of Demand Management and
    Productivity, U.A.E.
  • Dr. Twarath Sutrabutr
    Executive Director, Energy Policy and Planning officeMinistry of Energy, Thailand

Moderator : Dr. Anbumozhi Venkatachalam
Senior Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

15.30-16.30 Asia Energy Markets Outlook(panel discussion)
Session Briefing: Asia Energy Markets Outlook

Asia is one of the major centers for manufacturing in the World and thus requires a lot of energy to feed their factories. Economic development continues to grow at a higher rate than any other regions. Security of supply and the prices of energy are very important to guarantee the continued development but contribution to help mitigating the global warming is also important. The challenge for Asia is how to increase its supply of energy while keeping greenhouse gas emissions at a reasonably low level to help mitigating the global climate change.

As a region, Asia is very diverse in energy resources. Some are rich in energy resources and are net exporters of energy, especially oil and gas. Some have plenty of hydro power and other renewable but many have scarce energy resources and lean heavily on energy import, especially the fossil ones.

Energy markets in Asia are changing to adapt to new situations. Renewable energy market is changing from a marginal supply to one of the main stream sources of energy. However, most countries still opt for a subsidizing heavily on renewable energies but can it be sustainable? The market for Nuclear Power, which is another important low-carbon source of electricity, is still uncertain in Asia. Several big and industrialized countries use nuclear energy effectively to generate the base-load electricity. Smaller and less developed economies struggle to put forward the nuclear power projects. The oil, gas and coal markets will still play an important role in Asia. These markets will undergo changes in both supply modes and prices.

This session is designed to provide an outlook of the energy markets in Asia in the near future but also in a longer term perspective, which is rather difficult to predict.

  • Mr. Hidetoshi Nishimura
    President, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
  • Ms. Agneta Rising
    Director General ,World Nuclear Association
  • Ms. Georgina Hayden
    Head of Power & Renewables ,BMI Research Group

Moderator :Representative from PTT

15.30-16.00 –Coffee Break–
16.30-17.30  “ What Kind of Innovation Is Indispensable for Developing the Low-carbon Technologies”
(panel discussion)
Session briefing: “What kind of innovation is indispensible to develop low-carbon technologies?”

On 4 November 2016 the Paris Agreement entered into force after it was adopted on 12 December 2015 during COP 21. But as of now only about 129 Parties of the 197 Signatories to the Convention have ratified the Agreement. Out of these only about 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for only an estimated 55% of the total greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary. For countries with plenty of renewable energy resources it is not difficult to develop instruments to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. For countries with scarce natural and renewable energy resources the problem is more difficult. It is evident that new technologies at a reasonable price are needed to achieve the low-carbon goal. For poor countries the problem may be more complicate.  In order to develop these technologies however certain innovations are indispensible.

In this session some insights into new technologies will be given and innovations needed to develop these technologies will be discussed.

  • Prof. Masakazu Toyoda
    Chairman and CEO, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan – IEEJ
  • Mr. Yang Jinbai
    The Vice President of China Southern Power Grid (CSG)
  • Mr. Egor Simonov
    Regional VP, ROSATOM International Network Director, ROSATOM Asia

Moderator :Dr. Ludovic Lacrosse, WADE Thai

Executive Chairman, Full Advantage Co., Ltd

17.45-18.00 “–Close of Forum by Dr.Tatchai Sumitra, the chair of SETA2017–