Asian Energy Outlooks in 2016 and Beyond

On December 19, 2015, experts gathered at the NBR office to discuss Asia’s environmental and energy outlooks going into 2016.

Asia has emerged as the center for global energy demand, and forecasts from the Asian Development Bank predict that the region will constitute 56% of world energy consumption by 2035. As energy accounts for two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions according to the International Energy Agency, choices made in the region will have a profound effect on global energy and environmental security.

From the Event

Agenda and Speaker Bios (PDF)

Event Audio

Taking place following the conclusion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, this event featured presentations on energy and environmental outlooks for key players in the Asia-Pacific by senior experts.

Hard copies of the 2015 Pacific Energy Summit Report on “Strengthening Markets for Energy and Environmental Security” were available at the event.


9:30 a.m. | INTRODUCTION

Roy D. Kamphausen
Senior Vice President for Research, NBR


Samuel Tumiwa
Deputy Representative, North American Representative Office, Asian Development Bank
(Download ADB handout on Asia’s Energy Outlook)

Li Bin
Counselor for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the United States of America

Pankaj Bhatia
Deputy Director, Climate Program; Director, Tools, Reporting and Analysis for Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute

Takashi Kume
Special Advisor, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Japan)

Clara Gillispie
Director, Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs, NBR

10:50 a.m. | CONCLUSION

Roy D. Kamphausen
Senior Vice President for Research, NBR


Event Background

Country commitments preceding the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris are not projected to prevent a 2 percent Celsius rise in global temperatures, and understanding the way forward for the Asia-Pacific will be profoundly important for global energy and environmental outlooks.

As outlined in the 2015 Pacific Energy Summit Report, market-based policy actions have the potential to advance ongoing interests in deploying cleaner energy supplies and technologies, as well as further integrate environmental considerations into national energy planning across the Asia-Pacific. With 2016 quickly approaching, policymakers and industry must strengthen efforts to address rising energy demand that can promote continued economic growth while maintaining long-term environmental security.