Asia Network

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Shigeru Muraki, Vice Chair Asia

Emily Melton,  Regional Manager

The Asia region consists of fourteen National Member Committees (NMCs). It is a large and diverse region in terms of its economic stages, culture and language as well as in terms of the energy issues it faces.

The Asia Regional Vice Chair is Mr Shigeru (Sam) Muraki of Tokyo Gas. The Asia Regional Manager is Emily Melton, who retired as Chief Operating Officer of the Council in December 2016 but who continues with the Council in an advisory role.

One of the main activities in the region over the past twelve months has been a study on “Best Practices of the GHG Reduction Measures in Asian Region”. The Study Group was led by Mr Hajime Murata of the Japanese Member Committee, with representatives from Hong Kong, India, Japan and Korea (Rep) comprising the Study Group. The study was approved by the Asian members at the Asia Regional Meeting in Lisbon in October 2017. The study is available here: Best Practices of GHG Reduction Measures

A new process for selecting, reviewing and approving regional studies is being piloted in the Asia region over the next year. This provides for two types of studies: one is an Endorsed study, which goes through the Council’s usual governance process, with approval of the proposal and final study required by the Studies Committee. Endorsed studies must provide a regional perspective or regional data that flows into one of the global flagships studies. The second type of regional study is the Independent study. Independent studies are under the jurisdiction of the region, and the selection, review and approval process is structured under the oversight of the Regional Vice Chair. Such studies are based on topics which emerge from the regional issues map from the latest Issues Monitor and are designed to explore in detail a topic which is of particular relevance to the region. Once the pilot has been completed, the two-prong approach to regional studies will be rolled out to other regions.

Key issues for the Asia region currently include technology and innovation, energy efficiency, the energy-water-food nexus, energy markets, centralization/decentralization of energy systems and meeting energy demand.

Partnerships

The Council is partnering with China’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB)  to conduct a Trilemma provincial deep dive in China. ADB has provided funding to support the pilot phase of the project, which is expected to be launched in early 2018 and completed later in the year. The provincial deep dive is intended to take the global methodology and translate it to a regional level within China. It will also help to enhance the understanding of what energy sustainability means in the provinces and develop consistency in the definition across provinces. The pilot will involve three provinces, but once completed, the expectation is that the initial work will be expanded to cover additional provinces. Read more about the Council’s World Energy Trilemma study.

Ambassadors Programme

Another pilot programme to be tested in the Asia region in 2018 is the newly created Ambassadors programme, which is aimed at developing additional support for member committees in the region by using Future Energy Leaders or other interested Council members to help encourage engagement of the member committees in the Council’s activities. This programme is expected to be rolled out in early 2018.

Interaction Opportunities for Asian Members

Monthly TeleconferencesBeginning in January 2018, Regional Vice Chair Shigeru Muraki and Regional Manager Emily Melton will organise monthly conference calls to which all Asian members will be invited, with the intention of facilitating communication and regular interaction among the member committees in the region.

Asia Regional MeetingsAsian members have the opportunity to meet twice a year, once in the May-June period and once at the annual World Energy Week held in 3rd or 4th quarter of the year. The next Asia regional meeting will take place at the end of May in Tokyo and will be hosted by the Japanese Member Committee.

For further information on activities within the Asia region, please , contact Emily Melton,  Regional Manager Asia at the World Energy Council.

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