Participation in hub workshop and ACEF held by the ADB
Under the instruction and financial support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ) participated in the SEforALL Hub Workshop and the Asian Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) that were held in Manila under the sponsorship of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Jun. 2018. At the former, ECCJ gave a report on the support provided to the ASEAN countries by ECCJ in an aim to promote the realization of building energy efficiency. At the latter, in addition to participating in wide-ranging information exchanges with participants, specific meetings were held with the divisions in charge of SEforALL at the ADB regarding the SEforALL activities in Asia in the future.
(1) The Hub Workshop held from Jun. 5, 2018 had a theme of how to activate the EE&C promotion organization (Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform) in each field. In line with the interest of the Building Division, ECCJ gave a report concerning the activity situation in Japan and the ASEAN region with regard to energy efficiency standards for buildings and the introduction of ZEBs, which are the most recent activity targets. For the future direction, it was determined to promote close information exchanges among related members through webinars, etc., and cooperation with MDBs including the International Development Bank, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
(2) For the ADB which is the SEforALL Asia Pacific Regional Hub, the purpose of the ACEF held from Jun. 6 to 8 was to provide support for achieving the SEforALL-related targets together with representatives of industry, government, and academia in the region through information sharing and exchanges of opinions with SEforALL-related members. ECCJ obtained mutual confirmation to continue working as a partner in line with the requests from the above-mentioned ADB division, in addition to maintaining wide-ranging cooperation with the participants of the forum.
* SEforALL (Sustainable Energy for All):
SEforALL was started in Sep. 2011 as an initiative proposed by the then Secretary-General of the United Nations based on the belief of “energy being at the core of the economic development of all nations” (SEforALL is currently an NGO). As its objectives, it cites “(1) ensuring universal access to modern energy services”, “(2) doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency”, and “(3) doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix”.