VOL. 2 | JULY 2021 | MONTHLY

ETP NEWSLETTER

Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (SEA ETP)

The ETP is a five-year, multi-donor partnership formed of governmental and philanthropic donor partners to support sustainable energy transition in Southeast Asia in line with the Paris Agreement, with an initial focus on Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, to help the region achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

ETP Highlights

ETP is delighted to welcome announcements ofthe United Kingdom and Germany to join the Partnership as Funding Members. (Learn More)

The UK and Germany formally joining ETP will enable significant expansion of the ETP’s programs and results in Southeast Asia and will signal to other Governments and philanthropic organizations to join in this unique partnership and its quest to accelerate progress toward the Paris Climate Goals in the Region. Find out more from the press release on the UK’s announcement made by Alok Sharma, UK COP26 Presidency Designate.

UK COP26 Energy Transition Council Ministerial

On 13 July, ETP spoke at the UK COP26 Energy Transition CouncilMinisterial meeting. ETP thanked the UK and Germany for their announcements of joining ETP as Funding Members and highlighted how ETP’s ETP stands ready to support the Rapid Response Facility and other priority programs to accelerate energy transition in Southeast Asia

Just Transition to Low Carbon Future - Phasing Out Coal: ETP Side Event at ACEF 2021 (Watch the event here)

Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP) thanks the esteemed line up of panelists for a 360° degree discussion on Just Transition to Low Carbon Future: Phasing Out Coal on 15 June 2021 at the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2021. David Sheran of Bank of England and Commissioner Amatong, the World Bank’s Michael Stanley and Asian Development Bank’s David Elzinga, GIZ’s Joscha Rosenbush, ESCAP’s Michael Williamson, ILO’s Cristina Martinez, Francis Pidgeon from Environment and Climate Change Canada, Udetanshu from Rocky Mountain Institute and Fiza Farhan, Global Strategic Development Advisor launched an engaging and inspiring dialogue on the multidimensional aspects of transition to a low carbon energy system.

Achieving the national climate objectives for Southeast Asian economies is a challenge as coal remains a fundamental fuel source for energy production. In view of the nearing climate target timelines, amassing climate warming implications on the Region’s economies, and calls for reduction in the pollution levels and greenhouse gas emissions, Southeast Asia faces competing pressures as it struggles to invest in energy sources for its recovering growth.

The firstin REN21 Rendezvous series discuss energy transition partnerships Watch the Event

REN21’s Executive Director Rana Adib, along with Sirpa Jarvenpaa, Director of ETP and Sascha Oppowa of the Clean, Affordable Secure Energy (CASE), opened the first event in the Southeast Asia RENdez-vous series. The event brought Daniel del Barrio Alvarez, Philipp Litz, Hongpeng Liu together to discuss the barriers, the challenges and opportunities for Southeast Asia to move away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy, including investment in renewables, ASEAN’s strategy and the research-policy link. ETP welcomed partnering and building of broader alliances to multiply the effectiveness of bilateral and multilateral agencies, and private sector and civil society organizations.

China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development Special Climate Policy Studies Meeting, 19 July

ETP discussed possibilities for its Energy Transition Round Table as a conduit for transferring experience in energy transition models and measures from China and Europe for the benefit of Southeast Asian Leadership. China and the European countries have committed net zero carbon targets, setting a North Star guidance for road maps and action plans. The conversation in Southeast Asia is moving in this direction. Led by Kate Hampton (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation), Zou Ji (Energy Foundation China) and Wang Yi (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Co-leads of the CCICED Special Policy Study on Global Climate Governance and China’s Role reviewed pathways for Chinese – European sharing of information to globally accelerate energy transition.

ETP’s Energy Efficiency Window Premiered atthe Vienna Energy Forum Virtual Exhibition Booth (VEF) 2021 from July 5-7

ETP is preparing an Energy Efficiency Innovation Window, a pathway for ETP to provide early-stage grant financing for innovative approaches to address the systemic underinvestment in energy efficiency. The Innovation Window will provide funding for scalable, and sustainable innovations to reduce the carbon footprint of the Region’s economies. The Window will specifically seek to finance project development, proof-of-concept, and policy implementation to surmount the critical barriers to energy efficiency investments in Southeast Asia.

Coming Soon

Coal Phase-out Dialogue in Southeast Asia: ETP is Gearing Up to Supportto Just Transition to ensure supportfor all affected by the transition

ETP is exploring opportunities to partner with the World Bank, the European Union and the Powering Past Coal Alliance on Just Transition to clean energy by preparing support for a Secretariat for a Global Platform for Just Transition. The Platform will help to coordinate support to Just Transition topics under a systematic framework, facilitate de-risking instruments for private sector investors, and host a Learning Academy, through which the Region’s stakeholders in energy transition can access and share knowledge on the transitional issues.

Happening Now

Launch of ETP’s Energy Transition Round Table in August 2021 (Read concept note)

The Energy Transition Round Table will kick off to provide tailored professional training and a practitioners’ forum for high caliber learning. The Round Table will provide access to globally tested best practices in the many energy transition domains to develop leadership among the region’s energy transition stakeholders, endowing stakeholders with the latest context and tools to address the issues in their daily energy transition activities.

ETP Supports PLN with Java-Bali Control Center Upgrade – paving a way for an integration of clean energy in Indonesian energy mix and reduction of GHGs

ETP launched a tender for a Detailed Design for Java Bali Electricity Control Center Upgrade to enable a significant increase in variable renewable energy integration. Java-Bali Control Center facilitates electricity for nearly 100 million people. The project will be critical for enhancing technical viability of renewable energy investments in Indonesia and de-risk projects, reduce curtailment of renewable energy to zero, and foster benefits from grid modernization investments.

ETP to Review of the Existing Coal Abatement Scenarios in Vietnam - in support of UK COP26 Energy Transition Council High Level Dialogue

ETP supports the work of the UK COP26 Energy Transition Council as a Partner in the Rapid Response Facility by undertaking a “Review and Gap Analysis of the Existing Coal Abatement Scenarios for Vietnam”. The Project will identify shared assumptions and technically and financially viable alternatives to additional coal-fired energy generation to meet the rapidly growing energy demand in the country. The project will kick off in August 2021.

In the Region

Philippines

ETP is soon tendering a project for Regulatory Improvement in Support of the Philippine Regulatory Commission and Design of Battery Energy Market Mechanism in the Philippines with the Philippine Electricity Market Commission. The upstream regulatory support aims to accelerate energy transition and grid modernization; and setting up of a vibrant energy battery storage market mechanism will help de-risk renewable energy investments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels for meeting growing energy demand in the Philippines.

The Philippine National Climate Change Commission (NCCC) has requested ETP’s support in Measuring and Monitoring its Energy Transition Road Map and Clean Energy Scenario. This assistance is designed to strengthen Philippines’ capacity to attain its nationally determined contribution target of 75% reduction of GHG by 2030.

ETP is preparing an options paper on ocean space energy in the Philippines to generate dialogue on constraints and impediments, lessons from past endeavors and examples from global experience. The ocean space promises vast renewable energy potential of some 190GW, stymying the need for fossil fuels to meet energy needs of this vibrant island nation.

Indonesia

ETP is making arrangements for coordination workshops on wind potential and the grids and energy modeling and government-wide stakeholder meetings in Indonesia.