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2- 3 December 2021 North-East Asia Regional Power Interconnection and Cooperation Forum 2021

2 December 2021


The North-East Asia Regional Power Interconnection and Cooperation (NEARPIC) Forum 2021, jointly organized by UNESCAP and Renewable Energy Institute (REI), assessed the outcome of COP26 from the perspectives of North-East Asian countries and opportunities for strengthening power interconnection as a strategy for achieving carbon neutrality in the subregion.  It also made an in-depth look at Japan’s roadmap for energy transition with the goal of promoting the potential for regional power interconnection as a feasible option for reducing GHG emissions in Japan.

Furthermore, the Forum discussed ESCAP’s project on North-East Asia Green Power Corridor Roadmap, that closely examines the energy landscape in the subregion and proposes feasible pathways for regional power interconnections using renewable sources of energy.  

Overview and Concept Note (UNESCAP website)

Programme   

2 December 2021 (Thursday)

Opening Session

- Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
- Renewable Energy Institute
Session 1: Country Perspectives on Power Grid Interconnections for Carbon Neutrality Goals or renewed commitments to the Paris Agreement  
[Moderator]Sangmin Nam (ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
[Presenters]
  •  ・XIE Yittian (Analyst, International Business Department, EPPEI)
  •  ・Enkhtuvshin Ganbaatar (Head, Renewable Energy Division, Policy and Planning Department, Ministry of Energy,
    Mongolia)
  •  ・Hoseok Kim (Senior Manager (C-K project), Supergrid Team, Power System Planning Department, KEPCO)
  •  ・Sergei Podkovalnikov (Head of Laboratory, Melentiev Energy Systems Institute, Siberian Branch)
    [Q&A/Discussions]
Session 2: Project on Green Power Corridor Roadmap
[Moderator]Matthew David Wittenstein (Chief, Energy Connectivity Section, Energy Division, ESCAP)
[Presenters]
 •    Project overview (ESCAP)
 •    Green power corridor roadmap for North-East Asia (Maria Pastukhova) 
 •    Modeling green power corridor scenarios (Stockholm Environment Institute)
 •   Asian Development Bank
[Q&A/Discussions]
Session 3: Japan’s Energy Transition towards Carbon Neutrality
[Moderator]Matthew David Wittenstein (Chief, Energy Connectivity Section, Energy Division, ESCAP) 
[Key Remarks]Dolf Gielen (Director, ITTC, International Renewable Energy Agency)
[Presenters]
 ・Toshihide Arimura (Professor, Waseda University)
 ・Mika Ohbayashi (Director, Renewable Energy Institute)
 ・Miho Kurosaki (Head of ESG, APAC, BloombergNEF)
[Q&A/Discussions]
3 December 2021 (Friday)
Session 4: Developments in Power Interconnections and Energy Market Integration
[Moderator]Tomas Kåberger (Executive Board Chairman, Renewable Energy Institute)
[Presenters]
  •  ・Hilde Tonne (CEO, Statnett)
  •  ・Nicholas Dunlop (Secretary-General, Climate Parliament)
  •  ・Tichakunda Simbini (Energy Infrastructure Expert, AUDA-NEPAD)
  •  ・ Andreas Berthou (Global Head of HVDC, Hitachi Energy)
  [Q&A/Discussions]
Session 5: Updates on NEARPIC
[Moderator]Sangmin Nam (Deputy Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
 [Presenters]
  •  ・Liu Kun (Executive Director, Division of Communication and Cooperation, International Department, China Electricity Council)
     ・Youngwoon Choi (Senior Manager (J-K project), Supergrid Team, Power System Planning Department, KEPCO)
     ・ Other NEARPIC Steering Committee members and stakeholders

[Q&A/Discussions]
Closing Session
  • Hongpeng Liu (Director, Energy Division, ESCAP)
Renewable Energy Institute

Event Details

Date & Time 2- 3 December 2021
Event format Virtual
Co-organized by United Nations ESCAP, Renewable Energy Institute
Admission By invitation only 

Contact (UNESCAP)

External Links

  • JCI 気候変動イニシアティブ
  • 自然エネルギー協議会
  • 指定都市 自然エネルギー協議会
  • irelp
  • 全球能源互联网发展合作组织

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