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Q&As: Pacific Energy Summit

December 2016

Fuel Pricing and Subsidy Reforms in Asia

Policy Q&A

Countries across Asia are looking to reform (and often, ultimately eliminate) many forms of subsidies, while simultaneously maintaining their commitments to addressing energy poverty. Vandana Hari (Vanda Insights) discusses the complexities of ongoing fuel-pricing reforms across the region and the implications for global oil market outlooks.

December 2016

Japan’s Low-Carbon Transition

Policy Q&A

After making drastic cuts to nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident, Japan has been forced to re-evaluate its strategies to promote energy and environmental security. As the Japan continues its transition toward a low-carbon economy, Yu Nagatomi (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) to understand the changes currently happening in the country.

May 2016

Five Years since Fukushima

Policy Q&A

Kei Shimogori (Institute of Energy Economics Japan) evaluates the changes happening in Japan’s nuclear energy and power sector as a result of the nuclear accident triggered by the massive earthquake on March 11, 2011.

July 2015

Pakistan’s Energy Insecurity: Anatomy of a Crisis and How to Move Forward

Policy Q&A

In this new Q&A, Michael Kugelman (Wilson Center) unpacks the complexities of Pakistan’s energy problems, highlighting how shortcomings in the country’s system have led to political protests and riots and offering recommendations for public policy. Read the interview.

September 2014

Looking East Amid a Crisis to the West: Russia’s Energy Export Strategies

Policy Q&A

Tatiana Mitrova (Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences) offers insights on the promise for Russian exports to Asian markets, recent developments in Russia’s relations with Asian energy consumers, and the effects of Western sanctions on the country’s energy export prospects.

July 2014

The Outlook for a Chinese Pivot to Gas

Policy Q&A

Chen Weidong (Chief Energy Researcher at the CNOOC Energy Economics Institute) offers insights on China’s ambitious targets for increasing gas consumption and reducing coal’s role in its energy mix, how energy pricing plays a key role, and the impact of environmental concerns on Chinese energy policy.

April 2014

Learning from China: A Blueprint for the Future of Coal in Asia?

Policy Q&A

In advance of the 2014 Pacific Energy Forum, NBR spoke with Armond Cohen, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, to explore the implications of coal’s growing role in the fuel mix of China and ASEAN countries—as well as India—and assess the tools and policy options available to reduce the environmental impacts.

March 2013

Coal in Asia and the Impact of the Shale Gas Revolution

Policy Q&A

In advance of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit in Vancouver, Mark Thurber (Stanford University) discussed his research regarding the future of coal use in Asia given the development of North American unconventional gas production.

February 2013

Environmental Politics in Northeast Asia: Lessons Learned for North America

Policy Q&A

In advance of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit in Vancouver, Mary Alice Haddad (Wesleyan University) discussed her research on building environmental politics in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea and the implications for other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

January 2013

Japan's Energy Supply Mix and the Economic Impact

Policy Q&A

NBR spoke with Risaburo Nezu (Fujitsu Research Institute) about the outlook for Japan’s energy supply mix and the economic impact that the changes in energy policies could create.

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Launched in 2009, NBR’s annual Pacific Energy Summit is an invitation-only event that convenes leaders from government, business, and academia to explore innovative solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and climate change. By bridging the commercial, public, and nonprofit sectors, the Summit informs policy and inspires collaboration to help support sustainable economic development.

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