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2016 Pacific Energy Summit

The 2016 Pacific Energy Summit, “Sustainable Futures: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition,” was held in Singapore from June 22 to 24. The Summit convened an exclusive group of senior policy, industry, and research leaders from more than 20 countries to explore innovative solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and a changing climate.

Summit Theme

For the first time in years, energy security conversations are not dominated by concerns over tight markets and skyrocketing prices. However, policymakers and industry leaders must avoid complacency with regards to energy policies and investment in the face of abundance.

By bringing together a high-level group of leaders from policy, industry, and academia, the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit shed light on the opportunities, as well as potential pitfalls, facing decision-makers in these times of transition.

Pacific Energy Summit Brochure (PDF)


2016 Pacific Energy Summit Report (PDF)


Coal, Gas, or Nuclear: Asia’s Inconvenient Energy Choice

    Mark Thurber, Stanford University

The Impact of Low Oil Prices on Natural Gas and the Implications for the Asia-Pacific

    Xunpeng Shi, Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore

The Role of Transportation in the Future of Urban Developing Asia: A Case Study of India

    Srikanth Shastry, World Resources Institute
    Madhav Pai, World Resources Institute


China’s Oil Industry Enters a New Era with the Trends of Energy Transitions

    Chen Weidong, DFS Energy Consultants (Beijing)

Rethinking Energy Security in Northeast Asia Under Lower Oil Prices: A South Korean Perspective

    Younkyoo Kim, Hanyang University

Prices and Politics Dim Canada’s Hopes for Diversifying Its Energy Export Markets

    Eva Busza, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
    Heather Kincaide, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Indonesia’s Gas Challenge: Can the Former LNG Champion Regain Its Leadership?

    Donald Hertzmark, DMP Resources

Japan’s Energy Security in the Age of Low Oil Prices

    Shoichi Itoh, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan


Speaker highlights included:

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Admiral Dennis C. BLAIR
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; NBR Board of Directors

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Ambassador Tariq KARIM
Vivekananda International Foundation; World Bank

Edwin KHEW
Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore;
The Institution of Engineers, Singapore

Thein LWIN
Commission for the Assessment for Legal Affairs and Special Issues Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Myanmar

National Parliament of Papua New Guinea

Meredith MILLER
Albright Stonebridge Group; NBR

Asian Development Bank

TAN Eng Chye
National University of Singapore

Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production

Satya Widya YUDHA
House of Representatives, Indonesia


Participants receive expert policy papers in advance of the Summit to frame and inform the panel discussions. These papers are distributed to key stakeholders in the region along with a final report summarizing key discussion points and findings. Briefings with key stakeholders and policymakers held in Washington, D.C., further the Summit discussion and findings.


Securing Asia-Pacific prosperity through practical solutions to energy and environmental challenges

The Pacific Energy Summit convenes leaders from government, business, and research to explore innovative solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and a changing climate.

Bringing depth to high-level discourse
We facilitate frank exchange of information and perspectives by bringing together leading policymakers, industry representatives, and research specialists in a high-trust setting.

Focus on market-based solutions
We are committed to practical and tenable approaches to energy and environmental challenges. The world needs realistic solutions based in an informed understanding of the economic and environmental needs of the region, and the Pacific Energy Summit strives to provide this essential foundation for a productive discussion.

Collaborative and interactive experience
We embrace the diverse expertise of all participants by encouraging dialogue before, during, and after the program itself. Participation is limited to ensure concrete discussions and a high-quality exchange of ideas and expertise.

Learn more about the Pacific Energy Summit.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Clara Gillispie
Senior Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA)

Meredith Miller (Albright Stonebridge Group), Irshad Vaziralli (Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production), Thein Lwin (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Myanmar’s Union Parliament), and Minister Ben Micah (National Parliament of Papua New Guinea) at the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit.


    Admiral Dennis C. Blair
    Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA;
    Member of the Board of Directors,
    The National Bureau of Asian Research

    Tan Eng Chye
    Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost,
    National University of Singapore

Previous Pacific Energy Summits

2016 | Singapore

2015 | Beijing

2014 | Seoul

2013 | Vancouver

2012 | Hanoi

2011 | Jakarta

2009 | Tokyo

General Information

Clara Gillispie
Senior Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs

Media Contact

Dan Aum