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Pacific Energy Summit

By bridging the commercial, public, and nonprofit sectors, the Summit informs policy and inspires collaboration to help support sustainable economic development. Each year, the Summit is held in a different location across the Asia-Pacific, spreading the influence of the program widely and creating a broader network with each iteration.

As economies in the Asia-Pacific region continue to grow at astonishing rates, energy demand is increasing to sustain economic prosperity. The urgency of meeting this energy demand while safeguarding the environment demands cooperation and collaboration across nations, sectors and research areas. NBR’s annual Pacific Energy Summit is an invitation-only event that convenes leaders from government, business, and research to explore innovative solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and a changing climate.


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Carbon Markets with Chinese Characteristics

China has launched pilot programs for emissions trading in major cities and the first phase of its nationwide carbon-trading market. Jackson Ewing (Duke University) explains the challenges and opportunities for Chinese policymakers as they seek to implement a nationally integrated emissions trading system.

Bangladesh’s Climate Change Challenge

Ashley Johnson (NBR) discusses three heavily emphasized concerns expressed by policymakers in Bangladesh—disaster relief, community stability, and food security—and some of the proposed methods to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

2016 Pacific Energy Summit Report: Sustainable Futures: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition

The 2016 Summit Report presents the findings of this invitation-only event and identifies opportunities for stakeholders to pursue market-driven policy solutions to energy and environmental challenges in the Asia-Pacific. Learn more and read the report.

Harnessing the Wind in China

NBR spoke with Joanna Lewis (Georgetown University) to understand the complexities of China’s wind energy industry and the challenges facing the diversification of energy production.

The Next Phase of the Asia-Pacific’s Energy Revolution

On December 14, NBR convened a high-level expert discussion on factors shaping Asia’s energy security outlooks with Mikkal Herberg (NBR), Fei Yu (ADB), Younkyoo Kim (Hanyang University), and additional senior leading specialists. Learn more.

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

In a working paper commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit, Xunpeng Shi (Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore) examines the current prolonged period of low oil prices and assesses its effect on the natural gas sector in the Asia-Pacific.

2016 Pacific Energy Summit | Singapore

The 2016 Pacific Energy Summit, "Sustainable Futures: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition," convened participants from 20 different countries and featured high-level speakers including Admiral Dennis Blair, Minister Ben Micah, Vandana Hari, Bambang Susantono, Ambassador Tariq Karim, Edwin Khew, Tan Eng Chye, and Satya Widha Yudha, among many others.

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

In a working paper commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit, Srikanth Shastry and Madhav Pai (World Resources Institute) examine the role of dominant transportation technologies in managing the mobility needs of differently sized cities in India and draw implications that apply to other countries in developing Asia.

Trade in Clean Energy: Bridging the Governance Gap

Christopher Dent and Clare Richardson-Barlow (University of Leeds) discuss the need for comprehensive governance of trade in clean energy and highlight the potential for cooperation between the WTO and the UNFCCC to better utilize clean energy trade to achieve climate goals.

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

In a working paper commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit, Mark C. Thurber (Stanford University) considers the potential for natural gas and nuclear power to displace coal in key Asian and Pacific Rim countries and explores the policy levers that could enhance fuel switching.

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

Shoichi Itoh (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) evaluates how a prolonged period of lower oil prices has affected Japan’s energy security strategies. This is part of a series of briefs commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit.

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

Donald Hertzmark (DMP Resources) discusses the opportunities for Indonesia to improve its production of liquefied natural gas. This is part of a series of briefs commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit.

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

Eva Busza and Heather Kincaide (Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada) discuss the impact of current market conditions on Canada’s efforts to diversify its energy exports away from the United States and toward the Asia-Pacific. This is part of a series of briefs commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit.

Five Years since Fukushima: Revisiting the Prospects of Nuclear Energy in Japan

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.

The Paris Climate Agreement: Implications for the Asia-Pacific

Following the historic climate agreement reached at Paris, NBR prepared a fact sheet with a country-by-country analysis on what the Paris Climate Agreement means for energy and environmental challenges across the Asia-Pacific.

Asian Energy Outlooks in 2016 and Beyond

On December 17, NBR hosted a panel of experts, including Takashi Kume (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan) and senior policymakers. The panel examined the challenges facing countries across the Asia-Pacific in meeting energy demand and global environmental goals. This event served as a launch event for the 2015 Summit Report. Learn more and listen to event audio.

2015 Pacific Energy Summit Working Papers

To inform discussions at the 2015 Pacific Energy Summit, NBR commissioned three policy papers exploring how to enable the use of clean coal technology in emerging Asia, the outlook for Asian gas markets, and China’s energy and environmental market development. Read the Summit Working Papers.

2015 Pacific Energy Summit Report: Strengthening Markets for Energy and Environmental Security

The 2015 Pacific Energy Summit gathered key stakeholders from around the globe in Beijing to discuss outlooks for energy and environmental security and offer transnational approaches to developing market-based energy policies. Learn more and read the Summit Report.

Regional Perspectives on Trends in Global Oil Markets

The average price of oil fell to a six-year low in early 2015 after declining by 50% over the course of just one year. Experts from across the Asia-Pacific offer country and regional perspectives on recent trends in global oil markets and examine the implications for policy, industry, and the public in this briefing series. Read the Summit Briefs

2014 Pacific Energy Summit Report: Charting the Course to a Secure and Cleaner Energy Future

The 2014 Pacific Energy Summit convened key stakeholders from around the world in Seoul, South Korea, to explore what is needed to pursue complementary energy and environmental strategies and work towards achieving the goal of a cleaner and more abundant energy future. Learn more and read the Summit Report.

Implications of North American Coal and Gas to Asia

On November 19, NBR hosted an event exploring the opportunities that exist for closer energy and environmental cooperation between North America and the Asia-Pacific, featuring remarks by Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (LA-03) and Congressman Gene Green (TX-29), as well as panel discussions with senior experts on energy and environmental security.

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

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.

The Outlook for a Chinese Pivot to Gas

Chen Weidong (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.

2013 Pacific Energy Summit Report: Forging Trans-Pacific Cooperation for a New Energy Era

The 2013 Pacific Energy Summit convened key stakeholders from the region to explore market and policy solutions needed to realize the full potential for more integrated energy trade and investment between Asia and North America. The report presents policy recommendations on the Summit’s main topics of discussion.

2013 Pacific Energy Summit Working Papers

To inform discussions at the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit, NBR and APF Canada commissioned five policy papers looking at what is needed to realize the full potential for more integrated energy trade and investment between Asia and North America. Read the Summit Working Papers.

Briefing on the Future of North America-Asia Energy Trade

NBR hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on the findings of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit. A panel of experts including Mikkal Herberg (NBR) examined what is needed to realize the full potential for more integrated energy trade and investment between Asia and North America in light of the shale revolution and Asia’s rising energy demand.

Infographic: Asian Investments in North American Energy Resources

Drawing on data from James Slutz’s working paper for the 2013 Summit, this interactive infographic details the fifteen primary oil and gas investment transactions in the United States and Canada involving an Asian investor or buyer.

Coal in Asia and the Impact of the Shale Gas Revolution

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.

Growing North America-Asia Energy Ties

The surge in unconventional oil and gas production in North America has opened the door to the possibility of exporting oil and gas to Asia, which seeks to diversify energy supplies and meet growing demand. Mikkal Herberg and Toshikazu Okuya were joined by leaders of policy, industry and government for a discussion on this changing energy landscape. Read the report of the discussion.

Environmental Politics in Northeast Asia: Lessons Learned for North America

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

2012 Pacific Energy Summit Report—“Innovative Generation: Powering a Prosperous Asia”

The 2012 Pacific Energy Summit Report highlights key findings from discussions in Hanoi, Vietnam, where global decision makers addressed how to best meet Asia’s rising electricity demand while mitigating the environmental impact.

Game Changers in Asia's Energy and Power Markets

As the world’s most dynamic economic region, Asia is attempting to expand electricity access and ensure energy security without compromising the environment. Mikkal Herberg describes specific obstacles that lie ahead, as well as new opportunities that have emerged to help Asia make a shift toward abundant, reliable, and cleaner energy.

Rethinking Asia’s Energy Mix: Sustainable, Reliable Nuclear Power

In advance of the 2012 Pacific Energy Summit, held in Hanoi from March 20–22, Hooman Peimani (Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore) discussed Asia’s energy mix, arguing that nuclear power is still a viable alternative to fossil fuels in a post-Fukushima Asia.

Powering Asia through Technology

In advance of the 2012 Pacific Energy Summit, to be held in Hanoi, March 20–22, 2012, NBR asked Peter Hughes, Director and Head of the Energy Practice at Ricardo, a multi-industry energy consulting firm, to outline the important role that new technology can play in addressing Asia’s rapidly rising energy demand.

Policy and Technology for Asia’s Coal Consumption

In advance of the Pacific Energy Summit, NBR spoke with Mark Thurber (Stanford University), who outlines the key issues that define Asia’s rising energy demand, the emerging global market for coal, new technologies for this age-old energy source, and how stakeholders can come together to help shape the region's future energy mix.

Expanding Access to Electricity: What Asia Can Learn from a Success Story in Latin America

Meeting electricity demands needed to sustain economic prosperity while mitigating associated environmental impacts will require innovative and collaborative solutions and committed leadership. Carlos Colom Bickford, President of the National Energy Commission of Guatemala, discusses his country's successful models.

2011 Pacific Energy Summit and Report

The 2011 Pacific Energy Summit was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on February 21-23, 2011, featuring the theme "Unlocking the Potential of Natural Gas in the Asia-Pacific." The Summit explored the role of natural gas in addressing the challenges of energy security and climate change in the region. The Summit Report highlights the key findings from robust discussion among world leaders in policy, industry, and academia. Download the report.

2009 Pacific Energy Summit and Report

NBR’s inaugural Pacific Energy Summit convened in Tokyo, Japan on November 3-5, 2009 with the theme "Energy Security and Economic Growth in the Asia-Pacific: Innovations, markets, and smart policies for a low-carbon future." The Summit Report outlines the key findings that emerged over two days of discussion. Download the report.

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.

Previous Summits

2016 Pacific Energy Summit

2015 Pacific Energy Summit

2014 Pacific Energy Summit
Seoul, South Korea

2013 Pacific Energy Summit
Vancouver, Canada

2012 Pacific Energy Summit
Hanoi, Vietnam

2011 Pacific Energy Summit
Jakarta, Indonesia

2009 Pacific Energy Summit
Tokyo, Japan

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