ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

Roundtable D: Mobilising Green Financing in the ASEAN Sustainable Energy Market

ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)
DATE 01 November 2018
TIME 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

The roundtable organised by ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP), a cooperation between the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and German International Organisation (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will discuss initiatives and implementation of green financing schemes as investment required to bring the region towards the achievement of ASEAN regional targets: 23% renewable energy (RE) share in total primary energy supply (TPES) by 2025; and 20% reduction in energy intensity by 2020 and 30% by 2025 based on 2005 level. Based on the findings of the 5th ASEAN Energy Outlook published by ACE in 2017, to achieve those targets, the region requires an estimated total investment of USD 214.3 billion to install 145.3 GW of added capacity.  In support of ASEAN’s efforts to achieve those targets, AGEP is preparing a mapping report on insurance and guarantee schemes for RE investment, and a regional policy recommendation on RE project financing (with focus on Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar).

The roundtable serves to share about the results of those 2 publications, as well as to exchange knowledge and experience around the topic of green financing in ASEAN energy market.  It features speakers representing financing institutions, green project developers and ASEAN regulators.  The regional targets in RE and energy efficiency call for innovative solutions in financing to accelerate green initiatives and infrastructures.  ASEAN needs to redefine green investment that will boost innovations in sustainable energy activities and infrastructure, and to integrate green financing into different sectors in ASEAN energy market.

Programme Details

Time Presentation topics
14:00 - 14:05 Remarks and Introduction of the ASEAN-Germany Development Partnership
  • German Embassy Representative (tbc)
14:05 - 14:10 Remarks from the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)
  • Dr. Sanjayan Velautham, Executive Director, ACE
14:10 - 14:15 Introduction of ASEAN-German Energy Programme
  • Ms. Maria-José Poddey, Principal Advisor for ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP), GIZ

Session 1:  Financing Renewable Energy through Green Climate Fund and Green Bonds
derator: Dr. Tharinya Supasa, Senior Energy Research Analyst, ACE
14:15 - 14:25 Scaling up green infrastructure financing through Green Climate Fund.
Speaker: Adi Pranasatrya, Head of Sustainable Finance, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (PT SMI), an Indonesian national accredited entity under Green Climate Fund.
14:25 - 14:35 Green Islamic Bonds to finance large scale renewable energy project.
Speaker: Badlishah Bashah, Assistant General Manager, Development, Islamic Markets, Securities Commission Malaysia.
14:35 - 14:45 New source of funds for local lender – green bonds for green project.
Speaker: Walter Wassmer, Senior Executive Vice and Head of Institutional Banking Group, BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO is the Filipino’s first local lender that raised USD 150 million from green bonds.
14:45 - 15:30 Panel discussion and Q&A
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break

Session 2: Alternative Financing for Energy Efficiency and Building Retrofit
Moderator: Visal Veng, Senior Energy Research Analyst, ACE
15:45 - 15:55 Enhancing Energy Efficiency in industry through Green Climate Fund.
Speaker: Jukka-Pekka Strand, Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist, World Bank as the proposal developer of Scaling up Energy Efficiency for Industrial Enterprises in Vietnam through Green Climate Fund.           
15:55 - 16:05 From bonds to building retrofitting.
Speaker: Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments (CDL), a Singapore based property developer issuing a two-year bond of $74 million for the retrofit of an office building.
16:05 - 16:15 Revolving fund for Energy Efficiency projects.
Speaker: Dr Pongpan Vorasayan, Professional Engineer, Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), an implementing agency of the Thai Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund that offers credit lines for energy efficiency projects.
16:15 - 17:00 Panel discussion and Q&A



Dr. Pongpan Vorasayan

Professional Engineer

Bureau of Energy Regulation and Conservation, Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy, Royal Thai Government


Maria-José Poddey

Principal Advisor for ASEAN-German Energy Programme

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


Badlishah Bashah

Assistant General Manager, Development, Islamic Markets

Securities Commission Malaysia


Dr Sanjayan Velautham

Executive Director

ASEAN Centre for Energy


Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer

City Developments Limited (CDL)


Jukka-Pekka Strand

Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist

The World Bank



Dr. Tharinya Supasa

Senior Energy Research Analyst

Senior Energy Research Analyst


Visal Veng

Senior Energy Research Analyst

ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

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