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Central Asia Energy Investment Forum 2021

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AT A GLANCE

Opening Plenary
14:00 – 14:50
  • Welcome address by host country Azerbaijan
  • Opening remarks by ADB
  • Interactive Poll on EE with the audience
  • Keynote Address:
    Energy Efficiency in the transition to a low carbon economy
Thematic Sessions
15:00 – 16:50

STREAM 1
15:00-15:50

Option A: Practical means to achieving Energy Efficiency in Central Asia

Option B: Role of the utility in Energy Efficiency

STREAM 2
16:00-16:50

Option A: Suitable business models and innovative financing approaches

Option B: Latest Energy Efficiency technologies and appliances

Start-Up Competition
17:00 – 17:50
  • Regional start-up finalists present their innovative Energy Efficiency ideas
  • Attendees electronically vote a winner
  • Interview with the winner of the last EIF start-up competition
  • Announcement of the 2021 start-up competition winner and closing ceremony
CINEMa SeRIES
15:00 – 18:00
  • Attendees can tune into a live video stream or select specific videos on energy efficiency projects from a content library
Closing Plenary
18:00 – 18:30
  • Forum Conclusions by ADB
  • Teaser for EIF 2022 by the People’s Republic of China
  • Closing remarks by host country Azerbaijan
CINEMa SeRIES
15:00 – 18:00
  • Attendees can tune into a live video stream or select specific videos on energy efficiency projects from a content library

DETAILED AGENDA:

Opening Plenary

2 December 2021

Moderator: Ms. Nisha Pillai | former BBC news anchor

14:00 – 14:15
Welcome Address by Host Government

 

Mr. Parviz Shahbazov

Energy Minister of Azerbaijan

14:15 – 14:25
Opening Remarks by ADB

 

Mr. Shixin Chen

ADB Vice-President

14:25 – 14:40
Interactive Poll with the audience on energy efficiency
Ms. Nisha Pillai

Moderator

14:40 – 14:50
Keynote Address – Setting the scene for EIF 2021

“Energy Efficiency in the transition to a low carbon economy”

Ms. Angela Wilkinson

Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council

Thematic Session – Stream 1

Cinema Series ongoing in parallel

OPTION A
15:00 – 15:50
Practical means to achieving Energy Efficiency in Central Asia

This session will explore suitable energy efficiency measures which can be implemented in the CAREC region to reduce instances of energy shortages and supply interruptions.

Moderator:

Ms. Jessica Glicker

Project Manager, Buildings Performance Institute Europe

Panelists
Ms. Joy Esther Gai Jiazi

Asia Pacific Programmes Head, World Green Buildings Council

Mr. Jeswynn Yogaratnam

Head of Policy Reform, Global Buildings Performance Network, Monash University

Mr. Paul Kellett

Programme Manager, United for Efficiency, UNEP

Mr. Oleksandr Antonenko

Head of Energy Efficiency, Energy Charter Secretariat

Mr. Yerlan Ramazanov

Regional Head for Kazakhstan, EBRD

OPTION B
15:00 – 15:50
Option B: Role of the utility in Energy Efficiency Initiatives

This session will examine the role of utilities in the energy efficiency space, and will discuss the supporting policies, regulations, and incentives that should be in place to foster their involvement.

Moderator:

Ms. Aigul Baiturova

Head of Change Management, Digital Transformation Department, KEGOC JSC, Kazakhstan

Panelists
Mr. Brian Dean
Head of Energy Efficiency and Cooling, Sustainable Energy for All
Mr. David Farnsworth

Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

Ms. Catherine Winning

General Manager Customer Solutions, Smart Wires

Sandhya Sundararagavan
Lead – Energy Transitions, World Resources Institute, India
Mr. Farid Khan
Country Operations Manager (Afghanistan, Albania and Azerbaijan)

Thematic Session – Stream 2

Cinema Series ongoing in parallel

OPTION A
16:00 – 16:50
Suitable business models and innovative financing approaches

This session will discuss business models and financing approaches that could be utilized to accelerate investments in energy efficiency. For example, concepts where the interest rate could be linked to the degree of achievement of energy efficiency targets or other approaches will be explored.

Moderator:

Ms. Jannat Salimova Tekay

Business Development Partner, Unicase Law Firm, Uzbekistan

Panelists to be confirmed
Mr. Aurelien Pillet

Senior Sustainable Energy Finance Specialist, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE)

Mr. Harry Verhaar

Head of Global Public & Gouvernment Affairs, Signify

Mr. Pierluca Merola

Policy Officer, Financing for Energy Efficiency, European Commission

Mr. S.P. Garnaik

Business Unit Head, Lighting Efficiency Services Limited (EEL)

Mr. Farhad Taghiazadeh-Hesary

Associate Professor of Economics, Tokai University, Japan

Mr. Pedzi Makumbe

Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank

OPTION B
16:00 – 16:50
Latest Energy Efficiency Technologies and Appliances

This session will update attendees on the latest energy efficient technologies and appliances that are or are close to reaching commercial availability.

Moderator:

Ms. Margalita Arabidze

Deputy Head of Energy Reforms and International Relations, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable

Panelists
Ms. Melanie Slade

Senior Programme Manager, International Energy Agency

Mr. David Morgado
Senior Energy Specialist, ADB
Mr. Andrew Beadle
Regional Sales Director, Siemens
Ms. Milou Beerepoot

Regional Technical Advisor, Energy, UNDP

Start-Up Competition

Cinema Series ongoing in parallel

17:00 – 17:10
Keynote Address
Mr. Arjun Gupta

Founder Smart Joules

Start-up finalists present their Innovative Energy Efficiency Ideas

This session will convene the EIF’s second regional start-up competition, where finalists from regional start-ups will present their innovative ideas related to energy efficiency.

Ms. Aliya Kydyrbekova
Waternovation, Kazakhstan
Mr. Hassam Uddin
GEOAIRCON, Pakistan
Mr. Jacob Bizer
Votrex Climatic Ventilator, Georgia
Mr. Joshua Bolchover
District Development Unit, Mongolia
17:40 – 17:45
Attendees vote electronically
Interview with the winner of the last EIF start-up competition
Mr. Elmar Asgarzade
Co-founder of Climasel
17:45 – 17:50
Announcement of the 2021 start-up competition winner and closing ceremony
Ms. Nisha Pillai

Moderator

Closing Plenary

Moderator: Ms. Nisha Pillai | former BBC news anchor

18:00 – 18:10
Forum Conclusions by ADB

 

ADB will summarize the learnings from the forum and announce the winner of the start-up competition to the Plenary.

Ms. Suzanne Gaboury

Director General, ADB

18:10 – 18:20
Teaser for EIF 2022 – Changing the Game for Energy Investments in the CAREC Region: Launch of the 1st CAREC Energy Outlook 2030

 

The host country of the EIF 2022 will give a brief teaser for the next EIF, which will be centered on launching CAREC’s first regional Energy Outlook.

Ms. Huimin Pan

Deputy Director General Department of International Cooperation, National Energy Administration

18:20 – 18:30
Closing Remarks by Host Government
Mr. Parviz Shahbazov

Energy Minister of Azerbaijan

End of Conference
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