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Supporting Asian and Pacific Countries through Technical Assistance 

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak significantly affecting our working formats and modes of communication and engagement, the Grid Renewable Energy Community of Practice (GRE-CoP) of the Asia LEDS Partnership has been able to adapt to the circumstances and actively engage with our members in the Asia Pacific region. 

In Mongolia, the GRE-CoP has been supporting the Electricity Regulatory Commission to identify viable technological solutions for space heating in residential buildings in the city of Ulaanbaatar. The initial solutions will be presented to the Commission by mid-December 2020 by technical experts from NREL. Further, ALP is supporting Mongolia’s XacBank to develop emission reduction tools/calculators to estimate emission/energy reduction potential of projects that can be funded through Business Loan Program. The program aims at identifying green projects that help achieve 20% emission/energy reduction from the baseline scenario. 

In Nepal, the GRE-CoP has provided capacity building support through two training sessions to officials of the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) in October 2020. Nepal ERC is planning to use the knowledge gained from the technical assistance in developing the new directives for generation tariff and cross border regulation. Nepal shared its experiences from the technical assistance with the ALP community through an online session on, Pathways to Renewable Energy: Lessons from Nepal and the Clean Power Hub, held on 8th December 2020. 

‘Proper planning and understanding of the roles of the key stakeholders are the key considerations to diversify energy mix and enhance energy security in developing countries’- Dr. Ram Prasad Dhital, Member, Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nepal Message/quote from one of the webinars, ‘Economic Recovery and Long-Term Visioning for the Power Sector Transformation, 30 June 2020

Designing sectoral actions under NDCs and LTS: Asia LEDS Forum 2021

The Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum serves as the premier gathering of policymakers, donors, practitioners, and other experts involved in enabling low-emission, climate-resilient development in Asia and explores synergies and collaboration opportunities to advance climate change goals. Further the forum supports peer to peer learning, knowledge sharing, explore collaboration opportunities and to identify the priority needs of the countries.

So far, five in-person Asia LEDS Forums have been organized between 2012 and 2017 in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam, hosted by respective country governments. Prominent organizations participating in the Forums include the World Bank, ADB, UNFCCC, OECD, and many more (see list below). Around 250 participants from different background have attended each of the previous forums in average.

Picture: Asia LEDS Forum on Resource Mobilization for NDC Implementation in Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2017.

The sixth Asia LEDS Forum will be held virtually in May 2021 (date to be confirmed). While countries across the globe are facing economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they do need to continue clearly defining their climate actions and align the recovery efforts with ambitious long-term climate targets.

The Forum will consist of events and deep dive trainings that support design and implementation of sectoral actions under Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and foster capacity building so as to help in the planning and development of Long-Term Strategies (LTS). The Forum will cover topics including green recovery, energy, energy efficiency, transport, climate finance, and multi-level climate governance (national sub-national integration).

The forum will provide participants with hands-on trainings on tools, methodologies, implementation frameworks and success stories from the region, contributing to the achievements of country NDCs and LTS.

Organizations interested to participate in the event are welcome to reach out to To stay updated on the news about the ALP Forum 2021 and our other activities, follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

World Bank, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

World Resource Institute (WRI)