Cebu City – The Association of Electric Supply of East Asia and the Western Pacific (AESIEAP), a regional organization of power industry players, concluded its CEO Conference 2019 with a definite blueprint on how to best leverage prevailing energy policies and innovations that lead towards sustainable and inclusive economic development.
Held last September 23 in Cebu, over 200 energy ministers, energy company chief executives officers, and other industry leaders were in attendance to deliberate on the challenges and solutions that the power industry faced.
Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi delivered the special address on behalf of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. He said, despite racing to meet our energy requirements, we always need to ensure that the decisions we make today will not endanger the ability of the coming generations to fulfil their own needs in the future. There must be strong synergy between the public and private sector to secure a progressive, inclusive and sustainable energy future.”
The conference also served as a venue for environmental sustainability and inclusive development in the advocacies in the power sector. “This is a gathering of influential CEO’s and government leaders who are in the position to come up with transition plans for the adoption of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and information communication technologies. Renewable energy penetration in the Philippines is at 32%,” said AESIEAP Secretary General and Meralco PowerGen Corp. President and CEO Rogelio L. Singson. “We hope that our government and power industry leaders were able to inspire our Asia-Pacific counterparts to seriously consider increasing their own respective countries’ renewable energy capacities to ideal levels of around 30%.”
The CEO Conference is the first portion of the biennial AESIEAP conference. In 2020, Philippines will again host the AESIEAP Conference of Electric Power Supply Industry (CEPSI) at the Manila Marriot Hotel on November 29 to December 3.
Themed “Energized Countries, Empowered Communities,” the 2019-2020 AESIEAP underscores the importance of total electrification, particularly in unserved and underserved areas.
Keynote speakers and panel discussions covered the latest energy practices on sustainability and inclusive growth, and their impact to societies.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Chairman Mr. Eric Hespenheide, the global leader in sustainability reporting, reviewed the “next” practices on sustainability reporting and how these reports shape government and corporate policies and programs.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology Peter Green shared up and coming technologies in renewables and energy efficiency.
Global Energy Interconnections Development and Collaboration Organization’s (GEIDCO) Economic Technology Research Institute Deputy Director General Li Juan discussed global energy interconnection’s advantages for Asia-Pacific countries and how these addressed issues like supply shortages, long-term sustainability, and innovation plans to connect countries in the region.
Established in 1975, AESIEAP is the largest regional association of energy stakeholders with over 100 members from 25 countries. After almost 20 years, the Philippines was once selected as host country for the CEO Conference and CEPSI, marking the national energy industry’s continued progress.
“The members of the AESIEAP PH Coalition look forward to the commitment of our delegates in implementing programs that will advocate sustainability and adoption of energy transition in their own countries,” Singson closed.
The Philippine hosting 2019-2020 AESIEAP is lead by AESIEAP PH Coalition composed of the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Tourism (DOT), as well as Philippine AESIEAP members: Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), National Power Corporation (NPC), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and National Transmission Corporation (TransCo). (PR)