Asian Energy Studies Centre holds events to explore developments in governance needs for sustainable energy

 Professor Qi Ye presents his keynote speech “Growth Beyond Numbers: Green Economic Transition and Decarbonisation of Energy System in China” Scholars discuss potential research plans and publications at the internal research meeting

The Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC) of HKBU organised a series of events from 16 to 18 July to provide a platform for academics and other stakeholders to discuss the issues of governance and practices involved with regard to sustainable energy transitions in the Asia Pacific region.

The highlight was a conference on “Governance for Sustainable Energy Transitions: The Perspectives of the Asian-Pacific Region”, co-organised by AESC and the Department of Geography at HKBU, the Centre for European Studies at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at University College London. The conference featured three sessions: “Energy Transitions and Public Engagement: Cases in Nuclear Governance”, “Energy Governance, Policy, and Politics: The Chinese Experience”, and “Connecting Energy and Equity in the Asian-Pacific Region”. 

Professor Qi Ye from Tsinghua University and the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, and Dr Vanesa Castan Broto from University College London were keynote speakers at the conference. Participants were from the Chinese Mainland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the UK, and France.  They included representatives from utility companies, businesses, academia, NGOs, consultants, and students from local universities. 

Conference speakers and panel moderators gathered for post-conference internal research meetings to discuss areas of collaboration and to develop potential research plans on emerging themes in governance for sustainable energy transitions. 

During the events, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asian Energy Studies, initiated by HKBU, convened its first meeting in which board members discussed the call for submissions and suggestions to improve the accessibility, visibility and prominence of the journal.