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Energy transition dialogue focuses on role of partnerships

At the 9th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) held last March 29, ETP director Sirpa Jarvenpaa presented several key levers to globally accelerate and sustain a just energy transition. 

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Participants of the 9th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue discuss the importance of global partnerships.

ETP (the Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership) is a multi-donor collaboration formed by government and philanthropic partners to accelerate the sustainable energy transition in the region in line with the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. It combines the best of the public and private sectors with the United Nations to help mobilize and coordinate technical and financial resources to build the foundations for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable resilient infrastructures. ETP includes partner countries Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

“The importance of public-private partnerships, such as ETP, in enhancing the needed access to finance, cannot be over-emphasized. The private sector can finance energy transition investments, while the public sector can craft policies and pave the way to investment project pipelines steering the private sector finance to energy efficiency and renewable energy destinations,” Jarvenpaa stressed.

Other key stakeholders of the energy sector at the event included Agnès Pannier-Runacher (Minister for Energy Transition, France), Francesco La Camera (Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency), Jean-Marie Paugam (Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization), German Galushchenko (Minister of Energy, Ukraine), Álvaro Pardo (President, National Mining Agency, Colombia), and Soloniaina R. Andriama-Nampisoa (Minister of Energy and Hydrocarbons, Madagascar).

ETP also hosted the March 30 side event “Cooperation Dialogue: Regional Perspectives—The Role of International Partnership in Accelerating Southeast Asia’s Energy Transition.”

The panel dialogue focused on the role of international partners of governments and philanthropies and their financial support in accelerating coal retirement to achieve the region’s net zero emission goals by the mid-century.

Speakers included Philip Behrens, Head of International Climate Initiative at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK); Rachmat Kaimuddin, Deputy for Infrastructure and Transportation Coordination, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Kemenko Marves); Frauke Roeser, Project Director and Co-founder, New Climate Institute; Eileen Wang, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), Head of Global Strategy, the United Kingdom; Rowena Guevara, Undersecretary, Philippine Department of Energy; Dr. Crispian Olver, Executive Director, South Africa Climate Presidential Commission-JETP South Africa Experience.

Since its inception in 2015, BETD has become one of the world’s most important forums on the global energy transition. BETD facilitates personal exchange between high-ranking government representatives, global business leaders, scientists, leaders of international organizations, and non-government organizations. Key decision-makers of the energy transition engage in dialogue and bilateral meetings to share ideas and experiences, discuss and solve urgent challenges and forge energy partnerships in pursuit of an environmentally sound, secure, and affordable global energy transition. (Photo credit: Pixabay/Pexels)