Supporting the Transition to Energy-Efficient Electric Transport Systems



Many APEC islands spend a high share of their GDP on the imports of fossil fuels. Often, this makes them dependent on foreign energy supplies and vulnerable to price fluctuations. The burning of fossil fuels pollutes local environments, endangers the health of citizens, and contributes to climate change. It also prevents innovative new technical advancements. Alternatives to socially, economically and environmentally unsustainable energy systems exist.

The Project

In this project, we work with political personnel and leading experts from three “champion” islands. We investigate their current energy situations and explore how alternative future scenarios could look like. In parallel, we will start to develop a roadmap that can guide all APEC economies in how to transition to energy-efficient, renewable-based, electric transport systems. This roadmap will both serve as a technical, modeling, financial and political-regulatory template for application in interested economies across the region, as well include concrete information and data in all these areas from across the region.


Island's Profiles

Our three island profiles present key information and observations on the energy and transport sectors in Cat Ba (Vietnam), Easter Island (Chile), and Romblon (The Philippines). The islands were selected in cooperation with national, subnational and local authorities in supportive APEC economies. They have in common that they carry the potential to become Champion Islands for quick and ambitious integration of their energy and transport sectors based on electric vehicles and the efficient use of domestic renewable power. The island profiles served as important case studies for discussion at the workshop and create key reference points for the final project output, the Roadmap for the Integration of Sustainable Energy and Transport (RISET).

Cat Ba Island

Easter Island

Romblon Island

In Person Workshop

On 14 and 15 January 2020, we brought together 30 individuals representing APEC islands and economies, international organizations and leading research institutes for a workshop on Deep Transition and Integration of Power and Transport Systems. The meeting took place at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Washington D.C. Office. Objectives of the workshop were to jointly advance the roadmap, including through sharing regional experiences and best practices as well as results from technology assessments, modelling exercises and the use of other tools; to discuss the roadmap overall concept, its methodology and major assumptions; and to learn from successful and failing transitional efforts in the region and beyond. Participants in the workshop jointly explored regulatory and institutional frameworks that can attract clean energy and transport investments.


Day 1.

  1. Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation and Clean Energy Activities – Cary Bloyd – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 
  2.  Introduction to Project and Workshop – Alexander Ochs – SD-Strategies
  3. Thailand: Deep Transition and Integration of Power and Transport System – Minta Poowatanavong – Ministry of Energy
  4. Philippines: Deep Transition and Integration of Power and Transport System – Crispin Diaz – University of Philippines
  5. Chile: Deep Transition and Integration of Power and Transport System – Julio Cuadra & Carlos Vial – Ministry of Energy & Cristian Terongo – Load Capacity Management Council Easter Island
  6. Hong Kong China: Deep Transition and Integration of Power and Transport System – Jovian Cheung – Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, Government of Hong Kong China
  7. Malaysia: Deep Transition and Integration of Power and Transport System – Mohd Kamal Hisham bin Abu Bakar – Ministry of Transport & Khairul Anuar bin Mukhtar – Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change
  8. Viet Nam: Deep Transition and Integration of Power and Transport System – Nguyen Anh Tuan – Ministry of Industry and Trade
  9. Island of Cat Ba: Transport and Electricity Profile – Nikola Medimorec – Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport
  10. Romblon and Philippines: Transport and Electricity Profile – Paul Bertheau & Tobias Rieper & Philipp Blechinger
  11.  Easter Island: Transport and Electricity Profile – Alexander Ochs – SD-Strategies
  12. Assessing the Full Deck of Smart Transport Solutions – Caley Johnson – National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  13. Renewable Energy and Transport – Hannah E. Murdock – Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)
  14. Analysis Low Carbon Transport Action and Projects in Indonesian Cities – Sudarmanto Budi Nugroho – Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  15. Multi-Criteria-Decision- Making for alternative energy supply scenario – Philipp Blechinger – Reiner Lemoine Institute

Day 2.

  1. ICLEI South Asia- Electric Mobility Initiatives – Ashish Rao Ghorpade – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
  2. Electric Mobility Strategies for Mexicali, MX and Saint Kitts and Nevis – Caley Johnson – National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  3. Local Implementation of NDC: Solar Energy and Electromobility in Arequipa – Natalie Rona
  4. Creating an Attractive Investment Environment for Sustainable Energy Solution – Alexander Ochs – SD-Strategies

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