2019 Pacific Energy Summit

Advancing Energy and Environmental Security in the Indo-Pacific:
Translating Vision into Action

On October 10, 2019, the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Asian Development Bank Institute co-hosted the 2019 Pacific Energy Summit in Tokyo, Japan.


Over the next two decades, the Indo-Pacific will account for two-thirds of the growth in global energy demand, and by 2035 it will account for one-half of total global energy consumption. Meeting rapidly rising energy demand, while simultaneously shifting toward a far cleaner energy mix, will be a key challenge for future economic prosperity and strategic stability.

How policymakers across the region respond to this challenge, while also adapting to rapidly changing energy markets, will determine their success in efforts to improve energy access, raise standards of living, reduce suffocating air pollution, and address critical climate risks.

With this in mind, the 2019 Summit explored practical, actionable steps that Japan, the United States, and others can take to advance energy security in the Indo-Pacific. Summit sessions on a range of topics—from how to accelerate the development of sustainable infrastructure to strategies for building engaged constituencies around implementation of climate and energy security goals—emphasized three recurring themes:

  • Understanding the region’s energy demand trajectories under a business-as-usual scenario and considering how policymakers are seeking to shape these trends to further strengthen energy and environmental security.
  • Helping policymakers, especially from developing Asia, translate new and revitalized approaches into projects that address political risk and other market and policy constraints.
  • Exploring efforts to elevate the global dialogue on best practices for catalyzing investment in sustainable energy systems.

Throughout the program, top leaders from the policy, industry, and research communities engaged in a frank, interactive discussion alongside an expert-level audience.



Richard J. Ellings, The National Bureau of Asian Research
Naoyuki Yoshino, Asian Development Bank Institute


Visions for an Energy-Secure Indo-Pacific

Special Remarks
Hirohide Hirai, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

Clara Gillispie, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Ken Koyama, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
Kurt Glaubitz, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration & Production Company
Mikkal Herberg, NBR; UC–San Diego
Aladdin D. Rillo, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat (invited)


Bringing Quality Infrastructure to Scale

Special Remarks
Tadashi Maeda, Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Jeanne Choi, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Naoyuki Yoshino, Asian Development Bank Institute
Didier Holleaux, ENGIE
Geoffrey Tan, Overseas Private Investment Corporation


ADBI Book Launch:
“Achieving Energy Security in Asia: Diversification, Integration, and Policy Implications”

Chul Ju Kim, Asian Development Bank Institute

Naoyuki Yoshino, Asian Development Bank Institute
Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Waseda University

Dayong Zhang, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Aladdin D. Rillo, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat (invited)


Energy, Trade, and Trade Tensions

Meredith Miller, Albright Stonebridge Group

Satya Widya Yudha, House of Representatives, Indonesia
Zhang Dayong, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Farhad Tagizadeh-Hesary, Waseda University


What More Is Needed to Ensure That Energy and Climate Policies Are Implemented?

Peter Hughes, Peter Hughes Energy Advisory Ltd

Se Hyun Ahn, University of Seoul
Courtney Weatherby, Stimson Center
Mark Thurber, Stanford University
Dyah Roro Esti Widya Putri, House of Representatives, Indonesia


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Pathways to Trans-Pacific Cooperation in the Nuclear Sector
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