Changing Energy Landscapes in the Indo-Pacific
Energy on the Hill
Watch the video of this event, which covers issues such as increasing demand for critical mineral supplies, decoupling from international energy markets, and reexamining strategies for diversifying energy mixes. The event also marked the launch of NBR’s eighteenth annual Energy Security Program report “Critical Minerals: Global Supply Chains and Indo-Pacific Geopolitics.”
WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Roy Kamphausen, The National Bureau of Asian Research
Mikkal Herberg, The National Bureau of Asian Research; University of California–San Diego
Sharon Burke, Ecospherics
Lesley Bearman Lahm, Asian Development Bank
Hiroyuki Suzuki, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Over the course of 2022, NBR worked with numerous partners across the Indo-Pacific to identify areas to strengthen existing cooperation or build new partnerships to achieve goals for energy and climate security. Issues ranged from technology cooperation through nuclear power and electric vehicle development, to just transitions and analyzing decarbonization strategies. The geopolitics of critical minerals and supply chains were an additional research focus, highlighting the partnerships and tensions across the Indo-Pacific.
Alongside these programs, countries across the Indo-Pacific are experiencing the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the subsequent supply chain disruption and energy crunch. With many nations aiming for mid-century net-zero emissions targets, massive amounts of capital and cooperation will be necessary to achieve these goals.
This event will examine perspectives from the United States and across Asia on key developments and milestones that took place this past year and highlight priority areas for partnerships in 2023. The panel discussion will cover issues such as increasing demand for critical mineral supplies, decoupling from international energy markets, and reexamining strategies for diversifying energy mixes. The event will also mark the launch of NBR’s eighteenth annual Energy Security Program report “Critical Minerals: Global Supply Chains and Indo-Pacific Geopolitics.”
About the Energy Security Program
Now in its eighteenth year, NBR’s Energy Security Program convenes top energy and geopolitical experts from industry, research, and policy for an assessment of the developments taking place in Asian energy markets and their implications for geopolitics. To inform and strengthen the public policy dialogue, experts share insights and recommendations through a number of channels, including an invitation-only spring workshop, NBR’s annual Energy Security Report, and a public panel event. For more information about NBR’s Energy Security Program, please contact Micah Sindelar, Project Manager for Energy and Environmental Affairs, at [email protected].
The National Bureau of Asian Research is an independent research institution based in Seattle and Washington, D.C. We bring world-class scholarship to bear on the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and we invest in our future by training the next generation of Asia specialists.