Chihiro Aita
Project Associate
Energy and Environmental Affairs

[email protected]

The Revenge of Energy Security

Reconciling Asia’s Economic Security with Climate Ambitions

NBR and the Wilson Center

Event Details
Date and Time:
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
5th Floor Conference Room  

Contact Chihiro Aita at [email protected] with questions or to RSVP for this invitation-only conference.

Now in its nineteenth year, NBR’s Energy Security Program convenes senior policy, industry, and energy specialists to engage in high-level discussions on Asia’s energy policies and their geopolitical impact. Today’s program will consider the role for transition plans that include fossil fuels like liquified natural gas (LNG) as a bridge to future energy mixes where renewables are the dominant share, as well as country specific roadmaps that reconcile their near-term energy security pressures with long-term climate commitments.

LNG is in an ambiguous position as a preferred cleaner alternative to coal and oil, with expectations for strong future demand growth, but faces potential headwinds due to extremely high prices in Asian markets. More broadly, there are fears that in retrenching to ensure adequate fossil fuel supplies at great environmental and financial cost, Asian governments will lose focus on reconciling this with ambitious decarbonization goals. The choices the major Asian countries make will have profound implications both for traditional fossil fuel markets like LNG and for the outlook for the global clean energy transition and climate goals. Understanding what to expect in the major energy market countries including China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asian countries is vital to understanding these markets and global climate prospects.

Agenda with Speaker Bios

Download the agenda here.

Speakers Include:

Craig Hall, Chevron

Mikkal Herberg, The National Bureau of Asian Research; University of California San Diego

Michael Kugelman, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Leslie Palti-Guzman, Gas Vista LLC

Prashanth Parameswaran, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Jennifer Sklarew, George Mason University

Alison Szalwinksi, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Rahul Tongia, Centre for Social and Economic Progress

More speakers to be announced.