Ashley Johnson
Assistant Director
Energy and Environmental Affairs

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NBR and the Energy Research Institute Network

NBR has accepted an invitation to join the Energy Research Institute Network (ERIN), an exclusive, collaborative network of leading think tanks and energy institutes in the Asia-Pacific. Among other activities, ERIN presents a collective report of key findings at an annual meeting of East Asia Summit (EAS) energy ministers.

The participating institutions are listed below:

Australia – The Australian National University (ANU)
Brunei Darussalem – Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI)
Cambodia – Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME)
China – Centre of Energy and Environment Policy Research, Beijing Institute of Technology
India – The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Indonesia – Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics (IIEE)
Japan – The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
Lao PDR – National University of Laos (NUOL)
Malaysia – Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
Mongolia – Energy Economics Institute (MEEI)
Myanmar – Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE)
New Zealand – The University of Auckland (UoA)
Philippines – University of the Philippines National Engineering Center (UPNEC)
Republic of Korea – Seoul National University (SNU)
Singapore – Energy Research Institute, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Thailand – Chulalongkorn University (CU)
United States – The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
Vietnam – Institute of Energy (IE)

NBR Participates in the 1st East Asia Energy Forum

On August 9, 2017, NBR participated in the 1st East Asia Energy Forum co-hosted by the Energy Research Institute Network (ERIN), Philippines Department of Energy, and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

NBR was pleased to serve as an official organizer and the U.S. think tank representative to this event. The theme centered around the challenge and opportunity to meet growing energy needs while balancing the effects of air pollution and climate change.

The 1st East Asia Energy Forum consisted of four parts: a presentation on the East Asia Summit (EAS) Energy Outlook and three panel sessions on the sustainable utilization of coal, oil, and natural gas. With more than 15 high-level presenters and 75 participants, the forum highlighted experiences and insights from a variety of nations, including the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States, among others.

The event was covered by media outlets including PhilStar, Manila Times, Concept News Central, and the Bohol Chronicle.

About ERIN and the EAS

The countries in the Asia-Pacific currently constitute well over half of the world’s energy demand, and looking out to 2035, the region is expected to comprise 65% of global demand growth. This can be attributed to the region’s growing population and rising economic status. Yet many governments in the region are struggling to meet energy demand while abiding to the rather ambitious intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) outlined in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. This dilemma can be best summarized in the EAS’s goal of achieving “3E + S”—energy security, economic growth, environmental sustainability, and safety.

The EAS is composed of 18 countries across the Asia-Pacific, from India and the ASEAN nations, to Russia and Australia, and across the Pacific to the United States and Canada. These countries have diverse economic backgrounds, political commitments, institutional arrangements, market structures and domestic energy resources. Yet they also have common goals to ensure that their national policies meet the 3E + S strategy. Each country requires unique consideration in developing policy measures to meet these objectives.

In 2014, ERIN was founded to provide research support to the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), an international organization jointly established by the leaders of EAS to serve as an East Asia analogue to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In this role, ERIA brings together diverse organizations to bridge existing gaps in research and jointly address regional energy challenges.

In its brief history, ERIN has lacked a member institution from the United States. During the 2016 EAS Energy Ministers Meeting in Myanmar, the members of ERIN moved to add a U.S. institution, and after reviewing the field, nominated NBR as its 17th member.

Press Release: NBR Joins ERIN as Lead U.S. Representative