November 8, 2019
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been encouraging the private sector to execute leadership in efforts for disseminating low-carbon technologies overseas and supporting developing countries in energy transition to clean energy. The Cleaner Energy Future Initiative for ASEAN (CEFIA) is a new initiative to be advanced from the viewpoint of propelling development of environments in which businesses lead dissemination of low-carbon technologies, which was inaugurated based on the proposal by the government of Japan.
Against this backdrop, on November 27, 2019, the First CEFIA Government-Private Forum will be held in Manila, the Philippines. The forum will hold discussions on CEFIA’s future action policies and its cooperation fields and will explain specific cooperation projects.
1. Background and purpose
In its Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement as Growth Strategy, a compilation that Japan has submitted to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in June 2019, Japan stipulated its intention that under the concept of the virtuous cycle of environment and growth. It will strive to advance development and establishment of related systems together with introduction of decarbonization technologies and contribute to dissemination of technologies for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions in partner countries and also will endeavor to promote horizontal deployment of such technologies to other countries to advance worldwide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. These efforts will be in parallel with international deployment of such technologies under the leadership of businesses. In particular, amid the ongoing shift of major energy consumers to the Asian region, advancing international collaboration and specific cooperation in countermeasures against global warming and measures for energy in the region is becoming more and more important for Japan as an Asian member.
Against this backdrop, on September 5, 2019, the 16th ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3) was held in Bangkok, Thailand, and at the meeting, participants agreed to inaugurate CEFIA, a new initiative for Government-private collaboration based on the proposal by Japan. The initiative was clearly stated in the ministerial declaration adopted at the meeting. The CEFIA Government-Private Forum is established under the ASEAN+3 New and Renewable Energy (NRE) and Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Forum.
This initiative aims to encourage businesses to execute leadership in efforts for achieving energy transition and a low-carbon society in the ASEAN region. The first CEFIA Government-Private Forum, which will be held on November 27, 2019, in Manila, the Philippines, will hold discussions on CEFIA’s future action policies and its cooperation fields and will explain specific cooperation projects. Moreover, as an opening event at the beginning of the forum, a high-level session will be held as a joint session with the ASEAN+3 NRE and EE&C Forum.
2. Date, venue and other information
Title of forum: First CEFIA Government-Private Forum
Date and time: November 27 (Wed.), 2019; from 9:00 to 17:00 (tentative time)
Venue: Makati Diamond Residences, Manila, the Philippines
Host organization: Department of Energy, Government of the Philippines
Secretariat: ASEAN Center for Energy
Expected participants: Officials of ministries and agencies in member countries of ASEAN+3 and representatives of private companies
Program (tentative): See Appendix 1.
Prior registration for attending the forum: If you wish to attend the forum, visit the following website and complete prior registration.
Note: This website is operated and managed by the Department of Energy of the Government of the Philippines.
Closing date of the registration: November 22 (Fri.), 2019
Please note that the number of participants per company may be limited due to the capacity of the venue if one company applies for many seats.
Division in Charge
Global Environment Partnership Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau