COP28 Japan Pavilion Side Event

Taking Action Together with ASEAN

4 December 2023

    Event Information

    Date/Time: 4th December 2023, 10:30-11:45 (UCT+4)

    Organizer: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan

     Venue: EXPO CITY DUBAI, Expo Road, Dubai South Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE



    This seminar will introduce and discuss the decarbonization initiatives in ASEAN countries and Japan, focusing on energy conservation and renewable energy, The ASEAN side will share the value of region-wide initiatives and challenges to overcome on their projects, introducing the activities of AZEC and CEFIA, which are public-private partnership initiatives. The Japanese side will present the new financing initiatives and technologies to promote decarbonization projects in ASEAN.




    Opening Remarks

    Mr. Yoshida Nobuhiro
    Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan
    H.E. Mr. Arifin Tasrif
    Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), Indonesia

    Keynote Speech

    "Setting up a policy platform to promote energy transition"

    Mr. WATANABE Tetsuya
    President of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia(ERIA)


    Session I: Progress and challenge on energy efficiency and conservation and renewable energy projects in Asia

    "Development of renewable-based micro-grids in remote islands"

    Mr. Harris Yahya

    Director of Geothermal, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), Indonesia


    "Promoting and developing the Net-Zero Energy Building (ZEB)"

    Ts. En. Steve Anthony Lojuntin
    Director of Energy Demand Management Division, SEDA, Malaysia (Via Online)


    "Vietnam's expectation on AZEC"
    Dr. Luong Quang Huy
    Director of the GHG reduction and Ozone layer Protection, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam

    Session II: New technologies and financing activities to promote decarbonization projects in ASEAN.
    “Growing Forests, Utilizing Forests” Challenge for the Next 150 years"
    Mr. ISONO Hiroyuki
    Representative Director of the Board, President & Group CEO, Oji Holdings Corporation

    "Next Generation Solar Cell Development: Perovskite-type Solar Cell"
    Mr. KAMIWAKI Futoshi
    Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Head of Business Strategy Department, SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.

    "IHI’s Challenge for carbon neutrality"
    Dr. KUBOTA Nobuhiko
    Managing Executive Officer, General Manager of Corporate Research and Development, IHI Corporation

    "Introduction of Asia Transition Finance"
    Mr. NAKAHAMA Fumitaka
    Member of the Board of Director, Managing Executive Officer, Chief Executive of Global Corporate & Investment Banking MUFG Bank, Ltd.

    Closing Remarks
    Mr. KOBAYASHI Izuru
    Deputy Director-General for Technology and Environment, METI of Japan



    About CEFIA

    For decades, a wide variety of cooperative activities have been carried out in the energy field among ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and Korea) countries. Such activities have resulted in making significant contributions to enhancing energy efficiency and facilitating energy transitions. To further promote such efforts broadly in the ASEAN region, it is becoming increasingly important to deepen the knowledge, facilitate information exchange, and develop projects and programs with policy design among ASEAN+3 countries through various activities, such as capacity-building programs, international conferences and workshops, and joint feasibility studies and demonstration projects.

    To achieve this, a new initiative named “Cleaner Energy Future Initiative for ASEAN” or “CEFIA” was proposed by Japan and welcomed by the ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy at the 16th ASEAN+3 Meeting of Energy Ministers in Bangkok, Thailand on 5 September 2019. CEFIA serves as a platform to facilitate collaboration between public and private sectors in deployment of cleaner energy and decarbonization technologies in the ASEAN region.


    For more information:

    Introduction of CEFIA

    Background of CEFIA