[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]i[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1565542682041{margin-right: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1565542696462{padding-right: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1565542751414{margin-right: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1565622195563{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”title-event”][post_title][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”text-par-news”][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”date-venue-news”]Siem Reap, 25 May 2023[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”text-par-news”]

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”16533″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text el_class=”photo-caption-news”]Figure 1.  ASEAN Climate Change Partnership Conference 2023
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”text-par-news”]On 25th of May 2023, Aldilla Noor Rakhiemah, Senior Researcher of ACCEPT presented ACCEPT Phase II journey in the 3rd ASEAN Climate Change Partnership Conference (ACCPC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. ACCPC is one of the events initiated by the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC) which is envisaged to be a consultative and collaborative platform. It is aimed to gather ASEAN member states and donor agencies to exchange ideas and strengthen cross sectoral partnership. The ASEAN sectoral bodies presented their work and action plans regarding climate change. ACCPC 2023 “Road to COP 28 UNFCCC: Stronger Partnership for ASEAN” is divided into seven sessions: 

  1. Regional Climate Change Priority Agenda (AWGCC Action Plan) 
  2. Debriefing of COP-26 and COP-27 and Briefing of COP-28 
  3. Key Priorities of COP-28 and Opportunities for ASEAN Member States 
  4. Elaborating ASEAN Perspectives for COP 28 
  5. ASEAN Sectoral Priorities in Decarbonization and Loss & Damage 
  6. Partners Commitment towards COP-28 
  7. Wrap Up and Way Forward on Common Areas of Priorities/Cooperation at the COP 28 

In this opportunity, ACCEPT introduced the energy-climate nexus during the 5th session of the conference.  The session consists of 7 panelists from different institutions, who presented different sub-topics related to climate change and decarbonization in ASEAN from different perspectives. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”16538″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text el_class=”photo-caption-news”]Figure 2.  ACCEPT II Senior Research Analyst, Aldilla Rakhiemah is presenting on possible collaboration between ACE, through ACCEPT, with other ASEAN sectoral bodies and working groups
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”text-par-news”]The discussions were based on three guiding questions: (1) How do climate change topics transpire under the work of ASEAN sectoral bodies/division work of bodies/division? Is there any plan to present / showcase at the COP-28? (2) Potential collaboration on mainstreaming climate change, (3) Is there any plan to present / showcase actions at the COP 28?. Aligned with the topic, Aldilla, presented ACCEPT’s results and achievements in the first phase and its continuation to the second phase. She also mentioned that ACCEPT project is the first integrated project on energy and climate change in the ASEAN region.  

Emphasizing the power of collaboration, Aldilla sees several promising opportunities that are aligned with the AWGCC Action Plan that was conveyed during the event. ACCEPT Phase II is parallel with five out of eight action plans of AWGCC; namely, the first action plan on Long-term Planning & Assessment of NDCs, second action plan about Climate Change Mitigation, third action plan on Climate Modeling and Assessment, fourth action plan about Climate Financing and Market, and the fifth action plan about Technology Transfer. The proposed supporting activities will be focusing on capacity building in enhancing NDCs in the energy sector, low carbon energy and decarbonization technology, and financing energy transition. Since ACCEPT Phase II is also highly related to energy modeling, Aldilla suggested having further collaboration in net-zero energy modelling and assessment to give ASEAN member states better understanding on net zero perspectives. 

Brendan Board, the representative from BCG, stated that ASEAN is well positioned to strive for carbon neutrality due to its manageable gap to neutrality, high nature-based potential, complementarity of region, and the availability of capital growth. Meanwhile, Hajah Noorafidah, the chair of ASEAN Taxonomy Board mentioned the urgency of a sustainable cooperation inclusivity, and guidance towards ASEAN’s energy transition. Moreover, Mr. Colonel (Rtd) Muhd Harrith Rashidi, the Vice Chair of ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management in Brunei Darussalam brought up the climate change topic under the AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 in specific for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. The conference also highlighted that ASEAN is still in need of sufficient funding schemes and resources toward further climate-related projects. In this case, ASEAN cross-sectoral cooperation is the highest priority ASEAN member states need to address. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”text-par-news”]Detailed information on ACCEPT II can be found at https://accept.aseanenergy.org/ 

ACCEPT II welcomes any collaboration, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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