Cutting Greenhouse Gases as Asia's Economy BoomsRATIONALE
Asia has a critical need to transition to clean energy as quickly and efficiently as possible. Energy consumption in Asia's fastest-growing economies is expected to rise by over 200 percent over the next 30 years. If Asia's current heavy dependence on fossil fuels continues, the region's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are expected to increase by 300 percent over the next 30 years, with major implications for global climate change. Fossil fuel and biomass combustion also contribute to large regional hazes and acute local pollution in Asia, where 18 of the world's 20 most polluted cities are located, creating serious threats to human health and development.
Since 2007, the USAID Environmental Cooperation-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program (ECO-Asia CDCP) has built partnerships to help put in place those clean energy technologies and practices that would most immediately help to address Asia's energy challenges and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The main objective of Winrock's Environmental Cooperation/Asia Clean Development program is to promote governmental policy and market transformation in Asia, leading to reductions in GHG emissions, reduced air pollution, and improved use of energy resources.
USAID's ECO-Asia CDCP takes a regional approach to its activities. By bringing together actors from across the region to share knowledge and best practices, the program accelerates the rate of learning, and helps countries develop effective and harmonized solutions to Asia's common clean energy challenges. The program works in the following areas:
Winrock has led the implementation of activities in Indonesia and Vietnam.
It has trained financial institutions, carried out policy dialogues, contributed to studies, promoted energy efficient lighting and regional lighting standards, and contributed to knowledge-sharing events. For PFAN, Winrock hosted a clean energy investor forum and its work on the ground has led to the financial closure of 1 project in Indonesia. PFAN activities were not implemented in Vietnam.