For Immediate Release
July 5, 2019
On July 3, 2019, the Third Asian Energy Conference on “Diversity in Urban Energy Transitions in Asia: Trajectories, Governance, and Policy Innovations” took place at the Asian Energy Studies Center at Hong Kong Baptist University. In his keynote speech at the conference, Dr. Byrne, President of FREE, discussed several challenges and solutions to building sustainable cities in his presentation called “New Energy for New Cities”. Central to the presentation was the question whether society, including its cities, can move at a pace and scale necessary to address the challenges produced through our modern success. Examples provided by Dr. Byrne underscore the possibility of rapid urban action and energy transition – including strategically positioning cities’ in-boundary assets like their rooftops and buildings. The conference included a series of panel presentations and discussions.
Dr. Taminiau, Research Principal at FREE, presented research findings and ideas from the FREE research team. A central thrust of the panel presentation by Dr. Taminiau was that cities could identify infrastructure-scale portfolios of in-city assets that can be deployed to the market. A detailed overview of the conference, including powerpoints and videos of the presentations, is available at: http://aesc.hkbu.edu.hk/the-third-asian-energy-conference_details-of-conference.