Knowledge Exchange and Outreach

(29 March, 2017)

Dr. Kevin Lo, Research Cluster leader in Energy Governance at Asian Energy Studies Centre, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University was recently featured by the HKBU Library to promote the Hong Kong Solar Map as one of the successful initiatives of its Digital Scholarship Grant Project.

The Hong Kong Solar Map allows users to locate their own buildings, and to use a drawing tool to indicate the size of their rooftops which can be used to install solar panels. This endeavor is an effort to use innovative ways to educate and engage the public in HK about solar developments. This map is also the first of its kind in Greater China.

By in the video here to learn more: http://hkbutube.lib.hkbu.edu.hk/ov/display.php?id=10063

(28 March 2017)

Guest speaker Dr. Sara Fuller, Senior Lecturer of Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University in Australia delivered a presentation on the contested geographies of urban climate responsibility at Seminar No. 7 of the Energy Research Seminar Series on 28th March, 2017. Participants coming from academia attended the seminars and actively involved in the discussion.

Configuring Responsibility in the City: Justice and Low Carbon Transitions in Hong Kong and Singapore

Dr. Fuller presented a framework on analysing the contested geographies of urban climate responsibility, and attempted at applying this framework based on empirical research in Hong Kong and Singapore as a means to develop a theoretical understanding of how such responsibility is conceptualised, and experienced within and beyond cities. This seminar reflected on some of the opportunities and challenges in configuring urban climate responsibility, and argued for the need to unpack this multiplicity to better understand who is, and how are they held responsible in enabling just low carbon urban transitions in a spatial context.

Click to learn more: http://aesc.hkbu.edu.hk/events/energy-research-seminar-series/past-seminars/seminar-no-7-28-march-2017

AESC co-organises seminar to discuss renewable energy development in Hong Kong (亞洲能源研究中心研討會探討香港再生能源發展)

(12 March, 2017)

The Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC) of HKBU recently collaborated with Business Environment Council and World Wide Fund for Nature – Hong Kong (WWF) to organise a seminar with the theme of “Renewable Energy – How can it thrive in Hong Kong?”.

The seminar focused on the opportunities and challenges for developing renewable energy in Hong Kong in light of the recently released “Hong Kong Climate Action Plan 2030+” report by the Environment Bureau of the HKSAR Government. Over 120 participants from businesses, NGOs, academia, government departments and bureaus attended the seminar.

The panel discussion and Q&A session were moderated by Professor Raymond So, Chairman of the Energy Advisory Committee of the HKSAR Government and HKBU’s Dean of School of Continuing Education. The seminar provided a platform for idea sharing and raising key issues on renewable energy development in Hong Kong, including geographical prospects and constraints, technical hurdles, public acceptance of and willingness to pay on solar PV electricity, financing models, and the role of government in renewable energy development.

浸大亞洲能源研究中心最近與商界環保協會、世界自然基金會香港分會合作,舉辦主題為「Renewable Energy – How can it thrive in Hong Kong?」的研討會,吸引超過120位來政府、商界、學界及非政府機構的人士參與。

基於政府環境局早前公佈《香港氣候行動藍圖2030+》,研討會集中討論香港發展可再生能源的機遇及挑戰。能源諮詢委員會主席、浸大持續教育學院院長蘇偉文教授主持專家討論及問答環節。

研討會提供一個重要的平台予參與者交流及提出香港再生能源發展的重要事項,包括地理上的優勢及局限、技術障礙、公眾對付費購買太陽能的觀感及接受程度、財政模型,以及政府在推展再生能源所扮演的角色。

https://hkbuenews.hkbu.edu.hk/?t=enews_details/1768

The Deliberative Workshop on Solar Photovoltaic Development in Hong Kong:
Prospects and Policy Challenges on 4-5 November, 2016

(30 November, 2016)

The Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC), together with the Department of Geography and Centre for Geo-Computational Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong, the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, and the Department of Geography at the University of Hong Kong organised the two, half-day Deliberative Workshop on Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Development in Hong Kong: Prospects and Policy Challenges on 4-5 November, 2016.

This workshop invited about 60 participants. They consisted of potential solar PV adopters such as village house owners, sampled Hong Kong citizens, and commercial and institutional representatives from utility companies, energy service companies, developers, hotels, airline companies, and consultancies. This unique workshop adopted Deliberative Polling, an innovative deliberative participation method trademarked by Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy. Deliberative Polling aims to empower engaged and informed participants to take a proactive role in clarifying and debating key issues on matters of public importance Key issues discussed included Hong Kong’s solar potential, technical challenges such as grid connection and stability, tariff impact and costs, and policies and regulations.

To learn more about the workshop, please click (here) or on the image.

This event was also featured on HKBU E-News (click here) and SOSC E-News (click here).

Dr. Sopitsuda Tongsopit Shares About Thailand’s Solar PV Development and Prospects in Hong Kong as a Visiting Research Fellow

Dr. Sopitsuda Tongsopit, a researcher from Chulalongkorn University based in Bangkok, Thailand, was appointed a Visiting Research Fellow at the Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC) from 9 to 14th September, 2016.

 Dr. Tongsopit described the major processes and outcomes of this 2 year deliberative initative at Seminar No. 6 of the Energy Research Seminar Series. Dr. Tongsopit also delivered a stimulating guest lecture to over 40 students in the introductory course, “Energy, Environment, and Sustainability”.

To learn more, please click (here).

(December 17, 2015)

The Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC) held a full day of events, featuring a public seminar and an internal research meeting between scholars from the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission (ERI) and AESC research fellows. These events strengthened AESC’s role as a hub for sustainable energy research on the Asian region, with emphasis on China’s emerging practices and developments in coming years and decades.

Prof. Dai Yande, ERI deputy director and research professor, spoke on the “13th Five-Year Plan on Energy Development: Challenges and Prospects” at Seminar No. 4 of the Energy Research Seminar Series. More than 30 people from utility companies, consultancy firms, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and academia attended this seminar.

Prof. Dai argued that the monumental challenges China currently faces such as the degradation of land, air, and water, will fundamentally need to be solved through low-carbon energy development. The 13th Five-Year Plan in Energy Development would set targets that will eventually facilitate China’s transition to sustainable development towards 2050, and begin to address the forecasted increases in energy demand, while at the same time drastically reduce energy intensity and spur economy growth.

Scholars from ERI and AESC’s research fellows also showcased their respective research projects and discussed potential opportunities for future collaboration on sustainable energy research. Potential projects would be further developed into proposal applications to be submitted in early to mid-2016. This meeting and potential partnership is a major development in AESC and HKBU’s research networks in sustainable energy research in China and on the Asia region.

(7 December, 2015)

Robin Smale, a PhD Candidate at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and one of the speakers at the First Asian Energy Conference: Smart Grids, Sustainability Transition and Innovation in Governance, wrote an article summarising key insights and questions and sharing his reflections from the Conference.

You can learn more about this in the link or by clicking the site below: http://www.energyinpractices.com/news-and-discussion/2015/12/1/hong-kong