A two-day technical workshop on Measuring Asia's Progress in Tackling Climate Change and Accelerating Green Growth was held in Beijing, People's Republic of China, 13–14 June 2010. The workshop was attended by policy makers, academicians, and international experts who discussed the outline and contents of the background papers being prepared for the ADB and ADBI Study on Climate Change and Green Asia.
The workshop consisted of six thematic sessions organized in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Energy Research Institute (ERI) People's Republic of China.The sessions were as follows:
- Session I - Development Trajectories, Emission Profile and Policy Actions: Measuring the progress
- Session II - Development Trajectories, Emission Profile and Policy Actions: Lessons Learned
- Session III - New Green Growth Elements in Low-Carbon Economies
- Session IV - Financing Green Asia
- Session V - Regional Cooperation
- Session VI - Looking Forward: Panel Discussion
The participants at the meeting—25 researchers, 17 senior officials and three representatives from private sector and international organizations, from 19 countries—recognized that the impacts of climate change were likely to fall disproportionately on the developing countries of Asia. They agreed that Asian economies together have the power to make or break a possible global strategy to tackle climate change and accelerate green growth. Many countries of the region have adopted reduction targets, but achieving them will require broad-based policy responses. Some of the sectoral targets that have been set are too ambitious, but there was a broad-based consensus on the need to reduce emissions and poverty as economic imperatives. Country papers on development trajectories and emission profiles analyzed policy options that are generating wealth and employment while reducing emissions. There are significant opportunities to improve energy efficiency and use of renewable energy across Asia and the Pacific. Cross-cutting themes on technology, finance, and regional cooperation addressed the opportunities available for Asia in moving toward low-carbon green growth and the daunting challenges that lie ahead. The papers also illustrated several specific investment opportunities and policy reforms that can be replicated in other countries to support Asia's transition toward low-carbon green growth.