RAC NAMA Fund at Asia Clean Energy Forum 2018

11 June 2018

Representative of the Project Fund Manager (PFM) team of the RAC NAMA Fund and Ms. Denise Andres, advisor with the GIZ programme Proklima, gave a brief explanation of how a NAMA could contribute to policy and technical innovations in Thailand and shared information about the RAC NAMA Fund implementations at Deep Dive Workshop, Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2018.

On 5 June 2018 in the “Session 3: Policy Measures to Improve Cooling Energy Efficiency” of the Deep Dive Workshop “Promoting Efficient, Clean Cooling through Technology and Policy Innovation”, a representative from the Project Fund Manager (PFM) team of the RAC NAMA fund from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) was invited as a speaker. Together with Ms. Denise Andres, advisor with the GIZ programme Proklima, in the presentation titled “Combining energy efficiency and climate action – RAC NAMA Thailand”, they presented and updated about the implementations and functions of the RAC NAMA Fund. Ms. Andres introduced the NAMA project shortly and gave a brief explanation of how a NAMA could contribute to policy and technical innovations in Thailand, therefore, promoting a climate-friendly and energy-efficient RAC sector through the Thailand RAC NAMA. The EGAT representative then explained the financial component of the project under the RAC NAMA Fund. Other speakers in the session include representatives from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy CEPT University, India, and the Ozone Secretariat of UN Environment. The presentations were later followed by a discussion on effective policy measure innovations to enable improved buildings and cooling equipment.

The workshop, jointly organized by International Energy Agency (IEA), GIZ and Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), is one of the Deep Dive Workshops (DDWs) at ACEF 2018 that focused on energy-efficient and clean cooling as well as the relevant social and economic benefits. The workshop, with an objective to provide a platform for international discussions on market developments and updates on efficiency and clean cooling, also aims to engage participants in priorities and next steps. It presents a great opportunity for EGAT, as the national fund recipient and project fund manager, to enhance networking opportunities and engage in discussions with attendees from governments, the private sector, academia and ADB representatives. EGAT representatives also participated in interactive sessions of the conference over the following days.

The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2018: Harnessing Innovation to Power the Future, held from 4-8 June 2018 at the Headquarters of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, was attended by over 500 practitioners and implementers in the energy sector. This year, it is focused on how innovation can accelerate energy system development. As one of the leading clean energy events in the Asia and Pacific region, it acts as a platform for participants to identify, discuss and address key clean energy challenges in the region. The conference is jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Korea Energy Agency (KEA).

The RAC NAMA Fund, aiming to provide financial support to promote greener and energy efficient cooling technologies, has been established from Thailand RAC NAMA Project following the signing of the Grant Agreement in December 2017 with EGAT as the project fund manager on behalf of the Royal Thai Government. The fund consists of sub-grants and revolving schemes to support the production, marketing, knowledge-sharing and skill development for green cooling technologies that use natural refrigerants in Thailand.